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College Survival Vocabulary

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Accreditation
granting approval or belief in a school
Baccalaureate
a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies
Commencement
an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
Competency
The knowledge, skills, and/or attitudes necessary for performing certain tasks.
Credit
an accounting entry acknowledging income or capital items
Credit Load
The number of hours a student is in class for each term
Curriculum
course of study in a school or college
Dean
a man who is the senior member of a group
Department
a specialized sphere of knowledge
Drop
the act of dropping something
Final Exam
an examination administered at the end of an academic term
Financial Aid
methods of paying for education/training, such as grants, scholarships, etc.
FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid, Application that students must complete to qualify for federal aid.
GED
General Equivalency Diploma
Grade-Point average
an average calculation attained by dividing the grades achieved by a student during the course of an education program by the total value of those course
Grant
allow to have
Incomplete
lacking one or more of the four whorls of the complete flower--sepals or petals or stamens or pistils
Independent study
Practice done without intervention by the teacher. This approach includes many activities done with a computer.
Internship
a position in which a person receives training by working with people who are experienced in a particular field.
Loans
a sum of money borrowed which is expected to be paid back.
Major
of greater importance or stature or rank
non-credit
Single-payment loans and loans that permit the borrower to make irregular payments and borrow additional funds without submitting a new credit application; also known as revolving or open-end credit.
Open admissions
College or university that accepts almost any applicant with a high school diploma or the equivalent (G.E.D.)
Postsecondary
after hight school, as in training or education
Practicum
an evaluation in which students must perform specific required tasks
Prerequisite
required as a prior condition or course of study
Records
a list of information on a table about one person or object
Resident
someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there
Section
a specialized division of a large organization
Semester
half a year
Syllabus
an integrated course of academic studies
Term
a word or expression used for some particular thing
Transcript
a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record)
Tuition
a fee paid for instruction (especially for higher education)
Undergraduate
a university student who has not yet received a first degree
Upper Division
The coarses students are generally expected to complete during the junior & senior years od a typical-baccalaureate degree program
Withdrawl
the discomfort and distress that follow discontinuing the use of an addictive drug.
Work-study
A type of financial aid which pays students to work part-time, often on campus, during the academic year.
Advisor
an expert who gives advice
Catalog
a book or pamphlet containing an enumeration of things