College Admission Vocabulary
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A decision a college or training program makes which grants an individual admission.
ACT - College Placement Exam
A test given by the American College Testing Program that is either required or recommended for college admission. Subject exams measure development in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science Reasoning, and Writing. www.actstudent.org
A program of high school courses which culminates in a national exam that if passed, can lead to receiving college level credit or placement in college courses. Visit www.collegeboard.com.
Fee required by most colleges for processing applications. Fees generally range from $10 to $50 and are non-refundable. Students on free/reduced lunch may qualify for fee waivers.
Application for Admission
A form provided by the college which must be submitted to be considered for admission. Many college applications are now done online.
A non-profit organization the serves member colleges/universities by providing an online admission application for use by interested students. Visit www.commonapp.org for a list of colleges/universities that use the common app.
The practice used by a number of colleges and universities to allow an accepted student to postpone enrollment for one year.
The decision by a college or university in which an applicant is refused admission. Denial should not be reason to give up on a college education. There are a number of alternative college choices for a student who desires to pursue a college education.
A college gives a student their admission decision at an earlier than the regular decision date, but the student does not have to accept the offer until the standard May 1 date.
This is when an applicant applies for admission while in the 11th grade and completes 12th grade graduation requirements while attending their first year of college.
A college gives a student their decision at an earlier than the regular decision date and the student makes a commitment to attend that school pending award of sufficient financial aid.
A student's complete high school academic record through the end of the senior year showing the date of graduation. It must be sent to the institution the student decides to attend.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
An average of all grades a student has earned in high school level courses. In weighted GPA's, bonus values are added for advanced courses. Colleges often recalculate a student's GPA based on specific courses.
Many colleges and universities offer opportunities to superior students to enrich their educational experience through independent, advanced or accelerated study. Frequently, additional financial aid is awarded.
An admission plan where all high school graduates who apply are granted admission. Florida community colleges/colleges admit high school graduates through the open-admission plan.
Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test / National Merit Scholar Qualifying test (PSAT/NMSQT)
This is a test designed to provide practice for the SAT and to predict SAT scores. Students may take the test in October of either the ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade.
Rank in Class
This is the numerical ordering of students based on their GPA. Many schools have moved to percentile rank which indicates the (frequency distribution) percentage of scores that fall at or below the student's GPA.
Many colleges and organizations offering scholarships require a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, employer or community member. Letters of recommendation attest to a student's character, involvement in school and in the community.
A student status designation that requires students meet certain criteria to be declared as a state resident in order to be eligible for lower resident tuition rates at a public state college/university.
An admission process in which students are evaluated for admission as soon as the student's admission package is complete.
SAT - Scholastic Assessment Test
A test administered by the College Board and is recommended or required for admission or placement by many colleges and universities.
SAT Subject Area Test
Subject area tests administered by the College Board required for admission or placement by some colleges and universities or specific majors such as engineering or architecture.
An official document that shows a student's total academic record (credit and grades) while enrolled a particular school (high schools and colleges).
This is a list of students who are not classified as either accepted or rejected by a college and who may be offered admission if space becomes available at a later date.