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Common Terminology at WSU

a – c

ADCAPS ‐ Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Assessment and Prevention Services

Advisor ‐ School official, usually assigned by your college or university, who will help you choose classes and make sure you are taking the right courses to graduate.

Academic Probation ‐ not maintaining satisfactory academic progress

Alumni ‐ people who have graduated from WSU.

AP ‐ Administrative Professional

ASWSU ‐ Associated Students of Washington State University

Bookie ‐ Student Book Corporation, or the WSU Bookstore.

ASCC – Academic Success and Career Center

CAHNRS ‐ College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

CAMP ‐ College Assistance Migrant Program

Catalog ‐ a document that provides all of the information parents and students need to know about a school

CHP ‐ Center for Health Promotion

CCE ‐ Center for Civic Engagement

CFSL ‐ Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life

Comp ‐ a comprehensive exam

CTS – Counseling and Testing Services

CUB ‐ Compton Union Building

CUE ‐ Smith Center for Undergraduate Education

d – l

Dean ‐ a faculty member that is head of a college or department

Doctorate ‐ Highest academic degree. Awarded after a bachelor’s degree.

ELSM ‐ Department of Educational Leadership and Sports Management

FAFSA ‐ Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Faculty ‐ Teaching staff with the University, typically doctoral level

Fin Aid ‐ Student Financial Services

FERPA ‐ Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

GEISORC ‐ Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center

GPSA ‐ Graduate Professional & Student Association

GA ‐ Graduate Assistant

IFC ‐ Interfraternity Council

IP ‐ International Programs

IT ‐ Information Technology

Instructor ‐ a college teacher ranking below assistant professor.

IM ‐ Intramural Sports

Lab ‐ a space in which students can perform certain functions in controlled situations that help them test and understand what is being taught in the lecture

Lighty ‐ Lighty Student Services Building

Lecture ‐ class where instructor lectures on class material

The Lair ‐ lounge area on the first floor of the CUB

m – p

Major ‐ student’s chosen field of study

Minor ‐ a specific number of credit hours in a secondary field of study

Midterms ‐ During the middle of each semester exams that test students on the material

MSS ‐ Multicultural Student Services

MyWSU ‐ The University’s official student information site. Access at

NID ‐ Network ID (myWSU login, different than WSU ID)

NPHC ‐ National Pan-Hellenic Council

NSP ‐ New Student Programs

OC ‐ Orientation Counselor



Ombudsman ‐ an official appointed to investigate individuals’ complaints against maladministration.

ORC ‐ Outdoor Recreation Center

PAN ‐ Panhellenic Council

Prerequisite ‐ prerequisite course; a course taken in preparation for another course

PreReq ‐ Prerequisites

Provost ‐ the chief academic officer directly below the president at the university

The Pit ‐ Fulmer 226

Professor ‐ a teacher of the highest rank in a college or university.

q – z

RA ‐ Resident Advisor

RDA ‐Resident Dinning Account

RED ‐ Residential Education Director

Registrar ‐ responsible for the maintenance of all academic records

RHA ‐ Residence Hall Association

RSO ‐ Registered Student Organization

SEB ‐ Student Entertainment Board

Syllabus ‐ an outline of the important information about a course.

SLN ‐ Schedule Line Number

SRC/UREC/REC ‐ Student Recreation Center

SSS ‐ Student Support Services

Staff ‐ University support personnel

TCR ‐ Transfer Credit Report

Transcript ‐ a permanent academic record of a student at college

TA ‐ Teaching Assistant

TRiO ‐ Student service programs

TODD AUD ‐ Todd 116

UGC ‐ United Greek Council

UCORE ‐ University Common Education Requirements

Undergraduate ‐ an undergraduate is a student who is pursuing either a one-, two-, or four-year degree.

WSU ‐ Washington State University