an institution of higher learning, especially one providing a general or liberal arts education rather than technical or professional training
an institution of learning of the highest level, having a college of liberal arts and a program of graduate studies together with several professional schools, as of theology, law, medicine, and engineering, and authorized to confer both undergraduate and graduate degrees
Community College
a nonresidential junior college established to serve a specific community and typically supported in part by local government funds
Private School
a school founded, conducted, and maintained by a private group rather than by the government, usually charging tuition and often following a particular philosophy, viewpoint, etc.
Public School
a school that is maintained at public expense for the education of the children of a community or district and that constitutes a part of a system of free public education commonly including primary and secondary schools
a standardized college admissions test developed by ACT, Inc., measuring English, mathematics, reading, and science skills: originally an abbreviation of American College Testing/American College Test/a set of standardized college admissions tests developed by the College Board, the principal one measuring mathematical and verbal reasoning, and others measuring knowledge in specific subject areas
Associate Degree
a degree granted especially by junior colleges after completion of two years of study
Admission Requirements
Requirements necessary to apply for entrance to institutions of higher education for undergraduate study (colleges)
the process by which individuals apply to gain entry into a college or university.
a graduate or former student of a particular school, college, or university
Academic Probation
a warning that a student’s performance falls below the institution’s requirement for “good academic standing”.

Usually measured by GPA or credits

Bachelor’s Degree
an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study lasting three to seven years
Master’s Degree
an advanced degree offered by universities around the world for completion of graduate study in a specific discipline. Masters degree programs typically take one to two years to complete and further prepare graduates for a career in their chosen field
Doctorate Degree
The highest level of academic degree. An academic degree awarded by universities that is, in most countries, a research degree that qualifies the holder to teach at the university level in the degree’s field, or to work in a specific profession
Undergraduate Degree
A colloquial term for an academic degree taken by a person who has completed undergraduate courses. It is usually offered at an institution of higher education, such as a university.
Graduate Degree
a master’s or doctoral degree that follows the completion of a bachelor’s degree
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid
Greek System (Fraternities/Sororities)
Colleges that have a group of men or women formed by a brotherhood or sisterhood and common goals and aspirations who make a commitment to each other for life. The members that form a fraternity or sorority share their efforts, friendship and knowledge
Full-Time Enrollment
When Graduates are taking 9 credits per semester or when Undergraduates are enrolled to take 12 credits per semester
Part-Time Enrollment
When Graduates and professional students enrolled for 4 or less s.h.

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per semester during fall and spring semesters, or 2 or less s.h. during summer session. Also when Undergraduate students enrolled for 5 or less s.

h. per semester during the academic year.

Credit Hours
an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks;Or at least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other activities as established by an institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work and other academic work leading toward the awarding of credit hours.”
Program of Study
a comprehensive, structured approach for delivering academic and career and technical education to prepare students for postsecondary education and career success
a subject or field of study chosen by a student to represent their principal interest and upon which a large share of their efforts are concentrated
a college or university student’s declared secondary academic discipline during their undergraduate studies.

To obtain an academic minor, a total of three years of study at a university in a selected subject is the usual requirement

Placement tests
a test usually given to a student entering an educational institution to determine specific knowledge or proficiency in various subjects for the purpose of assignment to appropriate courses or classes
Prerequisite Courses
courses that must be taken before becoming eligable to take another course
an outline of the subjects in a course of study or teaching
movement students consider between education providers and the related institutional processes supporting those secondary and post-secondary learners who actually do move with completed coursework or training that may be applicable to a degree pathway and published requirements
the charge or fee for instruction, as at a private school or a college or university