See what students say:

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."

Overview

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

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 550
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 570
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
420 - 530

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Regular — May 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
28%
Graduate in 5 years
51%
Graduate in 6 years
55%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Computer Engineering, General

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
  • Surgical Technology/Technologist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General

  • Psychology

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


John Wozniak
State Senator

John P. Murtha
Congressman

Dr. Braden R. Berkey
Founder and President of Pairie Psychological Servic

Tim Kazurinsky
Actor and Screenwriter

Sean Isgan
Engineer, Quecreek Mining Rescue

Jodi Iachini Severson
Published articles in Chicken Soup for the Soul

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
28%
Graduate in 5 years
51%
Graduate in 6 years
55%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,890

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,431

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,197

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
85%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,127

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,070

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,816
Foreign Countries Represented
20

Demographics

1.28%
Asian
3.48%
African-American
1.24%
Hispanic
87.38%
Caucasian
2.67%
Unknown
1.81%
International

45% female
55% male
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
60%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
81%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic Success Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
110
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
3

6% join a fraternity
4% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Mountain Cats)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Golf
Soccer
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Mountain Cats)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Pittsburgh

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
12

Average Number of PC's per Lab
24

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
91%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Gateway Computer Buy Program Dell Computer Buy Program Apple Computer Buy Program

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

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


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