What's Next?

"What's next?" is a good question. First of all, congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown! This is an exciting time. It can also be a stressful time as you prepare for college.

This guide helps you through the next several months, right up to the start of classes. Most of the steps pertain to incoming freshmen. Download our "What's Next?" app, which will help you through the process right from your phone.

1. File FAFSA Form

To receive financial aid, Pitt-Johnstown students and their families must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly called the FAFSA.

FAFSA can be filed any time after October 1 for the next year, and can be found at www.fafsa.gov. Apply as early as possible to avoid missing Pitt-Johnstown’s April 1 priority filing deadline. Financial aid applications received after the deadline will be processed on an ongoing basis.

If you or your parents have not completed your Federal Income Tax Return but wish to complete the FAFSA, use estimated income information to ensure that your information is received by the Federal Processor before Pitt-Johnstown’s April 1 priority filing deadline.

Approximately seven to 10 business days after completing the FAFSA online, you will receive an e-mail with a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR) Acknowledgement, which signifies that your FAFSA has been processed by the Department of Education. The SAR explains what your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be for the academic year. The EFC does not reflect what you and your family will have to pay out-of-pocket for your college expenses, nor does it reflect what your family can afford to pay out-of-pocket. The school, the state grant agency and the federal government use your calculated EFC to determine the types and amounts of financial aid that you will receive.

Review your SAR for accuracy. If changes are needed to any SAR information, just log in to www.fafsa.gov and submit changes there.

Be sure to keep copies of your FAFSA You must complete a FAFSA each year that you wish to apply for any financial aid, including Stafford and PLUS loans.

Please use the University of Pittsburgh code: 008815. All five campuses within the Pitt system use the same code.

2. Pay Tuition Deposit

The $100 Tuition Deposit is your signal to us that you are planning to be a student at Pitt-Johnstown. We use it to reserve a seat for you in the fall 2018 freshman class and it will appear on your statement as credited to your fall semester. The deadline for your non-refundable tuition deposit is May 1.

There are two easy options to submit your deposit:

  1. The recommended method is to Make a Tuition Deposit through the PS mobile site using the applicant ID that was emailed to you when you applied for admission.  The deposit will be reflected in your student account immediately (Deposit Instructions).
  2. Please submit the Admission Deposit Form that you received with your acceptance letter, along with the $100 tuition deposit. Please return the form to the Admissions Welcome Center at the following address:

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

3. Activate Your Pitt Computer Account

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Shortly after paying your $100 Tuition Deposit, you will receive an e-mail explaining how you can activate your official University of Pittsburgh computer account.

Your notification will be sent to the e-mail address that you provided the University on your admissions application. In prior years, this information would have been sent to you in the mail. THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE.

If you are no longer using the same e-mail address as provided, or provided an incorrect e-mail address, you may miss this important notice. If you are unsure which address you supplied, you can call us at 855-LIKE-UPJ, and we can access that information for you.

For students who did not provide an e-mail address on the admissions application, your notice to activate your Pitt account will be mailed to your home address. Even though you are admitted to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, this notification will be mailed from the University of Pittsburgh. Do not discard that letter. 

If you think that you may have missed the letter, deleted an e-mail, or have any questions at all, you can call the University of Pittsburgh Technology Help Desk at 412-624-4357.

Activating Your Account:

Once you have received your notice (e-mail or letter) to activate your Pitt account, you will need to visit the website: www.my.pitt.edu Click the “New Account Activation” link located in the box designated for “Students, Faculty, & Staff” After confirming your identity, you will be guided through a series of online steps to activate your University Computing Account. Use the “Username” and “Activation Key” provided to you in the e-mail (or letter).

Arrange Campus Housing

Following the May 1 Tuition Deposit deadline (see No. 2), the Office of Housing and Residence Life will mail out housing information. No housing information will be sent out until after May 1.

This information will include a detailed description of the Housing Application process and will go to all incoming freshmen who have paid the Tuition Deposit and indicated that they would like campus housing on their Admissions Application.

