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Terms & Idioms

Learning to navigate a new campus can be challenging!  This document is offered as a general reference guide to help individuals understand terminology within the university system.  Terms and definitions were adapted from documents created by university employee Marianne Kunnen-Jones and the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences advisors.  While this guide is revised periodically individual terms and definitions may change at any time.  Students are encouraged to consult with the appropriate unit, advisor and/or faculty to confirm their correct understanding of terms for which they will be held accountable. For additional guidelines on the names of buildings, facilities and colleges, as well as grammar questions, visit the University Stylebook online.

Unless otherwise noted, the following words are pronounced as words, and letters as individual letters.

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The McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Block 
A registration restriction which requires students to meet with an academic advisor for more information. 

Academic Course Load 
The number of course credit hours in which a student is enrolled during a term.

Academic Fresh Start 
A policy designed to provide a student who performed poorly upon his or her initial enrollment at University of Cincinnati the opportunity for a fresh UC cumulative grade point average.

Academic Program  
A series of credit courses designed to lead to a degree, diploma or certificate in a field of study or occupation. 

The process of increasing an academic course load.  For example adding a class

Advanced Placement (AP) 
A program administered by the College Board through which a student can earn college credit for examinations taken in high school. 

An educator assigned to provide academic advice and general guidance on learning-oriented issues related to academic planning and student success. (See also: college advisor.)

Alpha Lambda Delta 
An honor society for students in their first year at an institution of higher education. Membership requirements include maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA and being in the top 20% of your class during your first year or term of higher education. Alpha Lambda Delta's mission is to "encourage superior academic achievement... to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society."

Associate Degree 
The degree typically awarded by a community or junior college (UC's Raymond Walters & Clermont branches, for example) following the completion of a two-year program of study or approximately ninety credits. Select colleges on the uptown campus also offer associates degrees. 

The process by which a student can register for a class(es) on a no academic-credit basis. Students must indicate that they will audit a class at the time of registration and consult with the faculty member regarding requirements for participation in the class.  (Fran’s note: I would leave out no grade, because often students are surprised when they receive a punitive grade such as F which a faculty member can assign).


Baccalaureate Degree 
An academic program generally of 120+ credits, including completion of the General Education program and course requirements for each major. Most programs are designed for a full-time student to complete in four years. Programs that include co-op education typically require five years. 

Bachelor's Degree 
Same as a baccalaureate degree. The University of Cincinnati offers a number of bachelor degree programs in many different disciplines. A list of programs may be found here.

The official mascot of the University of Cincinnati.

Bearcat Campus Card (BCC)
The official ID of UC students, faculty, and staff. It may be used as a debit card for a variety of on-campus and off-campus purchases.

An essential online tool for UC students (commonly referred to as Bb). Professors use Blackboard to communicate with students, post course content and assignments, and keep track of student's grades.  Some professors set up discussion boards to get feedback on class material and others even use the assessment tool for students to take tests. Students have the option to set up a personal task list or a personal calendar to keep track of important due dates, events and appointments. There is a listing of activities happening on MainStreet. Important campus information is posted on Bb. News items such as student government polls and elections, and postings on student activities university-wide are present on the site. Many student groups have Blackboard sites, so Blackboard provides another great way to stay involved in clubs and activities. 

Breath of Knowledge requirements:  General education course and content areas requirements distributed among fine arts, historical perspectives, humanities, literature, natural sciences and social sciences to provide students with a broad foundation of knowledge.


College of Allied Health Sciences

Call Number 
The 6-digit number entered into the registration system on Onestop to enroll a student in a class.  It is found next to the class section number on the Schedule of Classes. Call numbers change every term.

Campus Green
Grassy area bordered by Martin Luther King Blvd., Lindner Hall, the Alumni Center, the residence halls along Jefferson Ave., and Sigma Sigma Commons

College-Conservatory of Music

College of Engineering & Applied Science 

CECH (cetch or C-E-C-H)
College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services

An academic program generally of around 20 semester credits. Some certificate programs are designed to provide specialized programs for people who already have diplomas or degrees; others are for people who want to complete a program that leads directly to a specific job quickly. 

A regional campus of UC located in the heart of Clermont County

College of Medicine

Course Number 
The 3 to 4-digit number identifying each Course within a discipline. 15 ENGL 101. In this example, 101 is the course within the discipline of English. 

A degree-granting administrative unit. 

