Outside The Classroom Curriculum

Welcome to the 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.

What is the Outside the Classroom Curriculum?

The OCC is a collection of experiences, programs, and events at Pitt that help students to make the most of their collegiate experience. Open to all Pitt students, regardless of major or career path, the OCC helps students develop highly desirable character traits and life skills.  Download the Suitable mobile app to start tracking your experiences!

Is OCC credit the same thing 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!

SPRING 2023: Important Dates

Deadline to apply for OCC Advantage grant: Friday, March 17

Deadline to complete your OCC for Spring 2023: Tuesday, April 18th

Induction Ceremony: Friday, April 21

**We are recruiting OCC Ambassadors**  Apply here! 

Need to pick up your OCC quarter zip or cord? Email us at occpitt@pitt.edu to set up a time!

OCC Website GraphicThe Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC) Honor Society recognizes students who have taken the initiative to fully engage in their co-curricular experience at the University of Pittsburgh. By completing requirements under ten distinct goal areas, OCC Honor students are taking an active role in their personal and professional development.

Students 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 9 competency areas of the OCC are the specific traits they are looking for in applicants.

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