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The school year that begins with autumn classes. The academic year at most US colleges and universities starts in August and ends in May or July.
A warning that the student's performance falls below the institution's requirement for "good academic standing". Typically if your GPA is not high enough, you can be placed on probation. If your GPA and academic performance does not improve, the student can be dismissed from the college or university.
A test that assesses high school students general educational development and their ability to complete college level work, similar to the SAT
The office that decides whether or not to accept you to the college or university.
School official (often a professor), usually assigned by your college or university, who can help choose your classes and make sure you are taking the right courses to graduate.
People that have graduated from a college or university.
The document you must fill out in order to apply to a college or university.
A degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduate course of study
To attend a class without receiving academic credit. (You listen and learn but don't receive a grade or credit).
A degree awarded to undergraduates, usually after four years of college classes.
College certificates allow students to obtain expertise in a field without investing the time needed to earn a college degree. Depending on the subject, students may complete a college certificate program in six months to a year because these programs focus on one discipline and lack the general education studies required by degree programs. (ex. massage therapy, computer repair)
A certification is a credential given to individuals in specific fields after they meet certain requirements. These credentials are typically provided by professional organizations which vary by career. There are special college programs that can help students meet the eligibility requirements to obtain the certifications and licenses administered by these organizations. (ex. nursing, real estate, financial management)
Day of graduation; graduation ceremony
An application used by many colleges; you fill it out once and submit to multiple colleges
A non-residential junior college offering a curriculum fitted to the needs of the community
The number your college or university uses to classify a course. You usually need this number in order to register for a class.
The number of hours assigned to a specific class. This is usually the number of hours per week you are in the class. The number of credit hours you enroll in determines whether you are a full-time student or part-time student.
Rising Star provides qualified high school graduates with academic support services, career development and up to $5,500 for tuition and books at a college of DCCCD (Dallas County Community College District), if you have established financial need.
A dean is the head of a specific area of a college, university, or private school.
The list of courses a student must take and complete in order to graduate.
Highest academic degree. Awarded after a master's degree.
A college or university building containing living quarters for students
Drop and Add
Students can ADD classes to their schedule (at the start of a semester) or DROP them (either before the semester starts or within a certain time period)
Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit
Refers to students being enrolled—concurrently—in two distinct academic programs or educational institutions. The term is most prevalently used in reference to high school students taking college courses while they are still enrolled in a high school.
A class you can take that is not specifically required by your major or minor.
The body of people (such as students) who register or enroll at the same time. This is listed as a number on a college or university website.
Groups you belong to outside of class, such as sporting teams, clubs, and organizations.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid; document you MUST fill out in order to receive loans, grants, scholarships, etc.
Money you receive for your college tuition or expenses that you may or may nto have to pay back.
First-year college student
A student who enrolls in at least a minimum number (determined by your college or university of credit hours or courses. (A typical number is 12 hours minimum or 4 classes)
General education classes
Classes that give students basic knowledge of a variety of topics. Students often must take general education classes in order to graduate. This set of classes includes different courses and is called by different names at various colleges and universities.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
The average of all of the course grades you have received but on a four point scale.
A student persuing their master's degree.
A form of financial aid from a non-profit organization (such as the government) that you do not have to repay.
Fraternities and Sororities. They often have specific student housing options for their members. Many of them have a common theme or connection (religion, athletics, etc.)
Historically Black College and Universities; example: Prairie View A&M University, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Dormitories, campus owned apartments, etc.
The cost of classes for students who normally reside in the same state as the college or university.
A temporary job, paid or unpaid, usually in the field of your major. You may be able to receive college credit for an internship.
Club athletics; anyone can participate; not governed by the NCAA.
Third-year college student
Letter of Recommendation
A document in which the writer assesses the qualities, characteristics, and capabilities of the person being recommended. These are often used in college and scholarship applications. Students should ask someone that knows them well and thinks highly of them to write their letter of recommendation.
Studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)
A form of financial aid that you must repay.
Your primary area of study. Your college major is the field you plan to get a job in after you graduate (for example: business, linguistics, anthropology, pyschology, engineering).
A degree awarded to a graduate student. The awarding of a master's degree requires at least one year of study (and often more, depending on the field) after a student earns a bachelor's degree.
A form of financial aide that is awarded for a student's academic achievements in high school, as well as for special talents and unique traits, such as musical or athletic skills as opposed to financial need.
