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MountainCat Veterans Program (MVP)

MFSThe MVP (MountainCat Veterans Program) has been created to recognize the service performed by United States military veterans, and to assist them in making a successful transition into the student population.  This program represents Pitt-Johnstown’s deep commitment to serving former members of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) who served on active duty.  The MVP Program is administered by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and is a collaboration of many units across the campus that comprise the Veterans’ Support Council.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is proud to announce our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Benefits at a Glance

Accelerated Admission Review
A one-stop application process has been developed through the Office of Advanced and Continuing Education, where veterans are provided the opportunity to begin an academic program on either a part-time or full-time basis.  Students who enroll through the Office of Advanced and Continuing Education benefit from communication geared to their nontraditional situations and needs, personalized academic advising, and assistance with transfer into traditional academic divisions at Pitt-Johnstown.  The standard Application Fee is waived for all veterans.

Priority Registration
MVP participants are provided with special priority status enabling them to register before the general student population.  This provides you with the opportunity to register for popular classes that typically fill very early during the open registration period.

Flexible Tuition Payment Options
Participants who have been approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) can take advantage of flexible payment options until tuition funding from the government is received. The participant can then pay his/her tuition bill without penalty by making arrangements with the Business Office.

Credit Evaluation
Credits earned from previous course work, including through military service, can be evaluated for potential transfer to Pitt-Johnstown.  Transcripts will be evaluated closely in order to maximize the number of credits awarded.  Eligible applicants may benefit from the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). 

Single Points-of-Contact
Specially trained individuals have been designated as your primary points of contact in several student services and administrative departments, which comprise the Veterans’ Support Council:

  • Major Mike Zabrzeski (724-838-8034) - upgrotc@pitt.edu 
  • Academic Affairs (814-269-2075) - Dr. Paul Newman, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Student Life (814-269-7062) – Dr. Shawn Brooks, Vice President
  • Admissions/Advanced and Continuing Education(814-269-7074) – Stephanie Korber, Director
  • Auxiliary Services (814-269-7114) - Joyce Radovanic, Executive Director
  • Business Office/Billing (814-269-7040) – Amanda Reed, Director
  • Financial Aid (814-269-7045) – Jeanine Lawn, Director
  • Health and Counseling Services (814-269-7001) – Theresa Horner, Executive Director
  • Registrar’s Office (814-269-7055) - Christian Stumpf, University Registrar
  • Campus Safety and Security (814-269-7005) – Eric Zangaglia, Chief of Police
  • Equity and Inclusion (814-269-7070) – Laura Perry-Thompson, Senior Officer 
  • RealWorld Career Services (814-269-7900)– Penny Suwak, Director

Additional Benefits and Services:
As an MVP, you are also eligible for:

  • Free parking
  • Discounts on clothing items in the Pitt-Johnstown Bookstore
  • Four general admission tickets to one show at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center each season. (Tickets subject to availability.  Some restrictions may apply that are out of Pitt-Johnstown’s control)
  • Annual President’s Veterans’ Day dinner for you and a guest
  • Fellowship and networking opportunities through the Pitt-Johnstown Veterans' Support Group

In order to qualify for participation in the MountainCat Veterans Program, individuals must meet eligibility requirements for the GI Bill.