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A.A.

Associate in Arts degree. A degree designed for transfer to an upper division college or university. A Florida A.A. degree satisfies General Education (GEP) at all Florida SUS Schools.

Accreditation

Certification that the college/school or program has met established standards and is nationally recognized by appropriate accrediting agencies.

ACT

American College Testing program is used for undergraduate admission purposes.

Add

Online procedure used to alter class schedules after registration. During this time, students can adjust their schedules through myUCF (https://my.ucf.edu) by adding courses. Students should check the appropriate term's Web Enrollment Guide for details.

A.S.

Associate in Science degree. A broad-based degree designed to prepare students to enter a wide variety of careers.

ASSA

Academic Services for Student Athletes.

Audit (course)

To attend classes without receiving academic credit.

Audit (Degree)

Computerized summary of progress toward completion of degree requirements to be used with academic advising and registration. Available from myUCF at https://my.ucf.edu. (See also "Degree Audit")

BA

Business Administration. This abbreviation appears in the listing of courses and refers to the College of Business Administration (CBA). Also see Bachelors Degree.

Baccalaureate or Bachelors Degree

Completion of all University and major graduation requirements as certified by the University (B.A. is the Bachelor of Arts degree and B.S. is the Bachelor of Science degree).

BHC

Burnett Honors College

Breaking Catalog

Loss of eligibility to follow graduation requirements in a specific catalog.

BSBS

Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences.

CAH

College of Arts and Humanities.

Catalog

Resource for UCF academic policies and procedures, college/school and degree requirements, course descriptions and faculty listings. It is published annually and its contents are subject to change. Available online at http://catalog.ucf.edu.

Catalog Year

The edition of the University catalog that governs course prerequisites, co-requisites and graduation requirements for a particular academic year.

CBA

College of Business Administration.

CECS

College of Engineering and Computer Science.

CEDHP

College of Education and Human Performance.

Certificate

Special program of study supplemental to a major.

CI

Consent of instructor.

Class Schedule Search

A component of the online myUCF system (at https://my.ucf.edu) that lists courses and class sections offered each academic term.

COHPA

College of Health and Public Affairs.

College

Collection of related academic departments. There are twelve colleges at UCF: Burnett Honors College (BHC), Arts and Humanities (CAH), Business Administration (CBA), Education (CED), Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), Graduate Studies, Health and Public Affairs (COHPA), Medicine (COM), Nursing, Optics and Photonics (CREOL), Sciences (COS), and Rosen College of Hospitality Management (RCHM).

COM

College of Medicine.

Common Course Numbering

The statewide course numbering system (SCNS) uses a course designation that consists of a 3-letter prefix and a 4-digit number and when necessary a one-letter laboratory (L) or lecture/laboratory (C) suffix.

Common Program Prerequisite

The State of Florida has identified Common Program Prerequisites for all University programs. These prerequisites must be completed by all students entering that field of study, must be accepted by all state universities and must be applied towards the degree.

Contact hours

Number of hours students meet in class.

Continuous Enrollment

Enrollment not interrupted by non-attendance for either consecutive Fall and Spring terms, or consecutive Spring, Summer term, and Fall.

COS

College of Sciences.

CR

Co-requisite is an additional course in which you must enroll during the same term as the primary course you desire to take.

Credit Hour or Semester Hour

Every course taught is designated a total number of credit hours. The number of credit hours for a class reflects approximately the total hours a student spends per week in class. Most lecture courses are three credit hours and meet three hours each week. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of study time outside of class for every hour spent in class. One semester hour equals 1.5 quarter hour.

Degree Audit

A computerized degree audit lists courses completed toward major and degree requirements.

Diploma

Official certificate displaying earned degree, major and baccalaureate honors.

Directory Information

Information items that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended (FERPA) authorizes the University to release without the student's prior consent, unless the student has filed a "Directory Disclosure/Release Authorization Form" with the Registrar's Office. Directory information at UCF includes the student's name, current mailing address, telephone number, date of birth, enrollment status, dates of attendance, major field of study, degree and awards received, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and athletes' height and weight.

Disqualified

A student on academic probation is disqualified upon failure to achieve a minimum 2.0 UCF GPA during the subsequent term. A student who is disqualified may not enroll at the University for two terms following disqualification. Readmission after two terms is not automatic.

Distance and Distributed Learning

Learning online through the UCF Virtual Campus, which provides opportunities for students to enroll in credit courses and select degree programs through a variety of interactive distributed technologies.

