A.A.: Associate of 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 (my.ucf.edu) by adding courses. Students should check the appropriate term’s Web Enrollment Guide for details.
Arts and Humanities: College of Arts and Humanities (CAH).
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 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 Bachelor’s Degree: completion of all University and major graduation requirements as certified by the University (i.e., 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 within the College of Medicine.
Business: College of Business Administration (CBA).
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 catalog.ucf.edu/index.php.
Catalog Year: the edition of the University catalog that governs graduation requirements for a particular academic year.
CBA: College of Business Administration.
CCIE: College of Community Innovation and Education.
CECS: College of Engineering and Computer Science.
CHPS: College of Health Professions and Sciences.
Certificate: special program of study supplemental to a major.
CI: consent of instructor.
Class Schedule Search: a component of the online myUCF system (at my.ucf.edu) that lists courses and class sections offered each academic term.
College: collection of related academic departments. There are thirteen colleges at UCF: Burnett Honors College (BHC), Arts and Humanities (CAH), Business Administration (CBA), Community Innovation and Education. (CCIE), Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), Graduate Studies, College of Human Professions and Sciences. (CHPS), Medicine (COM), Nursing (CON), Optics and Photonics (CREOL), Sciences (COS), Undergraduate Studies, 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.
CON: College of Nursing.
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.
CREOL: College of Optics and Photonics.
Degree Audit: a computerized degree audit that lists courses completed toward major and degree requirements.
Diploma: official certificate displaying earned degree, major and baccalaureate honors.
Directory Information: certain information concerning students that may be released to anyone upon request. Directory information at UCF includes: name, current mailing address, telephone number, date of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, enrollment status, degrees and awards received, participation in officially registered activities and sports, athletes’ height and weight.
Disqualified: a student on academic probation who fails to achieve a minimum 2.0 UCF GPA during a subsequent term is disqualified. A student who is disqualified may not enroll at the University for two terms following disqualification. Readmission after two terms is not automatic.
Distributed Learning, Center of: serves as the central agent for online learning at UCF, providing leadership in distance learning policies, strategies, and practices.
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.
Engineering: College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS).
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 my.ucf.edu 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 my.ucf.edu in Student Self Service.
Equipment Fee: a charge associated with some majors to cover the use and replacement of equipment.
Excess Credit Hour Surcharge: a surcharge to each credit hour taken in excess of the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree being pursued. The amount in excess of the total hours is calculated based on a percentage defined in statute and is referred to by the University of Central Florida as baseline hours limit.
Excluded: a student readmitted following disqualification who fails to achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA during a subsequent term 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 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 - 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.
FYE: First Year Experience.
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, S, U, 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.
KMETC: Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center
Limited Access: a major that has additional admission requirements (e.g. early application date, a separate application, or specific GPA requirements). 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.
Matriculation: enrollment and attendance your initial term at UCF. Can be as an admitted, degree-seeking student or as a non-degree seeking student.
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.
mySchedule Builder: a course scheduling tool designed to allow students to plan their class schedules around their life commitments. It allows students to review and compare every possible class schedule.
myUCF: the UCF/student information portal online at my.ucf.edu. myUCF is a powerful, securityencrypted, personal identification and Passwordaccess 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, UCF computer labs, and myUCF or the UCF Information Kiosks.
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 NID (Network Identification Number). Each time you use the NID 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).
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: reapplication to the Registrar’s Office after an absence of two or more terms.
Registration: the process of enrolling in classes. This may be done through myUCF at my.ucf.edu 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.
RCHM: 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 Bachelor’s 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 2053C then PHY 2054C ). Students should consult the advisor before registering out of sequence.
STEP: State Tuition Exemption Program
SUS: State University System. All twelve 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 from the Registrar’s Office.
TSD: 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 accredited institution recognized by UCF, or a student from another accredited institution recognized by UCF enrolled in courses at UCF.
UCF Connect Campus System: UCF Altamonte Springs, UCF Cocoa, UCF Daytona Beach, UCF Leesburg, UCF Ocala, UCF Palm Bay, UCF Sanford/Lake Mary, UCF South Lake, UCF Valencia East, UCF Valencia Osceola, and UCF Valencia West.
UCF GPA: grade point average (GPA) on all work attempted while in attendance at UCF.
UCF ID: (UCF IDentification number): personal seven-digit number required as a unique identifier for each student.
UGRD: College of Undergraduate Studies
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 accommodation services, counseling services, and various other programs and services for student veterans.
Withdrawal, to 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 (my.ucf.edu) or at the Registrar’s Office. Students who withdraw from a class are still responsible for tuition and fees for that withdrawn course.