This week marks the return of students for another academic year at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The move-in process officially begins on Thursday as all first-year students, numbering nearly 800, arrive on campus. Periods of congestion should be expected on the roadways adjacent to campus between 7 a.m. and noon on Thursday. In total, 940 students, including transfer students, will begin their college careers at Pitt-Johnstown this fall.
Once on campus, first-year students will begin a four-day orientation program designed to help acclimate them to their new campus community and prepare them for success at Pitt-Johnstown. Orientation focuses on the themes of socialization, engagement, balance, personal responsibility, and persistence to provide students with a successful transition to college.
Orientation will kick off with a freshman convocation ceremony in the Sports Center, where President Jem Spectar will officially welcome students and their families to Pitt-Johnstown. Students and parents will also hear from Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Janet Grady, Student Government Association President Clifford Maloney, Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association Immediate Past President Gladys Go ‘92, and this year's recipient of the President's Award for Teaching Excellence Amy Miller.
Following convocation, parents and students are invited to a reception in the Wellness Center, including photos with PJ the Mountain Cat, before saying their good-byes. Students will then have a full evening of dinner with their new classmates, Residence Hall Community Meetings, and activities.
Workshops and activities planned for students throughout the four-day program will address issues including conflict management, academic integrity, health and wellness, financial management, career planning, and inclusivity.
Upper class students who are residing on campus will move in on Sunday, August 26 beginning at 8 a.m. Classes for the fall term begin Monday, August 27.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, 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,” by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization" for 2011. Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.