3-2 Program A program offering students 3 years of study at Maryville College followed by 2 years of professional or specialized study at a university. Programs include nursing and engineering. The student is awarded two degrees upon successful completion of the program.
Academic Advisor The advisor will guide and advise, helping the student to make informed choices, but it will be up to the student to complete the recommended academic plan. This is a partnership and the student bears responsibility for carrying through.
Academic Calendar The official calendar for the College. The Academic Calendar is available online.
Academic Probation A warning that the student’s performance falls below the institution’s requirement for “good academic standing”.
Academic suspension A student may be academically dismissed from Maryville for failure to make “satisfactory academic progress”. Requirements are defined in the Student Handbook on line.
AD Area Directors supervise RD and RAs and are professional full-time MC staff and live in the residence halls. "AD" may also refer to the Athletic Director.
Add/Drop Period Occurring at the beginning of the semester, this is a time period during which the student may make changes schedule changes without any academic or financial consequences.
B.A. or B.S. B.A. stands for "bachelor of arts," and B.S. stands for "bachelor of science." Both degrees can be earned at four-year colleges. MC primarily awards the B.A. degree.
Baccalaureate A farewell sermon to graduating seniors in conjunction with their commencement ceremonies.
Commencement The graduation ceremonies held each May. Note that MC does not hold a Commencement in December.
Commuter Student A student who lives off-campus.
Convocation A ceremony where the new class is officially welcomed and the academic year formally begins. MC Convocation is always the first Thursday of the academic year.
Core Curriculum Called “general education” in some colleges, the core is comprised of those courses which must be completed by all degree candidates regardless of major. In a Liberal Arts setting, the core is intended to provide exposure to courses in the arts, humanities, sciences, and mathematics.
Course Catalog Sometimes called the College Catalog, is an important tool for understanding the college’s course offerings and academic and administrative policies and procedures. The MC Catalogue is available on line.
Credit Hour Courses are usually measured in credit hours, with the average being three or four. A credit hour is equivalent to about 1 hour of class time per week. Students may refer to how many credit hours or credits they are carrying for a particular semester. Credit hours are awarded to a student upon passing a course. At MC, a typical course load is around 15 credit hours, with the minimum being 12 and maximum 18.
Curriculum Composed of those classes prescribed or outlined by an institution for completion of a program of study leading to a degree or certificate.
Dean Someone traditionally in charge of a major area of a college; for example, the Dean of the College or the Dean of Students.
Dean's List The Dean’s List is produced each semester, and is a list of those students who have high grades or meet a certain academic standard. It is the college equivalent of an honor roll. At Maryville College a student must earn at least a 3.60 GPA for the semester, with no grade of "C" or below.
Disability Services At Maryville, the Learning Center provides support and assistance for students with documented disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Elective Courses Courses which are not required to fulfill the liberal arts core or major requirements. These are courses that students "elect" to take because of personal interest.
ESL English as a Second Language curriculum that assists students in preparing for further English-based study.
Federal Work-study A federally funded program in which students take campus jobs as part of their financial aid package. To participate in a work-study program, students must complete the FAFSA.
FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law which protects the privacy of student educational records. Although FERPA gives parents certain rights regarding their child’s educational records, it is important for parents to realize that these rights transfer to the student once he turns eighteen or attends a school beyond high school. For more information, look at this link: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/students.html
Final Exams Final exams are given during the final week of the semester. The dates and times may be different than regular class time and are listed in the course schedule or the instructors' syllabus.
First Generation Students Term used to refer to students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college. Colleges understand that first generation students may have particular issues in learning about and adjusting to the world of college.
First Year  (Freshman) Seminars Also known as "Freshman Seminars".  Maryville College requires freshmen to complete three First-Year Seminar courses--one in the fall, one during J-Term, and one in the spring. They are designed to help students understand themselves, the environment, and society in a small-group, seminar setting. The teacher of the fall seminar is also the Freshman Advisor of that group of students.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) An application form administered by the U.S. Department of Education and used to determine a family’s eligibility for federal student aid programs and, in some cases, institutional, state and other private aid sources. A FAFSA must be completed and filed each year a student attends college.
Full-time status Full time students must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours, usually three to five classes.
