College of General Studies

Online Services and Resources

Academics header image

Students taking CGS Online courses are University of Pittsburgh students in every way, and have access to all the same services and resources.  

Below are links of special interest to CGS Online students: 

The University Library System has an extensive online collection of books, journal articles, and databases, as well as tutorials and guides to help you complete your research successfully, find your e-reserves, or accomplish other course-related work.  

The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success has many programs and services to help you succeed, including math tutoring.  

Other tutorial services can be found here: 


Self-Paced courses and some other CGS Online courses require proctored testing. This is available at the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) Testing Center located in G-33 Cathedral of Learning, as well as some other facilities.  For more information, please call CIDDE at 412-624-9103. 

Disability Resources

The College of General Studies is committed to helping students with disabilities to attain their educational goals.  For example, CGS Online courses provide transcripts and summaries to accompany any audio instructor presentations.  Learn more about the services and resources offered to online students through the University’s Office of Disability Services and Resources.  


CGS Online students are likewise expected to follow all the policies and standards of the University of Pittsburgh.   Please consult your school’s Student Handbook or Bulletin and make sure you read your instructor’s syllabus and other course materials carefully.