Student Success

Glossary of Academic Terms

The college experience can be daunting, especially for students who are the first in their family to go to college and may not be familiar with some of the terms that are used. This glossary is provided to assist students in finding their way through academic life at Morehouse College.



   Pertaining to areas of study.

Academic advisor

   Staff or faculty representative who helps students select courses, plan educational programs, and persist toward graduation requirements.

Academic Affairs Provosts

   Professors who serve as administrative staff reporting directly to the Provost: Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, Associate Provost for Pedagogical and Curricular Initiatives, Associate Provost for Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Production, Associate Provost for Student Success, Assistant Provost for Student Success.

Academic calendar

   An official list of dates that includes but is not limited to when each semester begins and ends, examination periods, holidays, periods classes are not in session, and commencement.

Academic department

   Academic departments function to serve the needs of the students who seek a degree in a particular area of study.

Academic Department Chair

   A professor who serves as an administrator responsible for ensuring an academic department runs effectively and efficiently.

Academic Division

   An academic unit within the College comprised of departments and programs of study. At Morehouse, three divisions exist: Business Administration and Economics, Science and Mathematics, and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Academic Division Chair

   A professor who serves as an administrator responsible for communication and implementation of best practices among department chairs and program directors in a division.

Academic policies

   Formally authorized statements of the principles and actions required to support teaching and learning activities at Morehouse.

Academic probation

   A status given to students who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students must attain the required cumulative GPA and/or cumulative completed credits by the end of their warning or probation period to avoid academic separation.

Academic review

   At mid-term and the end of each semester, the academic progress of each student is assessed using specific criteria to identify students who are making unsatisfactory progress.

Academic separation

   A consequence for students who fail to attain the required cumulative GPA and/or cumulative completed credits by the end of their warning or probation period. These students are at-risk of dismissal from the college.

Academic Skills Enhancement Specialist

   A staff member who helps develop the skills necessary to persist toward graduation requirements.

Academic standards

   Standards vary depending on the year of matriculation. Five categories exist for each year: 1) Superior performance, 2) High performance, 3) Moderate performance, 4) Acceptable performance, and 5) Unacceptable performance. Placement is based on GPA and number of credit hours earned each year.

Academic warning

   A notification given to students who fail to meet the required GPA and/or overall cumulative completed credits hour standards.


   Certification that The College has met established standards and is nationally recognized by appropriate accrediting agencies. Morehouse’s major accrediting agency is the Southern Association of Colleges. Certain program/degrees may have additional certifications.


   The act of officially enrolling in a course during a semester. The course will appear on the student’s schedule and transcript if no schedule changes are made.


   Faculty and staff members responsible for handling the business operations of the College.


   Applies to a female graduate of a college.


   Applies to graduates of a college.


   Applies to a male graduate of a college.


   A formally approved change to a program, course, major, concentration or minor.


   Challenge to and request for reconsideration of an outcome or decision.

Articulation agreement

   An official agreement between Morehouse and a two-year institution that designates the transferability of specific courses and/or degrees.


   The evaluation of a specific knowledge or skill such as reading, writing, and math, in order to in course placement.

Associate degree

   An undergraduate academic degree awarded by community colleges, junior colleges, technical colleges, bachelor's degree–granting colleges, and universities upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years. This degree is not awarded at Morehouse College.

Assumed knowledge

   Knowledge that students are assumed to have in a particular subject area prior to enrolling into a program or course. Assumed knowledge is an advantage but not essential for entry into a program. Students who self-identify as not having the assumed knowledge needed for a course (based on the syllabus/meeting with the course instructor) should seek tutorial assistance or drop the course and add the appropriate preparatory course(s) prior to the drop/add deadline when possible.

At-Risk students

   Students who are in jeopardy of not being able to complete their degree requirements due to academic/non-academic factors. Based on a student’s level of risk, an appropriate support plan is developed.


  The completion of a degree, certificate, or program.


