The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 21, 2009

UPJ moves to top tier in U.S.News rankings

Pitt-Johnstown again has been named a Best Baccalaureate College (northern region) by U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2010. The U.S.News & World Report rankings are considered to be the most influential ranking system in higher education.

Pitt-Johnstown moved into the top tier of baccalaureate colleges after being ranked in the third tier last year. Ranking factors include freshman retention rates, student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rates, alumni giving, class size and peer assessments. The Johnstown campus is the only one in the Pitt system to be ranked in the top tier.

“This ranking is one more indicator of our overall institutional excellence, including the dedication of our faculty and staff, the quality and efforts of our students and alumni, and the strong support of our community,” University President Jem Spectar said.

Pitt-Johnstown was named a Best Northeastern College (2010) by the Princeton Review and has earned attention for programs, including the 100 Days-100% Initiative, the RealWorld Action Program and the MountainCat Veterans Program.

“As pleased as we are about this very prestigious ranking, we are not relenting in our quest for a new dimension of excellence,” Spectar said.

“Even in this challenging environment, we continue to pay close attention to the imperative of quality, and are pleased to see that the fine work of our people is being noticed far and wide.”