College Planning Terms
Terms you should know!
ACT – American College Test
AP – Advanced Placement Program ( www.collegeboard.com )
BOCES – Board of Cooperative Education Services
CEEB - College Entrance Examination Board
CLEP – College level examination program
Common Application – Various colleges and universities
developed and will accept one universal application, which can be photocopied
and sent to each school. (www.commonapp.org)
Cooperative Education - A program integrating classroom study
and work experience and offering credit and salary.
CSS Profile – College Scholarship Service
CUNY - City University of New York
Deferred Admission - The practice of permitting students to
postpone enrollment for one year after acceptance to the college.
Early Action - The student applies early in the fall of
senior year and receives notification usually by the end of January. This
is a non-binding decision.
Early Decision - This is an application procedure whereby
the student applies early in the fall of their senior year to their First
Choice college, and agrees by contract to enter that college if offered
admission. This is a binding decision.
ETS – Education Testing Service ( www.ets.org )
FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( www.fafsa.ed.gov )
Liberal Arts - A broad course of instruction comprising the
arts, natural sciences, languages, literature, philosophy, religion and
NMSQT – National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test ( www.collegeboard.com )
Private College/University - An educational institution of
higher education which is not supported by public taxes. May be
independent or church related.
PSAT – Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test
( www.collegeboard.com )
Public College/University - An educational institution of
higher education which is supported by public taxes.
Registration - A process at the beginning of each semester
or a quarter whereby the student selects the courses he or she will enroll in,
pays the appropriate fees, and sets up a class schedule for the semester or
Rolling Admission - Certain colleges or universities have a
policy of admitting qualified students on a "first come, first serve"
ROTC - Reserved Officers Training Corps. Programs
conducted by certain colleges in cooperation with the United States Air Force,
Army and NAVY.
SAT I – Scholastic Assessment Test – Reasoning Test ( www.collegeboard.com )
SAT II – Scholastic Assessment Tests – Subject Test ( www.collegeboard.com )
SUNY - State University of New York
TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language ( www.toefl.org )
Transcript - The official record of a students academic
performance from the time of entrance (9th grade) in a given institution to the
end of the latest semester.
Tuition - The charge for instruction.
Trimester - An academic calender period of about 15 weeks.
Three trimesters make of one year.
Waitlist - A student is not offered admission, but placed on a
waiting list should an opening occur. If an opening becomes available the
student is admitted.