   A type of registration in which students attend a class without receiving credit for the course. Audited courses do not count toward degree requirements.





   Bachelor of Arts, a baccalaureate degree.


   Bachelor of Science, a baccalaureate degree.

Bachelor’s degree

   A degree awarded to undergraduates, often after four years of continuous full-time enrollment in college courses. At this time, Morehouse only offers programs of study for Bachelor’s degrees. Students may earn a Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science.

Basic skills

   Reading, writing, and math needed to succeed in college-level work. Students lacking these skills may be placed in developmental courses.


   A web-based classroom learning system that allows students to check grades, submit assignments, and communicate with instructors and other classmates.

Blue book

   A blue book is a small booklet (with a blue cover) required by some professors for answering test questions. It is sold in college bookstores.

Board of Trustees

  The ultimate governing authority of the College. The Board appoints the President, who leads and manages the institution; approves the College's mission and purpose, institutional policies and changes in academic programs; guards the College's finances; approves the awarding of degrees; and sets an example of generous financial support.





   The physical location where a program of study is delivered.

Capstone seminar

   A culminating course that integrates the courses within a program of study.

Capstone experience

   An opportunity within a program for students to gain valuable on-the-job skills and experience in preparation for the workplace.

Case study

   An applied form of study involving an intensive, detailed description and analysis of a single project or program in the context of its environment. Case studies are common in the Business and Management disciplines.


   An annual publication for students that provides information on degree requirements, course descriptions, and academic policies.

Catalog in effect

   Refers to the college catalog governing the year the student begins studies at Morehouse. The students’ degree plan and other academic requirements are governed by this catalog unless they opt to follow a later catalog or take a leave of absence longer than one semester/year. The catalog governing the time of a student’s initial enrollment at Morehouse.


   A college credential awarded to students who complete a defined program of study in a career-technical area. Certificates typically do apply towards a degree.

Class size

   Maximum number of students anticipated for a course.

Class standing

   Class standing is based on the number of credit hours accumulated. Four standings are recognized at Morehouse: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior.

Class time

   The time designated on the course schedule for students to learn the subject matter. At Morehouse, most classes usually last one semester, meet in a traditional classroom setting, are led by one or more instructors (or professors), and have a fixed roster of students.

Closed book

   An examination where no written or printed materials or other aids are allowed. No electronic devices are allowed.

Co-curricular activities

   Refers to activities, programs, and learning experiences that complement, in some way, what students are learning in the classroom. They are ungraded, they do not allow students to earn academic credit, they may take place outside of school or after regular school hours, and they may be offered by student services or outside organizations.


   Simultaneous registration at Morehouse and another educational institution, either a high school, community college, or another four-year college or university. Not the same as cross-registration.


   A group of students that starts a program in a particular year and may be expected to persist as a unit.


   A formal ceremony in which colleges award degrees to graduating students. Also known as graduation. Certain students may participate in the ceremony that have not completed the degree requirements.

Commuter student

   A student who does not live on campus, but comes to campus to take classes and participate in college programming.


   A stream of courses which are related to each other in content and are a part of a larger degree program offered at the College.

Conditional acceptance

   Acceptance based on a different set of rules that specify the level of attainment required to qualify for consideration for admission. Satisfactory completion of developmental courses or other stipulations may be required.

Consortium agreement

   A contract between two colleges/universities that recognize the registration of a student at each site for financial aid purposes. The agreement certifies only one of the two colleges/universities will administer federal financial aid for the student.

Contact time

   The number of hours per week a student is required to attend face to face learning (e.g. in tutorials, lectures, workshops, practical sessions, service learning).

Continuous full-time enrollment

   Applies when students enroll in at least 12 credit hours for eight consecutive fall and spring terms.


   Ceremony held at the beginning of the academic year to welcome students to Morehouse.

Core curriculum

   Coursework from all academic disciplines that is required for all undergraduate degrees – liberal arts, humanities, sciences, and political, social, and cultural history.


