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University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, also known as UPJ or Pitt Johnstown, is a four-year, degree-granting regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The university is located in rural Johnstown, Pennsylvania and was founded in 1927 as one of first the regional campuses of a major university in the United States. UPJ is ranked as the 28th best baccalaureate college in the North and the eighth best public baccalaureate college in the North by U.S. News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges 2010” annual college guide. UPJ is also listed among the “Best Colleges in the Northeastern Region” by The Princeton Review.


UPJ was founded in 1927 as a two-year college of the University of Pittsburgh. For almost 20 years it held classes in the Johnstown High School building in the Kernville section of downtown Johnstown. After World War II, the Johnstown College moved to the Moxham section of town where the number of courses and students increased. In the early 1960s, community leaders worked with the University of Pittsburgh to build a new campus in Richland Township, a Johnstown suburb. The new campus opened in 1967 with two classroom buildings, five dormitories, and a student union. Degree-granting status was awarded to UPJ by the University of Pittsburgh in 1970. The campus has grown significantly since that time, with five academic buildings, a library, an expanded student union, a sports and aquatic center, a conference center, a chapel, a performing arts center, and a large cluster of dormitories, lodges, townhouse apartments and other student residence housing. UPJ now offers over 40 baccalaureate and associate degree programs.


The Mountain Cat statue outside of Blackington Hall

UPJ offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in more than 40 areas. Additionally, UPJ offers several associate degrees in the allied health area. The college offers more than 40 academic majors, with minors available in most of the major fields, as well as in other areas of arts and sciences. The average class size is 25–30, and the student to teacher ratio is 19:1. The college is strictly undergraduate, and all courses are taught by college faculty. The 149 faculty members have outstanding credentials and remain active professionally. Special opportunities include internships, the President’s Scholars program, independent and directed studies, a self-designed major, the Freshman Seminar Series, an International Studies Certificate, and the Academic Success Center.

UPJ operates on a modified trimester calendar. The standard school year includes a 15-week fall term (September to mid-December) and a 15-week spring term (January to mid-April). Optional summer term offerings from 5-week to 15-week sessions allow students to accelerate their degrees.

The University of Pittsburgh, including UPJ and other regional campuses, is accredited by the Middle Stat Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Commission on Higher Education. The engineering technology programs at Johnstown are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc

Campus and facilities

Owen Library

The Johnstown campus is situated in a suburban, wooded setting occupying 650 acres (2.6 km2) which makes UPJ physically the third largest campus in Pennsylvania. It is located eight miles (13 km) outside Johnstown, Pennsylvania (metropolitan population of 110,000); 70 miles (110 km) east of Pittsburgh; and 175 miles (282 km) north of Washington, D.C.

The 32 campus buildings, mostly in freestone masonry, include resident housing, classroom buildings, a performing arts center, sports center, library, student union, and outdoor recreation areas. Other features include a 40 acre nature preserve, more than 15 intramural activities, more than 70 student organizations, and NCAA Division II men’s and women’s sports.

The campus has five academic/administrative buildings: Biddle Hall, Krebs Hall, Engineering and Science Building, Blackington Administrative Classroom Building, and the Living/Learning Center. Each building contains classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, and/or administrative offices. Additional facilities include a music room, greenhouse, computer rooms, auditoriums, an audio-visual classroom, and conference rooms.

Also available to students is the advanced technology classroom (ATC) in Biddle Hall. The room is designed for electronic distance learning. It is equipped with satellite down-link programming, three full-motion cameras, data ports, video monitors, and much more. It is currently one of the most sophisticated ATCs in operation at any college or university in Pennsylvania.

The Owen Library holds more than 146,086 bound volumes, 15,358 titles on microfilm, 625 periodical subscriptions, approximately 130 online subscription databases, and more than 4,500 electronic journals. All students have additional access to many additional libraries on Pitt’s other campuses.

Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center

Campus-wide computing labs for student use are available. Labs primarily contain Windows XP-based PCs, along with several Macintosh computers, application servers, laser printers, scanners, and advanced graphics devices. The labs can be used to work with software, such as word processing and programming languages, or to access network services, such as online card catalogs, electronic mail, and the Internet. There are more than 150 computers available on campus for student use.

