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Karl Gibson, BS Natural Sciences, BS Psychology, BPhil Sociology

Learn about CGS student Karl Gibson’s experiences and successes while on the Pre-Medical Track.


To read his full story, click here.

Featured News & Events

CAAP Testing


Spring 2016 CAAP Testing: Writing Skills

Two weeks only: February 15-26, 2016


Registration is now open!

Students enrolled in a major offered by CGS are invited to test their writing skills. Attendees will receive a certificate of achievement, an external evaluation of their skills, and a $30 WePay Cash Card for their participation. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit cgs.pitt.edu/CAAP.

Schedule Appointments Online!

CGS Students can now schedule their advising appointments online!


Click the "Make an Advising Appointment" button on the cgs.pitt.edu homepage, or access the link through the My Resources page on my.Pitt.edu.


Call for Entries

You are invited to participate in a photo and video exhibition. This exhibition is a part of a series of events, entitled “Humanities in Continuing Education,” and is hosted by the College of General Studies in conjunction with the Provost’s Year of the Humanities.


The theme of the exhibit is “Human Beings/Being Human.” We invite works that examine the human experience in its many facets. From pictures you have taken abroad or at home to video projects completed for a course, ultimately, we are looking for visual art that captures the diversity of faces, emotions, places, voices, actions, and reactions, and what it means to be human. The top artworks will receive awards. This event is open to the public; bring your friends and family to celebrate with you.


For submission details and entry form click here.


Annual Satisfaction Survey

CGS students will be invited to participate in a brief (20 minute) satisfaction survey. Eligible students will receive information via email. We value your opinon and will use your feedback to impove CGS services. Students who participate will be entered into a raffle to win one of three $75 WePay Cash Cards!

important dates

Spring Term Dates


Friday, February 12: Summer term Veteran enrollment appointments begin


Monday, February 15: Summer term enrollment period begins


Friday, February 26: Honors Convocation


Sunday, March 6-Sunday, March 13: Spring Recess for students (no classes); University remains open except on Friday, March 11.


Wednesday, March 16: Spring term deadline for monitored withdrawal forms


For all spring term dates, click here.

Summer Session Registration


Summer Sessions Registration Begins February 15


There are so many reasons to take summer classes. Take upper-level courses to complete your degree. Enroll in classes that fill quickly during the fall and spring terms. Focus on one class at a time. Wrap up general education requirements. Pick up credits online. Explore new interest areas. And do it all in the session that fits with your summer plans. To find out more about the benefits of taking summer classes, visit www.summer.pitt.edu.

News & Events

Humanities in Continuing Education

On Wednesday March 23, you are invited to attend Humanities in Continuing Education—an exciting one-day series of events organized by the College of General Studies in conjunction with the Provost’s Year of the Humanities.


The program features a public lecture on Baroque Art, a student-alumni panel, and a photo and video exhibit, each providing a platform for exploring the role of the humanities in the personal and professional lives and aspirations of non-traditional and adult students. The events are free and open to the public. For program details and to register, please visit our web site here.

Lecture: African Population: 1650 to the Present


Please join the World History Center on February 24, 2016 at 4 p.m. in 3703 Posvar Hall for an informative lecture on new ways of understanding the African population as it pertains to world phenomena and events. 

The lecture will be given by Patrick Manning, the esteemed Andrew A. Mellon Professor of World History at the University of Pittsburgh and author of, most recently, Big Data in History: A World-Historical Archive


See more events and information on the World History Center here.

Elsie Hillman Civic Forum Event

The Never a Spectator campus event is a unique opportunity for Pitt students to network with some of the region’s most prominent leaders.  Students will join elected officials, foundation heads, non-profit leaders and business leaders for an intimate evening and dinner reception devoted to sharing vision, inspiring action and developing the pipeline of leadership needed to foster sustainable growth and regional transformation as Pittsburgh continues to evolve as one of America’s premier cities.


The Never a Spectator event serves as the annual campus introduction to the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum.  This dinner reception begins with a motivation al national speaker on civic engagement followed by the opportunity to network through intimate round table discussions with three different local leaders. Through shared dialogue students and established leaders will share visions of the future, elaborate on leadership skills and identify existing and new avenues for civic engagement.  In a nutshell this event aims to inspire, connect, and grow relationship, providing students with a glimpse of the difference they can make in every corner of our world.


Students will receive OCC credit and a certificate of participation. Register by February 26, 2016.


For more information:


CGS STudent Government

CGS-SG Dates and Reminders

LAE (Lambda Alpha Epsilon) - All Administration of Justice and Legal Studies majors/minors are encouraged to attend to learn more about the organization and the benefits of membership. Current AJ and LS majors/minors will be contacted at the beginning of the Spring term.


If you have any questions about the above organizations and how to get involved, please email Adam Robinson. Adam is the new Director of the McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success and would love to meet with you to talk about all the ways you can be active in the CGS community.

McCarl Center News

Writing Help Now Available for CGS and Veteran Students


The McCarl Center is now offering CGS and veteran students one-on-one consultations and tutoring to help with your papers, projects and writing assignments.

Our new writing tutor, April Flynn, is available to meet with you via in-person, phone, Skype video or asynchronous online consultations, on Tuesdays from 1 - 7p.m., and on Fridays from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. All in-person appointments will take place in the McCarl Center, 1400 Posvar Hall.

You can make appointments by calling the Pitt Writing Center at (412) 624-6556, or you can schedule an appointment through the Writing Center’s online scheduler pitt.mywconline.com. Be sure to select the CGS Students/Veterans 2164 Spring schedule from the dropdown menu!

KATZ Research Study Open to CGS Students

Do you work at least 20 hours a week and have a US drivers license?

The Katz Graduate School of Business is conducting a paid study, and they're looking for people like you!

You can earn up to $20 on the spot, with $10 guaranteed. The study will take less than one hour, and will include playing a driving game on the computer and other short tasks. Sessions will be offered in Posvar Hall and Mervis Hall.

For more information and to sign up, go to pittstudy.com

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