Pitt-Johnstown Earns Military Friendly Designation for Ninth Consecutive Year


posted December 06, 2017

For the ninth 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. 

Military FriendlyThe 2018 Military Friendly School® list honors more than 1,200 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.

“As always, we are deeply honored to receive such a prestigious and meaningful recognition,” said Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar.

“We are immensely grateful for the service of our veterans, and are dedicated to supporting them as they advance their personal and professional goals on our campus 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.

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.

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.

Veteran’s Week events annually include a Veterans’ Luncheon in the John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness in which student veterans are honored.

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.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary as well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.

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 website: www.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.