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University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
University of Pittsburgh Johnstown    
2021-2022 Johnstown Campus Catalog 
  
 
  Oct 28, 2021
 
2021-2022 Johnstown Campus Catalog

Admissions



Admission to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is competitive. Pitt-Johnstown seeks applicants of good character who have demonstrated scholastic achievement and the capacity for further growth. The Pitt-Johnstown Admissions Committee carefully reviews each applicant’s secondary school record, performance on college entrance examinations (optional), personal qualifications, and other related factors.

In making admission decisions, the Admissions Committee recognizes that the college is best served by a diverse student body. The committee considers, in addition to statistical measures of academic accomplishment, evidence of leadership ability, motivation, extracurricular interests, and talents, as well as the overall potential for success at Pitt-Johnstown. Applications are reviewed on a personal basis in committee format, and all candidates for admission are notified as soon as action is taken on their applications.
 

Admission Procedures

First time students applying for admission to full-time or part-time study must submit:

  • Application for admission
  • Official high school transcript documenting a minimum of 15 academic units (completed or in-progress)
  • ACT or SAT 1 exam scores (optional)
  • Letters of recommendation (optional)
  • Essay/Writing Sample (optional)
  • Any additional credentials in support of application (optional)

The application and credentials submitted in its support become the property of the college and are not returned to the student. All correspondence concerning full-time or part-time admission, including the application and supporting credentials, should be addressed to:

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Admissions Welcome Center
157 Blackington Hall
450 Schoolhouse Road
Johnstown, PA 15904

Admitted students who wish to accept the offer of admission must submit a nonrefundable $100 tuition deposit. This will be applied to the first-term tuition.

Once admitted, students are eligible to continue as long as they maintain satisfactory academic standing or until a degree has been earned. Admitted students may request that their admission be deferred up to one year, provided they do not attend another educational institution in the interim. After that point, they must submit a new application.

Admission Requirements

All applicants for full-time study at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown must have completed, or be in the process of completing, at least 15 units of work in an accredited or approved secondary school. Specific requirements as to how the 15 units must be distributed have been established in the following sections for applicants seeking admission to programs in arts and sciences, upper-division programs, nursing, and engineering. Admission to one program of study at Pitt-Johnstown does not guarantee admission to other programs. To be reconsidered for admission to another program, a student must submit a request in writing to the Admissions Welcome Center.

Academic Unit Distribution

  • Academic Programs in the Divisions of Arts & Sciences, Business & Enterprise, Education, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences:
  Subject Units
  English 4
  Laboratory Science 1 (preferably 2)
  Algebra 2
  (additional course work in geometry is preferred)
  Foreign Language 2 (same language)
  Academic Electives 5
  Social Sciences 1

 

  • Academic Programs in the Division of Engineering & Computer Science:*
  Subject Units
  English 4
  Chemistry 1
  Algebra 2
  Physics 1
  Geometry 1
  Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus/Calculus 1
  History

4

 

  • Nursing Program Requirements:**
  Subject Units
  English 4
  Chemistry 1
  Algebra 2
  Academic Math 2
  Laboratory Science 2
  Foreign Language 2 (same language)
  Social Studies 3 (preferably 4)

 

*Students electing to submit standardized exam scores in support of their application to Pitt-Johnstown Engineering program should meet the following minimum requirements 1100 SAT (550 Math) or ACT composite score of 22.

**Students electing to submit standardized exam scores in support of their application to Pitt-Johnstown Nursing program should meet the following minimum requirements 1130 SAT or ACT composite score of 23.

Exceptions to the requirements listed above may be determined on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee.

Admission to Upper-Division Programs

Students intending to pursue upper-division programs such as education, pharmacy, health and rehabilitation sciences, library and information science, and social work are admitted initially to arts and sciences and are expected to meet the same admission requirements as other arts and sciences students. The appropriate preparatory curricula will be selected with the assistance of academic advisors.

