The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has, once again, been named a “Best Northeastern College” for 2011 by The Princeton Review. Pitt-Johnstown is one of 218 schools included in the northeast region by the nationally known education services company.
“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.
Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publishing Robert Franek said, "We're pleased to recommend Pitt-Johnstown to readers of our book and users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."
For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site
Pitt-Johnstown’s strong academic programs focus on preparing students for the real world. One student commented that Pitt-Johnstown offers “a small school feel with a big University name” that translates into “very positive employment rate for graduating students.” The school, through its RealWorld Action Program, has been designed to develop students holistically and empower them to become agents of positive change. The program’s success is evident through student feedback, including a comment from a student who described Pitt-Johnstown students as “hardworking, fun-loving individuals looking to make a difference on campus one way or another.
Overall, Pitt-Johnstown is one of 623 colleges constituting about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges 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: 2011 Edition available August 10 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 located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…