College Terms You Need to Know

ACADEMIC ADVISOR:
Faculty member assigned to advise students individually on selection of courses and related curriculum problems.

ACADEMIC PROBATION:
This is a warning to the student that their academic progress is unsatisfactory.

CORE CURRICULUM:
Courses a student is required to take before they can graduate from college.
 
 
STUDENT SERVICES:
Where professionally trained staff assist students in solving personal, social, career, and academic problems.
 
CREDIT:
What a student receives upon completing a college course. Credits are based on the number of hours spent in a class.
 
DEADLINE:
The due date for a course assignment, paper, project, etc.
 
DEAN:
Senior academic officer of a college. A college or university may have several deans.
 
DEAN OF STUDENTS:
Dean responsible for regulations, activities, and discipline of students.
 
DROP/ADD:
During the first weeks of a semester, the student is allowed to drop a course and add another course for that semester.
 
FINALS:
The final exam, often given at the end of the semester.
 
FRESHMAN FIFTEEN:
A casual term used to describe the fifteen extra pounds of weight a freshman tends to gain during the first year in college. Exercise and proper eating habits can help remedy this problem.
 
GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA):
The grading system used in college. Numbers instead of letters are used to calculate academic progress and success.
 
INTERNSHIP:
Work experience that contributes to the student's major. A professor or faculty member monitors the process. A student usually is required to write a paper or take a test on the experience.
 
MAJOR:
A specialized field of study that a student chooses to pursue through their college career.
 
MIDTERMS:
Tests administered midway through the semester to assess the student's progress.
 
ORIENTATION:
A program designed to assist all new students in adjusting to their new college surroundings.
 
PASS/FAIL:
A system where a student does not receive a letter grade for taking a course. Depending upon the student's achievement in the class, the word PASS or FAIL appears on the transcript.
 
PLAGIARISM:
A serious offense. The act of stealing another person's words or ideas and using them as one's own. If caught plagiarizing, the offender is often released from college or placed on academic probation.
 
REGISTRAR:
Person who processes and maintains student transcripts and other official records affiliated with student attendance and accomplishments.
 
REGISTRATION:
The process of enrolling in college classes.
 
SEMESTER:
The school year is composed of semesters. Depending on the institution, there can be two to three semesters per year. Semesters usually last three to four months.
 
SOCIAL PROBATION:
A serious violation of college and university regulations may result in a student's being placed on social probation. This severe warning alerts a student that their conduct is unsatisfactory and must be improved.
 
SYLLABUS:
A professor's plan of action for the class. It is a schedule of requirements, usually explaining the intent of the course and what the student's responsibilities are, such as assigned readings or papers, and when the tests are due during the semester.
 
TRANSCRIPT:
The compilation of the student's grades, credits, honors, etc., received through their college career.