College of General Studies

Overview of the College of General Studies

We help students reach their academic and personal goals so they are prepared for the next stages of their life and career.

The College of General Studies offers pre-professional, interdisciplinary and flexible degree and certificate programs, as well as continuing and lifelong learning opportunities designed to meet the ambition of the adult learner. The College invests in the success of its students by providing excellent educational opportunities, outstanding personalized services and specialized career and support programs, as well as access to the faculty, resources and alumni network of a large research university. Our educational programs provide students, in our credit and non-credit programs, the knowledge and skills needed to achieve and advance their personal and professional goals.

NEW CGS Degree Seeking Students: Final Steps!

Here are your next and final steps:

  1. Pay your $200 tuition depositmust pay before scheduling appointment
  2. Visit New Student Information Web site to complete the following
  • College Student Inventory
  • New Student Tutorial 

Once these steps have been completed and you have received an e-mail from your advisor, call 412-624-6600 and schedule your first advising appointment and enroll in classes!

Advisors will begin meeting with new Fall 2017 degree seeking students after open enrollment period begins, April 10, 2017.

News & Events

Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid and the Betrayal of the American Dream
Wednesday, April 5
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge

Sara Goldrick-Rab, leading scholar-activist on college affordability, will discuss the findings of her research. A student panel will share their reactions and experiences financing their college educations. Free and open to the public.

Sara Goldrick-Rab, 4/5, William Pitt Union Lower Lounge 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Math and Writing Workshops
McCarl Center for Non-Traditional Student Success (1400 Posvar Hall)
Math Workshop: Tactics for Math Success 

March 15, 4:00 - 5:00 PM (Donna Rosenberger)

Tactics for Math Success is a workshop for anyone who needs to take a math course at Pitt, but is hesitant to enroll for any reason. Leave your calculators at home, but come and hear the discussion debunking common math myths. Download Workshop Flyer.

Seating is limited. To reserve your sport, register here

Writing Workshop: How to Write a Medical Research Paper

Friday, March 17, 2:00 - 3:00 pm (April Flynn)

In this short workshop writing tutor April Flynn will give a brief overview of the process for researching and writing medical research papers. She will give students some “best practice” tips and walk them through a typical writing process. Students will have the chance to ask questions about the specific challenges of writing in health science contexts, or about the challenges of the writing process in general. Light refreshments will be served. Download Workshop Flyer.

Seating is limited. To reserve your spot, register here.

Math and Writing Help Sessions

Friday, March 31

Using Transitions to Organize & Connect Ideas 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (Libby Ferda)

Friday, April 7

Revising and Editing 2:00 - 3:00 pm (April Flynn)

All sessions are held in the McCarl Center for Non-Traditional Student Success (1400 Posvar Hall. No registration required.

Stay tuned for more events coming soon.

Nominations Now Open for CGS Student Choice Awards

Nominations are now open for The Annual CGS Student Choice Awards. CGS students are once again invited to recognize CGS and PITT staff and faculty members for their helpfulness, dedication, and commitment. To learn more about the CGS Student Choice Awards program and to submit a nomination, visit the CGSSG Student Choice Awards Nomination website. Nomination deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017.

Dean's Stars and Dean's List for Fall 2016 term

Congratulations to the College of General Studies' Dean's Stars and those who made the Dean's List for the fall 2016 term.

