College of General Studies

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students
Thursday, September 4
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Non-traditional Student Success

New students can get off to a good start by developing strong academic habits early. This workshop will highlight seven strategic steps that students can follow to reach their academic goals, enrich their college experience, and succeed at the University. The workshop is free. RSVP to sbrown@pitt.edu.

An alternate session will be held on Saturday, September 6 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Time Management Workshop
Monday, September 8
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Non-traditional Student Success

In our fast-paced world of competing priorities—school, family, work, and more—time management skills are essential. This workshop provides tools for successful and realistic planning, strategies to make the most of your limited time, and easy solutions for tracking how your time is spent. The workshop is free. RSVP to sbrown@pitt.edu.

An alternate session will be held on Thursday, September 11 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Building Relationships with Faculty
Wednesday, September 17
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Non-traditional Student Success

There is no better way to connect with University resources than building relationships with the world-class faculty who teach your courses. This workshop will present strategies to help students develop more personal relationships with the faculty they encounter in their classes. This is a free workshop. An alternative session will be held on Tuesday, September 23 from 4-5:30 p.m. RSVP to sbrown@pitt.edu.

CGS Quick Start
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 Start will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. on Monday, August 18.

Register today.

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 creditsLearn 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.

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 TheBestSchools.org. 

TheBestSchools.org 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.

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 sbrown@pitt.edu.

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 sbrown@pitt.edu.