University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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Mountain Cat Points of Pride

Pitt-Johnstown...Ready for the Real World  

  • Excellent faculty teaching, scholarship and service, as well as enriching faculty-student mentorships and collaborations in scholarship, research and creative activity; dedicated, attentive and supportive staff.
  • Personalized instruction in small classes; student-to-faculty ratio 18:1.
  • 46 undergraduate majors including 3 University of Pittsburgh graduate degrees.
  • Student graduation and success rates that exceed the national average of similar institutions.
  • 85 active student organizations and a tradition of athletic excellence with nationally recognized, award-winning NCAA Division II (15 teams) in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
  • Extraordinarily picturesque campus featuring a pristine nature preserve with scenic hiking trails; first-class facilities including a state-of-the-art performing arts center and a leading conference center.
  • Exceptional community involvement by faculty, staff and students – contributing thousands of hours annually to volunteer service.
  • More than 20,000 alumni making a difference throughout our community and the world.
  • Top employer and key partner in shaping the economic future with an annual impact exceeding $60 million.
  • Growing partnerships with businesses in areas such as healthcare, education, commerce, technology, and the arts.
  • Expanding workforce capacity by enhancing problem-solving skills, linking theory-to-practice through experiences such as internships and service-learning projects.
  • A pinnacle of excellence, preparing students for the Real World and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment.
  • An illuminating Vision for the future that charts a path for greater distinction and recognition in the Northeast region.
  • A comprehensive New Dimension of Excellence Strategic Plan for accomplishing our Mission.
  • A unique RealWorld Action Program that empowers students to design a customized personal and professional action plan to develop as agents of positive change in our communities and our world.
  • Mountain Cat Proud!


Some laudatory comments about Pitt-Johnstown in the news:


"We applaud UPJ for the vision it has shown in developing this program [Nursing], which should help fill an ongoing hiring void for the region’s hospitals and clinics… We agree with UPJ President Jem Spectar, who called the news a 'great new chapter in our campus history.'  The program is something this community can be proud of as well." – Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. (4/12/10)


“I have had wonderful educational opportunities.  I am proud to say that my high school and undergraduate education was comparable to many of my colleagues’, some of whom were from Ivy League colleges.” – Christine Lesosky (’04) in the January 2010 issue of Johnstown Magazine.

Christine is currently a surgical resident at Conemaugh’s Memorial Medical Center and was featured in the magazine’s “Up +Comers” section.


"For many recent college graduates, 2009 has been an unfortunate year to dive into the employment pool. But the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has tried to make that entry a little easier through its '100 Days—100%' initiative."  Currents magazine, the official publication of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) (November/December 2009)


"There was a time when the word “fractured” was used to describe the relationship between Pitt-Johnstown and its alumni.  Now, administrators at the Richland Township campus are working hard to ensure that term never again rings true." Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. (9/27/09)


"To help unemployed 2008 graduates find work, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Pa., began an intensive 100-day effort in April to assist alumni with their job search.  Career counselors are providing resume critiques, mock interview exercises, and sending resumes to employers in the graduates' chosen fields." The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC. (6/26/09)


 "...At every level of competitiveness, most of the colleges with the best graduation rates are private schools.  Some exceptions include Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va."  The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. (06/03/09)


"...the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has long been considered one of the area’s best places to work in the field of education.  Not only have they recently expanded opportunities for students by adding a new graduate-level degree in education and expanding programs such as nursing, they have re-evaluated their goals for both students and employees."  Johnstown Magazine "10 Great Places to Work" (June 2009)