   Two courses that must be taken concurrently.

Cost of attendance/education

   The estimated total cost of attending a specific college or university for one academic year. The cost of education usually includes tuition, fees, room, board, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.


   A component of instruction in a program of study. The successful completion of the approved combination of courses and other degree requirements identified by the faculty leads to a Morehouse degree.

Course description

   A summary of course content. Each course description also includes the course number, number of credits, required skills, prerequisites, and fees.

Course ID number

   Course identification contains three digits required for registration. For example College Algebra is 100.

Course load

   The number of academic credits that a student maintains in a semester.

Course registration number (CRN)

   A five digit registration number that allows students to enroll in a particular section of a course.

Course schedule

   A listing of courses offered each semester. Includes meeting times and places, synonym, course name, instructor, and any registration requirements.

Course section

   One of numerous classes of the same course. The course schedule uses a five-digit CRN and three-digit section number to identify each section of each course offered.

Course sequence

   A list of courses that must be taken in order. The sequencing reflects increasing complexity in content, demands in the assessment and, in some cases, prerequisite requirements. Academic advisors assist students with creating an academic plan that keeps these sequences in mind.


   Credit is used in two ways: 1) a grade or 2) the recognition of prior learning that can be applied to degree requirements.

Credit hours

   A semester hour of credit usually equals an hour per week that a class meets per full term.

Cross registration

   Applies when students enrolled at one college in the Atlanta University Center take individual courses for credit at another institution in the Atlanta University Center.

Cumulative GPA

   A numerical average of all the grades a student has earned at Morehouse. It is not the same as your term/semester GPA.


   A program of study.

Curricular activities

   Refers to activities coordinated in academic divisions to aid in student learning and development (labs, academic fairs, recitals, etc.).




DD Form 214


   The DD Form 214 is the discharge certificate issued by the Department of Defense upon a military service member's retirement, separation, or discharge from active-duty military.


   The last day or latest time that something can be submitted or handled without penalty. The College and instructors are not required to accept things after the deadline. It is the student's responsibility to know when things are due and how to submit them for consideration.


   Credential awarded for the successful completion of a program of study.

Degree audit

   Formal list of the courses a student has completed and still must complete in order to qualify for graduation in a specific degree program. Students can view an unofficial degree (program evaluation) audit in Degree Map at any time.

Degree plan

   A specific list of required courses and electives to be completed for a degree.

Dependent student

   One who must report not only his own income information, but also that of his or her parents, when applying for federal student aid. A dependent student is one who does not fall into one of the categories given under the definition of independent student in this glossary. See Independent Student.

Developmental education/courses

   Classes designed to help students prepare for successful completion of college-level coursework.

Directed study

   A course in which a student works under the direction of a faculty member in a subject area which is relevant to a program of study.

Disbursement date

   The date when refunds are made to students.


   An area of study representing a branch of knowledge, such as mathematics.


   A consequence for students who fail to recover from academic probation. Students are permanently separated from the College.

Divisional Advisor

   A professional staff member who helps majors within a division select courses, plan educational programs, and persist toward the graduation requirements. We no longer have divisional advisors at Morehouse College


   Highest academic degree. Awarded after a bachelor’s degree. Morehouse College does not offer doctorate programs.


   The act of officially removing a course from a student’s schedule for the semester.

Drop/Add Period

   The beginning of each semester and teaching session when students can make schedule changes by dropping or adding courses. Students must be registered for the semester in order to add courses that have started.


   A student who enters college but leaves before graduating and never returns to that or any other school.

Dual credit

   Credit given for an academic course in both a high school curriculum and a college curriculum.

Dual degree program

   Program of study that allows a student the opportunity to earn a liberal arts degree from Morehouse and an undergraduate degree from a partner institution.




