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APB – The Activities Programming Board is a student-run organization that plans activities and events for the entire student body.

Academic Credit – A credit is a unit used in the calculation of the value of the courses a student takes. Each course is worth a certain number of credits, usually 1 to 4. A student accumulates credits by passing courses. A certain number of academic credits is required to obtain a degree. Usually the number of hours spent in class each week is equal to the number of credits for that course. For each in-class hour, students should expect to spend about two hours outside of class on studying or assignments.

Academic Load/Course Load – The academic load is the number of academic credits that a student maintains. Twelve to fifteen credits is considered a full-time academic load. Anything less than 12 credits is a part-time course load.

B.A. – Bachelor of Arts degree.

B.S. – Bachelor of Science degree.

The Bark – A weekly online newsletter of campus events, coordinated by the Office of Student Development, that’s distributed via e-mail to all students.

Bernie – Bernie the Saint Bernard is Marymount’s mascot.

Blackboard – Blackboard is an online course management system that allows faculty members to post course content, assignments, and grades. An instructor might hold discussions on Blackboard or ask students to turn in assignments through Blackboard.

CAB – Commuter Activities Board is a student organization which plans activities and markets resources for commuter students.

Center for Career Services – Located in Rowley Hall, this office provides comprehensive career discovery, planning, and decision-making assistance to Marymount students and alumni.

CSA – Campus Safety Advocates. CSAs are trained students who support our Campus Safety officers by providing basic services.

Core classes – Core classes are part of the Liberal Arts Core, classes that all undergraduate students complete as part of their graduation requirements. These classes cover a wide variety of disciplines and are designed to provide a broad base of knowledge for all students.

Dean – Director of an entire academic or administrative division of a college or a university.

Dean’s List – A student with a GPA of 3.4 or above in a given semester who is carrying a full academic load (12 credits or more) would be placed on the Dean’s List.

DSP – Directed Self-Placement is an online process whereby the student places him or herself in the most appropriate courses upon entry.

Elective – A course that the student chooses, rather than one that is designated as a requirement for a student’s major.

Faculty – The group of people who teach the courses at a college or university. The faculty consists of lecturers, instructors, assistant professors, associate professors, and professors.

FYI – MU newsletter about campus events.

GPA – Grade Point Average. The grade point average indicates the average grade that the student has received to that point in his or her academic career. For more information on grading at Marymount, visit the FAQ section of the Registrar’s Web page.

ISS – International Student Services, located in Gerard Hall, provides international students with a supportive environment that facilitates adjustment and promotes personal growth and academic success. ISS supports global awareness through a wide variety of intercultural and educational programs for the entire University community.

Latin Honors – Latin honors are given to graduating seniors with the following GPAs: 3.8 is summa cum laude (with highest honors), 3.6 is magna cum laude (with high honors), and 3.4 is cum laude (with honors).

Liberal Arts – The academic areas of social sciences, natural sciences, fine arts, literature, and the humanities are combined under the broad collective term “liberal arts.”

Marynet – Marynet is an online system that allows students to register for classes and check their grades.

MU Alerts – Marymount’s text-messaging and email emergency notification system.

MUtoday – The University’s periodic magazine.

OL – Orientation Leaders assist students with logistics, procedures, and finding offices around campus.

Peer Mentors – Peer mentors are upperclass students who are assigned to sections of Discover 101 and Discover 201. They are available to the students to answer questions, provide connections to resources, plan fun activities, and generally support students’ transitions to Marymount. They are different from peer tutors.

Peer Tutors – Peer tutors are students who provide tutoring services to other students free of charge through the Center for Teaching and Learning. They are different from peer mentors.

Pre-req – A prerequisite is a class that must be completed before a student can take another class.

RA – Resident Assistants are student leaders who are trained to build community, plan events, and enforce University policies in residence halls.

RD – A Resident Director is a full-time professional staff member who supervises a residence hall. RDs supervise RAs, and they meet with students regarding concerns, issues, and judicial cases. RDs are assisted by ARDs (Assistant Resident Directors) who are graduate students.

SGA – The Student Government Association is Marymount’s student government and serves to advocate for the student body. Students are elected to the main positions in SGA.