College Advisor 
A professional educator assigned to provide academic advice and general guidance on learning-oriented issues related to academic planning and student success. A&S college advisors do not advise students on major or minor requirements. Students should contact their academic department for major or minor advice. 

With the approval of the dean of the college, University of Cincinnati matriculated students may enrich their UC curricula by enrolling in classes offered at fifteen other area colleges and universities.  

The university's formal induction into the university is held for freshmen the Sunday before the start of the autumn term. 

Course or courses that a student is required to take along with another course in which the student is enrolled. 

Credit or Credit Hour 
Each credit hour is a unit of time during which a class will meet each week during a semester. The number of credit hours for each course usually indicates how much time is spent in the classroom each week. 

Cum Laude
Undergraduate students who meet the graduation residency requirements for their colleges will qualify for graduation with Cum Laude honors if their University Grade Point Average is between 3.60 and 3.7499 and if they have earned at least 90 hours (baccalaureate degree) or 45 hours (associate degree) at the University of Cincinnati. (The University Grade Point Average will have no effect on the college or departmental honors for which the student may qualify.) 

A prescribed set of courses and experiences.



DAAP (dap or D-A-A-P)
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

Dean's List 
A recognition of academic excellence. To be on the Dean's List, a UC student must achieve a term grade-point average of 3.4 or higher while enrolled in six or more credits per quarter. 

Degree Progress Audit (DPA)
DARS is an automated degree audit system that reflects the progress a student has made toward the completion of their degree requirements. 

Degree Requirements
A list of courses, subject areas and credit hours needed to obtain a specific degree or certificate. 

Discipline/Subject Code 
The 2, 3, or 4-letter abbreviation that appears before the course and section numbers as in 15 ENGL 101. This code identifies the specific discipline, in this case, English. 

Dismissal is a final and permanent separation from the university. It may be imposed on a student for a variety of situations which can include, but is not limited to academic misconduct, nonacademic misconduct and failure to meet college specific GPA requirements. Re-enrollment following dismissal is not permitted. Additional information regarding dismissal can be obtained in a student’s home college or in the Student Code of Conduct.

Double Major 
A student who has declared two majors.

The process of decreasing an academic course load during the beginning of each term (deadlines are shortened during summer terms). Courses dropped during this time will not be recorded on the academic record. Note specific dates change for each term, dropping classes may impact financial aid.

Dual Degree 
A student can complete all the requirements for a degree from another college in addition to a degree from his/her home college.

    Notes on a Duel Degree:

- Students can "double-dip" some of the requirements for both colleges. - - They only need one sequence of English composition, for example. 
 Student must submit two separate graduation applications; one to each college. 
 - A student should probably wait to officially graduate from either college until a single simultaneous commencement date. This is because students are ineligible for many sources of funding if they already hold a bachelor's degree.


Early Intervention Request
The Early Intervention System allows an instructor to request from the college office and student services offices support for a student, particularly when attempts by the instructor to reach the student are unsuccessful.

East Campus/West Campus
East Campus also known as the Academic Health Center is a geographical term that refers to the locations north of Martin Luther King Drive and east of Jefferson Avenue which includes the College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing. College of Allied Health Sciences; Marriott Kingsgate Conference Hotel; University Hall; and Hoxworth Blood Center. West Campus also known as uptown campus is a geographical term that refers to the super block campus bounded by Clifton Avenue, Calhoun Street, Martin Luther King Drive and Jefferson Avenue.

Edwards I, II, III, IV 
The Edwards Center on W. Corry Blvd. consists of four separate sections, each with its own individually numbered entrance. Which includes the office of Public Safety, Parking Services, the administrative offices the College of Arts and Sciences, UC International Programs and advising offices of the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services.

Courses in which a student may enroll that do not fulfill specific requirements, but may count toward the total number of credit hours needed. Students may choose electives depending upon his or her interests and needs. When choosing electives, students should consult their advisor. 

Fifth Third Arena
The preferred reference for the location of basketball and volleyball games within in the Shoemaker Center. Fifth Third Arena consists of Ed Jucker Court, 13,176 seats, private suites and a restaurant that overlook the court. The facility also accommodates commencement and some concerts.


A student who has completed fewer than 45 accumulated total quarter credits. 

First-Year Seminar 
A course designed to immediately bring freshmen into the intellectual life of the university.

Full-Time Student 
An undergraduate student enrolled in twelve or more quarter credits during a term. 