Early alert

   Status of a student who is at risk or has fallen below the prescribed minimum standards for good standing. See Academic Standards of Progress

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

    An index number on the Student Aid Report from the FAFSA that indicates the potential amount of Federal Pell Grant students are eligible to receive and helps the college measure their family’s financial need.


   An optional course not specifically required in a student’s program of study but may be taken to meet degree requirements.


   The process by which persons who have been admitted to an institution formally register to undertake one or more courses within their program.


   A form of assessment whereby a student is required to undertake a specified academic task within a specified period of time, normally between one and three hours. The location of the examination and access to external assistance is also normally regulated by the instructor or the College.

Experiential learning

   Knowledge and skills gained from life experience for which credit may be awarded under certain circumstances.

Extracurricular activities

   Opportunities for students to engage the Morehouse Community outside of class including such activities as participating in athletics, clubs, and organizations.




F-1 visa

   Visa issued to a person coming to the United States for full-time academic studies.


   Persons who teach courses for the college. May be also referred to as professors and instructors.

Faculty Advisor

   A faculty representative selected by the department chair who helps students within a major or minor select courses, plan educational programs, and persist toward graduation requirements.

Faculty engagement

   Faculty are expected to engage students in the classroom as well as around campus. Additionally, faculty are expected to engage other faculty in their discipline through collaborative research and discussions of best teaching practices.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

   Application used to determine eligibility for federal financial aid. This application is completed once a year and can be completed no earlier than January 1 of each year. Applications can be completed electronically at


   An online tool that provides an early estimate of students’ federal student aid eligibility to help them financially plan for college.

Fall semester

   The semester that begins in August and ends in December. Based on Morehouse’s fiscal year this is the second semester of the academic year.


   Charges in addition to tuition to cover the cost of a particular course, activity or service. General fees are charged to all students; special fees are attached to individual courses.

The Family Educational and Privacy Act (FERPA)

   Federal law designed to provide students with greater access to, and control over, information contained in their educational records. It prohibits the release of education information (other than directory information) without express written consent from the student. FERPA does not apply to all records.

Final exam

   Special course examination given at the end of each term. May contain any or all of the subject material of a course and may account for a large portion of the final grade.

Financial aid

   Money made available from grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment from federal, state, institutional, and private sources. Types and amounts awarded are based on various criteria such as financial need, academic achievement, etc.

Financial aid package

   The total amount of financial aid a student receives.

Financial aid suspension

   A consequence for students who do not attain the required cumulative GPA and/or cumulative completed credits percentage during a warning period, or exceed the maximum timeframe of 150 percent of the published degree credits required to complete a degree program. While on suspension students are not eligible for most financial aid programs. These students attend college at their own expense and/or use private loan(s) that may not have academic performance requirements.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

   Defines the minimum academic requirements needed to maintain eligibility for financial aid, including a minimum GPA of 2.0, minimum course completion rate of 67 percent, and a maximum degree completion time frame of 150 percent. Visit the Satisfactory Academic Progress page for more information.

Financial aid warning

   An alert that a financial aid suspension is forthcoming unless students meet standards for financial aid.

Financial need

  The difference between Morehouse College's cost of attendance and a student’s expected family/student resources.

First generation student

   Applies to a student whose parent(s)/guardians never attended college or any other postsecondary institution.

Fourth-year college student

   A student who is completing his fourth year at Morehouse College

First time in college

   Applies to students who never attended college or any other postsecondary institution after earning their high school degree or GED.

First-year college student

   A student who is completing his first year at Morehouse College.


   Applies to students who have earned fewer than 30 credit hours.

Full-time student

   A student who enrolls in at least a 12 credit hours of courses.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

   A federal program based on need for those students with the lowest (0) expected family contribution.

Full-time student

   Applies to a student who has enrolled in at least 12 credits in the fall, spring, or summer semester.




General Education Program

   A program that all Morehouse students must successfully complete in order to meet the graduation requirements.

