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MU Glossary

  • APB - Activities Programming Board is a student-run organization that plans activities and events for the entire student body.
  • Academic Credit - A credit is a unit used in the calculation of the value of the courses you take. Each course is worth a certain number of credits, usually 1 to 4. A student accumulates credits by passing courses. A certain number of academic credits is required for a degree. Usually the number of hours spent in class each week is equal to the number of credits for that course. For each in-class hour, students should expect to spend about two hours outside of class on studying or assignments.
  • Academic Load - An academic load is the number of academic credits that a student maintains. Twelve to fifteen credits is considered a full-time academic load. Anything less than that is a part-time load.
  • B.A. - Bachelor of Arts degree
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science degree
  • Bernie - Bernie the Saint Bernard is Marymount's mascot
  • Blackboard - Blackboard is an online course management system that allows professors to post grades, information, and assignments. They can also hold discussions and you can turn in assignments through Blackboard.
  • CSA - CSA stands Campus Safety Advocates. CSAs are trained students who help to support our Campus Safety guards and officers by providing basic services.
  • Core classes - Core classes are courses that are part of the Liberal Arts Core. All undergraduate students are required to complete these courses as part of their graduation requirements. These classes cover a wide variety of different topics and are designed to provide a broad base of knowledge for all students.
  • Dean - Director of an entire academic or administrative division of a college or a university.
  • Dean's List - A student with a GPA of 3.4 or above in a given semester who is carrying a full academic load (12 credits or more) would be placed on the Dean's List
  • Elective - A course that you choose, rather than one that is named among the requirements for your degree.
  • Faculty - The group of people who teach the courses at a college or university. The faculty consists of lecturers, instructors, assistant professors, associate professors, and professors.
  • GPA - Grade Point Average. The grade point average tells you the average grade that the student has received in their time at Marymount. For more information on grading at Marymount, click here. For more information on calculating a cumulative GPA, click here.
  • LRC - Learning Resource Center. The LRC provides a wide variety of services to students, including full-time academic support.
  • Latin Honors - Latin honors are given to graduating seniors with the following GPAs: 3.8 is summa cum laude (with highest honors), 3.6 is magna cum laude (with high honors), and 3.4 is cum laude (with honors).
  • Liberal Arts - The academic areas of social sciences, natural sciences, fine arts, literature, and the humanities are combined under the broad collective term "liberal arts."
  • Marynet - Marynet is an online system that allows students to register for classes and check their grades, all through the Internet.
  • Peer Mentors - Peer mentors are upperclass students who are assigned to groups of first-year students. They are available to the students to answer questions, provide connections to resources, plan fun activities, and generally support students' transitions to Marymount. They are different than peer tutors.
  • Peer Tutors - Peer tutors are students who provide tutoring services to other students free of charge through the Learning Resource Center. They are different than peer mentors.
  • Pre-req - A prerequisite is a class that must be completed before a student can take another class.
  • SGA - Student Government Association is Marymount's student government and serves to advocate for the student body. Students are elected to the main positions in SGA.

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