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College Application Lingo
Types of Colleges
NCAA Eligibility Center
SAT II or Subject Tests
High school rank
The Liberal Arts-a curriculum designed to help students develop the capacity to learn, to understand, and to make sound judgements. Students are encouraged to engage in a full range of disciplines including science, mathematics, literature, history, fine arts, and language in order to become broadly educated.
Larger class size
More variety in disciplines of study
Supported by State tax dollars
Smaller student/teacher ratio
Usually highly selective
Often thought to be more prestigious
Supported by endowments, tuition, and donations
Opportunities beyond BA/BS
Usually less expensive
Cheaper for in-state residents
When making your target-college list, you probably don't want to restrict it to EITHER public OR private schools. You should seek out all colleges that offer what you're looking for: academic departments, location, size, extracurricular activities, religious affiliation (or lack thereof), as well as simply the right "feel." The campus visit is super important!
Usually less specialized than a Bachelor of Science degree
Normally awarded in such majors as the languages, literature, other humanities, and history
Typically involves technical fields
Normally awarded in such majors as the physical and biological sciences, engineering, and agriculture
Combined Liberal Arts/Career
Dual undergraduate degrees (BA/BS) granted to students completing 3 years of study in the liberal arts followed by 2 years of professional/technical study (i.e. engineering)
Dual degrees granted to students completing an accelerated program of combined undergraduate and graduate or professional study (i.e. BA/MA or BA/MD)
General Education Requirements
A prescribed set of courses in the liberal arts required in addition to a major for graduation
The amount of credit assigned for each hour of class per week; courses typically earn 3 or 4 credit hours
The primary area of study chosen by a student and requiring a prescribed number of hours of credit
Secondary area of study chosen by a student and requiring fewer hours of credit than a major
Two majors undertaken at the same time
Special departmental permission may be required
Students who wish to continue professional training in law or medicine, for example, plan their undergraduate programs under the direction of a pre-professional advisor.
Pre-medicine and pre-law are usually not formal majors
An English major can meet medical school admissions requirements by selecting appropriate electives in the sciences
When a school takes the best score from each subject on the ACT or the SAT
A plan that requires an early fall application deadline (usually Oct.15-Nov. 15)
Students typically receive a decision in December
Non-binding (the student is not obligated to attend)
Restrictive Early Action
Non-binding early application option for students who have completed a thorough college search and are confident a specific institution is their first choice.
Applicants agree not to apply to any other private college/university under an Early Action, Restrictive Early Action, Early Decision or Early Notification program.
Applicants may apply to other colleges and universities under their Regular Decision option.
Early fall application deadline
Typically receive a decision in December
Binding commitment-student must attend if accepted
Institutions review applications upon receipt and return a decision as soon as the review is complete
Vast majority of students who apply to a given institution will do so through Regular Decision
Students can apply Regular Decision to as many schools as they would like
Deadlines typically fall in early January
Offers of admission are sent out in late March or early April.
Students will have until May 1 to either accept or decline their offers
Admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of 517 member colleges and universities
Member institutions may also require a "Common App Supplement" and ask additional questions
Each student is only permitted to submit a matriculation fee (or fee waiver) to one of the institutions to which they have been admitted.
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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