General Education Program 
The General Education Core has a firm foundation in UC’s Academic Plan, to reaffirm liberal education as the core to preparing students as life-long learners. Our General Education course requirements are purposefully designed to strengthen four important learning outcomes or competencies throughout the student’s progress toward their degree.  

Undergraduate Core Competencies

Critical Thinking:  analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of information and ideas from multiple perspectives

Knowledge Integration:  fusion of information and concepts from multiple disciplines

Effective Communication:  competence in oral, visual, and written language; use of resources and technology for communication

Social Responsibility:  application of knowledge and skills gained from the undergraduate experience for the advancement of a diverse society

Good Academic Standing
A student who is making satisfactory academic progress (see definition below) is considered to be in good academic standing.  For specific requirements to remain in good academic standing students should speak with their home college or academic advisor.

Grade Point Average (GPA) 

Indicates a student's academic progress and status on a 4.0 scale. It is calculated by adding quality points earned and dividing by total number of credits attempted. Quarterly GPA is based on the most recently completed term. College GPA is the accumulated GPA as a matriculated student in A&S. University GPA is the accumulated GPA of all courses attempted as a UC student. 

Grade Replacement Policy 
Undergraduates may petition for up to five (5) courses, not to exceed fifteen (15) credit hours under grade replacement policy. When students complete the repeat class, the most recent grade-not the original class grade-is computed in the GPA. Both the original class and repeat class are marked on the student transcript as "repeated" but only the last grade applies to the cumulative grade point average. Grade Replacement is not automatic. To replace a grade, students must complete a Grade Replacement form and submit it to the College office responsible for the current class no later than the 58th calendar day of the term. (This deadline will be sooner for accelerated terms such as occurs in the summer.)

Grade Description Quality Points

A  Excellent 4.0000
A- 3.6667
B+ 3.3333
B  Good 3.0000
B- 2.6667
C+ 2.3333
C  Satisfactory 2.0000
C- 1.6667
D+ 1.3333
D  Poor 1.0000
D- 0.6667
F  Fail 0.0000
P  Pass N/A
U Unsatisfactory N/A
T  Audit N/A
I Incomplete 0.0000
I/F  Failure 0.0000
W  Withdrawal (Official) N/A
WX  Withdrawal (Official) No Participation N/A
UW  Unofficial Withdrawal 0.0000
X  Unofficial Withdrawal No Participation 0.0000
SP  In Progress Satisfactory Progress N/A
UP  In Progress Unsatisfactory Progress N/A
NP  Not Proficient N/A
NG  No Grade Reported (See Instructor) N/A

"I" (Incomplete)
No grade quality points (none) during first term after the "I" is incurred; thereafter, zero (0.0000) grade quality points.  Instructors use the "I" when students fail to submit all of required coursework by the end of the term. Only award the "I" if it is possible for students to complete the work without class attendance. In undergraduate courses, the "I" does not factor into the grade point averages during the term immediately after it is awarded. Following that subsequent term, the "I" carries zero (0.00) quality points and is calculated into the GPA like the "F" grade. After one (1) year, any "I" grade remaining on the student's record automatically changes to the "I/F," which carries zero (0.00) quality points and affects the student's GPA like the "F" grade.

I/F (Failure).
If the "I" remains on the student's record at the end of one (1) year after the term has ended, the "I" will change to the "I/F" (Failure).

“WX” (Official withdrawal, Non-attendance/participation).
Instructors will record a “WX” for those students who officially withdrew from the class (as denoted on the Online Class Grading roster by either “EW” or “W”) but who never attended any classes or did not submit any assigned work. The instructor may replace a “W” appearing on the Online Class Grading roster with a "WX" by clicking "no" participation for that student. An assignment of “WX” has no impact on the student’s GPA. A “W” will appear on the student’s online grade report and on the transcript. The “WX” recognizes the student’s official withdrawal from the class and only records the fact of non-participation.

"UW" (Unofficial Withdrawal, Attendance/participation)
Instructors will record a “UW” (unofficial withdrawal) only for students who cease to attend a class following some attendance or participation. The "UW" carries zero (0.00) quality points. It is calculated into the GPA like the "F" grade.

“X” (Unofficial Withdrawal, Non-attendance/participation)
Instructors will record an “X” on the final grade roster for students who never attended any classes and did not submit any assigned work. The “X” will appear on the transcript and will carry zero (0.00) quality points.  It is calculated into the GPA like the “F” grade.

