College of General Studies

Overview of the College of General Studies

We specialize in addressing the unique needs of students who are already busy with work, family, and community responsibilities. Our priorities are providing our students with a high-quality education that will help them change or advance their careers, and supporting them with the personalized services and resources they need to achieve their academic and professional aspirations.

General Education Outcomes Assessment Program

The College of General Studies is looking for degree-seeking CGS students to participate in a liberal arts critical thinking assessment designed to measure our programs. The assessment is scheduled to take 40 minutes to complete. Multiple time-slots will be available Monday, November 3, 2014 through Saturday, November 15, 2014. Find the date, time, and location that works for you!

Participants will receive a $20 WePay cash card.

The first 150 participants will be entered for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Participation is limited to degree-seeking CGS students.

News & Events

National Nontraditional Student Week 2014
Monday, November 3 - Saturday, November 8
(All day)
The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

Join the College of General Studies in celebrating National Nontraditional Student Week, November 3-8, 2014.

Celebrate Pitt Sports during this 12th annual celebration honoring the hard work of those Pitt students who are pursuing an education while managing other priorities, like work, family, and community responsibilities.

  • “Champions of Pitt” photography exhibit opens Friday, November 7
  • Pitt athletes share their experiences from the Coach for College Program in Vietnam
  • Films shown daily noon-2 p.m.
  • Workshops on scholarships, careers and internships, and more

Check out a complete listing of events!

Pitt Named a 2015 Military Friendly School

The University of Pittsburgh has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

Conflict Zone
Wednesday, October 15 - Friday, October 31
(All day)
University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building

The University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies and Office of Veterans Services are pleased to present "Conflict Zone," a groundbreaking look at war. "Conflict Zone" is a collection of images from the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan captured by some of the world's leading combat photographers and journalists. The exhibit runs from October 15-31. 

An Opening Reception will be held on October 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. Kathleen Flynn, a photojournalist with the Times-Picayune/Nola.com whose work is featured in the exhibit, will speak at the event. Learn more.

Pitt ranked #1 for Best Bachelor’s in Legal Studies Degree Programs

The College of General Studies' Bachelor in Legal Studies was ranked number one in an article titled “The 25 Best Bachelor in Legal Studies Degree Programs” by TheBestSchools.org. 

TheBestSchools.org selected Pitt’s program based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

Learn more about CGS' Legal Studies degree.

Note-Taking/Memory Skills Workshop
Tuesday, October 28
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

Taking good notes helps develop strong memory skills. This workshop will provide strategies for recording and reviewing information to increase your ability to memorize important information.

This workshop will also be held October 30, from 4-5:30 p.m.