The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown continues to sustain momentum, recently receiving added recognition as an institution of preeminent educational quality. Commended once more by US News & World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2008 and the Princeton Review Best Northeastern Colleges, 2008, UPJ once again maintains an enviable position in the upper echelons of institutional rankings.
These external accolades are, for the most part, merely echoing a history of excellence that is well attested to regionally. UPJ’s top tier classification is a reflection of the accomplishments of talented students, staff and faculty; the record of achievements of over 17,000 alumni; as well as the satisfaction of area employers. UPJ’s graduation and retention rates continue to exceed the national averages of similar institutions in the US News & World Report Best Baccalaureate Colleges Category that is composed of institutions focusing on undergraduate education. Moreover, the University consistently maintains relatively small class sizes and excellent student to faculty ratios---all factors that make for high quality, individualized and supportive learning experiences.
Submissions to The Princeton Review’s Best Northeastern Colleges place Pitt Johnstown in a favorable light, noting a “strong regional reputation in engineering and business” and confirm a solid internship program in which “students get real-world experience that they can carry out into the job force.” In view of these hallmarks of distinction, the excellent rankings are viewed as one indicator, but by no means the only evidence of the institution’s ascendancy and prominence in the region.
During the last week of September, the picturesque Richland campus will be bustling with activity as UPJ celebrates its 80th anniversary and the Inauguration of its fifth president, Dr. Jem Spectar. The largest regional campus of the internationally renowned University of Pittsburgh, UPJ has come into its own as a vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s intellectual, social and cultural environment. Proud of its legacy as a preeminent community citizen, the University ranks as a top local employer and is a key partner in shaping the region’s economic future.