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College Lingo Bingo
A workshop game for high school students featuring vocabulary having to do with going to college.
Terms in this set (44)
UNDERGRADUATE. A student in a college or university who has not yet earned a degree. (Students in undergrad programs seek to earn their certificate, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree.)
GRAD STUDENT. A student who continues studies after college graduation. Grad students may teach college courses while earning their master's degree.
CERTIFICATE. A document acknowledging the completion of a specific course of study on par with college-level academics. A certificate focuses on one very specific area of study as opposed to a field of study covered by a longer degree program. For example, PSC students may become certified in cosmetology, phlebotomy, early childhood, computer skills, and more.
ASSOCIATE'S. A degree that generally takes two years of study and is awarded by a community, junior, or business college. For example, PSC students may earn their associate's degree in business administration, engineering technology, nursing, and more, or earn associate's in art or science and transfer to a four year university.
BACHELOR'S. An academic degree which usually takes four years to earn and is awarded by a college or university.
MASTER'S. An advanced university program for college graduates completed after you have earned a four-year degree.
DOCTORAL. Also called a doctorate; the highest degree awarded by a university, usually to a person who has completed several years of intense graduate study.
FULL TIME. Students enrolled in usually four to five classes (12 or more credits).
PART TIME. Students enrolled in usually one to three classes (less than 12 credits). Attending school part-time might affect how much financial aid you receive.
POST-SECONDARY. Opportunities that are available after high school (secondary school); usually refers to colleges and universities in the admission process.
COLLEGE. Can usually be used interchangeably with "university"--but colleges tend to be smaller (i.e. Pensacola Community College). Individual colleges also make up a university--the College of Business, the College of Arts, etc.
UNIVERSITY. Can usually be used interchangeably with "college"--but universities tend to be larger (i.e. Florida State University or the University of Florida). Universities contain a collection of colleges--the College of Business, the College of Arts, etc.
VOCATIONAL SCHOOL. Schools that teach trades and offer more hands-on classes. Usually granted a certificate upon completion. This would include barber or cosmetology schools. PSC also offers a number of vocational trades.
PUBLIC. Supported by taxes provided by government. Public colleges and universities tend to cost less than attending a private college or university. These include Pensacola State College, Florida State University, University of Alabama, etc.
PRIVATE. NOT supported by taxes provided by the government (though government-provided financial aid may still be used). Private colleges and universities tend to cost more than attending a public college or university. These include Flagler College, The University of Tampa, University of Miami, etc. Outside of Florida this would also include Harvard University, Stanford University, and Duke University.
MAJOR. The principal field of study of a student at a university. Have any of you thought about what you might major in?
It is also possible to double-major/minor, that is, to choose two fields of study to focus on. For example, Spanish and business; psychology and education; math and computer science.
FAFSA. Free Application for Federal Student Aid, form to apply for federal financial aid. Filing your FAFSA can tell you if you are eligible to receive a Pell grant or receive government loans.
PELL. This is a form of financial aid provided by the Federal government to students who indicate a high level of financial need. A college grant does not need to be paid back.
FEDERAL LOANS. Stafford and Perkins loans, both subsidized (need based) and unsubsidized (non-need based), guaranteed by the federal government and available to students to fund education. Repayment begins 6 months after a student has graduated.
SCHOLARSHIPS. Gift of money to enable students to continue their studies or training. Do you know where to look for scholarships? (Pensacola State Foundation, the college you are applying to, fastweb.com, organizations, etc.)
TUITION. The fee that colleges charge to take their classes. Tuition is usually charged per credit-hour (or billing hour). PSC's tuition rate for in-county residents is $120.89 per credit hour. By comparison, Florida State University's tuition rate is $215.00 per credit hour for in-state residents. Billing credits may differ from course credits—a science class may cost more than an English class even though they are both 3 course credits because science classes have equipment to maintain (4 billing credits vs. 3).