The application process is completed completely online.

All incoming Pitt-Johnstown students are housed together in units designated for freshmen.

There is a $150 Housing Deposit that is due before you can apply for housing. You are encouraged to pay the housing deposit and submit a housing application by July 1.

Your Housing Deposit will show as a credit on your Spring Semester bill.

If you indicated that you do not want campus housing on your original Admissions Application, you will not receive this housing information. If, between the time you were admitted and mid-May, you change your mind about living on campus, notify the Admissions Welcome Center (855-LIKE-UPJ).

Select a Roommate

As part of the online Housing Application, you will answer a series of roommate matching questions. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will use your answers to these questions to match you with another incoming freshman, who will become your roommate.

If you know another incoming freshman (of the same gender) and would like to room together, you can request one another through the online Housing Application.

Commuter Rooms

Students who choose not to live on campus have the option of signing up to be part of the “Commuter In Residence” program.

Participation in this program provides commuting students with a room on campus where they can study, store personal belongings, and interact with residential students. Participation in this program is completely free of charge. First-year commuter students are assigned to either Laurel, Maple, or Oak Hall. A commuter student shares a room with approximately five other commuter students. As commuters-in-residence, students are issued a room/locker key. Inside the room, commuters share the following: study desks and chairs, campus telephone, and a “MicroFridge” (a small refrigerator & microwave combo). The rooms are available every class day from 6 a.m. to Midnight. Students are not permitted to remain overnight in commuter rooms.

Space is limited and is provided on a first-come-first-served basis. Sign-ups for the program open in late July. If you did not indicate that you wanted campus housing on your original Admissions Application, you will receive a letter in late July describing the application process.

  • Then, enable multifactor authentication.
  • Click Secure Pitt Passport Services and enable multifactor for all services.
  • Click Save.

If you have any trouble activating your University of Pittsburgh computer account please call the University of Pittsburgh Technology Help Desk 412-624-4357.

Multi-Factor Authentication

Login at accounts.pitt.edu using the login credentials of the account you just created. First, register a device (smartphone, tablet, non-smartphone). Click Add/Manage Pitt Passport Devices, and complete the steps.

You will need this to:

Access Grades, which are posted online. You may also view your entire academic history. Placement Exams (see No. 10) Software and Computer (see No. 18) Access Courseweb. Faculty post course-related materials online Pay Your Bill (see No. 15) Meal Plan (see No. 9) Emergency Notification. You will set up an emergency notification account to alert you and your family of any incident on campus. Photo ID (see No. 11) Create a Schedule (see No. 14)

If you have questions at any point in this process, please call the University of Pittsburgh Technology Help Desk 412-624-4357.

Your Pitt Username and Password

When activating your Pitt Account, you will be asked to create a password to go along with your username. Remember to keep your Password as well as your Username secure. It will be very important to you as you move through the next few months.

4. Health Forms

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is committed to providing quality health care for our students. In order to provide these services, all students are required to have an up-to-date health record on file with Health Services, including documentation of current immunization status.

The health record is to be completed online at campusservices.upj.pitt.edu after the $100 tuition deposit has been processed.

Health forms should be completed before the start of classes in the fall.

Disabilities

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown offers services to students with disabilities in order to create optimal and equal access for academic success.

Should you have any concerns, the Office of Disability Services is here to provide information about our services and how to receive reasonable accommodations for a documented disability.

Learn more about Disability Services »

If you have questions or specific inquiries related to these services, please feel free to contact the Office of Disability Services at 814-269-7119 or e-mail: OHWS@pitt.edu

5. Visit Campus

For many individuals, a first-time visit to Pitt-Johnstown can be love at first sight. Brochures and websites offer a glimpse of the Pitt-Johnstown experience, but nothing beats being here in person.

