College of General Studies

News & Events

CGS Quick Start
Thursday, May 22 - 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 are held from noon-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, 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

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.

Library Workshop
Saturday, March 1
12:00 am - 1:00 pm
Classroom on the ground floor of the Hillman Library

Join the CGS Peer Mentors and members of the CGS Student Government in the Hillman Library for a “Library Skills Workshop,” delivered by members of the Hillman Library Staff. You will learn how you can make the library work for you! An alternative session will be held on Tuesday, March 4 from 5-6 p.m.

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.

Chillax: Stress Management and Relaxation
Monday, March 24
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
McCarl Center

Feeling the stress of exams? Writing those papers leaving you anxious and tense? Well, join the College of General Studies Student Government and Peer Mentors for their Chillax stress reducing workshop. Free massages will be available for CGS students from 3 to 7 p.m., and a peer educator from Pitt’s Stress Free Zone will be available from 4 to 5 p.m. to teach you some stress reduction practices. Free snacks and stress balls will also be available to all who drop by, so please join us to de-stress with CGS!