WORK STUDY. A type of financial aid which pays students to work part-time, often on campus, during the academic year.
TRANSCRIPT. A copy of your class schedules and grades produced by your school. You need to send a copy of your transcript to colleges that you apply to.
ADVISOR. A member of the college faculty or staff who assists students with planning quarter or semester schedules as well as their overall programs of study.
CREDITS. A unit which represents a successfully finished part of an educational course. To graduate or earn a particular degree, a student must complete X number of credits in a variety of courses (usually 60 credits for a 2-year degree and 120 for a 4-year degree). Usually each course credit hour needs two hours a week of homework. A 3-credit class = at least 6 hours a week doing homework. This is in addition to the 3 hours that you are in class. Your total Course Commitment will be 9 hours a week.
ORIENTATION. An often mandatory introduction of new students to the college or university; to fellow students; to their advisors; and to the policies, practices, and objectives of the school.
COURSE PLACEMENT. An assessment of your writing, reading, math, or computer skills, to help place you in appropriate courses. These might include ACT/SAT scores, and or the P.E.R.T.
REMEDIAL COURSES. Classes intended to repair gaps in students' basic knowledge. Students are usually charged full tuition for these courses, though they do not count towards graduation.
HONORS COURSES. Classes designed to provide talented and academically motivated students with an enhanced educational college experience. Jackson Community College recently began an Honors Leadership Program.
general education courses
GEN ED COURSES. Standard components of any college program; required classes that must be met. Additional classes are known as electives.
Student Support Services/T.R.i.O
federally funded retention program that provides effective academic and personal support for a diverse student population. The program is designed to significantly increase the retention and graduation rates of its participants.
SERVICE LEARNING. Educational/academic experiences that involve volunteering in the community. For example, you may take an accounting class where you help low-income people with their taxes, or you may take an education class where you tutor elementary students after school. Have any of you taken a class that involved service learning?
INTERNSHIP. A temporary paid or unpaid position that involves direct work experience in a career field. For example, you can intern at government offices, with medical professionals, at non-profit organizations, or abroad.
STUDY ABROAD. Educational programs where students go to school for some time in another country while making regular progress towards graduating.
STUDENT LIFE. An office or department dedicated to enhancing students' educational experience by sponsoring diverse social, cultural and leadership development activities. Student life may include free or low-cost activities available for students living on and off-campus.
student housing/residence hall/dormitories
HOUSING. Buildings with rooms that colleges rent to students at reasonable prices, usually in large complexes. Often two or more students share a room and it may include meals in the cafeteria. Housing styles include suites, singles, or community bathrooms.
Alternative Spring Break
ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK. Volunteering for spring break, a very rewarding way to spend your time off. Students may volunteer within the US (i.e. New Orleans, Memphis, etc), or abroad (Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras).
VARSITY SPORTS. Refers to the official athletic teams that represent the college or university in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
CLUB SPORTS. College/university clubs dedicated to playing sports. Often students must try out for these teams and sometimes pay dues. Club sports teams may still compete against other colleges/universities.
INTRAMURAL SPORTS. Recreational sports organized within the college/university.
grade point average (GPA)
GPA. A measure of a student's academic achievement at a college or university, usually calculated by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number attempted. You must also maintain a certain GPA to keep your financial aid (completion of 67% of ALL attempted credit hours and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on ALL attempted credit hours).
FINANCIAL AID. Money available from various sources to help students pay college expenses. These funds come as loans, grants, or scholarships from the state or federal government or other organizations. Work-study is also a form of this. How do you apply for financial aid? (File your FAFSA!)
SYLLABUS. Written class requirements or a course outline given by instructors on the first week of class to all students. A syllabus usually includes the professor's contact information and office hours, an outline of the course, due dates of assignments, and a grading policy.
PRE-REQ. A class that is required to take before you take another certain class. For example, at JCC Pre-Algebra is a pre-requisite to Beginning Algebra (so you must take pre-algebra before beginning algebra, or the equivalent...)
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