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.

Congratulations CGS Graduates!

The CGS Spring Graduation Reception and Recognition Ceremony will be held at the O'Hara Student Center on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. The O'Hara Student Center is located at 4024 O'Hara Street in Oakland. Please be sure you have picked up your tickets at CGS front desk before the event. 

News & Events

Scholar-Athlete Awards Breakfast
Congratulations to the following College of General Studies student athletes who were recently honored at the Scholar-Athlete Awards Breakfast. These athletes were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement for the 2014 fall term.

The following CGS student athletes were recognized for achieving a 4.0 GPA for the 2014 fall term:

Basketball (Women’s)

Brianna Kiesel


Kaila Balatgek

Volleyball (Women’s)

Jenna Potts


The following CGS student athletes were recognized for achieving a 3.5 or better GPA for the 2014 fall term:


Marc Berube

Cheer and Dance

Laura Brouse


Haley Bodenheimer, Maya Ketner, Katie O’Rourke, Haley Sedgewick


Savannah King, Maggie Sevilla

Volleyball (Women’s)

Jenna Jacobson


The following CGS student-athletes were recognized for achieving a 3.0 or better GPA for the 2014 fall term:


Luke Curtis, Jordan Frabasilio, Manuel Pazos, Casey Roche, Nicholas Yarnall

Basketball (Men's)

Sheldon Jeter,  Derrick Randall,  Onyekachi “Joseph” Uchebo

Basketball (Women’s)

Cora McManus

Cheer and Dance

Julia Runco


T.J. Clemmings, Devin Cook, Matthew Galambos, John J.P. Holtz, Dorian Johnson, Cory King, Adam Lazenga, Jack Lippert, Khaynin Mosley-Smith
Scott Orndoff, Lafayette Pitts, Devon Porchia, Darryl Render, Ryan Schlieper


Brittney Harris, Jacqueline Lucci

Soccer (Women’s)

Alex Charlebois, Riliegh McHugh


Jenna Modic

Tennis (Women’s)

Taylor Washington

Track and Field/Cross Country (Men’s)

Desmond Palmer, Brycen Spratling

Track and Field (Women’s)

Julia Koloski, Jessica Tongue-Coates

Volleyball (Women’s)

Delany Clesen


Nicholas Bonaccorsi, Matthew Gotzon, John Rizzo, Patrick “P.J.” Tasser, Anthony Zanetta

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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.

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.

Post-bac Pre-med and Pre-professional Programs

Post-bac Pre-medThe pre-med track in Natural Sciences provides students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree—regardless of whether or not that degree included a science background—with the unique opportunity to complete the pre-requisite coursework they need and complete a second bachelor’s degree in as little as 39 creditsLearn more.

Pre-professional Programs: CGS students can also complete the prerequisite course work for several graduate and undergraduate programs offered by other Pitt schools, while taking advantage of the unique student services, flexible courses, and real-world experience that CGS provides. Whether your end goal is in engineering, teaching, health care, or another field, CGS can be your first step in starting your career. Learn more.