University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Class of 2023 Will Continue Community Service Tradition

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown welcomes a class of nearly 600 new students during New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 22.

The newest Mountain Cats will continue the tradition of serving the Greater Johnstown community.

The orientation program has three central objectives: 

  • prepare students for the academic rigor of the university;
  • provide a knowledge of campus and the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County community;
  • and create a sense of belonging within the student body.

According to Heather B. Hall, Director of Campus Activities and Engagement, “The focus of the fall term will be the hashtag #mtcatstrong, in which student resilience, health and wellness will be a programmatic focal point.”

National speakers and performers along with student-led workshops will engage the students in a format that centers on leadership, community service and academic success.

Move-in for new residential students takes place the morning of Thursday, August 22.  On Friday, students will spend time exploring life inside the classroom, understanding resources and learning about student safety.

The service project is scheduled for Saturday, August 24, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Students will participate in activities as partners with the members of the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority and Discover Johnstown.

Orientation culminates with Saturday evening welcome-back traditions regarding student engagement outside the classroom. 

Returning residential students are to arrive on campus on Sunday, August 25.

Fall term 2019 classes begin Monday, August 26. 


The University of Pittsburgh at 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.