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.  To get started, log in to my.pitt.edu and click on the OCC icon on the right sidebar.

Questions about the OCC and how to get started?

We are excited to announce our Fall 2019 OCC drop-in hours!

Mondays from noon – 2:45pm in the NEW Global Hub (1st floor, Posvar Hall)!!

Stop by and say hello to Kayla Koch, our Director of Brand Ambassadors, and ask any questions you have about the OCC!  See you there :)

You can also send an email to occpitt@pitt.edu to schedule an appointment!

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!

Want to request an OCC Information Session for your student group?

Click here to request an OCC Information Session.

When can I attend a New Members Orientation?

New Members Orientation Dates (MUST submit completion application in Suitable to attend):

Fall 2019 dates coming soon!

Fall 2019 Completion Deadline: Friday, November 29, 2019 @ midnight

Save the date!! OCC Honor Society Induction: December 6 | 5 p.m. | William Pitt Union Ballroom

RSVP for Induction HERE

Email occpitt@pitt.edu with any questions!

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 10 goal areas of the OCC are the specific traits they are looking for in applicants.