The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has been named a “Best Northeastern College” for 2012 by The Princeton Review. Pitt-Johnstown is one of 218 schools included in the northeast region by the nationally known education services company.
"We are deeply honored to have again received this very prestigious designation, which recognizes Pitt-Johnstown's high-quality, responsive, and distinctive programs. It is through the hard work of our dedicated faculty and staff that we achieved this honor and are securing our place at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges," 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
Committed to preparing students for the real world, Pitt-Johnstown was lauded for developing students holistically and empowering them to become agents of positive change. One student commented that Pitt-Johnstown "is about having a good college experience at a small campus while growing as a student and person" and that Pitt-Johnstown offers "a small school feel with a big university name" that translates into "a very positive employment rate for graduating students." Another commented, "My professors have all worked in the field that they are teaching, which means that they can help students get internships and the experience that they need."
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 is featured in The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2012 Edition now available 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 the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…