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.

CGS Open House September 19

CGS and its associated units--the McCarl Center, the Office of Veterans Services, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute--have relocated to a new signature space on the first floor of Wesley W. Posvar Hall. And we invite you to stop by and check it out!  

Friday, September 19, noon-2 p.m. 
1400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 230 South Bouquet Street 

News & Events

Career Fair Prep
Tuesday, September 16
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

Thinking about coming to Pitt’s largest career fair but not sure what to expect? Then join us for the Career Fair Prep Workshop. We will cover logistics, provide a list of employers attending, and review elevator pitches and proper networking etiquette.

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 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.

Building Relationships with Faculty
Wednesday, September 17
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Non-traditional Student Success

There is no better way to connect with University resources than building relationships with the world-class faculty who teach your courses. This workshop will present strategies to help students develop more personal relationships with the faculty they encounter in their classes. This is a free workshop. An alternative session will be held on Tuesday, September 23 from 4-5:30 p.m. RSVP to

Veterans Networking Event
Wednesday, September 24
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

Veterans, military-affiliated students and alumni, and dependents and spouses of veterans are invited to:

  • Build the skills you need to land the job you want
  • Learn what employers really look for in a candidate
  • Network with representatives from Pittsburgh’s top employers, including: Aldi, BNY Mellon, Mylan, UPMC, and more.

Light refreshments will be served.

Student Government and CGS Alumni Society Networking Social
Friday, September 26
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The patio outside of the McCarl Center, first floor, Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Join us for a networking social and barbeque! Enjoy free food, fun, and the first-ever CGS karaoke night in the new home of CGS and the McCarl Center. RSVP to by Wednesday, September 24.