"SP" (In Progress-Satisfactory Progress) and "UP" (In Progress-Unsatisfactory Progress)
The "SP" and "UP" grades are used only for those courses approved by College committees to have an extended grading period. Note: the "IP" is no longer valid for courses approved for "IP" grading at the undergraduate level. An "SP" or "UP" grade must be submitted.  If the "SP" or "UP" grades remain on student's record at the end of one (1) year after the term has ended, these grades will change to the "I/F" (Failure).

"NP" (Not Proficient) The "NP" is used only for 103-level and below English courses that require a level of proficiency to move through the sequence and that are approved by the appropriate College committees.

"NG" mark (No Grade Reported) 
In May 2003, the Faculty Senate resolved that: "all course instructors have a professional responsibility to submit a grade for every student using only the approved UC grades."

Graduate Degree 
A degree awarded for education at a level beyond the bachelor's degree. State universities offer graduate certificates, master's degrees and specialist degrees in various professional and liberal arts fields, such as medical or law degrees.

Graduation Application
Students applying to graduate must do so on-line.

Graduation Certification 
Graduation certification begins with an on-line application to graduate. The department conferring the degree then certifies that students have fulfilled their major requirements. The college office then certifies that students have fulfilled college and university requirements. Certified graduates are forwarded to UC's Registrars office for the awarding of earned diplomas. 

Great Beginnings
The integrated first-year experience curriculum at the University of Cincinnati.  It represents the first touch point in Integrated Core Learning, UC’s holistic approach to undergraduate learning. Integrated Core Learning connects a student’s first year development with mid-collegiate academic and professional development opportunities and a culminating capstone experience. The UC first-year curriculum provides foundations and developmental experiences in four essential learning areas:

• Intellectual and Self Management Skills – Promotes acquisition of  intellectual and self-management skills needed for success in the university, as well as in life-long learning; 
• University Engagement – Engages students with people, resources and opportunities related to the cultural life and diversity of this large, urban, research university;
• Professional and Civic Responsibility - Focuses students’ attention on professional imperatives and civic responsibilities of educated persons in a twenty-first century world. 
• Integrated Learning - Advances students’ capacities to make connections between knowledge gained from multiple sources and to apply their increasingly comprehensive understanding to new questions and situations.  
UC’s Great Beginnings goals are achieved and reinforced through student participation in multiple academic and co-curricular experiences that address one or more of the program’s aims. Each experience or component should be designed to affirm these goals and reflect the signature features of UC’s dynamic environment for undergraduate learning by orienting students to the types of learning activities and level of accomplishment that graduating students are expected to demonstrate. For example:

• Experience in a professional context or setting
• Purposeful and on-going reflection
• Interdisciplinary approaches
• Integrating experiences
• Emphasis on demonstrating—and documenting—increasing abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, integrate knowledge, and responsibly advance a diverse society

Genome Research Institute – generic research facility located at Galbraith and Reading Roads


Help Desk
556-HELP, support for all phone, computing, e-mail and server concerns, for both on-campus and remote access. Help Desk staff provide assistance with login and passwords.

Holds on Student Records 
Holds are actions taken by University offices to restrict a student's registration ability or prevent the student from receiving a transcript or diploma. Holds are usually placed for academic, financial, or conduct reasons. 

Honors Scholars Program 
The University Honors Program serves students from all UC colleges. The University Honors Program enriches the educational experience of these academically talented and motivated students through course work and out-of-class experiences. In particular, honors students have the opportunity to focus on: Community engagement, Global studies, Leadership, Research and Creative Arts. Honors courses mesh with major and general education requirements so students can graduate from University Honors without completing extra courses. 

Honors Societies
As defined by the Association of College Honor Societies, an honor society is an association of primarily collegiate chapters whose purposes are to recognize and encourage high scholarship and/or leadership achievement in some broad or specialized field of study. There are a number of such organizations on campus which recognize student achievement and excellence. Active honor societies on campus currently include: 
Alpha Lambda Delta
Golden Key
Mortar Board
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Omicron Delta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa (2-year college)

Health Professions Building


Incomplete Grade (I grade) 
Instructors use the "I" (Incomplete) when students fail to submit all of required coursework by the end of the term. An "I" grade should only be awarded if it is possible for students to complete the work without class attendance. In undergraduate courses, the "I" does not factor into the grade point averages during the term immediately after it is awarded. Following that subsequent term, the "I" carries zero (0) quality points-treated like the "F" and the "UW." After one (1) year, any "I" remaining on students' records automatically and permanently changes to the "I/F," which carries zero (0) quality points and affects students' GPA like the "F." 