The Admissions Welcome Center benefits from the effort of a group of dedicated student tour guides, the STARs (Student Tourguide and Admissions Representatives). These students are the real experts on campus. They live, eat, and go to class here, and in most cases are only a few years older than the student visitors. They are very often the single best source of campus information. The Pitt-Johnstown STARs, along with the Admissions’ Staff invite you and your family to visit our beautiful campus.

Weekday Visits

Weekday campus visits provide the best opportunity for personalizing your campus visit. A student guide will take you on a campus tour, giving you a first hand look at what Pitt-Johnstown has to offer. The Admissions Welcome Center offers student guided tours throughout the week. In addition to the tour, you may also schedule an Admissions interview. This is an informal meeting between an Admissions Counselor and the student and his or her family. These meetings are designed as a way for the families to ask questions and gather information about Pitt-Johnstown. We want to ensure that a staff member and tour guide are available, so we ask that you call ahead to schedule your visit.

Admitted Student Days

As a future Pitt-Johnstown student, we invite you to attend a special program designed for admitted students only. You can Get Ready for the Real World at Pitt-Johnstown’s Admitted Students’ Reception Program.

The morning begins with an information session followed by an office/activities fair where you will be able to talk with faculty and staff, visit campus offices, and learn more about student activities offered at Pitt-Johnstown! The programs take place in February and March.

Representatives from academic divisions, campus offices, and student organizations will be on-hand to provide information regarding services available to Pitt-Johnstown students. This segment of the program is designed to be flexible and interactive based on your interests.

Campus Tours

Full campus tours will be available after the program. These tours will depart from the Admissions Office in Blackington Hall.

6. Submit AP Test Scores

If you have taken, or plan to take an Advanced Placement (AP) Exam while in high school, it is important that you report your scores to Pitt-Johnstown if you want to use the AP credits in college.

AP credits may impact the schedule that your advisor will be creating with you this summer (see No. 14). If you do not report your scores, you may not get credits due you, or you may end up taking unneeded courses.

Ask that your AP Exam scores are sent to:

Office of the Registrar
279 Blackington Hall
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
450 Schoolhouse Rd.
Johnstown, PA 15904

Access a list of AP Exam scores and the equivalent credits given »

7. College in High School

If you have taken college classes while attending high school, you'll must ensure that those credits are also reflected in your fall schedule at Pitt-Johnstown.

Contact the college that offered the courses and request that a transcript be sent to our Registrar’s Office (see No. 6) before summer Orientation dates (see No. 13).

Office of the Registrar
279 Blackington Hall
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
450 Schoolhouse Rd.
Johnstown, PA 15904

If you took advantage of a College-In-High-School program through any Pitt campus, you do not have to request a transcript because it will automatically show up on your Pitt record.

Learn more about college courses and the equivalent credits »

8. Submit a Final Transcript

It is required that a final official high school transcript indicating a high school graduation date and your final senior grades be mailed to the Pitt-Johnstown Admissions Welcome Center. Please contact your high school guidance counselor and they will prepare and mail the transcripts during the summer months.

Please be sure to have your final high school transcripts sent to:

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

Failure to submit your final high school transcript prior to the beginning of the fall semester may result in rescinding admission or a hold being placed on your university account.

NCAA Clearinghouse

If you are planning to participate in an NCAA sport while in college, or are even considering it, you should submit a Student Request Form (SRF) to the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse will determine if you are eligible to play at either the Division I or Division II level.

Pitt-Johnstown competes at the NCAA Division II level. No student athlete is able to participate unless he or she has been certified through the NCAA Clearinghouse.

If you have any questions concerning the NCAA Eligibility process, you should ask your high school coach or Athletic Director.

You can also find information at: www.ncaa.org

9. Choose a Meal Plan

In May, incoming Pitt-Johnstown students receive a letter from our Auxiliary Services Office with information on how to contract for a meal plan using the Campus Services on-line registration.

Learn more about dining services »

10. Take Placement Exam

An on-line Mathematics Placement Assessment (ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning) is offered by Pitt-Johnstown. You may begin taking this assessment April 1, 2018.

