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Julia Helgert, BA, Media and Professional Communications

Julia's dedication to CGS and her education is evident - she is involved all across campus and has received multiple honors and scholarships, all while working and raising a daughter. Read more about her story here.

Featured Events

CGS Spring Open House

CGS: We're what's next.


Join us on Wednesday, March 18, from 4-7 p.m. for our Spring Open House. Learn how CGS' results-oriented majors and certificates can help you complete your degree, get the promotion you want, or prepare you for graduate school. Connect with Pitt-wide resources in one convenient location. Apply to CGS at the event and the $45 application fee will be waived!


For more information, and to RSVP, click here.

CGS Class of 2015 Spring Graduation

All CGS students who applied for Spring 2015 Graduation should have received information about the CGS Reception and Recognition Ceremony which will be held on Friday, April 24. If you did not receive this information and think you should have, contact Jillian Rodgers at jar124@pitt.edu.


For more information, check our Web site.


Are you planning on attending the ceremony? Would you like to speak on behalf of your graduating peers? Contact Dr. Sherry Miller Brown about being the April 2015 Graduation Speaker.

Important Dates & Deadlines

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


Sunday, March 8-Sunday, March 15: Spring Recess for students; University offices and buildings remain open and staffed except for Friday, March 13.


Friday, March 13: University's observance of Spring Holiday (University closed).


Monday, March 23: Fall term enrollment appointments begin.


Friday, April 3: Last day for fall term enrollment appointments.


Saturday, April 4: Fall term open enrollment period begins.


For more dates and deadlines, check out the Office of the University Registrar's calendar.

Summer Session

Get a head start on the fall term, finish general education requirements, take classes in your major, or pick up extra credits to graduate sooner! Registration ends Monday, May 4, so register now! Learn more at www.summer.pitt.edu.

Featured Opportunities

Student Choice Awards

Do you know of a professor or staff member who has made a substantial contribution to your academic success? Consider nominating them for a Student Choice Award. Submit a nomination form online, or complete a form at the CGS front desk no later than Friday, March 20, 2015.

CGS Networking Reception

Join us on Wednesday, March 25, from 4-6 p.m. for a CGS Networking Reception. This is an excellent opportunity to mingle with current CGS students, CGS alumni, and representatives from local and national companies. Explore internship and full-time and part-time employment opportunities in the comfort of our McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success.


More information can be found on our Web site.

Thank you!

Thank you to all CGS students who participated in CAAP Testing and/or the Student Satisfaction Survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Scholarship Opportunities

CGS Scholarships

Applications for all CGS Scholarships are now being accepted!


All CGS students are invited to apply for the following scholarships:


Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines:


If you were invited to apply for the Summer Commonwealth Scholarship, application materials are due by Friday, March 6.


If you were invited to apply for the Chancellor's Evening Scholarship, application materials are due by Monday, March 23.


Contact Jillian Rodgers with any questions about CGS scholarships.

CGS Student Government Scholarships

Scholarships also are available through the CGS Student Government. To view scholarship requirements and application deadlines, click here.

Summer Paid Writing Internships

Are work obligations or living expenses getting in the way of you landing your dream writing internship? If so, you could qualify for a grant to help you with your financial needs.


In collaboration with the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Department of English, CGS students are invited to apply for a paid writing internship. Interested students should talk to their CGS advisor immediately. Visit the Department of English and click on the Financial Assistance for Internships section.

David C. Frederick Scholarship

This scholarship provides $10,000 in tuition support to three full-time undergraduate students for the 2015-16 academic year. This scholarship is specifically for high achieving students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or above who currently work a part-time or full-time job in order to pay for their education. It is intended to allow students to reduce the number of hours they work during the academic year to be able to devote more time to other academic pursuits, such as taking additional courses or participating in research opportunities, study abroad, or community engagement initiatives.


Applications are due by Wednesday, March 18, at noon. Contact Kristin DeLuca if you have any questions.

Detailed information and an application for the award is available here.

upcoming workshops

Preparing for Finals

Date: Monday, March 30-Thursday, April 2, 2015

Time: 4-5:30 p.m.

Location: The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success


Let the McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success help you prepare for finals week. Attend one of four Preparing for Finals workshops to learn how to predict exam questions, develop an understanding of different test formats, and complete practice questions.

Math Anxiety 101: Tactics to Achieve Math Success

Date: Monday, March 16, 2015

Time: 4-5:30 p.m.

Location: The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

Math 101 is a workshop for anyone who needs to take a math course at Pitt, but is hesitant to enroll for any reason. Leave your calculators at home, but come and hear the discussion debunking common math myths. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet the College of General Studies Math Tutor, Donna Rosenberger.

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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


The College of General Studies will observe shortened hours the week of spring break. We will be open Monday-Thursday, March 9-12 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. We will be closed in observance of the University Holiday on Friday, March 13. We hope everyone has a wonderful break!

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