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Academic Glossary


This glossary was developed as a first source of basic information on a variety of questions and topics of interest to all students.


Academic Advising

Advising sessions are required for incoming first-year students and new transfer students. In addition, academic advisors and students shall meet to review the student's degree progress by the completion of 30, 60 and 90 earned credit hours.


Advising at Georgia College is a shared responsibility between students, faculty and staff. Through a network of resources and support, students communicate with advisors to obtain information and guidance aimed at the student's successful completion of degree requirements and preparation for post baccalaureate opportunities. An inherent goal of the advising process is for student to gain self understanding that will inform their decisions regarding academic, career and life goals.


Academic Standing

Students are expected to maintain certain standards of academic achievement. A student's academic standing is determined by the institutional grade-point average at the end of each semester.


Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement at the time of admission to Georgia College & State University may be granted as a result of any one of the following:

  • A qualifying score on certain tests given by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

  • A qualifying score on certain international baccalaureate (IB) subjects taken at the higher level

  • Transfer credits from other accredited colleges and universities.

An official score report or transcript is required before any credit can be granted. Score reports and transcripts are considered official when sent directly from the issuing agency to Georgia College's Office of Admissions.

Board of Regents
A 16-member constitutional Board of Regents-one from each of the state's 11 Congressional Districts and four from the state-at-large-governs the University System. Board members are appointed by the Governor and are subject to state senate confirmation for seven year terms. The Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson, and other officers of the Board are elected by its membership. The Chancellor, who is not a Board member, is the chief executive officer of the Board and the chief administrative officer of the University System.


Bobcat Card

The Bobcat Card is an essential key to campus life and a handy tool for managing your money. The Bobcat Card is your official Georgia College identification card. For the online card office, CatCash account information, and other specifics, please visit the Bobcat Card Web site. The Bobcat Card Office is located in Maxwell Student Union. The Bobcat Card may be required for admission to certain student activities and college facilities, including weekend use of the academic computer labs. A valid Bobcat Card is required to conduct any financial transaction at the Business Office.


Budget Office

The Budget Office provides financial services to students, faculty and staff at Georgia College. It is comprised of three areas: Business and Accounting, Materials Management and Student Accounts.


CLEP - College Level Examination Program

GC participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Details may be obtained from the Center for Testing.


Course Load

A normal course load is 15 semester hours each semester. A full-time undergraduate student is one who is enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours of Georgia College academic or institutional resident credit.


Course Reference Number (CRN)

A five-digit number used to select a specific course, lab.



Academic credit assigned to a subject is expressed in semester hours. A passing grade on a subject that requires three one-hour meetings a week (or the equivalent) for one semester earns three semester hours credit. A laboratory period of two to three hours is equivalent to one class hour.


Dean's List

Students who make a term average of at least 3.5 on 12 or more semester hours at Georgia College in the same semester that they also have an average of at least 2.5 shall be on the Dean's List for that semester.



Adding Courses
Course Change Card (pdf)
Dropping Courses

Nearly all courses taught count towards specific degree requirements, either as part of the Core Curriculum (humanities, science, social science, etc.) or as required courses for a major. All degrees require a minimum number of credits, and a certain number of these can be electives (the number varies from program to program). Most electives are extremely useful in expanding your knowledge of a subject and, if well chosen, can lead you in directions you never thought to try.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is designed to protect the student's rights with regard to educational records maintained by the institution.



Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office can help you reach your educational goals by providing financial resources to do so. They provide information about HOPE, scholarships, loans, grants and more.


Grade Point Averages (GPA)



A term that refers to a course or program that blends concepts, knowledge, or faculty from several fields of study and disciplines.


Learning Center

The Learning Center offers tutorial assistance in many core curriculum subjects to any enrolled Georgia College student.


Lower Division Courses

Introductory course offerings usually associated with freshman and sophomores. Lower-division courses are numbered in the 1000s and 2000s.


Pre-professional Programs

Our Preprofessional Programs at Georgia College prepare students for a variety of graduate programs from dentistry to law to veterinary medicine. These tailored advising programs provide one-on-one contact with an experienced advisor who will guide you toward your professional goal.



Requirements that must be completed before enrollment in a particular course.


Registrar's Office

The Office of the Registrar has university-wide responsibility for student academic records and related processes including registering for courses, academic transcripts, grade reporting, tracking degree progress (degree audit), graduation and diplomas, verifying enrollment, scheduling final exams, home and local addresses and publishing the Schedule of Courses.



A list of course objectives, lecture topics, assigned reading, exams, etc., prepared and distributed by a professor at the beginning of the term.



A transcript is the student's academic record. It lists all courses and grades, including withdrawals, in a student's academic history. The transcript also notes if a student has been on academic warning, probation, dismissal or exclusion from the University.


Upper-Division Courses

Advanced course offerings at a level usually associated with junior or senior students. Upper-division courses are numbered in the 3000s and 4000s.


Contact Information
Georgia College & State University
Center for Student Success
Campus Box 115
Phone: 478-445-2361

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