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.

Post-bac Pre-med and Pre-professional Programs

Post-bac Pre-medThe pre-med track in Natural Sciences provides students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree—regardless of whether or not that degree included a science background—with the unique opportunity to complete the pre-requisite coursework they need and complete a second bachelor’s degree in as little as 39 credits. Learn more.

Pre-professional Programs: CGS students can also complete the prerequisite course work for several graduate and undergraduate programs offered by other Pitt schools, while taking advantage of the unique student services, flexible courses, and real-world experience that CGS provides. Whether your end goal is in engineering, teaching, health care, or another field, CGS can be your first step in starting your career. Learn more.

News & Events

Commonwealth Scholarship Information Session
Monday, June 30
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

Join representatives from CGS to learn about the Commonwealth Scholarship, as well as how to apply to Pitt and future scholarship opportunities. RSVP via e-mail or call 412-624-6600.

Pitt ranked #1 for Best Bachelor’s in Legal Studies Degree Programs

The College of General Studies' Bachelor in Legal Studies was ranked number one in an article titled “The 25 Best Bachelor in Legal Studies Degree Programs” by selected Pitt’s program based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

Learn more about CGS' Legal Studies degree.

CGS Quick Start
Thursday, July 17 - Monday, August 18
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

All new CGS students are encouraged to attend a CGS Quick Start, your one-stop shop to access all the resources you'll need to start the school year stress-free. You can:

  • Meet your advisor and enroll in classes.
  • Learn about our wide array of support services, designed specifically for non-traditional students.
  • Enjoy a complimentary lunch with incoming and current students...

...and much more!

Quick Starts will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17 and Monday, August 18.

Register today.

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