BSU Academic Glossary
Academic Achievement Center (AAC) – The AAC is an
academic resource center at Bridgewater State University located on the ground
floor of the Maxwell Library. The office
comprises Academic Advising, Academic Coaching, Learning Assistance (including
individual and small-group tutoring), the Disability Resources Office, and the
Testing Center. The mission of the AAC
is to empower students to access, discover, and achieve. Also known as: The happiest place on
Academic Advisor – An Academic Advisor is someone who
can serve as a resource for you during your time at the University. During the second week of classes, all
incoming freshmen are assigned an Academic Advisor in the Academic Achievement
Center for at least their first semester at Bridgewater State University. Common advising conversations cover topics
such as: college success skills and strategies, referrals to campus resources, course
selection and clearance for registration, major exploration, and graduation
timelines. If you have any question
about college, however, you can go to your Advisor for help. You can find the name of your Academic
Advisor at the top of your Degree Works Degree Audit.
Academic Calendar – A list of important University dates
and deadlines including things like campus holidays, Add/Drop deadlines,
Withdrawal deadlines, etc. Available on
the Registrar’s website.
Academic Coach – Academic Coaches are experts on what
it takes to be successful in college. All
students are welcome to meet with an Academic Coach to discuss general skills
and strategies to improve their academic outlook. Common areas of discussion in coaching
include: time management, study skills, note-taking, and test-taking
strategies. Academic Coaches work in the
AAC, and appointments can be made through Accudemia.
Academic Dismissal – If a student is not able to
maintain a satisfactory GPA during their time at BSU, they may be academically
dismissed from the University. Dismissal
can last one semester or one year depending on the student’s academic history. For
more details, consult the University Catalog or your academic advisor.
Academic Probation – If a student has a cumulative
GPA below 2.0, they may be placed on Academic Probation depending on their
number of earned credit hours. Students on Academic Probation may only register
for a maximum of 13 credits in a semester, and they may be restricted from
certain extracurricular activities.
Students who are on probation are expected to use academic resources
(e.g. coaching, tutoring, etc.) to improve their GPAs and return to Good
Academic Standing. Students who do not
return to Good Academic Standing may be dismissed from the University. For more details, consult the University Catalog or your academic advisor.
Academic Standing – Academic Standing is an
assessment of student progress toward their degree. Progress is tracked based on number of
completed credits and GPA. There are four
Academic Standing levels: Good Academic Standing, Academic Warning, Academic
Probation, and Academic Dismissal. See the
other entries, as well as the University Catalog, for details on these different levels.
Academic Warning – Students with a cumulative GPA
between 2.0 and 2.19 are placed on Academic Warning. This status should serve as a notice to
students that they should reconsider their academic strategies and utilize
campus resources to improve their GPAs. For more details, consult the University Catalog or your academic advisor.
Accommodations – Accommodations are academic and
campus supports available to some students based on documented medical or
psychological conditions. Common
accommodations include extended testing time, private testing location, and use
of assistive technology. Students
seeking accommodations should contact the Disability Resources Office (DRO) in
Accudemia – Accudemia is an online scheduling
system. Students can use Accudemia to
schedule appointments with Academic Advisors, Academic Coaches, and Tutors in
the AAC. For more information and
instructions, visit the AAC’s website.
Add (a class) – To register for a class and thereby
add it to your schedule. Students can
only add classes during scheduled registration periods.
Add/Drop Period – An Add/Drop Period takes place at
the beginning of each academic term and may last for 1 day up to 1 week
depending on the term. During this time,
students may continue to make adjustments to their schedules by adding and
dropping classes. Consult the Registrar's Website for specific dates.
Asynchronous Class – An online class that has no defined meeting time. Students must complete assignments by their deadlines, but are not required to be present for online instructions/work at regularly scheduled times.
Banner ID – An 8-digit ID number unique to each
student. The Banner ID is often used to
identify students on University paperwork and when accessing academic records.
