Starting Fall 2019, UW Colleges Online will become UW College Courses Online.
March 18, 2019

Dictionary For The Modern College Student

It's no secret college is a big step into an unfamiliar world. A new school, new professors, new responsibilities and new routines are a lot to handle. And if that wasn't enough, there are a whole bunch of new words you'll be learning, too. 

Some will deal with paying for college (FAFSA, Bursar), others will help you succeed in planning your future (guaranteed transfer program) and others are essential to the college experience (all-nighter). Whether you're heading into your first semester or your last, here are some essentials every student should know.

Add/Drop A Course: Thanks to our multiple sessions, students may have the chance to add a class that begins after the semester has started. Students also have an option to drop classes within a semester. Check in with your advisor and make note of the add/drop deadlines.

Advising: Talking to an academic advisor to discuss your classes, college goals and career planning. Our academic advisors can help you find your path and succeed in your higher education journey. 

All-Nighter: When a student stays up all night to cram for an exam or presentation. Many college students have either experienced an all-nighter themselves or know someone who has. Please note, we do not recommend all-nighters as a study strategy. Here are some better tips from our professors

Application: The process by which students apply to gain entry into a college or university. UW Colleges Online accepts applications on a rolling basis, so you can apply and take the next step in your journey anytime.

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Bursar: The Bursar handles the financial affairs of a college or university. If you have questions about paying tuition, scholarships or work-study payments, chances are you'll be talking to someone in the Bursar's office. 

Credit Hour: The number of credits assigned to a specific class. Credit hours determine whether you're a full- or part-time student and are taken into account for graduation. 

Enrollment: Signing up for classes. After you've applied and been accepted, it's time to pick out your classes. Set up an advising and registration session so a campus advisor can help you choose your classes based on your degree.  

FAFSA: An acronym that stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All college students can submit this application to determine their eligibility for financial aid like loans, grants and more.

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Financial Aid: Any scholarship, grant, loan or work-study payment intended to help a student pay for college expenses. Aid can come from the federal government, campus foundations, local businesses and other sources.

Guaranteed Transfer Program: A program that ensures a UW Colleges Online student's admission to a four-year UW school of their choice. This track allows students to save thousands on tuition while working toward a bachelor's degree. 

Marathoning: When a student spends hours studying for a test, preparing for a presentation or writing an essay. College can be challenging and sometimes a marathon session is necessary.

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Prerequisite: A course that is required before you take a higher-level course. For example, if you're interested in taking Calculus, you'll need to finish the prerequisite College Algebra and Trigonometry courses.

Student Affairs Team:  Your point of contact for everything related to learning at UW Colleges Online. Our advisors can help you with everything from enrolling for classes to discovering a career path that's right for you.

Tutoring:   UW Colleges Online offers students tutoring through a service called SmartThinking. It's available to all students 24/7 for drop-in sessions with a live tutor, essay submissions scheduled appointments and more.

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