The Pitt-Johnstown General Education guidelines require all students to take a diverse selection of classes and many majors require calculus. The math placement assessment assists in the preparation of an appropriate class schedule and may satisfy the prerequisites of certain math classes.

General information:

  • All new students are strongly encouraged to take the math assessment.
  • Students in Engineering & Computer Science, Business & Enterprise majors, Natural Sciences majors, Nursing, and Math and Science Education majors can greatly benefit from placing into a higher-level math course.  This can allow for greater flexibility in class scheduling and staying on track towards graduation.  Students in other majors can benefit from a higher math placement by allowing the student to take courses that may be of interest to the student instead of MATH 0001. 
  • You may enroll in MATH 0001 (Algebra 1) without taking the math placement assessment. However, by taking the assessment you may be able to place into a higher-level course. In addition, the math placement assessment has tutorial modules which can help you succeed in your math courses.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits, College in High School credits (equivalent to Pitt-Johnstown courses), and applicable transfer credits can take precedent over placement scores, but only after the credits are recorded at Pitt-Johnstown.
  • Students who, after taking the assessment, believe that their score is not indicative of their knowledge and skills may retake the assessment up to two more times.
  • The cost for the exam is $25 for up to three attempts at the ALEKS assessment.  However, the benefit of testing above MATH 0001 (and other possible math or chemistry courses) greatly outweighs this cost.

Learn more about placement exams and FAQs »

Begin Your Assessment - Open April 1, 2018

When you are ready to begin the exam:

  1. Log on the my.pitt.edu portal .
  2. Click the Academic Resources tab at the top of the page.
  3. Click the ALEKS link.
    1. Choose the Johnstown Campus option
  4. Register and pay the $25 testing fee

If you do not have or are encountering difficulty with the University username and password, call the University of Pittsburgh's Technology Help Desk at 412-624-4357. The help desk is available 24/7.

11. Photo ID

During orientation, Pitt-Johnstown freshmen students are photographed for their official University of Pittsburgh ID Card at the campus ID Center, located in Room 152 of the Student Union Building (see No. 13).

ID Cards are not immediately produced, but are printed during the summer and distributed to students during move-in weekend (see No. 19). Students may also have their photos taken during Admitted Student Days (see No. 5).

The primary purpose of an ID Card is to identify a person as attending the Pitt-Johnstown campus. The front of a Pitt-Johnstown ID Card contains an individual’s photograph, name and access number and provides a means for housing residents to gain access to their building. The back of the card has a magnetic strip that contains meal plan information and/or debit account information.

There is no initial charge for a Pitt-Johnstown ID Card. However, there is a $20 fee to replace a lost card and a $5 fee to purchase a Temporary ID Card. If a card has been misplaced, the ID Center will deactivate the card and can then issue a temporary ID if requested by the student. The temporary ID Card is valid for a period of seven days.

If the original card is found during this period, the owner should return the temporary card to the ID Center at which time his/her original card will be reactivated.

12. Thinking of Changing Your Major?

Interests and ambitions change. You may have listed a particular major back when you first applied for admission, but now have a different idea. Or, you listed “Undecided” then and now have a major in mind, or you listed a major and now want to be “Undecided.”

If you are thinking about changing your major, you can notify us and we can make the change. We would like to make the change official as early as possible so that you are assigned to the appropriate summer Orientation program (see No. 13).

Generally, changing majors is a simple process, but for certain majors such as Nursing or Engineering, your application may need to be reevaluated.

If you are interested in changing your major prior to May 1, you will need to contact the Admissions Welcome Center at 855-LIKE-UPJ.

After May 1, you can still make a major change, but you will need to contact the Registrar’s Office at 814-269-7055.

13. Attend Academic Planning Days

At Pitt-Johnstown we have a two-part orientation, held at different times in the summer. We do this so that we can time the information you are receiving to better suit your needs.

The first part of Orientation is one of our Academic Planning Days. You are assigned to one of these programs based on your intended major. These days are designed to get you familiar with the academic requirements of freshman year.

