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Pitt-Johnstown Retains "Best in the Northeast" Designation

Pitt-Johnstown Retains "Best in the Northeast" Designation

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Princeton Review Pitt-JohnstownThe University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is, again, one of the best colleges in the Northeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 222 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Northeast" section of its website feature, "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region."

Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar remarked, “It is truly an honor to be recognized, again, with this very prestigious designation.  It not only reaffirms that we are a compelling choice for potential students, but is also strong evidence of our high-quality, responsive, and distinctive programs that foster real-world readiness.  I am especially appreciative of the hard work of our dedicated faculty and staff whose commitment to excellence makes this recognition possible. 

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher, "We're pleased to recommend Pitt-Johnstown to 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." 

The 222 colleges chosen for its "Best in the Northeast" list are located in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia.  The Princeton Review also designated 153 colleges in the Midwest, 122 in the West, and 136 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. Collectively, the 633 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

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.  Student comments in the profile on Pitt-Johnstown include, “[Pitt-Johnstown] is about having a good college experience at a small campus while growing as a student and person.”    Pitt-Johnstown students are described as “hardworking, fun-loving individuals looking to make a difference on campus one way or another.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the 633 colleges in its "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region" list hierarchically or by region or in various categories. The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, the Company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

About Pitt-Johnstown
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 in the Northeast” 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 for the past three years.

About The Princeton Review
Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review (
www.PrincetonReview.com) is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping college and graduate school–bound students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 9/6/2012 5:20:00 PM