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Glossary of Terms

A.A. Certificate - Associate of Arts certifi-cate: Awarded upon satisfactory completion, with an overall C average, of 60 credits (at least 36 at UF), including general education requirements, writing and math requirements (Gordon Rule), and College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) re-quirement.

Academic Year - The traditional annual cycle of academic terms: Summer B, Fall, Spring, Summer A, Summer C

Admitted - Students who have applied and have been accepted to the univer-sity in a degree-seeking status. Admission is not validated until the student registers for and attends classes.

Audit - Permission to attend and to participate in a course without benefit of a grade or credit. CEUs (continuing education units) may be awarded at the discretion of the instructor.

Baccalaureate - Bachelor's degree: the traditional undergraduate degree.

Calendar, University - An annual publication listing all official dates and deadlines for the academic year.

Catalog Year - The year during which the regulations published in a specific edition of the Undergraduate Catalog apply. A student's academic year, which begins when the catalog takes effect in the Summer B term, is governed by the regulations for academic requirements published in the catalog in effect at the time the student begins undergraduate studies.

Certificate Program - an organized concentration of study in an approved subject area. These programs are not recognized on a student transcript.

Classification/College - A code indicating a student's academic level (year) and college affiliation.

CLAST - College Level Academic Skills Test required by Florida statutes and designed to test communication and computation skills.

Combined Degrees - An accelerated program that allows students to count 12 graduate credits toward their undergraduate degree.

Common Course Numbering System - A statewide system of course prefixes and numbers developed to facilitate the transfer of credit by identifying equivalent courses.

Continuous Enrollment - Undergraduate students who register for and com-plete at least one course in one term in an academic year are continuously en-rolled.

Corequisite - Two courses that must be taken concurrently.
Correspondence/Extension Work - Division of Continuing Education course offerings. Consult your college dean's office for restrictions and limitations.

Credit - One semester hour, generally rep-resenting one hour per week of lecture or two or more hours per week of laboratory work.

Cum laude - Graduating "with honors."

Deficit Points - The number of grade points below a C average on hours at-tempted at the university. If the grade point average is less than a 2.0, there is a grade point deficit. Refer to "Grade Point Averaging and Deficits" in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Dismissal - Students with a grade point deficit of 15 or more will be placed on academic dismissal and will not be permitted further registration at UF.

Drop - To drop a single course from a given term.

Drop/Add - A period of time beginning the first day of classes when students can adjust schedules by dropping or adding courses or changing sections of a course. Courses dropped during the official drop/add period are not sub-ject to fees.

Dual Enrollment - Simultaneous registration at two educational institutions.

Early Action - Freshmen applicants who meet the early action deadline will receive a January decision. No attendance commitment enforced.

Early Admission - Admission as a freshman following completion of the junior year of high school.

Early Decision - The application process in which the student makes a com-mitment to the university, that, if admitted, the student will enroll.

Enrollment - Registration for course work and payment of fees constitutes official enrollment.

General Education Requirement - University-wide requirement of the basic studies that form the foundation of all undergraduate degree programs.

Good Standing - Eligible to continue to register for university course work.

Grade Point Average (GPA) - The ratio of grade points earned to semester hours carried. The UF GPA is computed on University of Florida course work only.

Grade Points - The number of points attributed to a grade (A=4, B=3, etc.) times the number of credit hours in the course.

Graduate Student - A student who has earned a baccalaureate degree and who has been admitted to the Graduate School to pursue a graduate degree program (master's, specialist, engi-neer, doctorate).

ISIS (Integrated Student Information System) - Web-based system for students to access their records at www.isis.ufl.edu.

Magna cum laude - Graduating with "high honors".

Major - A subject of academic study chosen as a field of specialization.

Matriculation - Enrollment as an admitted, degree-seeking student.

Medical Withdrawal - Student drops all courses in a given term based on medical documentation. Fees for the semester are refunded.

Minor - An officially recognized secon-dary concentration of study in an ap-proved subject area, consisting of at least 15 credits of appropriate course work.

Permanent Academic Record - The complete list of a student's courses attempted, grades and credit earned, degrees awarded, and any other pertinent academic information.

Petition - A written request seeking a waiver of or an exception to a university regulation, policy or deadline.

Postbaccalaureate - A student who has earned a baccalaureate degree and been admitted for continued study but who has not been admitted as a graduate or professional student.

Prerequisite - A condition that must be met to establish eligibility to enroll in a program or course.

Probation, Academic - Any undergradu-ate with less than a 2.0 cumulative UF GPA shall be placed on academic probation while a grade point deficit ex-ists. Refer to "deficit points."

Professional Student - A student who is admitted to pursue a Doctor of Dental Medicine, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Pharmacy or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

Readmission - The procedure for a previously admitted/enrolled UF student to re-enroll in a degree-seeking status after a break in enrollment of more than one term.

Registration - The process by which a student officially selects and enrolls in university course work.

Registration is not complete until appropriate fees are paid.

Residence - A student's tenure within the university and/or a specific college or school.

Residency - Classification of students as Florida residents or non-Florida resi-dents for tuition purposes.

Schedule Adjustment - A period of time following advance registration before the beginning of classes when students can adjust their course schedules.

Schedule of Courses - Registration infor-mation provided each term with aca-demic regulations and a listing of all courses offered.

Semester - A standard academic term (fall or spring) of approximately 16 weeks of instruction. Refer to "term".
Summa cum laude - Graduating with "highest honors."

S-U Option - A provision by which a student may elect, with college approval, to enroll in a course, the grade for which is not computed in the grade point average. Grades awarded are S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

S.U.S. - The State University System of Florida. The University of Florida is one of 11 state-supported universities in the S.U.S.

Term - A period of instruction. During the fall and spring, the term is a standard 16-week semester. During the summer, various shorter length periods of instruction are offered: Summer A and Summer B are 6-week terms; Summer C is a 12-week term.

Transcript - An official copy of the student's complete course work, grades, credit and degrees earned at the University of Florida.

Transfer Credit - Course work completed at another institution that is accepted at the University of Florida and which may be applicable toward a specific major, minor or degree.

Transient Student - A student of another accredited institution who receives permission to register (for one term) as a nondegree-seeking student to earn credit to transfer back to his or her parent institution.

Universal Tracking System and Audits - A computerized academic advising and tracking program that provides an assessment of progress toward degree requirements.

Withdraw - To drop all courses for a given term.

Writing and Math Requirement (Gordon Rule) - A state law requiring that all students complete 24,000 words of designated writing courses and 6 hours of designated math courses prior to earning 60 credits. Courses are identified by category in the Sched-ule of Courses.

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