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 Spring 2020 OCC drop-in hours!

Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am – noon in the NEW Global Hub (1st floor, Posvar Hall)!!

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

We will also have drop-in hours in our office (WPU 200) Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between noon and 4pm.

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.


Friday, January 17th  OCC 100 Days to Completion  WPU Ballroom  11:30am – 1:30pm

With the OCC deadline approaching this April, stop by the OCC 100 Days to Completion celebration to make sure you’re on track to complete!  Our staff will be available to answer questions and a taco bar will be served. Graduating Seniors who have already completed their OCC can pick up their green cords at the event.

Friday, March 6  Deadline to submit Pitt Advantage Grant application

Tuesday – Wednesday, April 7th & 8th  GRAD CENTRAL  Alumni Hall  11am – 7pm

Are you a Senior that’s completed the OCC?  Stop by our table at Grad Central to pick up your green cord for graduation!

Monday, April 13th  Deadline to finish your OCC and submit completion application in Suitable

Thursday, April 16  OCC Honor Society Induction  O’Hara Student Center Ballroom  5 – 6:30pm

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.