The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has, again, garnered national recognition for its quality academic programs, faculty, staff, and students by being named a Best Baccalaureate College (northern region) by U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2010. The U.S.News & World Report rankings are considered to be the most influential ranking system in higher education.
Pitt-Johnstown’s ranking in the top tier of baccalaureate colleges represents a significant ascent from last year, when the school was ranked in the third tier. Factors considered in determining the ranking include freshman retention rates, student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rates, alumni giving, class size, and peer assessments. Pitt-Johnstown is the only regional campus in the University of Pittsburgh system to be ranked in the top tier.
Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar commented, “This ranking is one more indicator of our overall institutional excellence, including the dedication of our faculty and staff, the quality and efforts of our students and alumni, and the strong support of our community.”
Among other factors pointing to greater momentum at the school, Pitt-Johnstown was named a Best Northeastern College (2010) by the Princeton Review, and has received positive national media attention for a number of its signature programs including the 100 Days-100% Initiative, the RealWorld Action Program, and the MountainCat Veterans Program. Pitt-Johnstown was also designated “Top 10 Best Place to Work” by Johnstown Magazine.
President Spectar emphasized, “As pleased as we are about this very prestigious ranking, we are not relenting in our quest for a new dimension of excellence. We intend to redouble our efforts to strengthen academic quality, enhance our living-learning environment, and expand our efforts to ensure that our students are ready for the real world of the 21st century. Even in this challenging environment, we continue to pay close attention to the imperative of quality, and are pleased to see that the fine work of our people is being noticed far and wide.”
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.