College Admissions Glossary: G-I

on June 16, 2016

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College Admissions Glossary: A-C
College Admissions Glossary: D-F
College Admissions Glossary: J-O
College Admissions Glossary: P-S
College Admissions Glossary: T-Z

GPA: Grade point average. The GPA is a weighted or unweighted average of the grades a student has received during his or her 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.

Grade Point Average: See GPA

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

Graduation Rate: A graduation rate is the percentage of full-time, first-time 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 social aspect of being involved in a sorority or fraternity in college.

Greek System: The Greek System is the collection of all fraternities and sororities at a college or university.

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 postsecondary education, involves learning beyond secondary school.

Home-Schooled: Students are home-schooled when they are taught by their parents, rather than a traditional 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: International Baccalaureate. The International Baccalaureate program, available in elementary, middle and high schools, is a more intensive course of study than the typical high school curriculum.

In-State Student: An in-state student is a student who resides in the same state as the public college he or she attends. In-state students usually qualify for lower tuition than out-of-state students.

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

International Baccalaureate: See 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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