Blackboard – Blackboard is the online learning
management system used at BSU. Students
can access coursework, submit assignments, track their grades, participate in
discussion boards, and have live, virtual classroom experiences through
Blackboard. All classes have access to
Blackboard, although it is used most heavily in Online and Hybrid classes. Blackboard is accessible through the Student Portal.
Bookings – Bookings is a Microsoft application
available through Office365. All
students with a Bridgewater email address have access to Office365 and
Bookings. New students will use Bookings
to make an appointment with an advisor after they complete their first course
registration. For more information and
instructions on Bookings, review the AAC’s orientation website.
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Career Services – The Career Services office helps
students develop the skills needed to transition from college to the working
world. The counselors in Career Services
can help you write your first resume, prepare for a final round of interviews,
and everything in between. They’ll even
help you explore different careers and majors if you’re not sure where to
start. Visit them early in your college
career in room 104 of the RCC.
Core Curriculum – The Core Curriculum was developed
to serve as the academic foundation that all BSU students build on to complete
their degree. It includes a distribution
of general education coursework that allows students a wide choice of classes.
It is composed of four main areas: skill requirements, seminars, distribution
requirements, and requirements within the major. The core requirements can be reviewed on your
Degree Works Degree Audit.
Corequisite – A Corequisite is any requirement that
must be completed before or at the same time as a certain course in order for a
student to be eligible to take that course.
Corequisites may be different classes, grades, class-standings, majors,
or GPA minimums. One common example is
that a student must take ACFI100 during the same semester as ACFI101, so ACFI101
is a corequisite of ACFI100. Labs are
also often corequisites for science lecture courses. Corequisites are listed in Infobear as well
as the University Catalog.
Counseling Center – The Counseling Center offers
mental health support to all students at BSU.
Counselors are available by appointment, and they also offer walk-in
counseling whenever the office is open.
The Counseling Center is located in the Health Services office in
Course Description – A Course Description is a
detailed description of a class.
Reviewing it will give you a sense of the material the course will
cover, as well as some of the learning outcomes. Course descriptions for all classes are
available in the University Catalog, as well as through the Infobear and DegreeWorks course searches.
Course Fee – A Course Fee is a fee that must be paid
in addition to the standard tuition and fees in order to take certain
classes. These fees often cover additional
materials or infrastructure required to hold a course. One is example is the $100 fee required for
all fully-online courses. If a class has
an associated Course Fee, it should be listed in the Infobear course
description. For more information on Course Fees view the FAQ on the Student Accounts website.
Course Number – The Course Number is an alphanumeric
code consisting of four letters and 3 numbers that differentiates one course
from another. For example, the course
number for Introductory Psychology is PSYC100.
The Course Number is used for registration purposes, and also listed on
course schedules and academic transcripts.
Credit – Students are awarded college credits for completing
classes. For each hour per week that a
class meets, one credit is awarded. Most
classes at BSU are 3-credit classes. The
amount of tuition and fees students pay is also based on the number of credits
they take. Students must earn 120
credits in order to meet the credit requirement for the Bachelor’s degree at
Credit Overload – Students may register for a maximum
of 18 credits in a Fall or Spring semester or 12 credits in a Summer semester. Registering for more than those amounts puts
the student in credit overload.
Permission from a Dean is required before a student can be in credit
overload. Additionally, the Fall/Spring
full-time rate for tuition and fees only covers students from 12-17
credits. Students who register for more
than 17 credits must also pay additional tuition and fees per credit.
CRN – A CRN, or Course Registration Number, is a
unique five-digit number assigned to each section offered in a term. For example, the CRN for ENGL101-003 might be
91752 while the CRN for ENGL101-007 might be 91759. The CRN is used to register for classes.
Cumulative GPA – The Cumulative GPA is the grade
point average calculated based on all classes a student has attempted at
Bridgewater State University. Students
must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate (although some
programs require higher GPAs).
