Greetings and welcome to UPJ! As you experience the beauty of our community, you will discover Pitt-Johnstown is indeed a special place. Throughout this unusually beautiful campus, our students, faculty, and staff are making the most of their talents, acquiring, creating and disseminating the knowledge necessary to engage, shape and transform our world for the better. Our nationally ranked institution is proud to provide a first-class educational experience that enables our students to graduate with the knowledge and skills of an educated person – attributes critical to safeguarding our democracy and competing in a highly competitive world in which local and global are increasingly interconnected.
Combining traditional arts and sciences education with professional programs, a UPJ Experience is purposefully and actively connected to the practical realities of the real world beginning with our city, our community and beyond. Students have the opportunity to combine theoretical knowledge with rigorous professional and practice-oriented programs, linking classroom instruction with the exciting and sometimes vexing realities of our world. Talented, enthusiastic and caring professors challenge, motivate and engage students as they hone various real-world-required skills including critical thinking, writing and advanced problem-solving. Working closely with faculty, students immerse themselves in scholarship and creative activity that will illuminate their minds, transform their lives and ready them for success in the real world – the rapidly changing and hyper-competitive 21st century global economy.
One of the best things about UPJ is that it is a place where people build life long connections with each other as they live, learn, work and play together. The UPJ Experience is greatly enriched by myriad opportunities for personal development, including study abroad, internships, civic engagement, volunteering, athletics, and leadership activities in about 70 student organizations. These experiences, facilitated by a caring staff and faculty, enrich the personal and professional lives of our students as they prepare to engage the real world beyond the college campus.
So welcome and I wish you well as you explore Pitt-Johnstown. I hope that in the course of your visit you will discover why we are thrilled to shout out “Mountain Cat Proud!”