Admission of Transfer Students

Students who have earned credits at another institution before applying to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown must submit:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcript(s) from all colleges attended
  • Official high school transcripts

Transfer applicants must complete all other admission requirements as stated above. Students who previously attended Pitt-Johnstown and wish to re-enroll on a part-time or full-time basis should contact the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Advanced Placement

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown accepts for consideration, exemption, or advanced placement the results of Advanced Placement Tests administered by the College Entrance Examination Board.

BIOLOGY (BY)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
4 4 BIOL 0110, 0111
5 8 BIOL 0110, 0111, 0120, 0121

CHEMISTRY (CH)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
3 or 4 4 CHEM 0111 & CHEM 0113
5 8 CHEM 0111, 0112, CHEM 0113 & CHEM 0114

CLASSICS (see Foreign Language)

COMPUTER SCIENCE (CSA or CSAB)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
4, or 5 3 CS 0015

ECONOMICS MICRO (EMI)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
4 or 5 3 ECON 0105

ECONOMICS MACRO (EMA)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
4 or 5 3 ECON 0115

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (ENVS)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
4 or 5 3 GEOL 0086

ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION (ENGC)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
4 or 5 6 ENGCOMP 0005, ENGLIT (NE)

ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION (ELC)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
4 or 5 6 ENGCOMP 0005, ENGLIT (NE)

ART (HISTORY) (ARH)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
3, 4 or 5 3 FINE ARTS (NE)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Latin Prose (LTL)  
Test Score # of Credits Credits for
4 or 5 3 LATIN 0211
     
Vergil (LTV)    
4 3 LATIN 0211
     
French (FRA)    
4 3 FRENCH 0355
5 6 FRENCH 0355, 0356
     
French Literature (FLA)    
4 3 FRENCH 0321
5 6 FRENCH 0321, FRENCH 0355
     
German (GM)    
4 3 GER 1490
5 5 GER 1490
     
Spanish (SPL)    
4 3 SPANISH 0325
5 6 SPAN 0325, 0351

GEOGRAPHY

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
Human    
4 or 5 3 GEOL 0000

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
US Government & Politics (GPU)  
4 or 5 3 PS 0206
     
Comparative Government & Politics (GPC)  
4 or 5 3 PS 0302

HISTORY

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
American - United States (UH)    
4 or 5 3 HISTORY 0610 or HISTORY 0620
     
European (EH)    
4 or 5 3 HISTORY 0120 or HISTORY 0130
     
World (WH)    
4 or 5 3 HISTORY (NE)

MATHEMATICS (MAB)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
Calculus (AB)    
4 or 5 4 MATH 0221

MATHEMATICS (MBC)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
Calculus (BC)    
4, or 5 8 MATH 0221 & 0231

MUSIC

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
Listening & Literature (MSL)  
3, 4, or 5 3 MUSIC 0212
     
Theory (MST)    
3, 4 or 5 3 MUSIC 0100

PHYSICS (PY1 & PY2)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
Physics 1 and Physics 2 (MUST TAKE BOTH)    
4 and 4 4 PHYS 0140
4 and 5 4 PHYS 0140
5 and 4 4 PHYS 0140
5 and 5 8 PHYS 0140 & phys 0142

PHYSICS C - Mechanics (Part 1) (PHCM)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
4 or 5 4 PHYS 0150

PHYSICS C - Mechanics & ELECTRICITY - magt parts 1 & 2) (PHCE/PHCM)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
4 or 5 8 PHYS 0150 & PHYS 0152

PSYCHOLOGY (PY)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
4 or 5 3 PSY 0200

STATISTICS (STAT)

Test Score # of Credits Credits for
4 or 5 3 STAT 1020

NE= No Equivalent 

Campus Visit and Conference

Interviews are not required; however, applicants or prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the campus. The purpose of the campus visit is to permit candidates to gain firsthand knowledge of the college’s programs, facilities, and admission policies. A personal conference allows candidates, parents, and campus personnel the opportunity to exchange information in a more personal setting. In addition, tours are offered Monday through Friday with a student tour guide. Arrangements for an admissions counselor conference and tour may be made by calling 1-800-LIKE-UPJ or visiting our website at upj.pitt.edu/admissions.