Dean’s List – The Dean’s List is published at the end
of each semester to honor the academic achievement of full-time, degree-seeking
undergraduate students. A 3.3 GPA for
the semester is required with a minimum of 12 credits earned and no grades of “incomplete”
in order to earn Dean’s List honors.
Degree Audit – The Degree Audit is a useful way to
track your progress toward your degree. It
is a comprehensive list of all the academic requirements you need to meet in
order to graduate. That includes general
credit and GPA requirements, Core Curriculum requirements, and Major (and
minor, if applicable) requirements. The
Degree Audit also lists your progress toward those requirements, including any
requirements that are in progress or completed.
Your degree audit is available through Degree Works which you can access
Degree Planner – The Degree Plan is a way to plot out
your degree requirements over time so you can get a picture of how long it will
take you to graduate and which classes you should take each semester. The plan is customizable and can be changed
as needed. The Degree Plan is available
through Degree Works which you can access using Infobear.
Degree Works – Degree Works is an online application
that gives students multiple ways to track and explore different degree
requirements. It includes the Degree
Audit, the Degree Plan, and What-If Degree Audits to allow students to explore
different majors. It is accessible
Disability Resources Office – See Student Accessibility Services.
Double Dipping – Double Dipping is an expression used
to denote one class that can satisfy multiple degree requirements. For example, Intro to Cultural Anthropology
(ANTH100) counts toward three different Core requirements: Global Culture,
Multiculturalism, and Social/Behavioral Science.
Double Major – A student can earn a double major if
they complete all the major requirements from two separate areas. Doing a double major may mean that a student
earns more than 120 credits. Some
majors, like Elementary Education, require a second major as part of their
Double Minor – A student can earn a double minor if
they complete all the minor requirements from two separate areas.
Drop (a class) – When you drop a class, it is removed
completely from your schedule and transcript as if you had never been
registered for it. You are no longer
required to pay for any classes that are dropped from your schedule. Drops are only allowed during open
registration periods and the Add/Drop period.
Elective – An Elective is a class that earns credits,
but that does not count toward any specific degree requirement. Students will need to take Electives to make
sure they earn the 120 required credits for their degrees when the number of
credits earned through their Major and Core requirements do not add up to 120.
Emerging Scholars Programs – The Emerging Scholars programs is a group of programs run by the AAC designed to assist students on academic probation. The programs include regular advising meetings and access to AAC and campus resources. Emerging Scholars programs include the Freshman Grade Point Recovery (FGPR) program and the Summit program.
Evening Class – Any class that begins after 4 p.m. on
a weekday or meets on a weekend is considered an Evening Class. These classes are offered by the College of Continuing Studies. Evening Classes have a different pay
structure. If a student is registered
for more than 12 credits, and any of their credits are from Evening classes,
they will be required to pay additional credits beyond the standard full-time
Faculty Advisor – Faculty Advisors are Academic
Advisors who are also faculty members in a department at BSU and have teaching
(and possibly research) duties in addition to advising duties. Students with declared majors move on to a
Faculty Advisor within their chosen academic department after their first
semester or year (depending on major) at BSU.
FERPA – FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights
and Privacy Act. It is a Federal law
that ensures adult students have the right to privacy when it comes to their
educational records. Generally, it means
that University officials are not allowed to share student information with
outside parties (including parents) without written permission from the student. Written permission can also be required for
parents to sit in on academic meetings with students. For more information about FERPA and
available release paperwork, please visit the Registrar’s website.
Financial Aid – Financial Aid is funding given to
students by outside sources to help pay for college expenses. Financial Aid comes in many forms like
grants, loans, scholarships, and stipends.
Some financial aid (i.e. loans) must be paid back after college. The most common Financial Aid is federal
financial aid provided by the federal government. In order to be eligible for
federal financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA application each
year. For help with or questions about
financial aid, check in with the Financial Aid office, located in the Welcome
Center on campus.