Gold card A declining balance card to purchase meal services on campus. Students' meal plans include some funds on their Gold Card, and more money can be place on the card.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Sometimes referred to as the Cumulative Grade Point Average, the GPA is a calculation of the college student’s overall grade average on a 4-point scale with an A equal to 4.
Great Beginnings One day summer orientation for all incoming freshmen and their parents that includes information about all aspects of freshman life at Maryville College.
Health Insurance MC suggests that every full-time student have health insurance coverage. If students do not have access to coverage through their families, they can purchase insurance through a carrier associated with the College.
HOPE Scholarship The HOPE Scholarship is available to Tennessee students who enroll in Tennessee colleges or universities and maintain a minimum grade average.
International Students All foreign-born students that are not United States citizens.
J-Term Three week mini-term that occurs in January. Students take one course.
IRIS Emergency communication system that allows campus Security to quickly communicate with students, faculty, and staff in the event of an urgent situation on campus.
Liberal Arts The course of study at Maryville College that includes a broad selection of subject areas.
Major A subject or career field that serves as the focus of study in a degree program.
Meal Plan A pre-paid account for student's meals while at college. All residential students are required to have a meal plan.
Mid-term exams During the middle of each semester, instructors may give mid-term exams that test students on the material covered to that point.
Minor A secondary concentration in a specific subject or career field.
Non-Traditional Student A student who is outside the age range of traditional-aged students (18-24) is considered a non-traditional student.
Orientation A vital part of the college experience with activities designed to help new students adjust and familiarize themselves with the college.
Peer Mentor Upper-class students who assist new students in their transition to Maryville College.
Pell Grant Program The largest federal grant program. Eligibility and award amounts are determined by the college based on established federal guidelines.
Perkins Loan Program Federally-insured loans funded by the federal government and awarded by the school. The loans feature a low interest rate and are repayable over an extended period.
Pre-Req Pre-requisites are courses that students are required to take prior to registering for a particular course. Some courses have no pre-requisites while others do.
RA Resident Assistants are trained student leaders responsible for supervising a group of resident students. They can assist with questions, social issues, roommate issues, or other problems that might arise. They also assist in enforcing college policies within the residence halls.
RD Resident Directors oversee the Resident Assistants and are responsible for managing the overall well-being of the Residence Hall. Residence Directors often live in an apartment in the Residence Hall.
Registrar College official who registers and is responsible for keeping permanent records, maintaining student files and forwarding copies of students' transcripts to employers and schools.
Registration The process of becoming officially enrolled in classes for a semester. This begins with selecting courses and ends at the beginning of every semester by completing necessary paperwork and "checking in."
Resident Student A student who lives on campus.
Room Selection The process of choosing living arrangements for the following academic year, this occurs in early spring.
Scholarships Scholarships are awarded based on any number of criteria, such as academics, achievements, talents, affiliations with various groups, or career aspirations. They are grants that do not have to be repaid.
Semester Generally speaking, a semester is one half of an academic year. However, there are a number of course terms included in each academic year including fall and spring semesters and January term (J-term), as well as optional summer sessions.
Senior Study One of Maryville College's distinctive features is the Senior Study. Every student must complete a year-long project that deals with real-world issues within the student's major.
Stafford loans Loans, both subsidized (need based) and unsubsidized (non-need based), guaranteed by the federal government and available to students to fund education.
Student Government Association (SGA) The official voice of the students, the SGA represents the interests of all students while promoting and assisting other MC clubs, groups, and organizations.
Student ID Each student is issued a random identification number used in lieu of a social security number upon beginning classes at MC along with a photo identification card.
Syllabus The syllabus is an outline or overview of the course distributed by the instructor at the beginning of the course. The syllabus often includes requirements, objectives, textbook information, contact information for the instructor, and often a schedule of assignments and topics. Students are always encouraged to read the syllabus carefully and refer to it often throughout the course.
Tartan Online Learning Management System that allows professors to post course materials and communicate with students outside of the classroom.
Transcript This is a list of all the courses a student has taken with the grades that the student earned in each course. The official transcript is maintained by the Registrar.
Tuition The amount of money charged for instruction. It does not include room and board.
Undergraduate A degree-seeking student at a college or university who has not yet earned a bachelor's degree.
Withdrawal To formally remove yourself from a class or from all classes for a semester (through the Registrar's Office). There are established procedures for doing so with possible financial costs.

First Year Seminars

(aka Freshmen Seminars)