College of General Studies

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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.

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.

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.

Dean's Stars and Dean's List for spring 2014

Congratulations to the College of General Studies' Dean's Stars and those who made the Dean's List for the spring 2014 term.

The following CGS students are recognized as Dean's Stars for achieving a 4.0 GPA for the spring 2014 term:

Heather Bastian
Daniel Budd
Elaine Jergons
Shannon Lewis
Lisa Baxendell
Nathan Deron
Ruth Kapinskis
Molly Nace
Katelyn Bohn
Sarah Ford
Alex Kiro  
Ryan Sheets
Kathleen Buccigrossi
Trevor Hyland
Xun Lao  
Sophia Zhang


The following CGS students are recognized for achieving a 3.50 or better GPA for the spring 2014 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:

 Oluwafunke Akinsola
 Alyssa Ferguson
 Maya Ketner
 Andrea Ricchio
 Gabrielle Amato
 Kelsey Ferlin
 Jes Klarlund
 Nina Ricci
 David Artinger
 Jonathan Finkel
 Marissa Kolarosky
 Mary Rocco
 Victoria Artis
 Bridget Finley
 David Kolczynski
 Frank Rocks  
 Olivia Astor
 Eric Finney
 Akhil Korrapati
 Ryan Rugh
 Jihoon Baek  
 Doreen Foy
 Lindsay Lehrman
 John Ruskowitz
 Vaness Beadling
 Molly Fragale
 Wendy Liu
 Mary Russo
 Elyssa Beer
 Ryan Francus
 James Long
 Nicholas Sallinger
 Cody Bertolino 
 Mary Frank
 Anthony Lowe
 Brett Saltrick
 Erin Betancourt 
 Jacqueline Galan
 Connor Lyons
 Brittany Sanderson
 Sarah Bixby
 Sara Galko
 Rachel Lytton
 Shawn Sauerbry
 Haley Bodenheimer
 Roberta Galvin
 Emily Mancino
 Haley Sedgewick
 Chelsea Boyd
 Regis Garris III
 Michelle Marano
 Kaitlin Serres
 Michael Bragg
 Gary Gerrity
 Aleena Moin
 Jennifer Shaheen
 Loliya Briggs
 Michael Goldstein
 Mahnoor Moin
 Cole Sheptock
 Pamela Bruchwalski  
 Matthew Grandstaff  
 Anisa Mughal
 Nathan Shimandle
 Ryan Burger
 Allen Gratzer
 Danielle Narlesky
 Elizabeth Simison
 Lucy Cafeo
 George Gray Jr.
 Ellen Nash
 Elizabeth Smith
 Sarah Carew
 Mary Griseto
 Summer Newhouse
 Aaron Snider 
 John Carlson
 Melanie Gross
 Ross Nimhauser
 Emily Spirk
 Luis Carral  
 Raymond Habovick 
 Mitchell Nisenson
 Williams Stevens
 James Celo
 Matthew Hannan
 David Noal
 Tracy Sun
 Martin Cichon
 Anna Hegedus
 Jasmine O'Connor
 Patricia Szczepanski
 Theresa Clancy
 Julia Helgert
 Kimberly O'Connor
 Anthony Tarentino
 David Colner
 Peyton Hieb  
 Adrianna Oddo
 Elayna Tell
 Kristian Crosbie
 Joshua Hoover
 Stephanie Onodi
 Gabriela Tremont
 Melissa Davis
 Stephanie Iman
 Mary O'Rourke 
 Guy Tumolo
 Michael Deabenderfer
 Brady Inners
 Oyeronke Oyebode
 Alex Vicari
 Jaron Deutsch
 Lori Jefferson
 Daniel Peluso
 Christine Voye
 Paul Dimartini  
 Brian Johanson
 Genevieve Placone
 Candess Ward
 Erica Downs
 Christina Jutzi
 Kevin Pollock
 Jessica Wilkin
 Tyler Early
 Amy Kaiser
 Jenna Potts
 Samantha Wills
 Pearl Eni  
 Smriti Karki  
 Channing Powell
 Matthew Wolfe
 Abigail Fair
 Kathleen Keefer
 Arpan Prabhu
 Morgan Wonderly
 Daniel Fenner
 Travis Keister
 Chelsea Procopio
 Bradley Wong
Rebecca Wright
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

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

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

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
Arms and the University
Monday, March 24
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
WPU Lower Lounge

Authors of Arms and the University Donald Downs, Alexander Meiklejohn Professor of Political Science, Law, and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Ilia Murtazashvili, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, will be joined by leadership from both Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University’s ROTC programs and current Pitt students for an engaging discussion. Learn more.

Registration Review Seminar
Wednesday, March 19
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
McCarl Center conference room

Attend this informational seminar for a "refresher" on how to read your distributions of studies, use the course descriptions page, and search for classes in An alternative session will be held on Thursday, March 20 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.