The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has, once again, been named a “Best Northeastern College” by The Princeton Review. Pitt-Johnstown is one of 218 schools included in the northeast region.
“This recognition validates the hard work of our dedicated faculty and staff, and reaffirms that we are a compelling choice for potential students who have many options for quality education. It is also strong evidence of our high quality, responsive and distinctive programs that foster real-world preparedness. We are deeply honored by this very prestigious designation,” commented Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar.
Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president of publishing, offered, “We chose the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and the other terrific schools we recommend as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs. We also work to have our roster of 'regional best' colleges feature a range of institutions by size, selectivity, character and locale. We choose the schools based on institutional data we collect from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s customers – their students – report to us about their campus experiences on our 80-question student survey.”
In the area of academics, Pitt-Johnstown was lauded for its focus on providing practical experience. One student commented, “My professors have all worked in the field that they are teaching,” which not only “adds validity to what they are teaching,” but also means that “they can help students get internships and the experience that they need.” The focus on practical experience is a primary component of Pitt-Johnstown’s RealWorld Action Program.
Overall, Pitt-Johnstown is one of 640 colleges, out of 2,500 four-year colleges from the four regions across the country, to be recognized as a best regional college. The Northeast region is comprised of schools in the District of Columbia and 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Pitt-Johnstown will be featured in The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2010 Edition available August 4 from Random House/Princeton Review Books. Additional information about Pitt-Johnstown’s standing can be found on The Princeton Review’s web site at: www.princetonreview.com.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.