You may be surprised by the number of unfamiliar terms associated with college and college life. Undergraduate, TA, accreditation, Greek life, the FAFSA—high school counselors and college admissions officers use these terms every day. Unfortunately, they don’t always stop to explain what each term means.
The “College Speak” series explains the college-oriented vocab that you need to be in the know and focus on the more important questions, such as “which school would be the best fit for me?”
Today’s terms are . . .
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Once you know what the letters in HBCU stand for, this one is self-explanatory. Black students frequently make up 90 percent or more of the student bodies at these schools.
Men’s/Women’s Colleges: These are also self-explanatory, but I included them in case they haven’t been on your radar. Many students opt for a same-sex education at the post-secondary level.
Military Academies: Undergraduate schools for the training of commissioned officers in the U.S. armed forces. Students are in active duty from the day they begin school and commit to at least five years of military service after graduation.
Schools/Institutes/Academies/Colleges of Art: Post-secondary institutions that focus on the visual arts such as illustration, painting, photography, sculpture, and graphic design. A school of art may contain both undergraduate and graduate schools.
Music Schools/Conservatories: Post-secondary institutions that provide practical training and academic study in music as well as professional development for musicians. A music school may contain both undergraduate and graduate schools.