A secondary field of study. Fewer classes are required for a college minor than for a major. A minor is not required.
National Collegiate Athletic Association; governing board over collegiate athletics that determines eligibility for all athletes, provides scholarships, access to medical care, academic support services and first-class training opportunities.
Financial aid given solely based on financial need.
A student attending a college in a different state than where they normally reside.
Time set aside by professors or teaching assistants for students to visit their office and ask questions or discuss the course they teach. Your professor or teaching assistant will tell you at the beginning of the term when and where office hours will be every week.
Courses you take by computer instead of in a traditional classroom.
The cost of tuition for a student who does not typically reside in the same state as their college or university is located.
A student who doesn't enroll in enough credit hours to become a full-time student as defined by your college or university. Part-time students often take only one or two classes at a time.
A personal statement is a chance to tell your story, tell who you are, give the admissions office a picture or snapshot of your life. It is not an academic essay.
A class that must be taken before you can take a different class. (Example: Astronomy 100 may be a prerequisite for Astronomy 200)
A university that is privately funded. Tuition for a private college or university (before scholarships and grants) is the same for all students.
College or University teacher; typically has a Doctorate's degree
A university that is funded by the voernment. Public colleges and universities are less expensive for residents of the state in which they are located.
Type of academic term. A school with this system generally will have a fall quarter, winter quarter, spring quarter (each about 10 weeks long), along with a summer term.
A student who lives in and meets the residency requirements for the state where a public university is located. Tuition at public universities often is more expensive for non-residents.
Resident Assistant (RA)
A fellow student, typically an upper classmen, that can help other students with a variety of needs. An RA is also in charge of coordinating activities to help create a feeling of community or family amongst the residents in his/her building.
Room and Board
The money you pay to your college in order to have a dorm (room) and eat on campus (board).
A test that measures the critical thinking, mathematical, reasoning, and writing skills students need to do college-level work.
A form of financial aid that you do not have to repay.
Type of academic term. A school with this system generally will have a fall semester and a spring semester (each about 15 weeks long), along with a summer term.
Fourth-year college student.
Second-year college student
A semester or full academic year spent taking classes in another country at a partner school. This can be done in order to learn a new language or can be done in countries that speak the same language as your native country.
A description of a course which also lists the dates of major exams, assignments, and projects. Usually given out on the first day of class.
Teaching Assistant (TA)
An individual who assists ateacher with instructional responsibilities. In larger colleges and universities, a TA will often teach the class and assist with grading.
A college that focuses on educating studetns for a specific career (i.e. mechanic)
The length of time that you take a college class, such as semester, trimester, or quarters.
Top 10 Percent
Upon graduation from a Texas high school, students ranked in the top 10% of their graduting class, are guaranteed entrance into all Texas public Universities. (UT Austin has a waiver and only has to accept approximately the top 6%)
An academic record, an official record of grades earned during a high school or college career. It also lists the course you have completed and when you attended that school. Colleges require a copy of your HS transcript as part of your application.
When an academic year has three semesters (as opposed to the traditional 2) of approximately 10 weeks in each trimester.
The Texas Success Initiative Assessment, better known as the TSI test, is a program which determines the appropriate level of college course work for an incoming student. The TSI test consists of three separate exams: Mathematics, Reading, and Writing.
A fee paid for instruction (what you pay for your classes)
A college or university student who has not yet received a college degree
Colleges that focus on getting you into the workplace fast (ex. Cosmotology)
When a student applies to college, he/she can be "Waitlisted" which means their application has been reviewed but all of the spots in the incoming class have been filled. If a spot opens up, it will be offered to students on the waitlist. This often leaves students in limbo and may require them to look at the other colleges he/she applied to.
Work-Study Program helps students earn financial funding through a part-time employment program. Typically students work a part time job on campus that does not take up too much time so that they can still be a successful student.
an institute of higher learning!
Advancement Via Individual Determination
Dallas County Promise
Program for graduates from Dallas County High Schools that pays for the first 2 years of tuitiion at a Dallas County Community College (DCCCD). Students must do the following to qualify: 1) Sign the Dallas County Promise Oath, 2) fill out their FAFSA, 3) apply to a DCCCD school, 4) graduate on time, and 5) enroll in classes at a DCCCD school. Upon graduation from a DCCCD, some students will earn 2-3 more years worth of the scholarship if attending Dallas County Promise associated 4 year colleges.
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