A student who has completed more than 89.5, but fewer than 135 posted quarter credits. 


Learning Community 
Learning communities offer small groups of students and faculty the opportunity to interact in two or more university courses based on academic interests. The University of Cincinnati has more than 100 different opportunities to choose from.


Magna Cum Laude 
Undergraduate students who meet the graduation residency requirements for their colleges will qualify for graduation with Latin honors as follows: University Grade Point Average between: 3.75 and 3.8999 Magna Cum Laude (The University Grade Point Average will have no effect on the college or departmental honors for which the student may qualify.)


A corridor that stretches from University Pavilion, past Tangeman University Center and the Student Recreation Center, ending at Sigma Sigma Commons. Serves as a hub for student services, including academic services, shopping, dining, recreational and social needs.

The subject area leading to a degree or certificate in which a student chooses to concentrate his/her academic work. 

Major Advisor 
A professor who advises students on the major requirements to earn their college degree. 

Master's Degree

An academic degree program of 32 or more quarter credits in courses at the graduate level. 

Matriculated Student 
A student who has been officially admitted to a college. 

McMicken Commons
The grassy area between McMicken Hall and Tangeman University Center.

Mick and Mack
Twin lions guarding the entrance at McMicken Hall

Mick and Mack’s
The name of a restaurant in Tangeman University Center.

Even with the many different paths that our students take, our faculty continue the Core Process by encouraging students to engage in experiential learning, such as our top ranked co-op program, to increase disciplinary proficiency and promote their understanding and knowledge integration. Students are encouraged to reflect on their experiences and how they relate to their academics and the world around them. (An example of a Student Reflective Component of a Computer Programming course)

Methodology: Each academic program requires training in the understanding of systematic methods and history of the discipline.

Writing Excellence: Intermediate Composition will reinforce what students learn in the first year and will focus their attention on where meaning is made. It also introduces higher-level learning about writing and reading communicated across academic disciplines. The primary goal of the course is to help students develop rhetorical sensitivity to differences in academic and professional writing across the disciplines.

An academic program generally of 30 credit hours. Minors must be completed before or at the same time that the student earns his or her bachelor's degree. Students must apply for certification of the minor through the online degree application as they are applying for their degree.

Minor Advisor 
A professor who advises students on the minor requirements to earn any minor being added to an undergraduate degree. 

Not an academic degree, but the Medical Sciences Building within the Academic Health Center




New Student Bearcat Bound Orientation 
A two-day program during the summer that all new freshmen students are required to attend. At this program, placement tests are administered, crucial information about a student's UC college and its requirements are delivered, and students meet with an advisor to plan and register for classes. 

Non-matriculated Student 
Students may take classes at UC without being enrolled in a UC degree program. Their official status is "non-matriculated," which is a traditional academic term meaning "not enrolled in a degree program." 

Non-traditional student
A student who is either returning to college or starting college at an age older than typical freshmen.


A website focused on student services, where students may go to check e-mail, register for classes, view/pay bill, view grades, check on financial aid, and have other general questions answered. Onestop is also a physical location in University Pavilion where students may go to receive assistance in-person. 



Part-Time Student 
An undergraduate student enrolled in fewer than twelve quarter credit hours during a term. 

A grading option associated with some academic courses. Pass credit (with a grade of P) is not used in determining a student's grade point average, but a failure shall count against the average. 

Placement Test 
Tests taken by all new students primarily online, but they may also be taken at Orientation or at a Quick Start event, generally in English and Mathematics. Results of this test are used to place students at the appropriate entry level in each subject. Foreign Language placement is determined by language units completed in high school and is determined during the admissions process. Foreign language placement tests are used for students who intend to "test out" of the college language requirement by showing full proficiency. Students wishing to “test out” of college language requirements must complete placement test on campus in the language lab.

Cincinnati-speak for “What?” or “I beg your pardon?” — stemming from the city’s German heritage. It’s the English translation of the German bitte.

A course or courses a student must complete before being allowed to register for a more advanced course in the same or related area. 

The official status of not being in good academic standing. Failure to remove probationary status will lead to suspension or dismissal. 

