Glossary of College Terminology
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A B C D F G I L M P R S T W
An endorsement given to educational institutions or academic degree programs by an organization that reviews qualifications.
A two-year diploma from a community or junior college. NWP offers an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science.
To attend a class without receiving credit for the class.
A four-year degree from a college, university or professional school; usually requires at least 120 credit hours.
Course numbers / codes:
Numbers assigned to specific classes.
A certificate of completion of a course of study.
A specific list of required courses and electives to be completed for a degree.
The most advanced degree that can be earned.
Course-related costs to attend college.
Twelve or more credit hours per semester for undergraduate students.
Grade point average; the average of your class grades, generally based on a 4 point (0-4) or 9 point (0-9) scale.
Financial assistance that does not require repayment.
A job in a student’s field of study; may be required in some academic programs and may include salary and credit.
Financial assistance that must be repaid.
Regular fall or spring semester.
A student’s concentrated field of study.
A graduate degree that usually requires two or more years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree.
A student’s secondary field of study.
A course that must be taken prior to enrolment in another course.
A college or university that is not provincially/ federally assisted and relies on private funding, tuition and fees.
A provincially or federally supported college or university.
Enrolment in classes.
Financial assistance based on merit; do not require repayment.
Spring / Summer session:
A spring / summer term of approximately six weeks.
Registration by telephone for classes.
Costs for courses, not including certain fees.
Classes held on the Internet instead of in a traditional classroom.
Registration through the Internet for classes.