Pitt-Johnstown Named a 'Best In the Northeast' College for 11th Consecutive Year

Natalie Bombatch

posted August 07, 2015


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 225 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its website feature, "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region" that posted on PrincetonReview.com on August 3, 2015.

Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar commented, “It is an honor to have received this esteemed designation for the eleventh consecutive year, 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." We chose Pitt-Johnstown and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher. 

The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits. 

"We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project," Franek added.  "We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us independently to survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students – whom we consider their customers – make it to our final slate of regional 'best' college selections."    

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges 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 offers "a small school feel with a big university name" that translates into "a very positive employment rate for graduating students." Pitt-Johnstown academics focus on practical experience in most disciplines, as one student explained, "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."

Collectively, the 649 colleges on The Princeton Review's "regional best" lists constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review does not rank the 649 colleges, either overall, by region, or in various categories. The 225 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Northeast" 2016 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, 125 in the West, and 140 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists.  

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


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 named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

About The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).