Program of Study 
The subject area in which a student chooses to concentrate his/her academic work. 


Engineering Quadrangle, bordered by Swift, Old Chem and Baldwin halls

Quality Points 
The number of quality hours (for a course) multiplied by the numerical value of the grade earned (A = 4.0 points, B = 3.0 points, etc.). The total number of quality points divided by the total number of quality hours equals a student's cumulative grade point average (GPA). 

Quality Hours 
Credits earned which affect a student's GPA

One of the three main enrollment periods in an academic year. At UC, the academic year consists of a ten-week fall term, a ten-week winter term and a ten-week spring term. There is also a ten-week summer term as well as summer courses that are divided into either two five-week periods or three 3.5 week periods or one full summer period. 



Students who are returning to a college and have NOT attended any other institution while not enrolled at UC can apply for re-admission by submitting an "application of change in college and program application for readmission.

Re-enrollment following suspension or withdrawal on probation 
Students who are suspended following spring term, or who leave the college while on probation before spring term ends, may not enroll during the following academic year. Re-enrollment is permitted only in the autumn term of a later year.  Re-enrollment requirements vary by college and permission is required from the student’s home college.  For additional information regarding re-enrollment students should speak to their academic advisor. 

A recitation is a discussion carried by a teaching assistant (TA) or instructor to supplement a lecture given by a senior faculty at an academic institution. During the recitation, the leader will review the lecture, expand on the concepts, and carry a discussion with the students. In classes involving mathematics and engineering, the recitation is often used to perform derivations or solve problems similar to those assigned to the students. 

An assessment of a student's eligibility for classification as an Ohio resident for tuition purposes, University of Cincinnati is obliged to apply the residency eligibility criteria established by Ohio Revised Code 3333.31 and Ohio Administrative Code 3333-1-10.

Raymond Walters College — a regional campus of UC in Blue Ash


Satisfactory Academic Progress   
Satisfactory academic progress can be defined in two ways. Each individual college has an established set of standards which students are expected to meet and maintain in order to remain in good standing with their home college.  To learn more about your college’s requirements for satisfactory academic progress schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. The second definition of academic progress is defined by the financial aid office. As defined by financial aid standards satisfactory academic progress for undergraduate students has four components:

  1. Matriculation: Students must be formally accepted into a degree-granting program at the University of Cincinnati.
  2. Grade Point Average: After the second year of enrollment, a minimum of a 2.0 college GPA must be maintained.
  3. Maximum Timeframe: The maximum timeframe may not exceed one-and-a-half times the length of the program for a full-time student (i.e., students have the equivalent of three full-time years to complete an associate degree and the equivalent of six full-time years to complete a bachelor's degree).
  4. Progress Toward a Degree: To ensure that students earn a degree within the maximum timeframe allowed, the students' progress will be monitored yearly. To ensure students are making progress, the following guidelines are used:

    • After one full-time equivalent year, students must have completed at least 18 credit hours.
    • After two full-time equivalent years, students must have completed at least 54 credit hours.
    • After three full-time equivalent years, students must have completed at least 90 credit hours or earned an associate degree.
    • After four full-time equivalent years, students must have completed at least 126 credit hours.
    • After five full-time equivalent years, students must have completed at least 162 credit hours.
    • After six full-time equivalent years, students must have earned a bachelor's degree.

• I's (incomplete), T's (audit), Y's or UW's (unofficial withdrawal), W's (official withdrawal), X's or WX's (non-attendance/participation), N's, NG's or blanks (no grade reported), U's (unsatisfactory), NP's (not proficient), IP's (in progress), UP's (unsatisfactory progress), I/F's (failed incomplete), IP/F's (failed in progress), and F's (failing grade) do not count toward meeting Satisfactory

Academic Progress requirements.
• All terms of attendance are reviewed including terms no federal financial aid was received. If students fail to meet one of the four components, they will lose their eligibility for federal financial aid funds.  

Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress by both definitions.

Section Code 
The 3 digits that appear after the department/subject code and subject number in the schedule of classes, as in 15 ENGL 101 -002. This number refers to the specific day and time that the course is offered. In the case of distance learning courses, section numbers will always begin with a "7" as in section "707." Evening courses are indicated with a "9" as in section "901". 

