Student Success Center

Terminology

Academic Advisor

The advisor serves as a resource for all academic and non-academic services and can help students plan their schedule, choose a major and understand the system .

Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar or Year consists of 16 week fall semester, 16 week winter semester, and two summer semesters.

Alumus/Alumna/Alumni

A male (alumnus), or female (alumna) graduate or former student of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The term alumni is for more than one alumnus or alumna.

Bachelor's Degree

Formal name for a 4 year degree.

Chancellor

The Chief Executive Office for the University of Michigan-Deaborn. Chancellor Daniel Little is in the middle of his 2nd term.

Commencement

Ceremony where degree's are awarded. Also referred to as Graduation Ceremony

Convocation

Ceremony that welcomes all new students to the University of Michigan-Dearborn

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

The average grade of all courses taken.

Curriculum

All courses required for a degree

Dean

College administrator responsible for a specific school or college.

Drop

Officially withdraw from a course

Extracurricular

Activites outside of a student's classes and course requirements.

Finals/Final Exams

Exams given at the end of each semester. These may be comprehensive and include all material from the course or they may be more specific exams.

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Grades

Rating for your performance in your courses

Syllabus

A course outline which usually explains course requirements, attendance policy, assignments, readings, examination schedule, faculty office location and hours and other important informaion

Transcript

The official record of a student's college work, maintained by the Registrar.

Tuition

The amount of money a student pays to for their courses.

Withdrawal

Another term for dropping a class.