University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Veteran Students

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown's initiative in support of our veterans is a combination of positive efforts, such as the MountainCat Veterans Program, the GI Bill®, and a cooperative policy for active-duty students. Pitt-Johnstown is honored to be a six-time recipient of the Military Friendly Schools distinction.

Our veteran and active-duty military services include:

  • The MountainCat Veterans Program (MVP) recognizes the service performed by United States military veterans, and assists them in making a successful transition into the student population. This program represents Pitt-Johnstown’s deep commitment to serving current and former members of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) who have served on active duty.
  • GI Bill® program provides a range of benefits for veterans which are processed by the Pitt-Johnstown Registrar's Office.
  • Pitt-Johnstown’s active-duty student policy permits students who have orders mobilizing them to active military duty to drop all classes without regard to the date they are mobilized.
  • The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was named to the Military Friendly Schools list by Viqtory Media, for a seventh consecutive year. The Military Friendly Schools list is the premier media source for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

Pitt-Johnstown is also home to The Heroes Memorial, believed to be the only memorial of its kind on any college campus in the United States. The memorial pays tribute to those who died on September 11, 2001, as well as the service men and women who have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. At the center of the memorial is a 3,500-pound steel I-beam from the World Trade Center, which was attacked on September 11, 2001.

"We are deeply grateful for the service of our military veterans and are strongly committed to their success as they transition from their military careers to the classroom and beyond."

Jem Spectar, President


"GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at