Good standing

   Eligible to continue to register for college coursework. See academic standards of progress for details.


   A qualitative descriptor used to indicate the level of performance in a course against specified criteria and standards. Grades are provided to students on each assignment. An aggregated grade is sent to the Office of Records and Registration by the instructor at mid-term and at the end of a course. Only the final grade appears on the transcript.

GPA or Grade point average

   A measure of scholastic performance. The GPA is obtained by dividing the number of grade points by the hours of credits attempted in a semester.

GPA to Graduate

  Students must have a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or better to graduate.


   Applies to someone who has been awarded a degree from Morehouse College.

Graduation application

  The application a student must file in The Office of Records and Registration to be awarded a college degree. Graduation application deadlines appear every semester in the academic calendar.

Graduate degree

   A degree earned subsequent to an undergraduate degree.

Graduating class year

   Students who are expected to graduate during the same year based on the year of college entry. A student’s actual graduation year may be earlier or later depending on the timeframe degree requirements are met and the filing of the graduation application.


   Financial aid that does not need to be repaid (unless, for example, a student withdraws from courses and owes a refund). Grants are awarded based on financial need and availability of funds. There isn't a separate application process for grants as students are automatically considered when they complete the FAFSA.


   Fraternities at Morehouse. Each organization has specific eligibility requirements.





   A building or space in a building on campus.


   A restriction placed on a student's account when a requirement has not been satisfied by the student. Holds restrict a student's registration ability or prevent the student from receiving a transcript or diploma. They are put in place for academic, financial, or conduct reasons.


   Academic courses focused on human life and ideas, including history, philosophy, foreign languages, religion, art, music, and literature.

Hybrid course

   A course that has both online and on-campus instruction.




I-20 Immigration Form

   Certificate of eligibility for the F-1 student visa. You will need this form to obtain your visa and to enter the United States.

Independent student

   One who is allowed to report only his own income information (and that of a spouse, if the student is married) when applying for federal student aid. Your dependency is determined by a series of questions on the FAFSA. Criteria used by the US Department of Education to determine a student’s dependency are age, marital status, financial dependents, homelessness, legal guardianship, veteran status, military status, orphan status, or ward of the court status.

Instructor of Record

   The instructor with authority to accept students in the class and enter final grades for a course.


   A temporary job, paid or unpaid, usually in the student’s major. Student may be able to receive college credit for an internship.


   Efforts to help underperforming students achieve the learning standards. These efforts often include additional instruction and student support services to address barriers to improved academic performance.





   A one to two week semester in January which courses are completed in fewer days by attending class for more hours per day.


   Applies to students who have earned between 60 and 89 credit hours.




Leave of absence

   A period of time during which a student is officially permitted to suspend their enrollment.


   A teaching approach whereby a professor gives a spoken presentation of course material, often accompanied by a visual component, to a group of students. During a lecture, a professor will clarify assigned readings, connect those texts to current events, history and other relevant material, may ask questions to keep students engaged and interested in material.

Letter of recommendation/Reference

   A letter written by a student's professor, counselor, coach, or mentor that assesses his qualifications and skills.

Liberal arts

   Academic studies of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences, with a focus on general knowledge, in contrast to a professional or technical emphasis. At Morehouse, the business administration program has a liberal arts focus.

Liberal arts college

   A postsecondary institution that emphasizes an undergraduate education in liberal arts. The majority of liberal arts colleges have small student bodies, do not offer graduate studies, and focus on student success.


   A form of financial aid that students must pay back often with interest.

Loan fee

   The average fee charged by the federal government and deducted from the loan proceeds before disbursement to help reduce the cost of supporting low-interest loans.

Lock date

   Date by which a student must meet minimum course attendance requirements to remain eligible for the full amount of financial aid. Students who withdraw from a course or do not meet the minimum attendance requirements for the course up until this date may have to return some or all of their aid based on their last date of course attendance. The lock date is generally the 60% completion point of each semester.




