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College Vocabulary

Academic year. This is a school year beginning with autumn classes. In some American colleges and universities it starts in August or September.

Advisor. A school official choosing students classes and making sure they are taking the right courses to graduate.

Associate's degree. One of degrees offered by US community colleges after two years of classes.


Audit. Attending a class without receiving academic credit.

Bachelor's degree. The type of degree awarded to undergraduates after four years of college classes.

Commencement. Day of graduation.

Course Number. A special number used by college/university to classify a course.

Credit hour. Usually the number of hours per week a student is in the class. Moreover, such hours distinguish if you are a full-time student or a part-time student.

Doctorate. The highest academic degree awarded after a Bachelor's degree.

Elective. The class not specifically required by learner major or minor.

Extracurricular activities. Groups organized for student participation outside the class: sporting teams, clubs and organizations.

Financial aid. Money given by college for tuition or expenses which may not be paid back.

Freshman. A first-year college/university student.

Full-time student. That one enrolling at least a minimum number of credit hours of courses.

General education classes. Classes supplying the students with basic knowledge in a variety of topics.

Grade point average. The average of all of the course grades.

Grant. One of financial aid forms which must not be repaid.

Internship. It is a temporary job, paid or unpaid, usually in the field of student major. 

Junior. Third-year college student.

Loan. A form of financial aid for students.

Major. A subject which is mainly emphasized during the academic year (sociology, physics, political science etc.).

Master's degree. It is a degree awarded to graduate students after the Bachelor's degree.

Minor. Learners secondary area of study.

Non-resident. A student who isn’t an official resident of the state.

Office hours. Time when student visit professors or teaching assistants and ask questions or discuss the course they teach.

Part-time students. Those ones not enrolled in enough credit hours to become a full-time student.

Prerequisite. A class taken before the student can take a different classes.

Private university. The institution which is privately-funded.

Public university. A university funded by the government. They are less expensive for residents of the state where they are located.

Quarter. Type of academic term.

Resident. A student who lives in and meets the residency requirements for the state where a public university is situated.

Scholarship. A form of financial aid.

Semester. Type of academic term.

Senior. The college student of the fourth year.

Sophomore. Second-year college learner.

Transcript. An official academic record from a specific school listing the courses the student has completed, grades and information such as when he/she attended.