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Pitt-Johnstown Climbs in National Ranking

Pitt-Johnstown Climbs in National Ranking

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US News   The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has climbed seven spots to earn the #21 ranking among Best Regional Colleges in the 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.  The exclusive ranking, which includes more than 1,400 schools nationwide, will be published in the September issue of the U.S. News & World Report magazine. 

   Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which groups schools based on categories by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.  The America's Best College ranking package, which includes extensive editorial content and multimedia resources, has helped families navigate the difficult decisions involved throughout the college process, from college admission and selection to financing options. 

   Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar remarked, “This ranking is a key indicator of the significant momentum and progress that are transforming our campus, and is another validation of the high academic quality of our programs and the tremendous talent of our faculty, staff and students.  While we are pleased to have moved up seven points in the rankings (a distinction held by only one other tier-one school), we continue to remain focused on our core mission of developing quality academic programs that are responsive to student and community needs, enhancing our living-learning environment, and preparing our students to make a positive impact in our community and beyond."

   Additional evidence of the greater momentum at Pitt-Johnstown includes being designated Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review and being named to the  President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  Additionally, the school has been designated a "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs in recognition of its efforts to reach out to military veterans.

   The 2011 America's Best College package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence.  Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance.  More information about America's Best Colleges is available at

   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…

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 8/18/2010 1:30:00 PM