College of General Studies

News & Events

CGS Open House
Friday, September 19
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

CGS and its associated units--the McCarl Center, the Office of Veterans Services, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute--have relocated to a new signature space on the first floor of Wesley W. Posvar Hall. And we invite you to stop by and check it out!  

Friday, September 19, noon-2 p.m. 
1400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 230 South Bouquet Street 

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

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

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

What Can I Do With a Major in Media and Professional Communications?
Wednesday, September 10
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

A representative from the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance will reveal careers pursued by recent graduates, potential job titles and employment areas applicable to the major, salary expectations, grad school options, and general tips to help students break into their field.

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

Career Fair Prep
Tuesday, September 16
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

Thinking about coming to Pitt’s largest career fair but not sure what to expect? Then join us for the Career Fair Prep Workshop. We will cover logistics, provide a list of employers attending, and review elevator pitches and proper networking etiquette.

Veterans Networking Event
Wednesday, September 24
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

Veterans, military-affiliated students and alumni, and dependents and spouses of veterans are invited to:

  • Build the skills you need to land the job you want
  • Learn what employers really look for in a candidate
  • Network with representatives from Pittsburgh’s top employers, including: Aldi, BNY Mellon, Mylan, UPMC, and more.

Light refreshments will be served.

Student Government and CGS Alumni Society Networking Social
Friday, September 26
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The patio outside of the McCarl Center, first floor, Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Join us for a networking social and barbeque! Enjoy free food, fun, and the first-ever CGS karaoke night in the new home of CGS and the McCarl Center. RSVP to by Wednesday, September 24. 

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.