College of General Studies Student Government

About Us

The CGS Student Government Council (CGSSG) was first recognized as the CGSSG Cabinet in the early 1970s by a group of evening students under the leadership of Hank Berns. The mission statement of CGSSG is to support non-traditional and adult students’ pursuit of success at the University of Pittsburgh.  

Today, the College of General Studies Student Government (CGSSG) consists of an elected group of students representing all CGS students, regardless of where and when they take their classes. It provides an array of services and programs to enhance student life on campus.

CGSSG's work is driven by values such as leadership, inclusivity, and academic excellence.

The College of General Studies Student Government (CGSSG)

In meeting the needs and interests of the CGS student body, five objectives have been established. CGS Student Government:

  1. Plans, conducts and supports programs, activities and services which meet the students’ academic, social, personal, career and other expressed needs and interests.
  2. Serves in an advisory capacity to the faculty, staff and administrative officers of the University in matters of student interest.
  3. Promotes a spirit of community and identity among students.
  4. Provides opportunities for personal growth through the exercise of leadership and group interaction.
  5. Provides for the equitable expenditure of student activity fees, within the parameters allowed by the University policies and procedures.

Connect with CGSSG

Students are encouraged to email suggestions, concerns, and opinions to CGSSG at Our office is 5603 Sennott Square (5th floor).

CGSSG Members and Committees

Meet the current members of CGSSG, AY 2023-24, and learn about our committee work and projects.

CGSSG Event Calendar

Every year, CGS Student Government hosts events aimed at fostering connections among CGS students and cultivating a sense of community and belonging.

Study Space for CGS Students

Each term, CGSSG reserves a study space in the McCarl Center for CGS students. Check out the current study space schedule.

Professional and Student Organizations

Membership in professional organizations enhances leadership, organizational, and communication skills, and provides networking opportunities. CGSSG officially recognizes and provides support to the following professional and honorary student organizations: ASL and LAE.

CGSSG is Hiring

CGS Student Government invites CGS students to apply for the following open positions for the 2024-2025 academic year: Event Planning Chair and General Board Member. Learn more and submit your application today.

CGS Student Climate Survey

Thank you to all the students who have completed the survey! Your feedback will help us improve our services and programs so you have a great CGS experience. Even though this survey has closed for this year, be sure to stay connected with us by checking out our other pages.

CGSSG Student Choice Awards

At the CGS Excellence Reception on March 21st, CGS Student Government recognized the recipients of the 2024 Student Choice Awards.  The awards were dedicated to honoring faculty and staff who have contributed to their students’ academic greatness and success.