First Year Seminar (FYS) – The First Year Seminar
(FYS) requirement consists of a writing-intensive class that helps hone
students’ critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. It must be completed within the first 24
credits of a student’s college experience as part of the Core Curriculum
requirements. FYS classes are offered
across a variety of different subjects at BSU, and students may take their FYS
class from any of those subjects, regardless of major. Students may only complete one FYS class for
credit. All FYS classes have a 199
Freshman Grade Point Recovery (FGPR) Program – The FGPR program is designed to provide an academic support system to students in their first year who are on academic probation. Students in the FGPR program are assigned an academic advisor and an academic coach in the AAC and have regular meetings with both throughout the semester. The goal of the program is to give students the skills and resources they need to get back into good academic standing as soon as possible. The FGPR program is part of the Emergring Scholars group of programs run by the AAC.
Full-Time Student – A student who is registered for
12 or more credits in a Fall or Spring semester is considered a Full-Time
Student. A student may need to be
full-time to meet eligibility requirements for things like University
athletics, financial aid coverage, visa status, and more. Full-Time students are charged the full-time
rate for tuition and fees.
Full-Time Tuition – BSU currently charges a flat rate
of tuition and fees for students who are registered between 12 and 17 credits
in the Fall and Spring semesters. Students
registered for fewer than 12 credits pay less than this full-time rate;
students registered for more than 17 credits pay more than this full-time
rate. Additional exceptions to the
full-time rate include fees for Evening Classes and additional Course Fees like
the $100 Online Class fee. For more information on the full-time tuition rate, visit the University Catalog.
Good Academic Standing – In order for a student to
maintain Good Academic Standing, their cumulative GPA must be at a minimum of
2.0. Good Academic Standing is required
to maintain eligibility for things like graduation, University Athletics,
extracurriculars, and more. For more information on Good Academic Standing, visit the University Catalog.
Grade Point Average (GPA) – The GPA indicates the student’s
overall academic average. It’s
calculated by taking the average (mean) of the numerical value of each grade a
student has earned. Grades are weighted
by the number of credits each class is worth.
BSU operates on a 0.0 - 4.0 scale (0.0 = F, 1.0 = D, 2.0 = C, 3.0 = B,
4.0 = A). Different GPAs are calculated
to determine the Cumulative GPA, Major GPA, and Semester GPA. If you have questions about GPA or GPA calculations,
please consult and advisor.
Health Insurance Waiver – All BSU undergraduate students
who register for 9 or more credits in a semester are automatically enrolled in
the University’s health insurance plan because they are required to have health
insurance coverage. Students who already
have outside coverage may complete a waiver to be removed from the University’s
plan so they do not have to pay the extra fee.
The waiver is available online through the Student Accounts Office.
Hold – Students may have a hold placed on their record for not fulfilling certain obligations to the University. Some reasons for holds include outstanding tuition bills and overdue library materials. Holds are listed in the top section of the Degree Audit. If a student has a hold, they must contact the office that placed the hold in order to resolve it. Holds and the associated offices are listed in the top section of the Degree Audit. Students will not be able to register for classes or adjust their schedules until all holds are resolved.
– Bridgewater State University offers
some courses each semester designated as Honors courses.
These courses have smaller class sizes,
require more classroom discussion, and offer greater interaction with faculty
than other courses.
Students in the
Commonwealth Honors Program are required to earn credits from Honors courses in
order complete the program.
courses are denoted by an H in the section number (e.g. SOCI199-H01).
Only students in the Honors program
to register for Honors courses.
Hybrid Class – A Hybrid Class is like a combination
of a traditional in-person class and an online (web) class. Some class meetings are required, but some of
the work is also conducted in an online setting. The ratio of in-person to online classwork
may vary depending on the class. Hybrid
classes are denoted by an X in the section number (e.g. HIST222-X01).
Infobear – Infobear is the online resource students
can use to review their University records and information. Students can access academic, financial, and
personal information in Infobear.
Students also use Infobear to search and register for classes each
semester. Infobear can be accessed from
the BSU Student Portal.
