Glossary of College Related Terms
Academic Advisor: faculty member who assists student with development of a degree (academic) plan
Associate’s Degree: A two-year degree, usually 60-65 credit hours, from a community or junior college (GHC offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees)
Audit: To attend a class without receiving credit for the class; however, associated tuition must still be paid
Catalog: comprehensive guide and “contract” with GHC. Click here for most recent version of GHC Catalog
Course Numbers (CRNs): Numbers assigned to specific classes; used for registration
Credit Hour: credit given for attending one lecture hour of class each week for 15 weeks or equivalent. Most college classes are 3 credit hours.
Degree (Academic) Plan: A specific list of required courses and electives to be completed for a degree
Drop/Add: The procedure whereby a student may change his/her class schedule, after initial registration, by dropping or adding a course without academic penalty. Typically, drop/add occurs during the first three days of each semester
FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid): a form that the government uses to determine the amount of money a person is eligible to receive. Form must be completed yearly.
Full time: Twelve or more credit hours per semester
General Education (“Core”): Introductory courses that provide students with general knowledge and reasoning ability rather than specific skills for employment or specialized knowledge for a program of study. The “Core” is Areas A through E of degree (academic) plan.
Grade Point Average (GPA):
Grants: form of Financial Aid that does not require repayment
Holds: restriction placed on student’s record for a variety of reasons –academic, financial aid, business office, library, etc. To be removed, the obligation must be met.
Loans: form of Financial Aid that does require repayment
Nonresident: A student who does not live in the state of Georgia or does not meet specific state residency requirements
Online Courses: courses taught over the Internet instead of in a traditional classroom
Prerequisite: A course(s) that must be taken before enrollment in another course
Program of Study (Major): A student’s concentrated field of study
Registration: procedure where student indicates the classes into which he/she wishes to enroll for the next term of attendance. At GHC, students can register via the Internet or with the assistance of any secretary.
Resident: A student who has lived in Georgia for at least one full year or meets specific state residency requirements.
Schedule Bulletin: newsprint published for each semester and includes course offerings information (when, where), important dates, and registration procedures
Scholarships: form of Financial Aid based on merit, not need and does not require repayment
Service Learning: Service Learning is an approach to learning (i.e., classroom learning) that is often complemented by experiential learning (i.e., volunteering, immersion programs).
Syllabus: written description of course content distributed to students by instructors
Transcript: Permanent record of a student’s college grades as well as any scores from SAT or GRE tests.
Tuition and fees: costs for courses, including lab fees, student activity fees, parking fee, etc. It does not include cost of textbooks.
Wipeout: process conducted at end of registration period(s) to remove students who have not paid the appropriate tuition and fees.
Withdrawal: procedure by which a student may drop (no longer attend) a class at any time prior to midterm. You will lose the money you have paid for the course.
Work-study program: federal form of Financial Aid that allows students to work on campus