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COLLEGE VOCABULARY

UNDERSTANDING COLLEGE VOCABULARY

Accreditation- recognition of a college or university by any of the regional or national accrediting bodies, indicating that the institution as a whole has been judged to be meeting its objectives.

Advanced Placement- Granting credit and/or assignment to an advanced course on the basis of evidence that a student has mastered the equivalent of an introductory course.

Associates Degree- granted after satisfactory completion of a two-year program.

Bachelors Degree- granted after satisfactory completion of a four-year program.

Calendar:

  • Quarter- academic year is divided into four parts.
  • Semester- academic year is divided into two parts.
  • Trimester- the academic year is divided into three parts
  • 4-1-4- two four-month terms and a one-month “inter” session

Candidates Reply Date- May 1, the deposit deadline for most schools using the regular admission system.

Class Rank- is a rating that compares your cumulative grade point average to other members of your class.  Class rank is often used as a college admissions and scholarship standard.

College Transfer Courses- Courses intended for transfer of college credit to bachelor’s degree programs elsewhere.

Community College- a two-year college established by a state government: generally the tuition is low and the education of good quality.

Credit by Examination- A program through which many colleges grant course credit based on results of the Advanced Placement Test (AP), the CEEB College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Regents College Examinations (RCE), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), or another examination developed by colleges.

 

COLLEGE APPLICATION OPTION TERMINOLOGY

Early Decision (ED): This type of application is "binding." Binding means that the applicatn promises from the start they they will attend the school if their application if accepted. It is not an obligation to be taken lightly, since schools honor one another's binding decisions. If you renege on an early decision obligation to one school, it is unlikely that another competitive school will accept you. Students can seek release from an early decision obligation on the grounds of financial hardship, if they financial aid package they are offered is genuinely inadequate; however, the burden of proff in these cases is on the student. An important drawback to early decision admissions is that they leave applicants with no leverage to negotiate a better finanaical aid package--the school knows you can't go anywhere else. Early decision applicants are expected to submit only one early decision application to one school. They can submit applications to other schools under normal application procedures, but agree that they will withdraw all those applications if they are accepted to the early decision school.

Early Action (EA) and Priority (PRI): These types of applications are non-binding.These are admissions programs which do not ask applicants to commit to attending if they are accepted. They give students the benefits of early notification without the obligations of early decision. Even if accepted, students are free to apply to other schools and to compare financial aid offers. To qualify for many school scholarships, students need to apply to the college by the Early Action/Priority deadline.

Restrictive Early Action (REA): This is a non-binding early application option for students who have completed a thorough college search and are confident a paritcular school is their first choice.

  • Applicants agree not to apply to any other private college/university under an Early Action, Restrictive Early Action, Early Decision or Early Notification program.
  • Applicants may apply to other colleges and universities under their Regular Decision option.

Exceptions

  • The student may apply to any college/university with early deadlines for scholarships or special academic programs as long as the decision is non-binding
  • The student may apply to any public college/university with a non-binding early application option
  • The student may apply to any college/university with a non-binding rolling admission process
  • The student may apply to any foreign college/university on any application schedule

Regular Decision (RD): This is set deadline when all applications must be received.

Rolling Admissions (RA): This is a non-binding application process. The College accepts students who meet the academic requirements on a first-come, first served basis until if fills its freshman class. No strict application deadline is specified.

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