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Commonly Used on Campuses Across U.S.

academic advisor

[n] a person who helps students make decisions about their academic programs

academic dismissal

[n] a permanent removal of student as the end result of a pattern of multiple semesters of grades below the university's standards for Good Standing

academic probation

[n] when student's GPA has fallen below a low mark, usually 2.0.

academic suspension

[n] a temporary removal of student, usually after academic probation.

academic year

[n] the period of formal instruction at a college or university, usually September to May

admissions office

[n] a department of a university which deals with students' admittance process


[n] a graduate of a school, college, or university


[n] work that you have to do as part of the requirements for a class

assistant professor

[n] a college or university teacher who ranks above an instructor / lecturer and below an associate professor


[n] an opportunity for a graduate student to teach or do research in exchange for a tuition remission or a stipend

associate professor

[n] a college or university teacher who ranks above an assistant professor and below a professor

bachelor's degree

[n] an academic degree awarded for an undergraduate course or major that generally lasts for three or four years


[n] a type of food service location in which there is little or no waiting staff table service


[n] the buildings and grounds of a college or university

campus police

[n] security team employed by a college or university to protect the campus and surrounding areas and the people who live, work, and visit it


[n] a private study space in the stacks of the library


[n] the leader of many public and private universities and related institutions

class discussion

[n. phr] an exchange of ideas during a class

class rank

[n] the number or ratio indicating a student's academic standing in his or her class

class reunion

[n] a meeting of former classmates, typically organized at or near their former school by one of the class on or around an anniversary of their graduation.


[adj] an abbreviation for coeducational . a system of education in which both men and women attend the same school or classes


[n] an undergraduate division of a university or a school within a university which grants a bachelor's degree


[n] the graduation ceremony at which students receive their degrees


[n] a group of professors guiding a graduate student's program


[n] a person who gives students advice, often of a personal nature


[n] regularly scheduled class sessions


[n] a unit of study; part of a college or university course that you have completed successfully

credit hour

[n] the number that represents one hour of class per week for one term


[n] the set of courses, and their content, offered at a school or university


[n] a grading system based on the normal curve of distribution so that there are a few A grades, the majority are C grades and there are a few failing grades


[n] an administrator who ranks above a department chair and below a vice president

dean's list

[n. phr] the honor roll at a college or university


[n] a academic title awarded to a student who has completed a course of study


[n] a division of a college or university devoted to a particular academic discipline

department chair

[n] a university administrator responsible for a division of a college or university

dining hall

[n] a room for consuming food


[n] the certificate of completion for a degree


[n] a thesis that is written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a doctorate

distance learning

[n. phr] courses organized so that students can complete the requirements by computer and without going to campus much


[n] a group of departments in a college or university

doctorate / doctoral degree

[n] the degree after a master's degree awarded to an academic doctor


[n] an abbreviation for dormitory; a hostel for students to live on campus


[n] a first copy of a paper


[adj] expected on a certain date

elective (course)

[n./adj] an optional academic course

electronic textbooks

[n] a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, and produced on, published through, and readable on computers or other electronic devices


[n] The total number of students properly registered and/or attending classes at a school

excused absence

[n] absence with the permission of the professor


[n] additional time to finish something, like reports or thesis

extra credit

[n] the opportunity to undertake optional work, additional to their compulsory school work, in order to gain additional credit that would boost their grades

extracurricular activities

[n] activities performed by students that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of school or university education

faculty member

[n] a teacher in a college or university

field trip

[n] a trip to a place that gives students the chance to study something in a real environment, rather than in a classroom or laboratory

final (exam)

[n] the last examination of an academic course


[n] a sum of money you pay for violating a rule

fitness center

[n] a gymnasium / gym which houses exercise equipment for the purpose of physical exercise


[n] a social organization for male college students

fraternity row

[n] a street where many fraternity houses are located


[n] a first-year college student


[adj] the number of hours for standard tuition at a college or university, usually 9 hours for a graduate student and 12-15 hours for an undergraduate student

government aid

[n] grants and scholarships for students who are in financial needs defined by government


[n] abbreviation which stands for grade point average

grade point average

[n] a grading scale, usually 0-4, on which grades are calculated


[n] a standard number or letter indicating a student's level of performance

graduate school

[n] a division of a college or university attended by students who have a first degree and who are pursuing master's or doctoral degrees

graduate student

[n] a student who already holds a bachelor's degree and is pursuing a master's or doctorate


