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Kelly Brack, Natural Science

Juggling a family and changing career goals, Kelly Brack is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in Natural Sciences to further her education. Read her story to learn more about her future plans and how CGS is helping her prepare.


Prepare for Mid-Terms

The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success is hosting a series of workshops just in time for mid-terms:


Critical Reading Skills Workshop

February 4; 4-5:30 p.m.


Test-Taking Skills Workshop

February 18 & February 19; 4-5:30 p.m.


Note-Taking & Memory Skills Workshop

February 24 & February 25; 4-5:30 p.m.



For workshop details, check out our Web site.


Registration for Summer Sessions Begins February 16

Are you undecided about an academic major or specialized field of study? Do you need to complete general education requirements or prerequisite courses? Would adding a second major, minor, or certificate complement your academic experience and enhance your professional opportunities?

Summer sessions at the University of Pittsburgh provide an exciting opportunity for you to catch up on needed credits, stay on track, or get ahead of schedule for the fall term. Summer sessions classes are designed to help you reach your educational goals no matter where you are in your academic career.

During the summer term, you can complete general education or specialized requirements, finish core and prerequisite courses, or enroll in popular courses and labs that fill quickly during the academic year. Summer sessions also provide opportunities to explore subjects in a major without the pressure of a full class load. Best of all, you can choose between hundreds of courses offered during flexible 4-week, 6-week, and 12-week sessions without forgoing summer jobs, internships, or family vacations.

Registration begins February 16. For more information on specific course offerings in all disciplines, please talk with your advisor and visit www.courses.as.pitt.edu.

Monday, February 16: Summer term enrollment period begins


Saturday, February 28: Honors Convocation


Friday, March 6: Spring term deadline for students to submit Monitored Withdrawal forms to the dean's office



General Education Outcomes Assessment

Participate in a brief critical-thinking assessment and receive a $20 WePay cash card, a certificate of completion, and a formal assessment of your skills. 


To see available time slots, and to register for a time that fits your schedule, click here. Hurry - the first 150 students to sign up will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire!

Student Satisfaction Survey

All CGS students currently enrolled in classes will receive an e-mail in early February inviting them to participate in a brief (20-minute) survey to assess how well CGS services, programs, and academics are meeting our students' needs. Your participation in this survey is very much appreciated. All students who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a $75 WePay cash card. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Give a Thread

Join Pitt's campaign to break the Guinness World Record for most clothing collected for donation or recycle!


Gently worn clothing is being collected all over campus, and CGS has a bin conveniently located outside of our suite. Help Pitt reach its goal of 150,000 donated items.


Click here for more information.

CGS Scholarships

We soon will be advertising our CGS scholarships that are available for the 2016 academic year. As information becomes available, it will be posted here.


Career Fair Preparation

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Time: 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Location: The McCarl Center


Preparing for the Career Fair? Not sure what to expect? Come to the Career Fair Prep Workshop to learn the basics of working a fair to maximize your efforts. We will cover everything from preparation before the fair to the proper way to follow up with employers.


Food Frenzy Event

Thanks to everyone who attended our Food Frenzy event on January 23. We hope that you enjoyed all of the delicious food from local restaurants and spending time with fellow CGS students, alumni,  staff, Student Government, and Student Ambassadors as much as we did!

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Hours of Operation

The College of General Studies and McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success are open late to better serve our students.

Monday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed

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