Double Major

Awarded when the student concurrently satisfies requirements for two majors.

Drop/Swap

A student may drop or swap a course(s) during the official Drop/Swap period. A dropped course will not appear on the student's permanent record. Students are not fee liable for dropped courses.

Elective

Any course not required as part of the General Education Program or as part of your major/minor.

Email

Primary official means of communication with students regarding University business and information.

Enrollment

The act of registering in classes. This may be done through myUCF at https://my.ucf.edu, kiosk and in limited circumstances at the colleges' advising offices.

Enrollment Certification

An official University document that provides a student's enrollment history including status, dates enrolled, and degrees awarded, available online at https://my.ucf.edu in Student Self Service.

Equipment Fee

A charge associated with some majors to cover the use and replacement of equipment.

Excluded

A student readmitted following disqualification who fails to achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA is excluded from the University. Students are not eligible for readmission after exclusion. See "Readmission" for details.

Fee Invoice

A printout of courses for which the student has registered that lists each specific course, its meeting time(s) and day(s). The amount of tuition and fees due for all courses registered and the payment deadline date also is indicated. Available online at https://my.ucf.edu in Student Self Service.

Freshman and Sophomore Courses

Lower level courses with common course numbers ranging from 1000-2999 (e.g., ENC 1101, English Composition I). Generally, freshmen should enroll in 1000 and 2000 level courses.

FTIC

Abbreviation for "First Time In College," referring to those students who currently are in their first term as a UCF college student after high school.

Full-Time Course Load

For undergraduates, a minimum of 12 credits in the fall and spring and summer terms.

FYAE

First Year Advising and Exploration.

GEP

General Education Program: Specific courses required for all UCF degree programs providing skills and knowledge in general subject areas essential to continued learning and success, not only in college but throughout the student's life.

Gordon Rule

Requires students to complete four composition courses (12 semester hours) and two courses (six semester hours) of mathematics at the level of college algebra or higher. Each course must be completed with a grade of "C-" (1.75) or better.

GPA

"Grade Point Average": the average number of grade points per semester hour attempted. GPA is computed by dividing the total number of grade points assigned by the total number of semester hours attempted, less hours resulting from NC, W, WP, and I grades.

Grade Forgiveness

Refers to when a course taken at UCF is repeated, and for grade point average purposes, the grade earned in the first attempt is replaced by the grade earned in the second attempt at UCF (may be used only twice in the student's academic career).

Grade Point Deficiency

For readmission purposes only, this term is defined as the number of UCF credit hours earned with a "B" (3.0 GPA) grade that a student requires to raise his or her UCF cumulative grade point average to 2.0. A student's grade point deficiency is calculated when the student applies for readmission.

Health Form

Documentation of immunity for measles and rubella, as well as consent for treatment at the University Health Center (must be completed and returned to Student Health Services prior to the first registration).

Hold

Also called a "negative service indicator", this is a block on activity for transcripts, grades, diploma, or registration because of financial or other obligations to UCF.

Incomplete

Grade assigned by the instructor when a student is unable to complete a course due to extenuating circumstances. Must be completed in 12 months or by graduation, whichever comes first.

Junior and Senior Courses

Upper level courses with common course numbers ranging from 3000-4999 (e.g., ENG 3311, Advanced Expository Writing).

Kiosk

Stand-alone PCs located in UCF public areas providing access to student records and general information.

Limited Access

Certain academic programs designated as "limited access" only guarantee admission to a limited number of applicants.

Lower Level Courses

Courses with a number of 1000-2999 (not less than 1000).

Major

Group of related courses that constitute a focused program of study in a specific area of knowledge.

MASS

Multicultural Academic and Support Services

Material and Supply Fee

A charge associated with some courses to cover items consumed within the class.

MEP

Major Exploration Program to assist students who are undecided about a major.

Minor

A complement to a bachelor's degree program/major requiring at least 18 credit hours in a field.

myUCF

The UCF/student information portal online at https://my.ucf.edu. myUCF is a powerful, security-encrypted, PID (Personal IDentification Number) and Password-access information system that will facilitate a variety of transactions in which students will engage at UCF. In myUCF, students may obtain a list of current holds, change the Password, sign up for a Knights Email account, telephone number, and permanent/mailing addresses; search for courses each term; register, drop/swap and add courses each term; withdraw from courses following the close of Late Registration and Drop/Swap, print the "Degree Audit," obtain the registration appointment day and time for each term, print a "Fee Invoice," pay fees by credit card, gain access to financial aid and accounts receivable information; obtain the term final grades, and a list of current courses.