A student who has completed more than 134.5 posted quarter credits

Senior Year Experience
Our senior year experience enables students to transition to a profession or graduate school and continue to pursue life-long learning and social responsibility. The capstone experience is designed to demonstrate proficiency in the core competencies, and in the content and skills of the program/major.  As a culminating experience, the capstone should require interdisciplinary and contextual perspectives.
Service Blocks on Student Records 
Service blocks are actions taken by University offices to restrict a student's registration ability or prevent the student from receiving a transcript or diploma. Service Blocks are usually placed for academic, financial, or conduct reasons. 

“The Shoe” is short for the Myrl Shoemaker Center, which houses the Fifth Third Arena and support services for the Bearcat sports teams, including the women’s basketball offices, meeting rooms, locker rooms and related facilities.

Short Vine
The business district on the section of Vine Street that takes a jog to the east and is bounded by Corry Boulevard and M.L. King Drive.

Sigma Sigma Commons 
Light tower and grassy amphitheater near French Hall, a gift of Sigma Sigma fraternity

A student who has completed more than 44.5, but fewer than 90 posted quarter credits. 

Summa Cum Laude  
Undergraduate students who meet the graduation residency requirements for their colleges will qualify for graduation with Latin honors as follows: University Grade Point Average between: 3.90 and 4.0000 Summa Cum Laude (The University Grade Point Average will have no effect on the college or departmental honors for which the student may qualify.) 

A forced separation from the college, with the right to apply for readmission after one academic year. Suspended students are normally not eligible for admission to other UC colleges during the term of their suspension. 

Suspension Appeal
The process by which a suspended student may request a rescission of their suspension. 

A document provided by an instructor that describes the content, learning objectives and expectations of a course, the grading policy, a list of assignments and due dates, and related information such as the required textbooks and other course materials, the instructor's office hours, contact information, etc. 



Written record of a student's academic performance. Students may obtain official and unofficial transcripts by contacting One Stop. 

Transfer Credit 
Transfer credit refers to units (hours) of academic credit awarded at a receiving institution in recognition of college level credit earned at a sending institution. Academic institutions operate under a variety of systems (e.g., semester or quarter). Semester hour credit may be converted to quarter hour credit by multiplying by 1.5. (e.g., three semester hour credits will equate to 4.5 quarter hour credits). 

Transfer Module
The Transfer Module contains 54-60 quarter hours or 36-40 semester hours of specified course credits in English composition, mathematics, fine arts, humanities, social science, behavioral science, natural science, physical science, and interdisciplinary coursework which was established by the Ohio Board of Regents to assist students in transferring between in-state colleges and universities. A transfer module completed at one college or university will automatically meet the requirements of the transfer module at the receiving institution, once the student is accepted. Students may be required, however, to meet additional general education requirements that are not included in the Transfer Module. 

To assure the most efficient transfer of academic credit, students should consult with an academic adviser to select the courses most appropriate for General Education and/or possible major requirements.

Transfer Student  
A student applying for admission to The University of Cincinnati (UC) who has formerly attended another regionally accredited institution of higher learning. A student is also considered a Transfer Student if he/she attended UC after high school, transferred to another school and is returning to UC. 

Tangeman University Center — the student union




University Grade Point Average (UGPA) 
Indicates a student's academic progress and status on a 4.0 scale. It is calculated by adding quality points earned and dividing by total number of credits attempted. Quarterly GPA is based on the most recently completed term. College GPA is the GPA as a student in a specific college. University GPA is the accumulated GPA of all undergraduate credit courses attempted as a UC student.

Shorthand for “UC|2019: Accelerating our Transformation,” the university’s strategic plan for charting its academic course.

UCATS (U-cats)
University of Cincinnati Athletic Teams Scholarships — donors who contribute at least $50 to fund UC student-athletes may purchase priority seating tickets to Bearcat games

UCit (UC-I-T or UC-it)
UC Information Technologies — provides computer and telephone services

University Hall — location of many administrative offices

Uptown Campus
East Campus and West Campus combined 




A statement to a student that the most recent term's grades are below their college’s requirements. A warning notice is not the same as being placed on probation. 

The process of dropping a course (or courses) such that the course will remain on the academic transcript. Withdrawing from ALL coursework is referred to as a Complete Withdrawal. Note that withdrawal from classes may impact financial aid.

Withdrawal On Probation 
Voluntary separation from the university while on probation. Students who withdraw while on probation must talk to their academic advisor to learn the effects of this decision. Some programs require that students who choose this option apply for readmission when they are ready to return.