Glossary of college terms
Many colleges use the following terms, but their definitions may vary slightly.
An endorsement given to educational institutions or academic degree programs by an organization that reviews qualifications.
A two-year degree from a community or junior college.
To attend a class without receiving credit for the class.
A four-year degree from a college, university or professional school; usually requires at least 124 credit hours.
Numbers assigned to specific classes.
Credit given for attending one lecture hour of class each week for 15 weeks or equivalent. Most college classes are three credit hours, meaning their total meeting time for a week is three hours.
A certificate of completion of a course of study.
A specific list of required courses and electives to be completed for a degree.
The most advanced degree that can be earned.
Course-related costs to attend college.
Policy instituted by some institutions in which students are charged a single rate beyond a certain number of credit hours taken.
A student who has completed less than 30 hours of college credit.
Twelve or more credit hours per semester for undergraduate students.
Grade point average; the average of your class grades, generally based on a 4.0 scale.
Financial assistance that does not require repayment.
Six credit hours per semester for undergraduate students.
A job in a student's field of study; may be required in some academic programs and may include salary and college credit.
A student who has completed 60 to 89 college credit hours.
Financial assistance that must be repaid.
Regular fall or spring semester.
A student's concentrated field of study.
A graduate degree that usually requires two or more years of study beyond the bachelor's degree.
A student's secondary field of study.
Any student who lives out of state or does not meet specific state residency requirements.
Classes held on the Internet instead of in a traditional classroom.
A course that must be taken prior to enrollment in another course.
A non-state assisted college or university that relies on private funding, tuition and fees.
A state-assisted college or university.
Enrollment in classes.
A student who meets state residency requirements.
Policy in which a school sends out acceptance letters to students as they are accepted.
Financial assistance based on merit; do not require repayment.
See Credit hour.
A student who has completed 90 or more hours of college credit but has not received a bachelor's degree.
A student who has completed 30 to 59 college credit hours.
A summer term of approximately six weeks.
Nine credit hours for undergraduate students.
Costs for courses, not including certain fees.
See Online courses.
Registration through the Internet for classes.
A federal financial aid program that allows students to work on campus.