Outside The Classroom Curriculum

As a college student, you’ll find that some of your most transformative experiences occur beyond classroom walls. The Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC) offers structure to these experiences so that you can maximize both your personal development and your Pitt experience.

Download the Press Release about the new OCC System HERE

  Questions about the OCC?

Stop by our drop-in hours in room 200 of the William Pitt Union! Drop-in hours are held on M/W/F from 10:00 AM – Noon and 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. You can also send an email to occpitt@pitt.edu to schedule an appointment!

Student organizations and residence halls can request OCC information sessions for their groups HERE!

  What is the Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC)?

  • The OCC is a University-wide initiative and co-curricular program
  • Designed to educate the whole student through the completion of programs, events, and experiences
  • Provides a pathway for students to have the best possible collegiate experience
  • Helps students gain the needed skills for employment or graduate school

    Is OCC credit the same as academic credit?

No. OCC credit is not associated with academic credit and students do not receive academic credit for completing the OCC.  This is because we want employers and graduate schools to know that students took the initiative to complete the OCC on their own – this sets them apart!

OUR MISSIONTo educate student, faculty, and staff – as well as those outside of the University – about the value of the Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC), its benefits, and our commitment to giving students access to unique and useful life experiences.

OUR VISIONTo provide University of Pittsburgh students with the best collegiate experience in the world.

7M9A6671Students who participate fully in the OCC report that they are more engaged in campus life, feel more connected to the University and their peers, and are more knowledgeable about resources and services at Pitt. And, perhaps most importantly, students who complete the OCC feel well prepared in interviews for internships, admission to graduate school, and full-time employment. Employers and graduate school admissions counselors have assured us that the outcomes within the 10 goal areas of the OCC are the specific traits they are looking for in applicants.