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wait listA list of qualified applicants to a school who may be offered admission if there is space available after all admitted students have made their decisions. This could also be for a course if all the "seats" are taken in that designated time section.early actionThis is a plan under which a student applies early in the fall and often receives an admission decision prior to January. This allows the accepted candidate until May 1 to accept or decline the offer of admission.SATA college entrance exam that measures English, math, reading and science reasoning. Scores range from 1-36 along with a composite score. An optional writing test is offered.EFCAn amount the student and student's family are expected to contribute toward his/her education. It is used in determining eligibility for federal student aid.Early DecisonThis is a plan under which a student applies to the first-choice college early in the fall (usually by November 1 of the senior year) and agrees by contract to enter that college if offered admission. These applicants are judged on the basis of their junior year test scores, class rank, and grades.rolling admissionThe application process whereby a college reviews an application when the application is completed and communicates the admission decision within a few weeks of reviewing the admissionThe policy of some colleges for admitting virtually all high school graduates, regardless of academic qualifications such as high school grades and admission scores.ProbationA status or period of time in which students with very low GPAs, or whose academic work is unsatisfactory according to the school, must improve their performance. If they are unable to do so, they may be dismissed from the school. Students may also face "disciplinary probation" for non academic reasons, such as behavioral problems in the dorms.GMATA standardized graduate business school entrance exam administered by the nonprofit Graduate Management Admission Council, which measures verbal, quantitative and analytical writing skills.RegistrarThe college or university official who is responsible for registering students and keeping their academic records, such as transcripts.GREA standardized graduate school entrance exam administered by the nonprofit Educational Testing Services (ETS), which measures verbal, quantitative and analytical writing skills. The exam is generally required by graduate schools, which use it to assess applicants of master's and P.h.D. programs.SectionA specific class with its own particular days, hours, location and instructor. A number of these for a certain course may be offered during a quarter, each with different days, times, locations, and instructors but presenting the same curriculum.Greek LifeA college or university's collection of fraternities and sororities on campus, whose names originate from letters in the ancient greek alphabet.Independent StudyAn academic course that allows students to earn credit for work done outside the normal classroom setting. The reading or research assignment is usually designed by the students themselves or with the help of a faculty member, who monitors the progress.HumanitiesAcademic courses focused on human life and ideas, including history, philosophy, foreign languages, religion, art, music and literature.Liberal Arts CollegesA post-secondary institution that emphasizes an undergraduate education in liberal arts. The majority of these colleges have small student bodies.Liberal ArtsAcademic studies of subjects in the humanities, social sciences and the sciences, with a focus on general knowledge, in contrast to a professional or technical emphasis.Merit based payA type of financial aid awarded by a college or university to students who have demonstrated special academic ability or talents, regardless of their financial need. Most of this has specific requirements if students want to continue to receive it, such as maintaining a certain GPA.CreditedOfficial recognition that a college or university meets the standards of a regional or national association. In the United States, employers, other schools and governments worldwide often only recognize degrees from these type of schools.Conditional admissionAn acceptance to a college or university that is dependent on the student first completing coursework or meeting specific criteria before enrollment.DepartmentA division of a school, made up of faculty and support staff, that gives instruction in a particular field of study, such as history.DisciplineAn area of academic study.DropTo withdraw from a course. A college or university typically has a period of time at the beginning of a term during which students can complete this.bacheloretteA college degree which can often be earned by following a four-year instructional program.CatalogA comprehensive resource listing college regulations, program and course descriptions, degree and graduation requirements, transfer requirements and other essential information.DivisionAn organizational unit within a college or university consisting of two or more related departments.Office HoursProfessors are usually required to hold these on a regular basis throughout the semester, which is when students are able to drop in or make an appointment to meet with them.Student UnionA location on a college campus where students go for recreation, socialization, or governmental student activities.Common applicationA standardized undergraduate application used by more than 400 colleges for admission.Deferred admissionAllows an admitted/accepted student to postpone enrollment for one year.Adjunct professorA part time professor.ArticulationA formal agreement between high schools and colleges or between community/technical colleges and baccalaureate institutions, designed to make it easy for students to move from one educational level to the next without any gaps or repetition in their coursework.Cost of attendanceThe figure provided by colleges and/or college financial offices that estimates the total cost of attending that particular school for a period of one year.Dependent studentStudents who are reliant on parents for financial support and who do not live apart from their parents. Most students going directly from high school to college are considered this.Developmental coursesGenerally these have course numbers starting with a zero or numbers less than 100 or courses that prepare students for college-level courses.FERPAEnacted by the federal government, this protects students' privacy and confidentiality by placing certain restrictions on the disclosure of educational records and information.In-completion classA temporary grade given to a student who is doing satisfactory work but is forced by illness or other emergency to miss an exam or a major assignment. The instructor and student arrange how and when the student will complete the work and have the i changed to a final letter grade.Loan and forgivenessThis means you are no longer expected to repay your loan. Certain circumstances might lead to your outstanding federal student loan balance.Private collegeA self-supporting institution of higher education operated with private funds.Room and boardThe amount that students who live on campus must pay for housing and meals.Student aid report(Sar)A document that gives you basic information about your eligibility for federal financial aid. It also gives you a chance to review and correct the information listed on your FAFSA, if you need to.Teacher aidAn individual who assists a teacher with instructional responsibilities. These individuals are sometimes also known as graduate assistants. These individuals sometimes receive an assistantship (a program that pays for a student's tuition in exchange for work or teaching).