Admissions Scholarship Programs

The Admissions Welcome Center offers several types of scholarships to outstanding incoming freshman.  Applications for admission are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee to identify possible scholarship candidates. Each scholarship recipient receives merit-based scholarship assistance for four years if a 3.0 grade point average is maintained.

Accelerated High School Students

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown admits a limited number of outstanding high school students who have completed the junior year of the college preparatory curriculum of their high schools. This program permits talented students, with the agreement and support of secondary school officials, to accelerate their education by attending Pitt-Johnstown in lieu of their senior year or for a set number of classes. Individuals who wish to participate in either option of this program should contact the Admissions Welcome Center for further information.

The Early Admission Program is designed for students entering their senior year in high school who have fulfilled all of their high school requirements and wish to attend Pitt- Johnstown full time in lieu of their senior year. High school students interested in early admission must fill out an application and have an interview with the Admissions Welcome Center. The applicant’s high school must provide written documentation that supports the application and the student’s desire for early admission.

The Mountain Cat Dual Enrollment Experience is designed for students who are still attending high school, but wish to take courses at Pitt-Johnstown. The student must fill out a special application and obtain a letter of recommendation from secondary school officials.

 

Admission to Adult Education

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown provides opportunities for continued learning, through part-time and full-time study, for qualified adults.

Courses may be taken for credit toward fulfilling degree requirements on a non-degree basis. Admission is open to high school graduates or those who hold equivalency certificates and are 25 years of age or older. Adult applicants with incomplete high school preparation may qualify for admissions by taking examinations administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and earning a High School Equivalency Certificate.

Qualified adult students may gain admission to any of the degree programs offered by Pitt-Johnstown.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The basic purpose of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is to provide those individuals who have acquired college-level knowledge through life and work experiences with a way to assess their achievements and then use these test results in planning and seeking college credit or advanced placement.

Advanced and Continuing Education, aware of the diverse background of its adult student population, uses the general examinations of CLEP as a means of evaluating adult candidates for advanced placement. There are general examinations in five areas: College Composition, College Mathematics, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. A maximum of 6 credits can be earned in each area, and a maximum of 30 credits may be awarded through CLEP.

Persons who have earned more than 15 college credits are ineligible for CLEP at Pitt-Johnstown. Those who have earned one to 15 credits are eligible (as are those who are just beginning to seek college credits), and they should consult the Director of Advanced and Continuing Education regarding the areas in which CLEP scores would apply to their program. Certain deductions may be necessary in order to ensure that there is no duplication of credit. Credit granted through this program might not transfer to all schools within the University, but it will apply to the degrees earned in Arts and Sciences.

Pitt Online Self-Paced Courses

Advanced and Continuing Education students at Pitt-Johnstown may receive credit for classes administered through the Pitt Online program. These are classes designed for self-motivated students who can work independently using specifically prepared study materials. Classes usually meet only three times (three Saturdays each term) in Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown students interested in the Pitt Online courses should consult the Director of Advanced and Continuing Education for course descriptions and registration information.

Registration Status/Reinstatement

Students who have not registered for at least one credit in a 12-month period must request reinstatement with the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs in order to register for classes again.

Students who do not attend for two or more consecutive terms, or who resign during any term, must be reinstated before resuming a program provided they did not attend another educational institution in the interim. To be reinstated a student must contact the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Relocation (within the University)

Pitt-Johnstown students who wish to attend another Pitt campus must complete the relocation request forms and submit the forms to the Registrar’s Office.  Forms are available online at UPJ-Registrar or in the Registrar’s Office.  Students must meet the requirements set by the campus they wish to attend.

Students who wish to relocate to Pitt-Johnstown from another campus of the University of Pittsburgh must request relocation from the academic dean of the Pitt campus they are currently attending.

Any questions regarding relocating to another Pitt campus should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.



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