Admission

The application process for the College of General Studies (CGS) varies depending on your intended student status:

  • New Adult Students
  • Returning/Continuing Students 
  • Transfer Students
  • Certificate/Minor Students
  • Pre-Professional Students
  • Non-Degree Students 

Details for each of these categories are outlined below. Still have questions or not sure where to start? Contact us

New Students

If you are seeking to enroll in a degree program at the University of Pittsburgh and in CGS for the first time, you will need to submit your application through the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA)

If you are seeking a second bachelor's degree, you must complete all CGS degree and major requirements. These may be completed by combining CGS courses with transfer credits from previous academic course work. For the second degree, students must complete a minimum of 30 credits in CGS, including at least half of the credits required for the new major (15–18 credits depending on the major).

Learn more about early admission for graduate study.

Returning and Continuing Students

If you were enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh previously but have attended other colleges or universities since your time at Pitt, and/or are interested in pursuing a second degree* through CGS, you must submit a transfer student application through the Office of Admission and Financial Aid.

If you received a degree from the University of Pittsburgh, or if you have previously been enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh and did not attend any other schools since your last enrollment at Pitt, you may apply directly through our online application to be reinstated for the CGS program you wish to pursue.

*Please note: If you want to return to the University for a program not offered by CGS or wish to be return to your original school, you should contact that particular school about being reinstated as a degree-seeking student. Browse contact information for other University of Pittsburgh schools. 

Transfer Students

Learn about credit and GPA requirements for transfer students, then follow these easy steps to see how CGS can facilitate your transfer experience.

1. Call 412-624-6600 to set up a preadmissions counseling appointment, where a CGS representative will conduct an evaluation of your previous college credits and help you to create a customized plan to get you started. 

2. Choose one of our results-oriented degrees and certificates.

3. Apply to CGS.

4. After being admitted and paying your tuition deposit, you'll be assigned a dedicated academic advisor who will serve as your personal guide throughout your time at CGS; helping you choose the best courses to complete your degree in a timely manner.

5. As a CGS student, take advantage of the McCarl Center. Its academic success programs, career development seminars, tutoring sessions, and many social and networking activities are designed especially for busy students balancing school with other obligations.

Schedule an appointment or request more information today!

Certificate/Minor Students

Current University of Pittsburgh students who are not already enrolled in CGS may apply to add a CGS certificate or minor by submitting an application form online. (You can apply to all certificate programs except for gerontology online. If you are interested in our gerontology certificate, please contact us at 412-624-6600 or cgs@pitt.edu to find out how to apply).

Current CGS students interested in pursuing a certificate should contact their advisor. 

You do not have to be enrolled in a degree program to earn a certificate from the College of General Studies. If you not a current University of Pittsburgh students and are seeking to only complete a certificate, you may apply directly to the College of General Studies through our online application.   

Requirements

Students with recent college experience who are interested in pursuing a certificate program will be required to have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students must have completed at least two courses (six credits), with one course being a college-level writing course, and achieving a grade of a C or better in each course. Students must have earned a bachelor's degree in order to enroll in the post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting or the graduate certificate in gerontology. In addition, the certificate in leadership is only offered to students currently enrolled in a degree program at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Students without any previous college experience must have been out of high school for at least two years and will be reviewed for admission on a holistic basis. If admissible, students will be required to complete the writing course into which they test and one other introductory-level general education course, achieving a grade of C or better in both courses, prior to enrolling in certificate courses. This requirement must be completed within the first two terms of the student’s enrollment, or within one academic year. Students will be required to meet with an advisor before enrollment, and course selections must be approved by the advisor. Advisors will monitor the student’s enrollment by placing an advising hold on the student’s record to prevent the student from changing their enrollment.

Students who do not meet this requirement within the specified time frame will not be permitted to continue in the certificate program nor will they be permitted to reapply to the certificate program for three academic years.

Students who want to change their status from certificate to degree-seeking after completing the above requirements must submit an application through OAFA and meet the admission requirements established for external transfers.

Pre-Professional Students

Those CGS students who have completed prerequisites toward a degree at another school within the University of Pittsburgh and wish to apply to that school may do so by following the applicable instructions listed below.