   Every student is assigned a Morehouse student identification number (M#) upon initial application to the college. It is the ID number associated with your permanent student record at Morehouse. Students should always include their M# when communicating regarding academic matters.  


   Student’s area of specialization. It consists of a number of courses in one program of study. Students are encouraged to declare a major prior to accumulating 30 credit hours.

Master’s degree

   A degree awarded to graduate students. The awarding of a master’s degree requires at least one year of study (and often more, depending on the field) after a student earns a bachelor’s degree. Morehouse College does not offer Master’s degrees.


  Enrolled in college to earn a degree or certificate.


   At the midpoint of each semester, instructors generally give midterm exams or projects which cover the material learned in the first half of class.


   A secondary area of study. Fewer classes are required for a college minor than for a major. Morehouse does not require students to declare a minor.


   Misconduct can apply to both academic behavior and non-academic behavior. An example of academic misconduct is cheating. An example of non-academic misconduct is destruction of property.

Morehouse Emergency Alert

   The mass notification system that communicates official information during an emergency or crisis that disrupts normal operations, or threatens the health and safety of members of the campus community.

Morehouse scholarship

   Scholarships administered by Morehouse College specifically for Morehouse students.




New Student Orientation

   A program of activities run at the beginning of the academic year which is designed to provide students who are new to the College with the information and support needed to become familiar with, the culture at Morehouse College. Activities for parents are included.

Noncredit class

   Class that does not award credit to students and do not meet the requirements for a college degree.




Office hours

   Weekly time set aside by instructors and administrators for students to visit their office and ask questions or discuss courses, etc. Students may make appointments or drop in according to instructions provided by the instructor or posted on the office door.


   Comprehensive services related to the matriculation of students at Morehouse.

Online classes

   Courses student take by computer instead of meeting in a traditional classroom setting.

Open book

   An examination where written or printed material is allowed. Electronic devices may be allowed at the instructor’s discretion.

Open registration

   The period when all eligible students can register for courses.

Oral presentation

   Involves a student or a group of students presenting information to an audience (usually other students and /or academic staff) in verbal format. An oral presentation may be an assessment component for a course.


   Refers to courses taken by students that are over the standard full-time load set by The College. Requires Department Chair approval.




Parent contribution

   The amount parents are expected to contribute toward a student’s educational expenses.

Part-time student

   Student enrolled for fewer than 12 credit hours in the fall or spring semester. There may be financial aid consequences involved.


   Students receive a "pass" or "fail" grade rather than a letter grade.

Payment plan

   Short-term agreement that divides tuition bills into installments rather than a lump sum.


  Refers to art and science of teaching. More specifically, it refers to styles and methods of instruction used in the teaching profession.

Peer assessment

  Students are given the opportunity to develop skills in making judgements on the quality of each other's work. This is common when group work has been assigned.

Performance outcomes

  A reflection of how well as student has done.


   Plagiarism is a specific and serious form of academic misconduct which can lead to failure in a course. Instructors are required to cover academic misconduct on their syllabus.


  Specific conditions, requirements, or courses that must be completed before enrolling in a specific course. Prerequisites appear in course descriptions.


   Chief Executive Officer of Morehouse College. Within the framework of policies adopted by the Board of Trustees, the President exercises broad authority in carrying out the responsibilities of the position.

Private institution

   An institution that is privately-funded. Tuition (before scholarships and grants) is the same for all students.


   An approved combination of courses leading to a degree.

Program Director

   Administrator responsible for the curriculum of a program of study and aids students in meeting all requirements for that program.

Progressive academic standing

   Each year, students are expected to earn at least 30 credits of academic work and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or above in order to be in good standing and change academic standing. Students who are not able to meet these expectations are considered at risk and are placed in the IC.A.R.E. intervention program.


   Chief Academic Officer of the College and has responsibility for The College's academic programs, personnel, resources and support services.

