A Guide to Visiting Pitt-Johnstown
For many individuals, a first time visit to Pitt-Johnstown can be love at first sight. Brochures and websites offer a glimpse of the Pitt-Johnstown experience, but nothing beats being here in person.
The Admissions Office benefits from the effort of a group of dedicated student tour guides, the STARs (Student Tourguide and Admissions Representative). These are current Pitt-Johnstown students who volunteer their time to direct prospective students and their families around campus. These students are the real experts on campus. They live here, eat here, go to class here, and are only a few years older than the student visitors. They are very often the single best source of campus information.
The Pitt-Johnstown STARs, along with the Admissions' Staff invite you to visit our beautiful campus.
Weekday campus visits provide the best opportunity for personalizing your campus visit. A student tour guide will take you on a guided campus tour, giving you a first hand look at what Pitt-Johnstown has to offer. The Office of Admissions offers student guided tours throughout the week. In addition to the tour you may also schedule an Admissions "Interview". This is an informal meeting between an Admissions Counselor and the student and their family. These meetings are designed as a way for the families to ask questions and gather information about Pitt-Johnstown. We want to ensure that a staff member and tour guide are available, so we ask that you call ahead to schedule your visit.
To schedule a visit, please contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-765-4875.
We understand that families have busy schedules and can't always take time to visit during the school week so we have developed some program options for you that may better fit your busy schedule. These programs are group presentations and include an overview of the college selection process, information about Pitt-Johnstown, and a tour of our picturesque campus. You will also have the opportunity to interact with Admissions personnel and current Pitt-Johnstown students. The Fall Spring Open House programs are held on Saturdays, and the Summer Open House Programs are held on Fridays.
Planning on attending Pitt-Johnstown or finalizing your college search? As a student who has been selected for admission to Pitt-Johnstown, we invite you to attend a special program designed for "admitted students" only. You can Get Ready for the Real World at Pitt-Johnstown's Admitted Students Reception Program. The morning begins with an information session followed by an information fair where you will be able to talk with faculty and staff, visit campus offices, and learn more about student activities here at Pitt-Johnstown!
Pitt-Johnstown offers a vast array of tour times and visit options designed to accomodate visitor schedules. However, there may be a time when you'll want to visit campus, but simply can't make one of our official tours. Not a problem! We encourage families and prospective students to visit campus any way they can, so the Admissions office has created a self-guided walking tour booklet. This booklet will walk you through the standard tour route, which can be changed to accomodate any pace. It also contains a ton of valuable information about our campus, covering everything that one of our well-trained tour guides would.
The printable version of our Walk This Way book is located as a .pdf file below. Happy walking!
Traveling to Pitt-Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown is located on 655 picturesque acres in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. Only eight miles from downtown Johnstown, the campus is located near a number of shopping options, hotels, restaurants, banks, sports, movie theaters, historical attractions and services. These services include clinics, doctors' and dentists' offices, and other health related services.
To learn more about what the Johnstown Area has to offer, click here.
From Eastern, Southern or Western Points: Take PA Turnpike (Route 76) to Somerset Exit (Old Exit #10). From Somerset, take Route 219 North to the Geistown/Elton Exit, PA Route 756. Make a right off the exit, then another right onto Theatre Drive. Follow signs to campus.
Alternate route from Eastern or Southern Points: PA Turnpike (Route 76) to Bedford Exit (Old Exit #11). At exit, turn left on Business Route 220, then left again onto Route 220 (I-99) North towards Altoona. Exit onto Route 56 West. Follow Route 56 for approximately 30 miles until you reach a traffic light near the community of Windber. Continue on Route 56 for about 3 miles until you come to a traffic light at Theatre Drive. Make a right onto Theatre Drive. Follow signs to campus.
From Directly Northern Points: Take Route 219 South to the Geistown/Elton Exit, PA Route 756 (Note: do not take the Johnstown Expressway exit). At the traffic light (bottom of exit ramp) turn left onto Route 756. At the second traffic light turn right onto Theatre Drive. Follow signs to campus.
Approximate Mileage to Pitt-Johnstown From...
| Allentown || 211 miles || || Pittsburgh|| 77 miles |
| Altoona|| 36 miles|| || Scranton|| 229 miles|
| Breezewood|| 48 miles|| || State College|| 78 miles|
| Greensburg|| 55 miles|| || Titusville|| 141 miles|
| Harrisburg|| 133 miles|| || Bradford|| 149 miles|
| Indiana|| 39 miles|| || Baltimore, MD|| 176 miles|
| Lancaster|| 167 miles|| || Cleveland, OH|| 209 miles|
| Philadelphia|| 237 miles|| || Morgantown, WV|| 119 miles|
| Washington, DC|| 173 miles|| || Buffalo, NY || 228 miles|
Arriving by Bus
The Johnstown area is served by Greyhound Bus Lines. The terminal is located in downtown Johnstown, approximately 8 miles from the Pitt-Johnstown campus. Taxi service is available from the station.
For more information, call Greyhound at 800-231-2222.
Train and Airline
The AMTRAK station is location eight miles from the Pitt-Johnstown Campus in downtown Johnstown. Information is available by calling AMTRAK at 800-872-7245.
The John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport is located five miles from campus. For more information call 814-536-0002 or 814-536-5103 or log on to www.flyjohnstownairport.com.
Conveniently Located Accomodations
Be sure to mention that you are visiting Pitt-Johnstown when you phone in your reservation, as many of the local hotels offer a discount for Pitt-Johnstown visitors!