College of General Studies

Overview of the College of General Studies

We specialize in addressing the unique needs of students who are already busy with work, family, and community responsibilities. Our priorities are providing our students with a high-quality education that will help them change or advance their careers, and supporting them with the personalized services and resources they need to achieve their academic and professional aspirations.

NPHS-STEM Scholarship

Students interested in pursuing a career in homeland security and emergency preparedness are encouraged to apply for the NPHS-STEM Undergraduate Scholarship program. Don't delay: The deadline to apply is Sunday, June 1, 2014!

News & Events

Peer Mentoring Opportunity in CGS

Each year the College of General Studies recruits a number of CGS Students to be Peer Mentors and assist nontraditional first-year and transfer students with their transition to the University of Pittsburgh. These Peer Mentors will be paired with new students. The goals of this program include:

  • Assisting mentees in making social contact and empowering them to become a part of the university community.
  • Helping mentees find their way around campus and aiding them in accessing university services.
  • Assisting mentees in understanding and dealing with administrative requirements.
  • Supporting mentees in adjusting to the university culture.

Peer mentoring training will take place in June 2014. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Dr. Sherry Miller Brown at

CGS Scholar-Athletes Honored

The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department hosted its annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Breakfast to honor student-athletes for their outstanding academic achievements during the 2013 spring and fall semesters on February 25. The event honors those Pitt student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 grade-point average or better during the last two semesters.

Among the awardees were 32 CGS students, including three who achieved the highest honor, a 4.0 GPA award: Zenel Demhasaj, Jarred Holley, and Lamar Patterson

Congratulations to all of our Scholar-Athletes:

Haley Bodenheimer
Mary Frank
Charles Ross
Loliya Briggs
Brittney Harris
Haley Sedgewick
Laura Brouse
Brianna Kiesel
Holly Stevens
Ethan Brown
Cory King
Patrick Tasser
Alexa Campbell
Adam Lazenga
Joseph Uchebo
Delaney Clesen
Cora McManus
Taylor Washington
Mariame Conde
Carvin Nkanata
Kevin Weatherspoon
Ashley Cuba
Katie O’Rourke
Andrew Wright
Luke Curtis
Jenna Potts
Brett Zuck
Brendon Felder
Casey Roche
CGS Excellence Reception
Friday, April 11
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pittsburgh Athletic Association

The annual CGS Excellence Reception honors outstanding CGS students, faculty, and staff. Student recognition at the event will include Chancellor’s Evening Scholars, University Scholars, Alpha Sigma Lambda students, and the recipient of the Steele Gow Scholarship, as well as the presentation of the Success and Determination Scholarships and the CGS Outstanding Student of the Year Award. Next year’s peer mentors will be introduced and a new Student Government president and council will be sworn in. Faculty and staff will be honored with Student Choice Awards.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Sherry Miller Brown

Spring CGS Graduation Recognition Event
Friday, April 25
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
O'Hara Student Center

In honor of the spring 2014 graduating class, CGS will hold a Graduation Recognition Event for our graduates and their guests. Invitation letters and RSVP sheets have been mailed to spring graduates. RSVPs are due by March 20. Click here for more information about the event.

Preparing for Finals
Wednesday, April 2 - Thursday, April 3
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
McCarl Center

Learn to predict exam questions, develop an understanding of different test formats, and complete practice questions. One session is offered each day. To attend one or more of these free workshops, e-mail