College of General Studies


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Your next move could be easier than you think.

You understand the value of a degree from a world-renowned university and the importance of completing that degree on a timeline that works for you. We understand the unique needs of students transferring from another institution, coming back to school after a break, or balancing the demands of school with work and family obligations.

We have more than 50 years of experience working with transfer students and others who want the personalized attention of a small academic community, the flexibility of courses that fit into their already busy lives, and the competitive advantage of a Pitt degree. In fact, 79 percent of CGS students have transferred college credit from a previous institution toward their Pitt degree.

We make it easy for you to get the credit you deserve.

Support for transfer students at CGS begins before you even apply. Follow these easy steps to see how CGS can facilitate your transfer experience.

  • Get started early. It’s never too early to start considering your options for continuing your education. Even if you’re in your first year of an associate’s degree program, it can be helpful to look into bachelor’s programs you may consider completing. That way you can ensure that the courses you take now will transfer toward your future degree program.
  • Set up a pre-admissions counseling appointment. At this one-on-one meeting, a recruitment represntative will conduct a thorough evaluation of your previous college credits, and help create a customized plan to get you started on your application. By the end of the meeting, you’ll know exactly how your previous credits will transfer and have a road map in hand to get you through the application process.
  • Meet a recruitment representative at your school or in your area. Check out our Transfer Days and Events, to find out when we’ll be in your neighborhood. 
  • As soon as you are admitted, meet with your designated academic advisor, who will serve as your personal guide throughout your time at CGS. Your advisor will help you carefully consider your past experience, as well as your future career goals, and provide expert advice on what courses to take when so that you can complete your degree in the time frame you desire.
  • As a CGS student, take advantage of the McCarl Center’s academic success programs, career development seminars, tutoring sessions, and many social and networking activities designed especially for busy students balancing school with other obligations. 

Students in the College of General Studies can also take prerequisite courses that may be able to transfer to other undergraduate schools within the University of Pittsburgh, depending on the requirements in the other school. You can find more information through the links on the right.