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A World-Class University Within Your Reach

The University of Pittsburgh's College of General Studies (CGS) offers a wide range of academic programs focusing on professional and liberal studies to suit your needs, schedule, and budget. At CGS, we help you grow and develop skills, reach your goals, and achieve success on your terms.

Our practical and results-oriented degree programs, flexible scheduling, and individualized student services position us as the region’s best choice for busy adults who want to fit a college education into their full lives. Whether you’re returning to complete your degree after a break, finishing what you started at a two-year institution, or are ready to start college for the first time, CGS is here to help.

Our Students

Meet members of our diverse community of students and discover how to write the next chapter of your story. We have been helping busy adult learners like you achieve their personal and professional goals for more than half a century, and we're ready to welcome you into our community! 

Faculty Resources

Here you can view a list of the exceptional professors, instructors, and industry professionals — all from the University, the city, and the surrounding region — who are currently teaching for the College of General Studies. If you are a CGS instructor, we invite you to explore our resources for teaching at the College of General Studies

Support CGS

We welcome your support of our need-based scholarships and other programs and initiatives that benefit our students—learn more and donate here