Continue or complete your degree. Enter or re-enter the workforce. Change or advance your career. The University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies (CGS) is here to help you meet your personal and professional goals.

Depending on your situation, CGS may be the perfect starting (or re-starting) point for you in your continuing education. CGS offers results-oriented degree programs, flexible scheduling, and individualized student services, and is the region’s choice for busy adults who want to fit a college education into their already full lives.

Application Process

  • If you have not attended any schools since high school graduation, please complete our freshman application. If you have attended a college, university or other post-secondary school after graduating from high school or earning a GED, apply using our transfer application.
  • Admission materials required of freshman or transfer applicants are also required of adult students. Adult students will be exempted from the SAT/ACT requirement by applying for admission to the College of General Studies.
  • Adult students are reviewed on an individual basis in a holistic way. Using the Short Answer Questions to highlight experiences in the work force, additional training, leadership opportunities, educational pursuits, and/or advancements/promotions, will help the admissions committee in its holistic review process. We encourage adult students to submit letters of recommendation.