Worcester State University
Adult Learner





Add/Drop:  During the first two weeks of classes, you have the option of adding or dropping out of any class.  (You better hurry, classes fill up quickly.)  Current students and transfers go through WebAdvisor or the Registrar.  New freshmen (first semester only) and probation students go through the Academic Success Center.


Advisor:  A student is assigned a faculty member from his/her major department to serve as an aid in the selection of courses, changes in schedule, and all other academic matters.  (Students need to go to the department for advisor.)


Blackboard:  WSU’s online classroom.  Accessible through the Community System.


Bursar:  The MONEY PEOPLE!  Any financial transactions pertaining to the college (i.e., tuition bill, fees) are conducted by this office.


Consortium:  The Worcester area colleges have joined together and now share facilities such as libraries and gymnasiums.  Also, you are allowed to take courses at other colleges without paying additional tuition.  Free shuttles transport the students to the different colleges.  Look into this fantastic opportunity.


Credits:  Hours earned by successfully completing a course and its requirements. 


College Catalog:  A book that outlines the University's policies, procedures and deadlines, along with the requirements and courses within each program of study. 

Community System:
  WSU’s platform to student’s individual accounts.  Announcements, Blackboard, WSU Gmail, OneCard add-ons, WebAdvisor, and more are accessed here.

Curriculum Guide/Tick Sheet:
  A form outlining all requirements for the University specific to each major.  The ASC has electronic and paper copies of each major.  Each department its major(s) curriculum guides.


Deadlines:  Pay attention to these important dates.  You will have deadlines to meet for admissions, financial aid, pass/fail, withdrawal, and papers due for courses.  Check the academic calendar for other important deadline dates.


Distribution Courses: These courses will provide you with a general knowledge of various fields.  Distribution courses are part of graduation requirements. 


Elective:  You are allowed to ELECT courses you want to take for credit either in your major or in any other department. 


Faculty Absences:  If a class is canceled due to faculty absence, a notice will be posted outside the Registrar's office G-228A.


F.A.F:  Financial Aid Form.  These forms are available at the Financial Aid office.  Much assistance can be obtained if you submit your forms at the right time.  Contact the Financial Aid office for more details.


Failure Warnings:  After two months, professors are required to issue failure warnings if they feel you are doing poorly.  STUDY to avoid receiving one of these warnings.


Foundation Courses:  The basic requirements needed to complete your degree program.  Most of these courses are taken as a Freshman, so talk with your advisor about these courses.


Final Exams:  At the end of each semester, there is a final exam period where a comprehensive is exam is given.   BURN THE MIDNIGHT OIL AND PUT THE COFFEE POT ON!


FYE:  First Year Experience.  This includes all activities (in the classroom and out) specifically outlined by the University for new freshmen during their first semester.


FYS or FS:  First-Year Seminar.  A three-credit course that is required of all freshmen in their first semester.  This course fulfills a distribution requirement and cannot be take within the student’s major.


G.P.A.:  Grade Point Average.  The average of your grades.  Perfection is achieving a 4.0!  STRIVE!


Internship:  An internship is a form of experiential learning that provides a student with the opportunity to put theory into action and earn credit for it.


LC: Learning Community.  FYS paired with an English Composition course.  Required by freshmen in their first semester.


Major:  The program you select to study for your 4-year undergraduate degree program. 


Matriculate:  Formally accepted into the University and/or major.  All students taking a full-time course load (12 credits or more) must be matriculated. 


No Class:  Turn off the alarm and stay in bed!  In the event of inclement weather, cancellation of class meetings will be announced via public broadcast communication on WTAG (580), WBZ (1030 AM), WKOX (1200 AM), WORC (1310 AM), WEEI (1440 AM) WSRS (96.1 FM) and WXLO (104.5 FM).  The announcement will be made at or before 7:00 a.m. when both day and evening classes are cancelled.  If it is necessary to cancel classes later in the day, the announcement will be made at or before 2:00 p.m. 


OneCard:  School ID.  Also used for debit transactions to purchase food, books, copies, printing and other campus services.


Pass/Fail:  If a course is not in your major, minor or general foundation, you can elect to take pass/fail and it will not be computed into your G.P.A., but you will receive credit. 


Probation:  Not maintaining the minimum GPA required.

  This is the office that keeps your files.  All pass/fails, add/drops, and withdrawals are conducted through this office and copies are kept in your file.  Transcripts are available also.

Student Handbook:
  A comprehensive copy of the University's policies, procedures, resources and services, student’s rights and responsibilities, the student code of conduct, and judicial system.

  An outline of the objectives of the course and a schedule of assignments you are responsible for throughout the semester.  Your professor will hand this out and/or post it on Community System/Blackboard around the first week of class.


Transcript:  A comprehensive copy of all courses taken and grades received.


TPS:  Transfer Program Summary.  Official form from WSU Admissions office stating which courses transfer from other institutions.

  WSU’s online access to information.  Including schedules, transcripts, grades, failure warnings, registration for classes, etc.


Withdraw:  If you decide you do not want to complete a course, you can withdraw from it up to a certain point in the semester.  A "W" is placed on your transcript permanently. 


Work/Study:  A program that provides jobs for students who have financial need so that they can earn part of their educational costs.  Check with Financial Aid for more details.


WSC Gmail:  Your school email account.  Be familiar with it.  Check it. It’s the primary source of information exchange with the University. 

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