Learning the lingo is super helpful as your teen begins learning college credit. Here are a few “admissions” terms that will get you up to speed on and on the same page with your teen’s target college.
Dual enrollment student (during high school)
A high school student who is not a candidate for a degree and who cannot be classified by academic level, although taking courses in regular classes with other students. (NOTE: dual enrollment student can still earn degrees while not being formally classified as degree candidates)
First-time freshman (after high school)
A new student who has no college credits prior to the immediately previous summer sessions, or who has only college credits taken while still a high school student.
Transfer applicant (after high school)
A student who, after high school graduation and prior to the immediately previous summer session, has been enrolled in another post-secondary institution before enrolling at this college.
Special student / Transient Student (after high school)
A student who is not a candidate for a degree and who cannot be classified by academic level, although taking courses in regular classes with other students.
Classification of Students (after high school)
At the beginning of each semester, all students are officially classified by the Office of the Registrar. Class standing is based on
- Freshman 0-29.99 credit hours
- Sophomore 30-59.99 credit hours
- Junior 60-89.99 credit hours
- Senior 90 or more credit hours
Full-time (after high school)
A student enrolled in 12 or more semester credit hours
Part-time (after high school)
A student enrolled in 1-11 semester credit hours