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A Visitor's Guide to Campus

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 there is nothing like being here in person. 

The Admissions Office benefits from the efforts of a group of dedicated student tour guides, the STARs (Student Tourguide and Admissions Representative).  These current Pitt-Johnstown students 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. The Pitt-Johnstown STARs, along with the Admissions' Staff invite you to visit our beautiful campus.


Weekday Visits

Weekday campus visits provide the best opportunity for personalizing your campus experience.  A student tour guide will accompany you, giving a first-hand look at what Pitt-Johnstown has to offer. The Office of Admissions offers these tours throughout the week.  In addition, 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 families to ask questions and gather information about Pitt-Johnstown.  We want to ensure that a staff member and tour guide are available, so please call ahead to schedule your visit. To schedule a visit, please contact the Office of Admissions: 814-269-7050, or toll free 1-855-LIKE-UPJ.

Open House Programs

We understand that families have busy schedules and can't always take time to visit during the school week, so we have developed program options that may better fit a 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.


Admitted Student Programs

Planning on attending Pitt-Johnstown or finalizing your college search?  As a student who has been selected for admission to Pitt-Johnstown, you are invited 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! 

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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.

Driving Directions

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

Conveniently Located Accommodations

Comfort Inn & Suites
455 Theatre Drive
Johnstown PA 15904
(814) 266-3678 

Sleep Inn
453 Theatre Drive
Johnstown PA 15904
(814) 262-9292

Super 8 Motel
627 Solomon Run Road
Johnstown PA 15904
(814) 535-5600

 Hampton Inn
129 Commerce Ct.
Johnstown PA 15904
(814) 262-7700

Holiday Inn Downtown
250 Market Street
Johnstown, PA 15901
(814) 535-7777 

Holiday Inn Express
1440 Scalp Avenue
Johnstown PA 15904
(814) 266-8789

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!
Last Reviewed: August 6, 2010