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From academic, residence life, and financial aid terms to the Greek letters used by fraternities and sororities, life in college sometimes needs a little translation.

College Terms Defined: A-H
Life in college can sometimes seem to have a language all its own. From "alumnae" to "pedagogy," learn what each term (between A-H) means in the context of your college or university.

College Terms Defined: I-R
Life in college can sometimes seem to have a language all its own. From "alumnae" to "pedagogy," learn what each term (between I-R) means in the context of your college or university.

College Terms Defined: S-Z
Life in college can sometimes seem to have a language all its own. From "alumnae" to "pedagogy," learn what each term (between S-Z) means in the context of your college or university.

Academic Lingo
TA, GI, GSI, GSA, GA . . . sometimes, the academic lingo on a college campus can seem like alphabet soup! Learn the definitions for the most common academic terms, abbreviations, and acronyms.

Financial Aid Terms
The terminology used when discussing financial aid can sometimes feel overwhelming (work study? work award?). Learn what each term means and, more importantly, what they mean for your financial future.

Residence Life Lingo
It's hard enough to learn the names of everyone living in your hall (or even on your floor), much less the meanings behind all of the acronyms posted on people's doors. Read this quick tip sheet to help you learn what means what, who is who, and how it all fits together.

A Glossary of College Greek Letters
With all of the Greek letters used in college fraternities and sororities, it can be hard to tell them apart.

The Difference Between a College and a University
Not sure there's a difference between a "college" and a "university"? There are, in fact, important differences between a college and a university. Find out what they are.

Academic Probation
Knowing what "academic probation" is can be as important as knowing what you need to do to get out of it.

Disciplinary Probation
Disciplinary probation can be easy to get into -- and hard to get out of. Learn what exactly disciplinary probation is and what you need to do about it.

What Is a College Registrar?
Not sure what exactly the registrar is -- or does? Learn here.

What Is an Alumni Office?
Not clear on what exactly an alumni office is or what benefits it can provide for you? Find out what a typical alumni office offers -- and how best to utilize its services.

What Is a Leave of Absence?
Not sure what exactly a leave of absence is? Find out the specifics, if you qualify, and if taking one during your time in school is right for you.

What Is a TA?
Not entirely clear about what a TA is in the context of your college education? Find out who TAs are, what role they play, and how you can utilize them during your time in school.

What Are Office Hours?
You've heard people in college mention "office hours." But what exactly are office hours? And what can you use them for?

What Is a Super Senior?
Have you heard the term "super senior" but aren't clear on what a super senior really is? Find out here.

What Is a Convocation?
Not sure what Convocation is? Find out here.

What Is a College Verification Form?
Not sure what exactly a "college verification form" is? Learn what it is, where it's used, and why you might need one.

What Is a First-Generation College Student?
Not clear on what exactly a "first-generation college student" is? Find out here.

What Is an Adjunct Professor?
Not sure what an "adjunct professor" is? Or what it might mean if you have a course being taught by an adjunct professor this semester?

What Does "Emeritus" Mean?
Sometimes, you might see a college course being taught by someone listed as "professor emeritus." But what exactly does that mean?

What Is a Department Chair?
You've noticed that one of your college professors is also the department chair. So ... what exactly does that mean?

What Is a Living Learning Community?
Need to know what a living learning community is but were afraid to ask? Find out here.

What Is the Sophomore Slump?
You've likely heard the term before, but just what is the "sophomore slump"? And how do you get yourself out of it?

What Is a College Major?
So ... just what is a college major? And is it the same thing your degree will be in? Find out here.

What Is a Prerequisite in College?
Just what is a prerequisite in college? And how can you tell if, for example, any of your current classes count as prerequisites?

What Is a College Alumni?
What exactly is a college alumni? Find out who qualifies as a college alumni as well as how to use the term correctly.

The 8 Most Important Offices to Know in College
If you're new to college, it can be hard to figure out who does what. Learn the 8 most important offices to know in college -- and why.

What Is a College Booster?
You've heard the term but aren't completely clear: Just what is a college "booster"?

What Is a College Diploma?
In college lingo, there are often slightly different meanings to terms that generally refer to similar things. So what exactly is a "college diploma"?

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