[n] funds for research or study

group project

[n] an assignment to be completed by three or more students

gymnasium / gym

[n] a place for physical exercise


[n] notes prepared by a teacher and circulated to the class

head resident

[n] the dormitory advisor

health center

[n] a clinic on campus which provides basic health care for students

health insurance

[n] protection for students who may need medical care


[n] the tradition of welcoming back alumni of a school


[n] Living arrangement of staying with a family instead of in a dorm or at a rented place


[n] special recognition for exceptional students

housing office

[n] an administrative office for residence halls and off-campus rentals


[n] a grade in a course that allows students to complete requirements the following term


[n] a college or university teacher who ranks below an assistant professor

interlibrary loan

[n] a system allowing students on one campus to borrow books from other libraries on other campuses


[adj] teams/players consist of members from the same school.

international student advisor (ISA)

[n] a university administrator who consults international students


[n] a training opportunity that a recent graduate student takes in order to get experience


[n] a third-year college student

laboratory / lab

[n] a facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments, and measurement may be performed

learning assistance center

[n] an area used for tutoring and special programs to help students with their classes


[n] a presentation for a class delivered by a professor


[n] a college or university teacher, usually without a rank


[n] a place where a large collection of books, reference, and other academic materials are available

lower-division course/class

[n. phr] an introductory-level course for first- and second-year students


[n] a field of study chosen as an academic specialty

makeup test

[n] a test taken after the date of the original administration

married student housing

[n] apartments on or near campus for married students


[n] any person, animal, or object used to represent a school

master's degree

[n] a type of degree you can earn in graduate school


[n] the process of initiating attendance to a school

meal plan

[n] a payment system for dinning a certain number of meals at school


[n] an exam in a subject that is given in the middle of the term


[n] a secondary area of study


[n] a student who does not meet the domicile requirements of a state


[n] a brief record of a lecture to help students recall the important points

objective test

[n] a test with one possible correct answer

office hours

[n] the posted days and times a professor can be expected to be in his / her office available to students

on probation

[prep. phr] on a trial period to improve your grades before disciplinary action

on reserve

[n] at a library, holding academic materials for students to check-out without taking the material out of the library.

on reserve

[prep. phr] books on reserve are retained in a special place in the library and can be used only in the library

open book test

[n] a test/exam where students are allowed to use textbooks and notes during the test.

open-book test

[n] a test during which students can consult their books and notes


[n] a program for new students at a college or university during which they receive information about the school


[n] permission to enter a class for which a student does not qualify


[n] less than the full work day or school day

placement office

[n] the office where students receive assistance in locating appointment


[n] act of using someone else's written work without giving that person credit

pop quiz

[n] a quiz that is given without notice


[n] any course of study taken by an undergraduate in preparation for study at a law school


[n] (often shortened to pre-med) a track an undergraduate student pursues prior to becoming a medical student.


[n] a course required before a student is eligible to take a higher-level course


[n] a college or university teacher who ranks above an associate professor

program of study

[n] a list of courses that a student must take to fulfill the requirements for graduation


[n] a space or courtyard, usually rectangular in plan, the sides of which are entirely or mainly occupied by parts of a large building.


[n] an academic term that is usually ten to twelve weeks in length


[n] a university official in charge of keeping records


[n] classes that are required for your major and that make up the core for your degree

resident advisor

[n] an advisor who lives in a dormitory and provides student counseling and supervision

review session

[n] a study meeting led by a professor to revise material before a test

room and board

[n] fees for room rent and meals

rush week

[n] the period of time when a frat or sorority tries to get new students to pledge.


[n] a machine-readable papers on which students mark answers to academic multiple-choice test questions


[n] a list of courses with dates, times, and locations


[n] financial help awarded to a student


[n] one of several options for the same course


[n] a period of study usually 15-18 weeks long


[n] a fourth-year college student


[n] a bus that has a short route around the campus


[n] a second-year college student


[n] a social organization for female college students

spring break

[n] a recess in early spring at universities and schools


[n] the bookshelves at the library


[n] a place or structure for mostly outdoor sports, concerts, or other events

student I.D. number

[n] a number used for identification at a college or university

student union

[n] a building on campus where students can relax and socialize

study abroad

[n] the act of a student pursuing educational opportunities in a country other than one's own

study lounge

[n] an area in a dormitory where students can go to study

summer school

[n] a program generally sponsored by a school that teaches students during the summer vacation


[n] an outline and summary of topics to be covered in an education or training course


[n] an abbreviation for teaching assistant


[n] an academic rank that guarantees permanent status


[n] a time period when colleges are in session

term paper

[n] a research paper written by students over an academic term, accounting for a large part of a grade

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