The Student Union, located in the middle of campus, houses the Student Life Office, Health Services, Residence Services, Career Services, Campus Ministry, and the Bookstore/convenience store. Also included are a full-service mail room, a 400-person cafeteria, a fast food shop, and a nonalcoholic pub. The union also holds a game room, information desk, and many organizational offices. A recent renovation created a bistro-style restaurant, named the Mountain Cat Club, as a dining option for students. Located directly outside of the cafeteria, the club features flat screen televisions, a dance floor, and a stage in order to provide an additional area for student programing.

The Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center (PPAC) is a 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2) multipurpose facility; it was completed in 1991. It contains a 1,000-seat concert hall, a 200-seat black box theater, and supporting operational spaces. Performances include UPJ Department of Theatre Arts shows and Broadway productions. The PPAC is also home to the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown. The art gallery displays at least eight exhibitions a year as well as work produced by UPJ students.

Willow Hall student residence

The J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel was constructed in 1991 as well. It is nondenominational and seats 250 people. Weekly Catholic mass and Protestant services are held, as well as personal conferences.

The Sports Center and Zamias Aquatic Center provide recreational facilities for more than 15 intramural sports, as well as intercollegiate activities. The building houses a 25-yard (23 m) indoor swimming pool, a workout room with free weights, an aerobic/dance studio, and locker rooms with showers. On November 10, 2009, the university broke ground on a $9.7 million 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) Wellness Center that will be constructed adjacent to the Sports Center and is scheduled to be completed in early 2011. The Wellness Center will feature a three-lane elevated running track, cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, dance/exercise/classroom space, two multipurpose courts for basketball and volleyball, an indoor climbing wall, as well as an outdoor wellness park.

Student residences

The Living/Learning Center, completed in 1994, is a 400-person residence unit, which includes a full-circuit weight training room, sauna, an aerobics room, and a smaller student cafeteria. The Living/Learning Center is not only used as a residence but also as a conference center throughout the year. With several meeting rooms, the facility can accommodate groups of 20–250 people.

In addition to the residence units in the Living/Learning Center, the campus offers the choice of single-sex and coeducational housing. The campus has six residence halls, seven small-group lodges, 46 townhouse-style apartment units, and an apartment complex.


The UPJ athletics logo features the Mountain Cat paw print

Pitt Johnstown is a Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), as well as a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). Twelve varsity men’s and women’s sports are offered including women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and baseball.

Perhaps the most prominent sport at UPJ is wrestling, which has had several top national finishes and won the Division II National Championships in 1996 and 1999.The wrestling program also includes several highly decorated wrestlers among its former athletes, including the most decorated wrestler in NCAA history, Carlton Haselrig, who went undefeated during his career and won three Division I and three Division II individual national championships.Men’s Basketball is also successful and has advanced to four NCAA Men’s Division II Basketball Tournaments, including appearances in the tournament during the past two seasons.

The men’s basketball team has appeared in the Division II national rankings several times, and finished as high as fifth in the nation in 1999. Women’s basketball at UPJ has appeared in 13 Division II and 3 Division III NCAA tournaments.



University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown




University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Motto Veritas et Virtus (Latin)
Motto in English Truth and Virtue
Established 1927
Type State-related
President Dr. Jem Spectar
Faculty 151 (full-time)
Students 3,032
Location Johnstown,Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Rural, wooded. 650 acres (2.6 km2)
Colors Blue and Gold
Nickname Pitt-Johnstown, UPJ
Mountain Cats
Athletics 11 varsity teams
NCAADivision II



  • Student Organizations: 72
  • Mascot: Mountain Cat
  • Alumni: 18,000+
  • Number of Buildings: 38
  • Total acreage: 655


  • Educational & General: 437,316 square feet
  • Residential: 579,733

Athletics Teams (NCAA Division II):

  • Men’s & Women’s soccer
  • Men’s & Women’s basketball
  • Men’s & Women’s golf
  • Men’s wrestling
  • Men’s baseball
  • Men’s hockey
  • Women’s track
  • Women’s cross-country
  • Women’s volleyball

Academic Calendar:

  • Modified trimester with Fall and Spring semester
  • Optional Summer terms from five to 15-week sessions


  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education



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October 3, 2015

LOCATION: S&T Bank Arena





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