College of Business Administration (CBA): Admission Requirements

Suggested courses for your first term schedule:

  • ECON 0100 or 0110
  • MATH 0120 (need an ALEKS score of 61) or MATH 0220 (need an ALEKS score of 76)
  • 2 to 3 additional courses (Note: for ALEKS scores below 61, you will need MATH 0031).

 

Swanson School of Engineering: Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive! You should consider signing up for an Engineering Preadmission Information session through the above link.

Suggested courses for your first term schedule:

  • MATH 0220 (need an ALEKS score of 76)
  • PHYS 0174(co-requisite is MATH 0220)
  • CHEM 0110
  • 1 additional course.

 

School of Nursing: Admission Requirements

Admission to the nursing school is highly competitive! You should consider attending an Internal Transfer session shown in the above link.

Suggested courses for your first term schedule:

  • CHEM 0910 (requires special permission, contact Dr. George Bandik to request)
  • NUR 0002 and 0012.

 

School of Pharmacy: Admission Requirements

If you want to major in Pharmacy, you will complete two years in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences before you can apply to the School of Pharmacy. Admissions is highly competitive! 

Suggested courses for your first term schedule:

  • BIOSC 0150
  • CHEM 0110
  • 2 to 3 additional pharmacy pre-requisite courses

 

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS):

If you want to major in any of the SHRS undergraduate majors, you will complete two years in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences before you can apply. You will need to select the specific major you want to view the admission requirements.

 

School of Computing and Information:

If you want to major in information sciences or computer science, you will need to complete two years in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences before you can apply.

Learn about majoring in information sciences. Suggested courses for your first term schedule:

  • INFSCI 0010
  • additional three to four other courses

Learn about majoring in computer science. Suggested courses for your first term schedule:

  • CS 0401 (if prepared)
  • CS 0441, Math 0220 (with ALEKS score of 76 or higher)
  • One additional course

 

School of Education:

If you want to major in one of the School of Education’s undergraduate majors, you will complete two years in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences before you can apply. Select from the links below to learn more about the admission requirements.

 

School of Social Work: Admission Requirements

If you want to major in Social Work, you will complete two years in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences before you can apply to the School of Social Work. 

Suggested courses for your first term schedule:

  • SOCWRK 1000
  • PSY 0010
  • 3 other courses

 

Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences:

Some of the popular majors in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences are biology, chemistry, and communications. To learn more about A&S majors and minors, please follow this link.

Non-Degree Students

Non-degree seeking students may apply directly to the College of General Studies to take undergraduate level courses if they fall into one of the below categories. (Undergraduate courses are numbered from 0001 to 1999. Any 2000-level course or higher is a graduate level course. CGS does not offer enrollment into graduate-level courses.) Admission is rolling, but please submit your application at least 2 weeks prior to the start of classes. Term start and end dates can be found on the University’s Academic Calendar. Applications may take from 2-4 weeks for processing.

Please note that non-degree seeking students are not eligible for University-sponsored financial aid. To learn more about financial aid eligibility requirements and tuition costs, please visit the Admissions and Financial Aid website. Tuition is billed on a per-credit basis consistent with current University rates.

Post-Baccalaureate Students (already attained a bachelor’s degree or higher).

  • This does not lead to a degree. For the second degree pre-med program, see this page.
  • Best for students who need to make up prerequisite courses prior to applying for graduate school or those who want to take a few college-level courses for personal enrichment purposes.
  • If accepted, students must enroll in classes in the term they are accepted. Otherwise, they will need to reapply for another term. Accounts will remain active as long as there is no more than a three-term lapse in enrollment.
  • Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for academic advising, but may attend walk-in advising hours.
  • To apply, submit the online application along with applicable transcripts.

Guest Students (enrolled in a degree program at another 4-year institution).

  • This designation is for students who plan to take courses for credit at the University of Pittsburgh with the intention of transferring those courses back to their home institution.
  • To be eligible for admission, students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative or overall GPA. Guest student status is for one semester only.
  • To ensure that the class(es) needed are offered during the term for which you are applying, use the Class Search tool. This tool will also reflect how many open seats are left in classes, as well as any prerequisite needs.
  • To apply, submit the online application. Be sure to submit official transcripts directly to the College of General Studies. Otherwise, your application processing may be delayed.