College Admissions Glossary: T-Z

on June 16, 2016

If you're worried about all the words you don't recognize during the college application process, our admissions glossary is here to help. Review the glossary in full to make sure you're familiar with the terms you're likely to come across as the process continues.

College Admissions Glossary: A-C
College Admissions Glossary: D-F
College Admissions Glossary: G-I
College Admissions Glossary: J-O
College Admissions Glossary: P-S

Teaching Assistant (TA): A teaching assistant (TA) is a student who helps a professor, often by instructing some of a professor's classes or running a tutorial or recitation section of a larger class. A TA may also grade assignments and tests and hold office hours.

Tenure: Tenure is the permanent status a professor is granted after he or she has taught at a college for a certain length of time and met specified requirements. A tenured professor will continue to be employed at a college or university until the professor chooses to retire. Tenured faculty have the academic freedom to explore and promote controversial subjects without fear of dismissal.

Terms: An academic term is a period of the academic year. Academic terms include the semester, trimester and quarter systems.

Trade School: A trade school is an academic institution designed to instruct students in the skills needed for specific jobs.

Transcript: An academic transcript is an official record of a student's classes, grades, honors and degrees.

Transfer Student: A transfer student is a student who has moved from one college to another.

Trimester: A trimester is an academic term where the academic year is split into three parts, rather than two semesters or four quarters.

Tuition and Fees: Tuition and fees are charges for instruction at a college or university.

Undergraduate Student: An undergraduate student is a college student who has not yet earned a Bachelor's degree. Undergraduate students may pursue certificates, Associate’s degrees and Bachelor’s degrees.

Valedictorian: The valedictorian is the student who ranks highest in his or her graduating class.

Waitlist: Students on a college’s waitlist are neither admitted nor rejected, but in a limbo state waiting for a final decision regarding their admission to a college or university.

Withdraw: A student withdraws from a class when the student stops attending the class and ceases enrollment in the class.

Work-Study: Work-study is a financial aid program where students earn money for college through part-time employment, usually on campus. There are two main types of work-study programs, Federal Work-Study and College Work-Study. With Federal Work-Study, part of the funds for the job are provided by the federal government. With College Work-Study, all of the funds are provided by the college.

Yield: Yield is the percentage of admitted students who enroll in a college or university.


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