A big part of the day is the opportunity for you to meet with a representative from your academic division and get your fall semester class schedule. In addition, you and your parents have an opportunity to meet with representatives from campus offices in order to take care of any last minute details. You should plan to attend the date assigned to your particular major (see below) if possible. If your scheduled date is not suitable, you can attend the make-up session held in July.

The dates for the Academic Planning Days (Orientation Part I) are:

  • Monday, June 17 – Education, Engineering, Nursing & Health Science, and Undeclared
  • Thursday, June 20 – Natural Sciences and Undeclared
  • Monday, June 24 – Business & Enterprise, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Undeclared
  • Thursday, June 27 – All Divisions

You will be receiving a full schedule of events for these days as well as registration information later in the spring.

14. Complete Your Scheduling and Advising Module

To help Pitt-Johnstown create your fall schedule, all incoming freshman are required to complete our Scheduling and Advising Assistant. We build your fall course schedule by combining introductory major requirements and the information you provide us in this profile.

The module will be available soon to those students who submitted their $100 tuition deposit. To access the module profile, please visit http://CampusServices.upj.pitt.edu.

Please use your Pitt computer account and password to access the system and then look for the “Student Advising Module.” From there, you can follow the online instructions to complete the module.

For further information, please contact your academic division. They are here to help you as much as possible throughout this process.

  • Business & Enterprise: 814-269-2990
  • Education: 814-269-7010
  • Engineering: 814-269-7245
  • Humanities 814-269-7140
  • Natural Sciences: 814-269-2900
  • Nursing & Health Sciences: 814-269-2995
  • Social Sciences: 814-269-2990
  • Undeclared: 814-269-7998

Once you have your schedule, you can buy books (see No. 16). If there are any issues that you find with your schedule, the academic advisors on hand will be able to assist you. (see No. 6 and see No.7).

15. Pay Your Balance

The University does not send paper bills. You will receive a balance due notification via email when you have charges due. Make sure to always review your account when you receive an email from PittPAY.

PittPAY is the site students and Authorized Users* will use to view and manage the student's account. You can log into PittPAY by going to upj.pitt.edu/pittpay or through my.pitt.edu.

*account details can only be given to the student and those who they set up as Authorized Users in PittPAY.

If you’d like a paper statement, a printable version is available under the Account Activity tab.

Benefits of an Online Statement

  • Convenient access – 24/7 access from any internet connection
  • Information is secure and confidential – only you and those you authorize can see your account details.
  • Online payments post to the account as soon as a payment receipt is generated.  
  • Access to payment history
  • Email notifications remind you to pay your balance before the due date to avoid late charges

Making Payments

Payments can be made online in PittPAY by students or their Authorized Users, using an eCheck (electronic check), credit or debit card. Please note if you pay by credit/debit card you will be charged a non-refundable convenience fee of 2.75%. Cash, check, and money order payments are accepted at the Business Office. Checks can be mailed to the address below.

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
450 Schoolhouse Road
125 Blackington Hall
Johnstown, PA 15904

Click here for more on making payments.

 Learn more about the Business Office »

16. Buy Books

At the Pitt-Johnstown Book Center, you have the ability to either buy or rent new and/or used books as well as buying an eTextBook (if available).

Books can be purchased in the Book Center or online »

Reservations for the Fall term begin after June 15. Reservations for the Spring term begin in mid-November.

We suggest that you read and understand the Book Return Policy before placing a reservation.

The Business Office offers Bookstore Authorizations to students anticipating a refund from excess financial aid. 

Here's how it works:

  • Bookstore Authorizations will be issued up to the amount of the expected refund. Students should find the prices of their books prior to visiting the Business Office if they would like to get the authorization for the exact amount of their purchase. Prices can be found here.
  • A charge will be posted to the students PittPAY account for the authorized amount
  • Authorization forms should then be taken to the bookstore where it will be accepted as payment
  • After add/drop student accounts will be adjusted to actual amounts spent
17. Parking

All students are permitted to have cars on campus; however, all cars must be registered with Campus Police.

