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Key Terms

Photo of campus buildingsThe following are some terms that are used in reference to going to college at CSCC. Reviewing these before you arrive will give you a "jump start" on familiarizing yourself with CSCC terminology .

Associate Degree - requires a minimum of 60 college level credits. One semester 15 weeks of instruction followed by one week of exams or approximately 4 month. A minimum of five semesters is required to complete a degree. The length of study may vary from one student to another due to English and Mathematics placement test results.

Blackboard – a web-based course management system available to CSCC students, faculty and staff. Students use their username (Login) and password to view course material on Blackboard.

Business Office –The Cashiers and Student Accounting Office, located on the 2nd floor of Rhodes Hall, assist students who have sponsor payments from foreign governments or agencies. Students directed to the Business Office can ask questions or obtain additional information about account balance issues or administrative "holds' or "blocks."

Cashier – Location where students can pay fees, parking fines, purchase discount tickets and other cash related functions. The cashier’s office is located on second floor in Rhodes Hall.

Contact hour – An hour of in-classroom time.

CougarWeb – Online access to registration, fee payment and academic records. Students use their username (Login) and password to use CougarWeb.

Course Description – A written statement that explains what will be taught in a class.

Credit – Recognition by the college that you have successfully completed a course requirement leading to a degree or certificate.

Credit Hour – The unit of measurement for college work that applies to a degree or certificate. Each course has a specific number of credit hours assigned to it. Tuition and fees are based on number of credit hours registered.

Distance Learning – An alternative to traditional on-campus courses using a variety of technologies including TV, video-based instruction, computers and the internet. F-1 visa holders should meet with an international advisor before registering foe distance learning courses.

Drop Class – Process by which you withdraw from a class.

Evening Classes – Defined as classes that are offered during the week and begin at 5:00 p.m. or later.

Financial Aid – Available in four forms: grants, scholarships, loans, part-time employment and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). Columbus State’s financial aid office is located on the first floor of Rhodes Hall. Visa holders are ineligible for Federal Student Aid, but may be eligible for scholarships from other sources, including CS Foundation Scholarships.

Full-time student – A student who is taking 12 credit hours or more during the quarter. F-1 visa holders must maintain fulltime student status unless approved for a vacation quarter or for fewer credits after talking with an international advisor.

Part-time Student – A student who is taking less than 12 credit hours of classes during a quarter.

Prerequisite – A course that must be taken or other requirement that must be met before scheduling a particular course.

Semester – Parts of the academic year. CSCC courses run on the the Semester calendar system with 2 sections of 15 or 16 weeks for the Spring and Autumn Semesters and a shorter Summer session.

Registration – The process of selecting courses, choosing sections by day and hour, enrolling in classes and paying tuition and fees. Students may register in person, by phone or using CougarWeb.

Student Mail – CSCC’s email system for students. CSCC sends important messages concerning fees, deadlines, and campus news through Student mail.