Intersession – The Intersession is a brief, two and a
half week period in early January during which some courses are offered at
BSU. Most Intersession courses are
offered online. Because the Intersession
period is so short, classes must move at a very fast pace. Students are not recommended to take more
than one class during the Intersession.
The Intersession is considered part of the Spring semester.
Intranet – The Intranet is the University’s internal
website. All departments at BSU have an
Intranet page with more information about departmental resources. The Campus Directory is also available on the Intranet so you can look up contact information for faculty and staff. If you have a question about something at
BSU, you can likely find more information about it using the Intranet. The Intranet can be accessed from the BSU
Lab – A lab is a paired section of a course that
often includes hands-on, experiential coursework. Many science classes have labs attached to
them (e.g. BIOL100 and BIOL100L), but other subjects may have labs, too. Most labs are worth an additional 1 credit on
top of the standard 3 credits of a course.
If a course has an attached lab, students are required to register for
both the lecture (class) and the lab together.
Infobear should note if a lab is required and if a specific lab section
is required based on the lecture section chosen. Labs are denoted by an L at the end of the course
number (e.g. CHEM131L).
Major – A Major is a focused area of study centered
around a specific subject. Each major
has its own set of required coursework.
Some majors may also have GPA and/or experiential learning
requirements. All students at BSU are
required to complete a major in order to graduate.
Major GPA – The Major GPA is the grade point average
calculated based on all coursework completed within a student’s major subject
area (e.g. the Major GPA for a Psychology Major is calculated based on their
grades in PSYC classes). Some majors
require a specific minimum GPA as part of the major requirements.
Minor – A Minor is a focused area of study centered
around a specific subject. Each minor
has its own set of required coursework, but those requirements are not as
extensive as the requirements for a major.
Most minors require students to complete about 6 courses. Students are not required to complete a minor
in order to graduate.
Night Class – see Evening Class.
Official Transcript – An Official Transcript is a
sealed version of a student’s complete academic record at an academic
institution. It includes all coursework
attempted, as well as all grades, credit, and GPA information. Official Transcripts are usually required as
part of an application to transfer to another school or to attend
graduate/professional school. In order for a transcript to be considered
official, it must be submitted in a way that affirms it has not been tampered
with. Usually this is done via
sealed/signed envelope, but some institutions can also submit Official
Transcripts electronically. To
obtain/submit an Official Transcript from BSU, contact the Registrar’s Office
or visit their website.
Online Class – An Online Class is a class in which
the course instruction and assignments are completed online rather than in a
traditional in-person setting. Online
classes at BSU are also known as “web” classes.
Some online classes are done asynchronously, which means students aren’t
required to be online at a specific time.
Online classes offer convenience, but also require students to have
strong time management skills and be comfortable with independent work. Online classes at BSU all have an extra $100
fee associated with them.
Paired Section – A Paired Section is a specific
section of a class that is required to be taken alongside another class. Paired Sections may be labs or tutorials that
provide additional enrichment or support to enhance the coursework. Paired Sections are denoted in Infobear and
often have the same section number as the required course. For example, the paired section for
ENGL101E-003 might be ENGL144-003. If a class
has a paired section, you will not be able to register for a different section
of the pair.
Part-Time Student – A Part-Time Student is a student
who is registered for fewer than 12 credits (but more than 0 credits) in a Fall
or Spring semester. Part-Time students
may not be eligible for certain University extracurriculars, and part-time
status might change a student’s financial aid eligibility. Part-Time students are charged tuition and
fees on a per-credit basis.
PIN – At BSU, the PIN (Personal Identification
Number), is a password used in conjunction with the Banner ID to sign in to
Placement Testing – Students Complete placement
testing in English and Math to determine what is the most appropriate level for
them to start at BSU in each of those subjects.