The following CGS students are recognized as Dean's Stars for achieving a 4.0 GPA for the fall 2016 term:

Clara Bahan Caitlin Holmes Jenna Potts
Christine Brashier Courtney Joyce Adryan Richardson
Annette Burket Jason Klatt Sydney Smolenak
Abigail Capella Eric Knapp Andrew Staiger
Madeline Cree Nicole Koster Jacob Sweed
Elisabeth Estes Arian Madani Neishaboori  Damien Truschel
Madelyn Fell Luke Maxson Karla Victum
Rose Gerber Andrew Maza Amber Ward
Cody Gilbert Justin Moore  

The following CGS students are recognized for achieving a 3.50 or better GPA for the fall 2016 term. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must complete at least 12 letter-graded credits with a 3.5 or better GPA within one academic year without G-grades. In order to qualify again, you must complete a new set of 12 credits and earn a 3.5 GPA. Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding academic achievement:

Sarah AdelsbergRose GerberMontanna Mellion
Jared AielloCody GilbertSamuel Mersing
Kira AkanaJeffery GillenbergerJennifer Mikitka
Michael AlbingerKelsey GlattsJustin Moore
Jerilyne AlmonteMatthew GoldbergJessica Morris
Taylor AndersonChelsea GreenbergKaren Morris
Olivia AppletonPhoebe GuttLindsay Myer
Shane AsmanCallum HamiltonDaniela Nestory
Nathan BabyakSarah HamptonKevin Novick
Clara BahanAnnabelle HanfligLauren O'Brien
Angela BalyaCasey HarewoodKaitlin O'Donnell
Samantha BastressKelliann HaughBryan Olson
John BellCaroline HeymanSiobhan Osborne
Stephanie BerganJennifer HoffmannThomas Pagan
Abigail BerringerCaitlin HolmesRachel Parasky
Samantha BlueAllyson HooverCarly Paulison
Gillian BoylandTyler HoppmanLoretta Payne
Madison BrannonTaylor HouserJulia Pines
Christine BrashierKevin HudsonJason Piskurich
Desire BrownKristen HunninenAlisha Pond
Courtney BruchKevin HurleyJenna Potts
Annette BurketMahnoor ImranAdryan Richardson
Mujtaba BurnyLauren IsleyEmily Roser
Lauren ButlerMatilda IzevbigieJacqueline Ruchti
Abigail CapellaAigner JacksonArielle Russo
Nicholaus CarranzaCiera JamesAnthony Sayegh
Maya CarterAllison JensenJessica Scheib
Celina ChiuCourtney JerioskiAbigail Scurfield
Zachary ClappEvan JohnsonAmanda Seim
Jasmine ClarkKathleen JohnsonAmanda Serio
Joanna ClarkHannah JonesJessica Sevcik
Noah ClarkCourtney JoyceDylan Shaffer
Allison ClarkeSyed KaleemShamaal Sheppard
Adelle CollinsJames KarshAshleigh Simpson
Christopher ConnellNeha KhoisnamElizabeth Smith
Richaela CowanEssence KimesLydia Smith
Caroline CoyleJason KlattMargot Smith
Madeline CreeJoel KleinSydney Smolenak
Emmaline CusheyEric KnappSamantha Sostorecz
Luz Demarco-GreenAshley KoehlerAndrew Staiger
John DenisRobert KoehlerChris Stalnaker
Justin DiamondNicole KosterBrenna Stamm
Ashlee DiDomenicoJoshua LawrenceSarah Stein
Jacqueline DillonTiffany LeeJacob Sweed
Mackenzie DrungellSamantha LevinKathryn Tadduni
Michael DunnDavid LevineNathaniel Taylor
Daniel EdgarMarissa LockeGaelle Tchuem
Ryan EggertSydney LukusMichael Thomas
Madeline EllgassAshton MacfarlaneTaylor Trgovac
Elisabeth EstesArian Madani NeishabooriDamien Truschel
Christopher FaganOlivia MarconiDavid Tulin
Colton FagoKristin MarkitellKelechi Urama
Ann FaheySarah MartinNoorden Van
Ryan FaulLuke MaxsonKarla Victum
Madelyn FellAndrew MazaAmber Ward
Victoria FrankenySiobhan McDonoughMelissa White
Matt GalambosNolen McElweeJuliana Wright
Amanda GamwoLaura McGowanThomas Zielinski
Marissa GavinMitchell McGowanAbbot Zuk