Public college or university

   An institution funded by the state government. Tuition may be based on state residency. Tuition at public institutions often is more expensive for non-residents.


   At the end of the drop/add period, a computer purge, or deletion of records, is performed to make sure class rosters list only those students who are officially registered for classes. Students impacted must visit the One-Stop to resolve all issues and then re-register for classes in Tigernet.




Reading period

   Days between the end of classes and beginning of final exams to be used to prepare for final exams.


  Responsible for student records. Helps students with transcripts and enrollment, and GPA verification.


   The process of selecting and paying for courses for an academic term. Students register via TigerNet.

Registration eligibility dates

   The earliest and last dates a student can register for courses for a semester.

Residency requirement

   A requirement that students live in one of the Morehouse residence halls. At a public institution usually dictates that a student must live in the state to be considered for state benefits.


   Any financial, material or shared items or information required to implement or maintain academic programs or courses.


   Refers to the rate at which students enroll each semester until graduation. Focus is often on the percentage of first-time first-year students who enroll from fall semester to fall semester.




Student Aid Report (SAR)

   A summary of the information submitted on the FAFSA. Students receive this report (often called the SAR) via email a few days after the FAFSA has been processed or by mail within 7-10 days if no e-mail address is provided. The SAR will contain the EFC, which is the number that's used to determine eligibility for federal student aid.


   Computer-scored answer sheets used for many college exams. Sold in college bookstores and should be filled in with a #2 pencil.


   Financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Scholarships often are awarded to students based on their personal accomplishments, financial need, race or ethnicity, life circumstances, or college major. There is one application to complete in order to apply for all Morehouse Foundation scholarships.

Second year college student

   A student who is completing his second year at Morehouse College


   A form of assessment where students are asked to assess their own work against a set of criteria. The self-assessment may contribute to the overall student grade for that course.


   A standard academic term of approximately 15 weeks of instruction in fall and spring and 6 weeks in summer. Morehouse also offers a short semester that ranges from 1 to 2 weeks.

Semester hours

  Credit hours accumulated during a semester.


   A course that is taught using a smaller group of students where students are expected to prepare for and participate actively by answering questions, providing examples on the subject matter, etc.


   Applies to a student who has completed at least 90 credit hours and is preparing to graduate.

Sensitive information

   Personal information about an individual's racial or ethnic origin, political opinion, membership of a political association, religious beliefs or affiliations, health status (either physical or emotional), disability, philosophical beliefs, membership of a professional or trade association, membership of a trade union, sexual preferences or practices, or criminal record.

Service learning

   A teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.


   Applies to students who have earned between 30 and 59 credit hours.

Spring Semester

   The semester that begins in January and ends in May. Based on Morehouse’s fiscal year, this is the last semester of the academic year.


   A person enrolled at the Morehouse College.

Student contribution

   The portion of a student's expected earnings, savings and other resources that they are expected to contribute toward their educational expenses.

Student engagement

   All programs and events at Morehouse are designed to engage students actively in learning and development opportunities. Students must avail themselves to opportunities outside of the classroom to fully participate.

Student Identity Number (ID)

   The unique number given to each student during the enrollment process. It is used as a means of identification for all official College purposes and is often referred to as the “M#”.

Student government

   Official representatives of the student body to the administration in matters concerning student life.

Student Handbook

   Calendar and handbook that includes Morehouse rules, regulations, official academic calendar, and information on all departments.

Student hold

   A restriction placed on students who fail to meet financial or other obligations. Students must clear the holds with the offices that placed the holds before they will be allowed to register or receive other Morehouse services.

Student record

   The complete list of a student's courses attempted, grades and credit earned, degrees awarded, and other academic information.

Study abroad

   Arrangement by which a student completes part of the college program studying in another country. Can be at a campus abroad or through a cooperative agreement with some other U.S. college or an institution of another country.