English placement testing is completed through an essay that students
submit online before enrolling. Math
placement testing can be completed by submission of SAT scores or by taking a
Math Placement Test through BSU. Advisors
help students interpret placement test scores to determine appropriate classes
Pre-Advising Workshop (PAW) – The Pre-AdvisingWorkshop (PAW) is an online orientation session conducted by a student
Orientation Leader. The purpose of the
PAW is to introduce BSU and basic advising and registration concepts to
students to help prepare them for their first semester at the University.
Prerequisite – A Prerequisite is any requirement that
must be completed before a student can take a certain course. Prerequisites may be different classes,
grades, class-standings, majors, or GPA minimums. A common example is that a student must
complete PSYC100 before they take PSYC230.
Prerequisites are listed in Infobear as well as the University Catalog.
Quarter – A Quarter term is approximately half a
semester long. In the Fall and Spring
semesters, BSU offers Quarter classes in the first and second halves of the semester. Because they don’t have as many individual
class sessions, Quarter classes are either offered for fewer than 3 credits or
at a faster pace.
Register – To Register is to add classes to your
schedule for any term. Students register
themselves for classes online at BSU under the guidance of an academic advisor.
Registrar’s Office – The Registrar’s Office maintains
academic records for the University.
This includes student transcripts, registration information, final exam
schedules, and dates/deadlines for academic procedures (e.g. graduation, course
withdrawals, etc.). You can visit their
website for information on important academic deadlines and for required forms
related to registration, transcripts, and more.
Registration Clearance – Each semester, students need
to be cleared to register for their classes by their academic advisor. Before their first semester, this happens
automatically. In subsequent semesters,
students must discuss their schedule choices with their advisor before they can
get registration clearance.
Registration Hold – See Hold
Second Year Seminar (SYS) – The purpose of SYS is to
engage students in a specific academic area of interest and provide them with
the opportunity to reinforce, share, and interpret knowledge, potentially
through engagement with the outside world.
SYS classes are offered across a variety of subjects, and students may
take any SYS regardless of major. Students
must complete one SYS as part of the Core Curriculum, and only one SYS may be
taken for credit at BSU. SYS classes
with a 298 course number are speaking-intensive; courses with a 299 course
number are writing intensive.
Section – When there is high demand for a course at
BSU, multiple Sections of the same course are offered. Each section will meet at a different time
and may have a different teacher, but the same course material will be covered,
so the students will all meet the same learning outcomes and get credit for the
Section Number – Each section has its own Section Number
to differentiate it from other sections of the same course. The Section Number is a three-digit code that
follows the course number (e.g. in PSYC100-003, the Section Number is
003). Section Numbers may include
letters to designate variations on how the course is taught. For example, a Section Number with a W will
be a Web course, and a Section Number with an H will be an Honors course.
Semester – A semester is an academic term of about 15
weeks during which BSU is open for academic courses. There are Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
Semester GPA - The Semester GPA is the grade point
average calculated based on all coursework completed within a given
Semester. The Semester GPA is used to
determine which students are eligible for the Dean’s List.
Single Sign On – Single Sign On is a protocol through
which one username/password can be used to access multiple different password-protected
areas online. BSU uses Single Sign On to
allow students, faculty, and staff to access Email, campus computers, Office365
utilities, Infobear, and more. The
username/password used for Single Sign On is your BSU email username/password.
Speaking Intensive – Speaking Intensive courses at
BSU are courses that require students to complete a large amount of their coursework
through oral assessments (e.g. speeches, presentations, discussions,
etc.). Students may complete one
Speaking Intensive course as part of the Core Curriculum. Second Year Seminar courses with course
numbers of 298 are Speaking Intensive.
Student Accessibility Services – Student Accessibility Services is a
resource office in the AAC dedicated to assisting students with documented
medical, psychological, and other conditions so they can obtain accommodations to
support them during their time at BSU. Common
accommodations include extended testing time, private testing locations, and
access to assistive technology. They
welcome students to contact them with questions about and assistance with the
Student Portal – The Student Portal is an online site
through which BSU students can access online records and utilities including
email, the Intranet, Blackboard, and more.
