Since this college thing is completely new to some of you, I thought it might be a good idea to let you in on some of the college lingo. People who work for colleges will often throw around words you’ve never heard before, and expect you to know what they mean. This can sometimes create problems when you think they mean something entirely different from what their intention was. In addition, each college has slang terms for many policies and procedures, and you will need to be aware of what they are. This information might be particularly useful to print and keep for a while, so feel free to do that, if you like. Anyway, the following is simply a list of college terms I think you will find useful. It is written by a good friend of mine, Mr. Bill Etheredge, and he has used it with his high school students for many years.
Bill Etheredge has been in the field of Education for more than 30 years, 18 as band director and more than 15 as high school counselor. He is currently High School Counselor at The Colony High School in The Colony, Texas. In addition, he served as President of Band Boosters and Senior Advisor to the Band Alumni Association of his former school, Ardmore High School, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Counseling from East Central University, in Ada, Oklahoma. A number of Mr. Etheredge’s college preparation materials are used statewide in Oklahoma by High School and Vocational /Technical School Counselors.
Academic Advisor/Counselor – This person will help you select the correct courses, review the course requirements in the field you have selected to pursue and help you with any academic problems you may encounter. At some institutions, academic advisement is conducted by faculty as part of their job duties. Other institutions may designate specific staff as academic counselors.