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The University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown (UPJ) was founded in 1927 as the first regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Since then, it has developed into a comprehensive university with more than 3,000 students, 46 undergraduate majors, 85 student organizations, and a growing alumni base. The 655-acre campus offers a living-learning space that is separate enough and large enough for students to grow, but at only 70 miles from Pittsburgh, the campus is also just an hour and a half’s drive from the middle of the action.


University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown offers 46 undergraduate programs and 3 graduate degrees in a variety of arts, sciences, pre-professional, and artistic subject areas. Students can choose from majors in subjects like economics, pre-law, Earth and space science, and professional writing. Graduate degrees are offered in acute care nursing, family nursing, and social work. There are also three associate degrees in emergency medical services, respiratory care, and surgical technology.

The academic divisions are broken up into the following categories:

  • Education
  • Engineering Technology
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Nursing and Health Science
  • Social Science

Most departments offer both majors and minors, and the Social Science Division offers majors, minors, and certificates in business and international studies. Students can specialize their degree by combining major and minor programs or pursuing a specific track within a major, as in the pre-medical professions subject area.

RealWorld Action Program

The RealWorld Action Program initiative helps UPJ students prepare to take their skills into the real world through specific individual action plans that strive to maximize opportunities and engagement. With the RealWorld Action Program, students seek career and professional development through career counselng, workshops, networking, and internships; they participate in campus engagement through clubs, activities, and governance groups; they become active in the community through volunteering and service; and they gain awareness about the world through study abroad opportunities and international service projects. This multifaceted program seeks to give students a well-rounded picture of their society, preparing them to use their skills in ways that benefit mankind. Students begin the RealWorld program during their freshman year by joining a subject- or industry-specific RealWorld interest group.

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UPJ has a competitive application process, so not every applicant is guaranteed a spot in the university. Freshmen applicants should demonstrate good test scores and strong high school grades as well as a well-rounded personality and extracurricular involvement.

Different departments may require that students take a certain number of high-school level classes prior to entry. For example, the Engineering Technology Division requires pre-calculus or trigonometry, plane geometry, and physics, which are not necessarily required for other divisions. Students interested in a particular college track should check their prospective department’s web pages for specific entry information.

Students may be able to earn college credit for AP classes at UPJ. In order to qualify for credit or exemptions, students must earn at least a 3 on any AP test they want to count towards their college transcript. The higher the score, the more classes they may test out of or earn credit for.

Application Process

To begin the admissions process, fill out the Application for Admission on the UPJ Admissions page. Applicants must submit official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and an application fee. Personal essays and recommendation letters are highly encouraged. Students who have any questions about the application process or UPJ itself can meet with a student tour guide, learn about the campus, or even meet with a member of the Admissions Staff to ask about specific topics or concerns.

Financial Aid

Any student seeking financial aid should begin by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at fafsa.gov. The FAFSA determines a student’s eligibility for federal aid money of many different types, including grants, loans, work-study programs, and more. The FAFSA is also used as a supplementary material in many third-party scholarship and grant applications.

There are also a number of merit-based, interest-based, and department-based financial aid options available. University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown offers a variety of scholarships to deserving students through the President’s Scholars Program and the Leadership Program. The President’s Scholars Program awards money to academically talented students, while the Leadership Program rewards students who were particularly active in club or community leadership in high school. All incoming freshmen are reviewed automatically for eligibility, so no further paperwork is necessary. Applicants who have won a scholarship will be contacted individually and may renew their scholarship for all four years, as long as they maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students can also seek out third-party scholarships for additional support; guidance in searching for outside funding is available through the Financial Aid Office.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2450th for the average student loan amount.
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One of the easiest ways to get involved in the UPJ campus life is to live on campus. UPJ offers residencies in dormitory, apartment, and townhouse styles to accommodate a wide variety of student needs. Living on campus makes it easy for students to walk to classes, meet friends at dining halls, study at the library or in a computer lounge, or even join an impromptu campus event.

There is also a thriving Greek life on campus. With three sororities and five fraternities, students who are interested in the Greek system are sure to find a group that fits their personality and interests. Fraternities and sororities are often great ways to get involved through intramural teams, social events, and service activities.

Every incoming freshman will be able to find his or her niche among the nearly 100 student clubs and organizations, which range from topics like Habitat for Humanity and the Business Ethics Club to the Pitt-Johnstown Ski Team and Japanese Anime. Creative artists or aspiring talk show hosts may want to get involved in WUPJ Radio or TV, student-run campus outlets that produce news and social information for students’ benefit. Writers and journalists will enjoy participating in Backroads and The Advocate, two on-campus publications.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


UPJ is an award-winning Division II school with ten varsity teams in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Men’s and women’s teams include basketball, soccer, golf, wresting, cross-country, and volleyball.


  • Pitt-Johnstown Home Page. Web. 26 Sept. 2011.
  • University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown. Admission Application Procedures. Print.
  • University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown. Get Ready for the REAL WORLD! Print.

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Ranks 64th in Pennsylvania and 772nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 7 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.14
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 11 0.37

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 81 0.36
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.01
Forcible Rape 7 0.03
Robbery 60 0.27
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 358 1.59
Larceny 572 2.53
Vehicle theft 31 0.14

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Johnstown, PA 15904
Surrounding communitySmall suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population16,877 (15,154 urban / 1,723 rural)
Households6,606 (2.28 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,079
Families4,394 (2.84 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4212

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 812th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $12,208 $12,208 $22,812
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $922 $922 $922
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $508 $508 $950
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $26,262 $26,262 $36,866
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $26,262 $26,262 $36,866
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $17,276 $17,276 $27,880

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $12,528 $12,892 $12,528 $12,892 $22,720 $23,288
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,110 $1,132
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,054 $8,230
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,060 $3,122
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,054 $8,230
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,060 $3,122
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,886 $2,944

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$45
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,570 (768 male / 802 female)
Admitted 1,419 (695 male / 724 female)
Admission rate 90%
First-time Enrollment 772 (397 male / 375 female)
FT Enrollment 768 (396 male / 372 female)
PT Enrollment 4 (1 male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment2,840

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

867th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 14%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

772nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 570
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1120

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,698
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,180
Board Fee$3,626

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2172nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,099 ($64,231 male / $53,267 female)
Number of FT Faculty 134 (76 male / 58 female)
Number of PT Faculty 147
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $2,919,737

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