Pitt-Johnstown Named a 'Best In the Northeast' College for 12th Straight Year

Mike Morlacci

posted August 14, 2017


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, for a 12th consecutive year, is ranked as one of the best colleges in the Northeast United States, according to The Princeton Review.

Pitt-Johnstown is one of 229 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its website feature, "2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region," which was published July 31, 2017, on the national education services company website, PrincetonReview.com.

The distinction validates Pitt-Johnstown’s commitment to offer high quality programs in an up-close-and-personal teaching and learning environment.

“With more than 70 programs, Pitt-Johnstown remains current and is responsive to both our students’ personal and professional needs as well as our communities’ needs,” said President Jem Spectar.  “It is an honor to again receive this esteemed designation, which recognizes our distinctive combination of people, programs, and place resulting in exceptional performance. It is through the hard work of our talented faculty and dedicated staff that we are fulfilling our educational mission and preparing students for success in the Real World.” 

Pitt-Johnstown’s commitment to Real World readiness encourages students to: get ready, get involved, make a difference, and change your world.

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. 

Ratings are based on an 84-question survey of 137,000 college students on hundreds of campuses. The survey asks students to rate their schools on dozens of topics of interest to applicants and their parents.

In its profile on Pitt-Johnstown, The Princeton Review presented the following quotes from students:

  • 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."
  • UPJ offers "a small school feel with a big university name" that translates into "a very positive employment rate for graduating students."

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.  


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 New York, NY. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary 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.