First-ever Winter Session offered to all Pitt students

Pitt–Greensburg will offer 10 remote-learning classes — open to students from all Pitt campuses — during the extended winter break.

The new Winter Session that will run from Dec. 7, 2020, through Jan. 15, 2021. The classes all will be taught asynchronously, leaving it up to the students when they participate. Students will have to follow class guidelines and meet key deadlines. Complete details about the program and how to register may be found here.

Students may choose from a range of classes:

  • Public Speaking

  • English Composition 2

  • Studio Arts

  • Philosophy

  • Introduction to Wellness

  • Decision-Making with Excel

  • Natural Science 1

  • Introduction to Sociology

  • American Politics

  • Introduction to Psychology

“The Winter Session was developed with student success in mind,” said Beth Tiedemann, director of Academic Advising and registrar at Pitt-Greensburg. “A Winter Session class can help students get ahead in credits, spread out their credit load between Winter Session and regular spring term classes, or catch up on credits by making up a class.”

Tiedemann and Jacqueline Horrall, vice president for Academic Affairs at Pitt-Greensburg, collaborated with the Pittsburgh campus’ Offices of the Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Financials and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Joseph McCarthy.

“Pitt personnel went above and beyond to make this happen in a short amount of time,” said Tiedemann. “We’ve never had a long winter break like this. Developing a Winter Session class schedule is an innovative approach to helping our students succeed, and we appreciate the support that we received to quickly develop this opportunity.”

At Pitt-Greensburg, Ronna Colland, director of Finance and Risk Management; Karen Tate, manager of Business Services; and Brian Beighley, director of Financial Aid, contributed to the development of the new program.  

Enrollment is open now, and Pitt students interested in taking classes during the new Winter Session should contact their academic advisor to discuss their options.

From a financial aid perspective, the Winter Session is incorporated with the spring term. If a student’s total credits for Winter Session and spring 2021 combined are less than 12 credits, they will be charged tuition on a per-credit basis plus part-time fees. If the student is enrolled for 12 to 18 credits for the two sessions, they will be charged a flat-rate tuition, plus full-time fees. If the student is enrolled for more than 18 credits combined during the two sessions, they will be charged flat-rate tuition plus per-credit tuition for credits over 18.