The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, for the third year in a row, has been awarded the designation of "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20% of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.
Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar commented, "To be recognized with this prestigious honor for the third year is a tremendous source of pride for the Pitt-Johnstown community. We are deeply grateful to our military veterans who have so selflessly and courageously given of themselves to defend our freedom, and who have chosen Pitt-Johnstown to help them transition from their military careers to the classroom."
Through its signature MountainCat Veterans Program (MVP), Pitt-Johnstown maintains a commitment to serving current and former members of the US Armed Forces. The MVP offers accelerated admission review, priority registration, deferred tuition payments, credit evaluation, and single points-of-contact in key administrative and student services departments. Each year, President Jem Spectar hosts a Veterans Day dinner recognizing faculty, staff, students, and Advisory Board members who have served in the US military. Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown is regularly engaged in outreach efforts with the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.
In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America said, “The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience. Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.” Additional information on the Military Friendly Schools list is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.
Pitt-Johnstown is one of 1,518 schools chosen for this distinction out of more than 8,000 schools surveyed nationally. During the 2010-2011 academic year, 53 military or veteran students were enrolled at Pitt-Johnstown.
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.