  1. Log into Campus Services to register your vehicle. After registration information has been entered, you will be prompted to make a payment. If you do not wish to pay online, payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card at the Business Office, 125 Blackington Hall.
  2. After payment is made, parking permits can be picked up at the Campus Police Office, located in the Physical Plant Building.
  3. Parking permits (hang tag) must be displayed on the rear view mirror with the number color code facing the windshield. This must be removed when the vehicle is in motion.
  4. Permits are issued for specific parking areas and are valid only in those areas.
  5. Full-time vehicle registration fee is $95/year.

Not planning on bringing a car? We have other options!

18. Software and Computer

Microsoft Campus Software for students is provided at no cost to all active University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown students. Download software at my.pitt.edu within the My Resources dropdown.

You will receive more information from our Information Technology Department during the summer.

Here are some of the common questions asked:

Do I need to bring my own computer?

Personal computers are not required at Pitt-Johnstown. Adequate computer labs are available for student use.

Should I buy a laptop or desktop?

A laptop provides more flexibility in your room, around campus, and provides you with the option of taking work home on weekends. A desktop PC will probably last longer and provide better operating stability.

What about other computer discounts?

Pitt-Johnstown participates in programs with Apple, DELL and Lenovo that offer students discounted prices on all personally configured computers. Information and ordering information is available online at: www.pitt.edu/computer-discounts.

A Windows-based or Apple PC?

The choice is yours. All student labs and instructors are equipped with Windows-based PC’s, but we do provide all the necessary software for Apple PC’s and support them on our network.

What software do I need to buy?

Virtually none. All students receive Microsoft Office Professional, operating systems, LoJack theft protection and Symantec Anti-Virus software free of charge.

What are the recommended PC configurations?

We recommend brand name computers (ex: DELL) as they generally ensure better industry-standard compatibility. Avoid bargain basement models/configurations if you plan on keeping this computer for 4 years.

19. Move-In

The second part of Orientation (see No. 13) is Move-In Weekend. Those dates have not yet been announced.

All students living on campus will be able to move into the residence halls. All commuter students are invited to campus later in the day. There is also an opportunity for parents to see the campus again and finalize any details.

All students (both commuter and resident), as well as their parents are invited to attend Convocation where they are formally welcomed to the campus community. Following the Convocation, parents are encouraged to depart.

Learn more about moving in

20. Start Classes

Classes for the 2018 Fall Term (September through December) have not yet been announced. 

By that time, you will have set up your fall schedule (see No. 14), bought your books (see No. 16), and are ready to start your freshman year. The schedule that you will have made during the summer Orientation (see No. 13) will be based on the requirements for your particular major (or General Education requirements for Undecided students).

If any last minute adjustments need to be made to your class schedule, there is a chance for you and your academic advisor to make them. This is done during ADD/DROP period. Adding or Dropping a class should not be done without the assistance and approval of your academic advisor! Making changes to your schedule may cause problems that may impact your ability to make appropriate academic progress.

During the fall, you will again have an opportunity to work with your academic advisor to set up your schedule for the Spring Semester (January through April).

21. Get Help

By the time you have worked through all of the steps in this booklet and made it to the beginning of classes, you should have started to realize that college is not like high school. Your first semester of college will present you with a wide range of challenges. Some inside the classroom, others outside.

Between the time you pay your Tuition Deposit (see No. 2) and the time classes start, you will have been exposed to many of the offices and services that are here to ensure your success.

Not every student will need these services. But they are here to help, and we encourage you to become familiar with them.

22. Get Involved

It’s not all about the classroom. At Pitt-Johnstown, we want you to connect to the campus, the community, and the world. There’s no excuse for not being engaged. All students at Pitt-Johnstown are encouraged to participate in the Real World Action program.

This is a structured and interactive program that engages students and gives them a framework for expanding their horizons.