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Academics

Undergrads tell us 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." The school offers "an excellent undergraduate campus to explore scientific fields," as well as engineering and education programs that "have a high success rate." Academics focus on practical experience in most disciplines; as one student explains, "My professors have all worked in the field that they are teaching," which not only "adds validity to what they are teaching," but also means that "they can help students get internships and the experience that they need." Profs here "are generally very accessible," but their teaching can be "hit or miss." One student explains, "Some professors at UPJ are sensational, but others can be total bores. The academic experience in Johnstown is what you make of it. If you want to get the most out of it, you can." Those who succeed in doing so insist that UPJ offers "a small school feel with a big university name" that translates into "a very positive employment rate for graduating students."

Student Body

UPJ undergrads are "hardworking, fun-loving individuals looking to make a difference on campus on way or another." They are "generally from western Pennsylvania," either "from the Pittsburgh or Johnstown-Somerset area," with many "who live nearby in small towns." The school is predominantly Caucasian "so ethnically, it's not very diverse," but this is something that the school is "working on." Additionally, "Many students here are engineering majors," so some find that the school also lacks diversity in terms of areas of interest. One student observes that "The typical student is a walking advertisement for Hollister. It is very preppy here. There aren't a lot of artsy, goth, or other types of people." That said, the atypical students here "fit in by banding in groups in which they recognize and celebrate each others' uniqueness."

Campus Life

The weekends can get pretty boring sometimes at UPJ because "there isn't much to do in Johnstown" and "a lot of students go home on the weekends." As one student observes, "It's a rural atmosphere, so the social life reflects that. It's like choosing between living in the city and living in a small town. UPJ is the small-town choice. The safe and pleasant atmosphere compensates for the lack of nightlife." One perk of the location is that "We get a lot of snow, so many students enjoy going to local ski resorts or sled riding on campus." Students tell us that "there are parties every weekend," but "Although there is a majority of students who like to drink alcohol and party, it is easy to find other students that are not interested in those activities. Just because you don't drink, doesn't mean that you're not going to have any friends here." "The movies and bowling" are "always popular places for students" and it's "hard to go to either location without seeing another group of students from the university."

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Pam Penatzer
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Admissions Welcome Center
450 Schoolhouse Road
Johnstown, PA 15904

Phone
(814)269-7050


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Union Building
Sports & Wellness Center
Nursing and Health Sciences Building
Living/Learning Center
Performing Arts Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Restaurants
Movie Theaters
Galleria Mall and Richland Towne Center
Recreational Areas
Ski Resorts

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F, 10am-3pm, select Saturdays
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Various Saturdays throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Johnstown Airport Greater Pittsburgh International Airport Amtrak Train Greyhound Bus Cambria County Transit Authority Student Senate sponsored transportation Taxis Limousine Service

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Points North: * Take US Route 219 South * Take Exit PA Route 756 (Geistown/Elton) * At bottom of ramp, turn left * At the first traffic light, turn right onto Theatre Drive * Go straight through 2 traffic lights * At next intersection, turn left onto Schoolhouse Road * University can be entered at either the first or second roads on the right From Points West: * PA Turnpike (Interstate 70/76 East) to Exit 10 (Somerset) * Turn left at end of exit ramp onto PA 601 North * Follow approximately 1.5 miles to entrance of US 219 North * Follow US Route 219 North to exit at PA Route 756 (Geistown/Elton) * At bottom of ramp, turn right * At the first traffic light, turn right onto Theatre Drive * Go straight through 2 traffic lights * At next intersection, turn left onto Schoolhouse Road * University can be entered at either the first or second roads on the right OR * US Route 22 East * Exit at PA 56 East * Follow PA 56 East for approximately 17 miles through the City of Johnstown * Follow 56 East to exit for US 219 South * Take Exit PA Route 756 (Geistown/Elton) * At bottom of ramp, turn left * At the first traffic light, turn right onto Theatre Drive * Go straight through 2 traffic lights * At next intersection, turn left onto Schoolhouse Road * University can be entered at either the first or second roads on the right From Points South: * US Route 219 North * Follow US 219 North to exit at PA 756 (Geistown/Elton) * At bottom of ramp, turn right * At the first traffic light, turn right onto Theatre Drive * Go straight through 2 traffic lights * At next intersection, turn left onto Schoolhouse Road * University can be entered at either the first or second roads on the right OR * PA Route 56 West * Bypass the community of Windber * At the top of a long hill past Windber, turn right at light onto Theatre Drive * Turn is marked with a blue sign, "University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown" * Follow Theatre Drive through sharp curve and turn right at first intersection onto Schoolhouse Road * University can be entered at either the first or second roads on the right From Points East: * PA Turnpike (Interstate 70/76 West) to Exit 10 (Somerset) * Turn left at end of exit ramp onto PA 601 North * Follow approximately 1.5 miles to entrance of US 219 North * Follow US Route 219 North to exit at PA Route 756 (Geistown/Elton) * At bottom of ramp, turn right * At the first traffic light, turn right onto Theatre Drive * Go straight through 2 traffic lights * At next intersection, turn left onto Schoolhouse Road * University can be entered at either the first or second roads on the right OR * PA Turnpike (Interstate 70/76 West) to Exit 11 (Bedford) * Turn left at end of exit ramp and drive straight for approximately 100 yards * Turn left onto US 220 East/Interstate 99 North * Follow to exit for PA 56 * Take PA Route 56 West * Bypass the community of Windber * At the top of a long hill past Windber, turn right at light onto Theatre Drive * Turn is marked with a blue sign, "University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown" * Follow Theatre Drive through sharp curve and turn right at first intersection onto Schoolhouse Road * University can be entered at either the first or second roads on the right

Local Accommodations
*The Comfort Inn 455 Theatre Drive Johnstown, PA 15904 800-221-2222 *The Sleep Inn 453 Theatre Drive Johnstown, PA 15904 814-262-9292 Holiday Inn Express 1440 Scalp Avenue (Rt.56) Johnstown, PA 15904 814-266-8789 Super 8 627 Solomon Run Road Johnstown, PA 15904 814-535-5600 Hampton Inn 129 Commerce Ct. Johnstown, PA 15904 814-262-7700

Admissions

Applicants: 3,456
Acceptance Rate: 81%
Average HS GPA: 3.45







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