• College Application Terms
     
    Accreditation
    Recognition granted to an institution of higher education by an official accrediting agency such as the state of region.
     
    AP
    Advance Placement Test. Test designed for the students in Advance Placement courses to determine whether or not they may gain advanced standing in a given subject.
     
    Associate Degree
    Two year program you will receive when attending college and receiving 60 credits, mostly seen in Community College.
     
    Bachelor Degree
    Four year program while attending college, Bachelor of Arts, or a Bachelor of Science
     
    CEEB Code
    Each school has its own code. This code is required on all college applications an on the SAT I and II applications. The code for Alexander Hamilton is 331-840.
     
    Common Application
    Over 100 colleges have worked together to develop a Common Application. They encourage its use and make no distinction between it and the college’s form. It must be complete only once. Copies may be sent to any number of participating institutions.
     
    Community/Junior College
    A two year institution which offers a program enabling a student to transfer to a year programand or receive an associate degree Cooperative Education A combined program of both work and study leading to a college degree
     
    CSS
    College Scholarship Service. The organization analyzes the Profile Aid Form and determines need. CSS provides guidelines to the financial aid office for the offering funds.
     
    CUNY
    City University of New York. A network of colleges including four year, specialized and community colleges. All New York State residents are admitted on the same basis as those residing in New York City.
     
    Deferred Admission (college)
    On early decision applications, admission action is deferred to reevaluation at a later date.
     
    Deferred Admission (student)
    An admitted student may delay or defer enrollment into a college for one year or one semester with a guarantee of admission at the time he/she chooses.
     
    Early Action
    An application for an early offer of admission which permits the accepted candidate to wait until May 1st to accept or decline the offer of admission. Students are not bound to a single application under this plan as they are with Early Decision Application.
     
    Early Decision
    An application to a first choice college early in the fall of the senior year. The applicant is bound by contract to enter that institution if offered admission. The student may submit additional; applications if he/she is deferred or rejected.
     
    Fee Waiver
    The ability, under certain financial conditions, for students to file applications without the required fee.
     
    Fees
    Any costs beyond tuition or room and board, such as student activity fees, lab fees, computer fees.
     
    GPA
    Grade point average, the high school grade point average based on grades 9th, 10th, 11th and mid year of 12th.
     
    Matriculate
    To register or enroll in a college or university as a candidate for a degree.
     
    Non-Matriculate
    A student studying at an institution on a part time basis.
     
    Open Admission
    A policy which allows students to be accepted regardless of traditional criteria
     
    Profile
    Many private colleges and universities require the Profile Form. It is used to determine the amount of financial aid offered to a student.
     
    Rank in Class
    The numerical position of a student in his/her graduating class. This rank is computed using a weighted average.
     
    Rolling Admissions
    A policy whereby review of applications for admission is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Notification of acceptance or rejection is usually weeks after the college receive all credentials.
     
    ROTC
    Reserve Officers Training Corps. A scholarship or training program offered by the armed forces on may colleges’ campuses. There is no obligation of service to the armed forces that must be fulfilled after graduation.
     
    Score Choice
    Score Choice allows you to put a hold on scores for all subject tests (SAT II) you take on a specific test date. This gives you a chance to review your performance on those tests before decide whether to make any or all of them an active part of your score record. Once activated,
    however, those particular scores may not be withheld again. For more information, see the Registration Bulletin for the SAT program. Students should make sure that the scores are released by the summer of junior year.
     
    Summer Admission
    Students who do not initially meet a college’s admission criteria may be offered the opportunity to attend a summer session following high school graduation in order to prove their ability to succeed. Generally, students must maintain a specified grade point average to be invited back in the fall as a matriculated (degree seeking) student.