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College Planning Terms



Terms you should know!


ACT – American College Test


AP – Advanced Placement Program ( )


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.   (


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 ( )


FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( )


Liberal Arts - A broad course of instruction comprising the arts, natural sciences, languages, literature, philosophy, religion and classics.


NMSQT – National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test ( )


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

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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 term.


Rolling Admission - Certain colleges or universities have a policy of admitting qualified students on a "first come, first serve" basis.


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 ( )


SAT II – Scholastic Assessment Tests – Subject Test ( )


SUNY - State University of New York


TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language ( )


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.