The CGS Student Government is the official representative student government for students enrolled in the College of General Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. The CGS Student Government represents the needs and interests of the CGS student population, and it is responsible for the allocation of students' activity fees toward student organizations and social events within the College of General Studies. CGS Student Government is governed by the Council of five CGS students elected by the student body.

Five divisions of student government assist Council in meeting objectives Annually. A CGS student is appointed as director for each of these divisions:

        • Judicial Affairs
        • Community Relations
        • Budget and Finance
        • Marketing and Advertising
        • First Degree Newsletter

      Special Representatives:
      President, Veteran Students Assocation
      President, Alpha Sigma Lambda
      President, Lambda Alpha Epsilon

    CGS Student Government also has an assistant, who holds office hours from 12:00PM-4:00PM, Tuesday thru Thursday in William Pitt Union RM 824. Students interested in discussing CGS Student Government matters can speak with students via appointments arranged by email to:

    We are actively seeking students interested in writing for the First Degree.
    Please contact to apply for writing and staff positions.

    The First Degree newsletter is published four times a year, at the beginning and end of each semester.

CGS Student Gov't advises members of the University community on matters of interest, coordinates programs and services, sponsors several scholarships, and recognizes professional and honorary student organizations for its constituents:

  • Alpha Sigma Lambda: Click here for more info
  • Lambda Alpha Epsilon: The American Criminal Justice Association's Lambda Alpha Epsilon Chapter in the College of General Studies is composed of individuals majoring in administration of justice and/or legal studies. The objectives of the chapter are to improve criminal justice through educational activities; to foster professionalism in law enforcement personnel and agencies; and, to promote professional, academic, and public awareness of criminal justice issues. For information, contact Sherry Miller Brown at 412-624-7683 or email
  • Public Service Student Connections: is an organization for students majoring in public service. The mission of Public Service Student Connections is to share ideas and network to make Pittsburgh, the surrounding communities in Western Pennsylvania and the world a better place by advancing the idea of public service. For information, contact Sherry Miller Brown at 412-624-7683 or email

This coming year, CGS Student Government will be hosting several Academic and Social events, such as a Picnic on the Cathedral Lawn, Non Traditional Student Week, Student Government Town Hall Meetings, and Preparing for Finals Workshop, among others! Our google calendar lists these events, please check back frequently to see monthly activities.