Subsidized loan

   A direct loan based on financial need for which the federal government pays the interest that accrues while the borrower is in an in-school, or deferment status.


   Student status under which a student is not permitted to attend college for a specific period.

Summer semester

   The semester that begins in June and ends in July. Based on Morehouse’s fiscal year this is the first semester of the academic year.


   Outline of important information about a course usually given the first day of class. It includes important dates, assignments, expectations, textbooks, and policies specific to the course.





   To be announced - seen in the schedule of classes when exact instructor or sometimes exact classroom has not yet been determined or was not known at the time the schedule was sent to the printer.


   A written report of research or creative activity completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of a course or degree.


   A book that contains material that is central to the understanding of a course. Students are normally required to purchase, or have continuous access to, textbooks which have been listed as learning resources for a course.

Third-year college student

   A student who is completing his third year at Morehouse College.


   A student's academic record with an institution. An official transcript has the registrar’s stamp on it and must be delivered in a sealed envelope; an unofficial transcript does not have this stamp and can be printed or copied as needed.

Transfer agreement

   An official agreement between a community college or a four-year institution that designates the transferability of specific courses and/or degrees to Morehouse College.

Transfer credits

   Number of credits taken at one school that may be used to meet graduation or degree requirements at another school.

Transfer degree

   A transfer degree is an associate degree that is designed specifically to fulfill the first two years of a bachelor’s degree.

Transfer student

   A student who is enrolled at Morehouse after first attending another institution of higher education.

Transient student

   A student enrolled at Morehouse from another institution for a short duration.


   The charge per credit hour for academic instruction. This cost does not include fees.

Tuition and fees

   The total amount owed by a student after registering for courses. Includes per-credit tuition, mandatory fees, and any additional course-related fees.

Tuition deadline

   The date on which students must have paid their tuition and fees in order to maintain their registration.


   Special academic help in specified subjects.


   Learning opportunity in which students discuss the key topics, concepts and ideas of the course with their tutors. Tutorials are closely linked to assessment and often involve small group discussions and group work. All students are expected to prepare for tutorials by reading required material and preparing questions and/or answers to questions. Students are also expected to participate actively in class discussions and small group activities. Tutorials complement the lectures given for a course and usually last 30 minutes or longer depending on the number of students seeking to participate.





     Applies to students who are undecided or have not formally declared a major. Students selecting the undeclared category for admission are encouraged to declare a major prior to earning 30 credit hours.

Unexpected and extenuating circumstances

   Circumstances which are outside the control of the student and may require academic or other College support.

Undergraduate Degree

   An undergraduate degree (also called first degree, bachelor's degree or simply degree) is an informal term for an academic degree taken by a person who has completed undergraduate courses. While completing a program of study, the student is referred to as an undergraduate.

Unofficial transcript

   An unofficial transcript does not have the registrar’s stamp.

Unofficial withdrawals

   Applies when a student stops attending classes without officially notifying the Office of Records and Registration.

Unsubsidized Loan

   A direct loan or which the borrower is fully responsible for paying the interest. Interest on unsubsidized loans accrues from the date of disbursement and continues throughout the life of the loan.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS

   A part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This agency is responsible for the administration of benefits and immigration services available under the DHS. Some of the services provided to F-1 students, include adjudicating employment application, providing forms, and adjudicating change of status application.





   The process Morehouse uses to confirm the data reported on the FAFSA. Morehouse notifies students via email if they must provide documentation to support income and other information reported.





   Grade that appears on students’ record when they withdraw from a class after the drop/add date.


   Students may withdraw from a course or from the college. Check the catalog for information on withdrawal instructions, deadlines, refund policies, and the possible impact on financial aid and academic standing.


   A student aid program that provides part-time employment while enrolled in school to help pay education expenses. Students awarded Work-Study are not guaranteed a job, and earnings are not paid in advance so they cannot be used to pay the direct costs (tuition, books, etc.) of the semester in which they are awarded.