Pitt-Johnstown Again Named "A Best in the Northeast" College

Natalie Bombatch

posted August 11, 2014


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is, again, one of the best colleges in the Northeast United States according to The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company. Pitt-Johnstown is one of 226 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its website feature, "2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region" that posted on PrincetonReview.com on August 4, 2014.

Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar commented, “It is an honor to have again received this esteemed designation, which recognizes Pitt-Johnstown’s distinctive combination of people, programs, and place resulting in exceptional performance preparing students for career and professional success. It is through the hard work of our talented faculty and dedicated staff that we are fulfilling our educational mission and are securing our place as the regional leader educating for the real world.”

In its profile on Pitt-Johnstown, The Princeton Review commends the college for being "an excellent undergraduate campus to explore scientific fields" as well as engineering and education programs that "have a high success rate." Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher, "We developed our "Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists to offer guidance for the growing number of students and parents now seeking colleges closer to home. We selected Pitt-Johnstown -- and the other terrific institutions on our 'regional best' lists -- primarily for their excellent academic offerings."

The Princeton Review editors narrowed their choices based on institutional data the Company collected directly from several hundred colleges in each region, staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions college counselors and advisors whose recommendations the Company invites. Franek added, "Our selections also take into account what students at the schools report to us about their experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. We ask every question that a prospective applicant might want to ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."  

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 the quality of their science lab facilities -- 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. One student said that The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown "is about having a good college experience at a small campus while growing as a student and person." Another student commented that Pitt-Johnstown undergraduates are “hardworking, fun-loving individuals looking to make a difference on campus one way or another.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the 648 colleges in its "2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region" list hierarchically or in various categories. However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of "top 20 colleges" in 62 categories that are unique to that book. They are based entirely on the company's surveys of students at the 379 schools in the book.

The 226 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Northeast" 2015 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 159 colleges in the Midwest, 124 in the West, and 139 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s "2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. Collectively, the 648 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. The Company is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.


About 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 is the regional leader, educating for the RealWorld. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

About The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation and college admission services company. Every year it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation, tutoring, and admissions services, its online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House LLC. The Company delivers its services via a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A. and Canada, and through its international franchises in 14 other countries. The Company also partners directly with school districts and non-governmental organizations to provide students with college readiness services including college selection, test preparation, financial aid advice, and admissions support. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA.