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College Admissions Glossary: G-I

College Admissions Glossary G-I

Need help better understanding all the complicated terms related to college admissions? Be sure to check out our full admissions glossary after you review G-I. 

GPA: Grade point average, an average of the grades a student earned during their course of study.

Gap Year: A gap year is a break taken by a student after finishing high school and before starting college.

Grade: A grade is an indication of how well a student performed on a test, assignment or class.

Graduate Student: A graduate student is pursuing an advanced degree, such as a master's degree or doctoral degree (Ph.D.).

Graduation Rate: A graduation rate is the percentage of students who complete their education within a certain timeframe.

Grant: A grant is money for college that does not need to be earned or repaid. Grants are often awarded based on financial need.

Greek Life: The interlinked network of sororities and fraternities on a campus.

High School: High school, also known as secondary school, typically involves grades 9-12 in the U.S.

Higher Education: Higher education, also known as post-secondary education, involves earning a certificate, associate degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree or professional schooling.

Home-Schooled: Students are home-schooled when they are taught by their parents, rather than a public or private K-12 school.

Honors Program: An honors program is a course of study for high-achieving students.

Humanities: Humanities are fields of study related to human culture, such as languages, literature, philosophy, geography, history, religion, music and art.

HYPSM: Acronym for Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and MIT.

IB: The international baccalaureate program is available in various elementary, middle and high schools, and is an intensive course of study.

In-State Student: An in-state student is from the same state as the public college they attend. In-state students usually qualify for cheaper tuition than out-of-state students.

Independent Study: Independent study is a type of class that does not require the student to attend class, but rather lets the student work alone while receiving minimal supervision from a teacher or professor.

International BaccalaureateSee IB.

Internship: An internship is a temporary job designed to provide the intern with experience in a certain field, sometimes for college credit. Internships may be paid or unpaid.

Ivy League: The Ivy League is a group of eight prestigious colleges and universities with selective admissions standards. The Ivy League colleges include: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University.

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