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26 Terms to Learn Before You Go to College

College can be confusing to navigate for a first time student with a whole new set of words and acronyms you need to know. Find yourself at the top of the class with our list of 26 terms you should know to help you through college.

Click on the term for more information about the topic.

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Higher Education Terms 

Higher Education is a term that refers to colleges, universities, and any education beyond high school that leads to a certificate or a college degree.

Higher Education is also referred to as post-secondary education or shortened to Higher Ed.

Community College

Community College is a two-year college that serves the residents of a local or regional area.

University

A university is an institution of higher learning that offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Applied Technology College

Applied Technology Colleges (ATC) are colleges that prepare technically skilled workers in specific occupations that generally do not require an associate or advanced degree.

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Post-secondary Degrees

Certificate

A certificate is generally a one-year program that leads directly to entry level employment in a specific occupation.

Associate of Applied Science

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program is designed to meet the needs of mid-career adults in a wide range of applied fields.  The in-depth knowledge and skills acquired in an A.A.S. degree prepare students for employment in a career track with advancement opportunities.

Associate’s Degree

An Associate Degree (A.A. or A.S.) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study lasting two years.

Bachelor’s Degree

A Bachelor's Degree is a Four-year programs that provides in-depth, specialized knowledge in a major or field of study.

Master’s Degree

A master’s degree is a graduate level program, earned after a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree prepares students for occupations from business to cyber security, or prepares students for a doctoral program.

Doctorate Degree

A doctorate degree, also referred to as PhD, provides further training in a more specialized area.

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The Admission Process Terms 

Admission and Scholarship Decisions

Admissions and scholarship decisions are influenced by an index of GPA and ACT scores at Southern Utah University. The admission index is where the GPA and test scores intersect.

Rolling Admissions

Rolling admission is a procedure by which SUU evaluates applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants are screened as soon as they submit all application materials.

Open Admissions

Open admission is a  policy that admits virtually all applicants with high school diplomas or their equivalent.

Concurrent Enrollment

The concurrent enrollment program makes college courses available to eligible high school students during their junior and senior years. Students earn both high school credit and college credit, which is recorded on a college transcript.

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Financial Aid Terms 

Financial Aid is money awarded to students to help them pay for education. Aid is given as loans, grants, scholarships, or work-study. Some forms of financial aid are required to be repaid after graduation.

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a free financial aid application used to determine eligibility for federal financial aid.

Scholarships

A scholarship is a form of financial aid that does not have to be repaid or earned through employment.

Grants

A grant is a  form of financial aid that does not have to be repaid or earned by working. Grants are usually based on financial need; however, academic merit may also be considered.

Loans

A loan is money you borrow and must pay back with interest.

Work Study

Work Study is money that you can earn throughout the semester by being employed on campus with an approved employer.

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Miscellaneous Terms

Credit hour

A credit hour is a unit used to measure the amount of schoolwork a student has enrolled for or completed.

Tuition

Tuition is the charge for attending a college or university class.

Student fees

Student fees are separate from tuition to help support the institution in a variety of ways.

Transcript

A transcript is an official copy of a student’s educational record.

Semester

A semester is an academic time period in which classes are in session.

FERPA

The Family Education Right-to-Privacy Act is a law designed to keep your personal information safe. It means that no one…not parents, not siblings, not spouses…will have access to your information without written consent.


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