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Student Tour Guides


The STARs of Pitt-Johnstown 

The Student Tour Guides & Admissions Representatives (STARs) is a group of student volunteers selectively chosen to represent the college community to prospective students and families.  The STARs are current students who are proud of the college, excited to share their Pitt-Johnstown experience, and comfortable meeting and talking with new people.

The Admissions Office typically has between 30-40 student volunteers who dedicate a minimum of one hour per week assisting with recruiting efforts.  Basic requirements include a weekly tour and assistance at two Saturday Reception Programs per semester.  STARs also have the opportunity to develop professional skills such as public speaking, customer service, and event planning.



Tour Guiding

Each STAR is responsible for an hour-long weekly tour. The student tour guides are often the first contact prospective students have with Pitt-Johnstown, so enthusiasm and Mountain Cat Pride are two of the traits that we look for in our STARs.

Saturday Reception Programs 

Several Saturday morning commitments for regulary scheduled Reception Programs are required. At these programs, STARs welcome families, participate in a student panel discussion, and give guided campus tours. The Admissions Office holds up to five receptions in the Fall and three in the Spring.

Campus and Office Leadership

Assisting the Admissions staff and communicating with propspective students via call-a-thons, e-mails, and letter writing campaigns are just a few examples of how STARs can become more involved.  In return, you'll have the opportunity to develop skills that will serve you throughout your professional career. 

Want to become a STAR? 

Interested students can pick up an application in the Admissions Office or from any current STAR.  You will then be contacted for a personal interview.  If selected, all new STARs participate in a training session at the beginning of each semester.  Once a member is selected, he/she remains a STAR until graduation or as long as desired.


If you would like more information on the STARs program, call the Admissions Office at 814-269-7050.

Last Reviewed: May 1, 2008