NID

Network Identification Number that students use to log in to web courses and UCF computer labs.

Nursing

College of Nursing.

Overall GPA

Cumulative GPA of UCF and transfer course work.

Password

A series of four to eight characters and numbers chosen by the student that is associated with the PID (Personal IDentification Number). Each time you use the PID to enter myUCF, you also will enter your Password.

Pending Status

Category assigned to students who desire to enter limited or restricted access programs. Typically, students are required to complete the GEP and all major pre-requisites prior to admission into the desired limited access program. (Department will change student's status upon acceptance into the program.)

PID: (Personal IDentification Number)

Personal eight-digit code required when entering myUCF or the UCF Information Kiosks.

PR

Prerequisite refers to a specific course that must be taken and passed prior to enrolling in the primary course the student desires to take.

Probation

Action taken when a student's UCF overall GPA drops below 2.0.

Readmission

Reapply to the Registrar's Office after an absence of two or more terms.

Registration

The act of enrolling in classes. This may be done through myUCF at https://my.ucf.edu, kiosk and in limited circumstances at the colleges' advising offices.

Repeat Surcharge

Additional fee applied when a student enrolls in the same course three or more times.

Restricted Access

A major that has additional admission requirements (e.g. early application date, a separate application or specific GPA requirements). There is no limit to the number of students who can be enrolled. Students meeting the specified requirement(s) normally will be admitted.

Restricted Electives

A specified group of courses within a major from which students must make selections.

Retention

A term used to describe students' continued enrollment at the University until successful completion of their educational goals.

RHM

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

SARC

Student Academic Resource Center provides academic support programs, including supplemental instruction, tutoring, academic advising, and various other programs and services to students.

SAT

Scholastic Assessment Test is an assessment used for University admission purposes.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

A general eligibility requirement for financial assistance. (see the "Student Financial Assistance" section of this Undergraduate Catalog.)

Second Bachelors Degree

Awarded when the student meets the requirements for both degrees and earns a minimum of 150 credit hours.

Section

Refers to one of several offerings of the same course scheduled at different days of the week and hours of the day. For example: There may be 40 different sections of ENC 1101 offered within a term.

Sequence

A series of courses within the same subject area. Generally, the student takes these courses in numerical order (e.g., PHY 2053 then 2054). Students should consult the advisor before registering out of sequence.

SSYC

Sophomore & Second Year Center

STEP

State Tuition Exemption Program

Student Success Center

Advising offices and other academic support services for first-year students located on the first two floors of Howard Phillips Hall.

SUS

State University System. All eleven Florida public universities are part of the SUS.

Term

The academic year at UCF is divided into segments called "terms" (also called "semesters"). Each lasts approximately 16 weeks. Some universities break the year into fourths and call them "quarters." UCF is on the semester system; however, we usually speak of "Fall Term," "Spring Term," or "Summer Sessions."

Term GPA

Grade point average (GPA) on work attempted during any given term.

Third Attempt Charge

see "Repeat Surcharge."

Track

One of two or more significant variations in a degree program or major. Approximately 50% of the courses in one track differ from the courses required in other tracks.

Transcript

Official academic record mailed from the Registrar's Office.

TSD

Time Shortened Degree or Accelerated Education Opportunities.

TSR

Transfer Summary Report is a listing of all coursework transferring to the University for credit. A preliminary TSR is generated at the time of acceptance. A final TSR is processed after all final transcripts have been received by the Admissions Office.

Transient Student

a UCF student enrolled in courses at another regionally-accredited institution.

UCF Regional Campus System

UCF Cocoa, UCF Daytona Beach, UCF Leesburg, UCF Ocala, UCF Palm Bay, UCF Sanford/Lake Mary, UCF South Lake, UCF South Orlando, UCF Valencia Osceola, and UCF Valencia West.

UCF GPA

Grade point average (GPA) on all work attempted while in attendance at UCF.

Upper Level Courses

Courses with a course number of 3000-4999.

VARC

Veterans Academic Resource Center providing GI Bill educational benefit certification and academic support programs, including supplemental instruction, tutoring, academic advising, career advising, student disabilities services, counseling services, and various other programs and services for student veterans.

Withdrawal, Withdraw from a Course

To formally request an official departure from one or more courses during the first half of the term or session through myUCF (https://my.ucf.edu) or at the Registrar's Office. Students are still responsible for tuition and fees for withdrawn courses.

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