Pitt-Johnstown Earns Military Friendly Designation for Seventh Consecutive Year

Mike Morlacci

posted November 05, 2015


For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has been designated a Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, the premier media source for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. 

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The 2016 Military Friendly School® list honors the top 1,700 colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar said: “To be recognized with this prestigious honor for the seventh year is a tremendous source of pride for the Pitt-Johnstown community. We are very grateful for the service of our military veterans and are strongly committed to their success as they transition from their military careers to the classroom, to good jobs in our community, and beyond.”

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of more than 100 questions covering 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/advisory-board.

According to Military Friendly® Schools, the methodology used for compiling the list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent. The rating has played a significant role during the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”

Through its signature MountainCat Veterans Program (MVP), Pitt-Johnstown recognizes the service performed by United States military veterans, and assists them in making a successful transition into the student population. This program represents Pitt-Johnstown’s deep commitment to serving current and former members of the United States Armed Forces who served on active duty.

The MVP offers accelerated admission review, priority registration, flexible tuition payment options, credit evaluation, and designated points-of-contact in key administrative and student services departments. Special networking opportunities and workshops are also held for veterans throughout the academic year. Additionally, each year President Spectar hosts a Veterans Day tribute recognizing faculty, staff, students, and Advisory Board members who have served in the US military.

On Veterans Day 2011, Pitt-Johnstown unveiled The Heroes Memorial, a first-of-its-kind memorial honoring the military men and women whose lives were lost in Afghanistan and Iraq. At the center of The Heroes Memorial is a 3,500 pound steel I-beam from the World Trade Center surrounded by the names of the more than 3,000 victims of September 11, 2001, as well as the names and ages of military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, which are updated annually.

The Memorial lists the names of more than 9,500 men and women, the majority of whom were college-age citizens, and also pays tribute to the more than 46,000 members of the military who have been wounded in action in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Heroes Memorial continues to draw visitors from throughout the United States who are moved and inspired by the tribute that the University has made to these fallen heroes.


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 Real World. 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 Military Friendly® Schools
The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of educators and HR, diversity and recruitment professionals from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on the websitewww.militaryfriendly.com.

About Victory Media
Based in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects classrooms to careers for the nation’s next generation of professionals. Our data-driven ratings are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur® and STEM JobsSM media, and featured in national media including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others. Learn more about our Media, Training and Ratings solutions at victorymedia.com, and follow them on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.