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Janet Asbury

The CGS Student Government is inviting you to share your unique story with other CGS students. Information can include what motivates you, the challenges you have overcome, or where you want your CGS education to take you. Students who submit their stories will be entered to win prizes. For more information, e-mail CGSSG@pitt.edu. Read on to find out how Janet Asbury overcame her challenges!


What are the biggest challenges you faced in returning to school?

"The biggest challenge I faced in returning to school was overcoming all the negative thoughts I had in my head: 'Where am I going to get the extra money? I’ve got enough on my plate without adding the stress of studying.'"


How does CGS help you meet those challenges?

"Once I decided to enroll in CGS, I realized that all those things that kept me from starting were just negative thoughts, and I dealt with each problem as it came along instead of letting the thought of it keep me from moving forward. I did have to adjust some of my other activities to make time for school, but I decided it would be worth it. The support system within CGS of academic advisors, tutors, and of course great advice from other students helps to keep me motivated."



Save the Date: CGS Homecoming

The CGS Student Government and Alumni Society invite you to the CGS Pre-Fireworks Celebration and Networking Event, as part of Pitt's Homecoming celebration.


Friday, October 9, 2015

Pittsburgh Athletic Association

Schenley Room

7-9 p.m.


This event is free to CGS students and alumni!


Save the Date: CGS Fall Open House

Have a friend or family member who you think would be interested in CGS? Invite them to the CGS Fall Open House on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 3-6 p.m.


Learn about all that CGS has to offer from our majors and certificates to all of the resources we offer to help you succeed.


For more information, please visit CGS Open House.

important dates & deadlines

Fall Term 2015

Monday, August 31: Fall term enrollment period ends for all students and fall term classes begin


Monday, September 7: Labor Day (University Closed)


Friday, September 11: Fall term add/drop period ends


Friday, October 9-Sunday, October 11: Homecoming


For more fall term dates, view the Office of the University Registrar's official calendar.

Apply for Graduation

The deadline to apply for fall term 2015 graduation is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015.


Contact your CGS advisor for more information.

CGS News

CGS Welcomes Dr. Boryana Dobreva

The College of General Studies extends a warm welcome to Boryana Dobreva, newly appointed director of academic programs for CGS. Dobreva will be responsible for the development, management, and assessment of the College’s academic programs and instructional curricula. Prior to joining the College of General Studies, Dobreva served as director of global education at Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. She earned her Master’s and PhD in German studies from the University of Pittsburgh.


Reflecting on her appointment, Dobreva enthusiastically says “I am privileged to join Pitt’s College of General Studies family in this role and look forward to translating my experience of pursuing excellence in academic programming into the type of quality in curricular development and instructional content design that has long defined the College’s educational mission, its reputation, and name.”

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI at Pitt Open House

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Pittsburgh is a membership-based community of adults, age 50 and better, who are passionate about learning. Because there are no tests, no grades, and no degree requirements, it is the perfect environment for exploring new topics with other interested adults.


Learn more at OLLI at Pitt , or stop by one of their Open House sessions on Wednesday, August 12 at 10 a.m. or 5 p.m.

Office of Veterans Services

OVS New Student Orientation

The Office of Veterans Services invites you to attend a New Student Orientation for veterans and dependent students. All new veteran students, active duty service members, reservists, and spouses are encouraged to attend.


This is an opportunity for you to hear important information regarding what OVS can do for you as a Pitt student, its mission, and the many support services OVS provides to help you navigate your way through the University system.


Session 1: Saturday, August 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Session 2: Wednesday, September 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Session 3: Thursday, September 10, 1-2 p.m. (dependent students only)


All events will take place in the McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success. Please RSVP by e-mail, veterans@pitt.edu, or phone, 412-624-3213.

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