Summit Program – The Summit program is an individualized advising and academic support program designed to help readmitted students on their path to success upon return to Bridgewater State University. All readmitted students with a GPA below 2.0 and students saved by the Academic Standards Committee appeal process are required to participate in the Summit program. The program includes an orientation, regular advising meetings, and semester planning, and is designed to reacquaint students with graduation requirements and university policies while also providing academic support throughout the semester. The Summit Program is part of the Emerging Scholars group of programs run by the AAC.
Syllabus – A course Syllabus is a document that lists
important information about a course including course expectations,
assignments, due dates, required materials, instructor contact information, and
learning outcomes. You should review the
Syllabi for all of your classes at the beginning of each semester and consult
them when you have a question about any course requirements or procedures.
Synchronous Class – An online class that DOES have defined meeting times. Students are expected to be present online at the times listed on the schedule. Instructors should explain to students how they are expected to be present for the class (e.g. Zoom, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Blackboard Collaborate, etc.).
Teams – Teams is a Microsoft application that facilitates
contact between members of the BSU community through text, audio, and video
chats/meetings. Advisors in the AAC use
Teams to work with students when an in-person meeting is not possible. Teams can be accessed and/or downloaded from
Office365 by anyone with a BSU email.
More information on how to download and use Teams is available on the
Transcript – A Transcript is a full account of your
academic record at an institution. It
includes course information, grades, credit counts, and GPA for all attempted
coursework. Transcripts are available in
Official and Unofficial forms.
Tuition and Fees – Tuition and Fees make up the cost
of your bill for academic courses.
Tuition rates are set by the state, and Fees are set by the individual
institution. Fees generally make up the
majority of a student bill. It is
important to note that when a student’s “Tuition” is paid for by a particular
scholarship, that does not mean that the Fees will also be covered. For a full breakdown of Tuition and Fees at
BSU, review the University Catalog or contact the Student Accounts Office.
Tutoring – Tutoring is an academic activity through
which students receive support from content experts in a subject area. Tutors may be students who are successful
veterans of a course, or even faculty members.
The AAC offers one-on-one and small group tutoring in multiple different
subjects, on a drop-in and an appointment basis, at no extra cost to
University Catalog – The University Catalog is the
document that outlines all rules, regulations, policies, procedures, fees,
courses of study, course descriptions, and academic requirements of an
institution. The BSU catalog is
available online at https://catalog.bridgew.edu.
Unofficial Transcript – An Unofficial Transcript is a
full account of your academic record at an institution, but it is not sealed or
certified as official. Unofficial
Transcripts may be available online through a student information system, or
printed as an unofficial record. If a
sealed, Official Transcript is opened by a student, it immediately becomes
Unofficial. Unofficial Transcripts are
useful informational documents, but Official Transcripts are usually required
for applications to transfer or to graduate/professional school.
Web Class – see Online Class
Withdraw – Students may Withdraw from a class after
the end of the Add/Drop period. When you
Withdraw from a class, the course remains on your record and you receive a W
grade. The W grade does not count toward
your GPA. Students may Withdraw from
individual classes by filling out a form at the Registrar’s Office, or from the
full semester by meeting with an Advisor in the AAC. If you Withdraw from a class, you are still
responsible for paying for some or all course tuition/fees. Withdrawals can also potentially affect Financial
Aid, NCAA, health insurance, and international visa eligibility. There is a Withdrawal deadline each semester,
after which Withdrawals are only possible by appeal. Check the Academic Calendar to find out when
the Withdrawal deadline is each semester.
Writing Intensive - Writing Intensive courses at BSU
are courses that require students to complete a large amount of their
coursework through written assessments (e.g. papers). Students are required to complete a minimum
of 2 Writing Intensive courses as part of the Core Curriculum. All First Year Seminar courses, and all Second
Year Seminar courses with course numbers of 299 are considered Writing