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NSU Lingo

  • Academic Advisor: A member of the NSU staff who assists students with registration and degree planning.
  • Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center: Our campus library (the largest library in the state of Florida) has study rooms, computer labs, and the West End Ave Deli.
  • Bachelor's Degree: An undergraduate degree earned after completing over 120 hours of coursework.
  • CLC: The Cultural Living Center. Apartment style residence hall; reserved for upperclassmen with a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • The Commons: A suite-style upperclassmen residence hall; reserved for undergraduate students with a minimum of 31 credit hours.
  • Community Fest: NSU's largest yearly celebration of community, filled with food, fun, and games!
  • Course Catalog: An online resource for students containing university policies and degree plan descriptions for each academic department.
  • Core: Course requirements in four areas including English, the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Math.
  • Credit Hour: Credit given for attending one lecture hour of class each week for 8 or 16 weeks or equivalent.
  • Dean: The highest officer of a division, college, or school.
  • Degree: A certificate of completion in a course of study.
  • Degree Plan: A specific list of required courses and electives to be completed for a degree.
  • Department: A specific area of study.
  • DeSantis : Short for Carl DeSantis; an academic building that is home to the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship and Einstein Bros Bagels.
  • Elective: A class that a student chooses to take that is not required.
  • FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid; must be completed to receive any financial aid.
  • Farquhar (see Founders and Vettel, also): Apartment style residence hall; reserved for upperclassmen with a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • FERPA: Family Education Rights and Privacy Act; in accordance with FERPA, NSU ensures the confidentiality of student records. Students must provide written consent to release their information to another individual; including parents, guardians, and family members.
  • Flight Deck: A popular place on campus for students to meet, greet, and grab a snack.
  • Founders (see Farquhar and Vettel, also): Apartment style residence hall; reserved for upperclassmen with a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • Freshman: A student who has completed 0 to 29 hours of college credit.
  • Full Time: Taking twelve or more credit hours per semester for undergraduate students.
  • Goodwin: Our traditional style, first year residence hall.
  • Gold Circle Lake: Sitting between the Alvin Sherman Library and the Horvitz Administration Building, Gold Circle Lake is home to one of our beloved homecoming activities; Anything that Floats Raft Race.
  • Grant: Financial assistance that does not require repayment.
  • HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; as outlined in HIPAA, NSU ensures the confidentiality of student medical records.
  • Hollywood-Mailman: An NSU building that is home to the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences academic advising.
  • HPD: Health Professions Division; located on the north end of campus, HPD is home to the NSU Pharmacy and the Student Medical Center, as well as several other clinics available to students.
  • Huizenga: Short for H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, set in the Carl DeSantis Building.
  • Internship : A job in a student's field of study; may be required in some academic programs and may include salary and/or college credit.
  • Junior: A student who has completed 60 to 89 college credit hours.
  • Major: A student's concentrated field of study.
  • Master's Degree: A graduate degree that usually requires two or more years of study beyond the Bachelor's Degree.
  • Medicinal Garden : Renovated in Spring of 2010, the Medicinal Garden is NSU's peaceful backyard get-away; conveniently located just east of the Parker Patio.
  • Minor: A student's secondary field of study.
  • NSU Calendar of Events : A university-wide schedule for campus events.
  • OL (Orientation Leader) : A student leader and your student's first connection at NSU. For all students who come through a Shark Frenzy orientation program, their OL remains a vital resource for them throughout the year.
  • One Stop Shop: Located in the Horvitz Administration Building, the One Stop Shop is a place for students to request transcripts from the Registrar, pay their account balance with the Bursar, and pick up their parking decal, among other services.
  • Parker: An academic building that is also home to Public Safety and the Office of Academic Services.
  • Parker Patio: Located on the east end of Parker, this is a great place for students to catch up and hang out after class.
  • The Pit: Located on the south end of the Don Taft University Center, the Pit extends from the main food court and is great area for programming events or meeting up with friends.
  • Prerequisite: A course that must be taken prior to enrollment in another class.
  • Project S.E.R.V.E.: A volunteer initiative led by the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. S.E.R.V.E. stands for Student Enrichment Reinforced through Volunteer Experiences.
  • The Quad: The area between Parker and the Alvin Sherman Library, used for major events and home to the festive sidewalk displaying NSU's numerous clubs and organizations.
  • RA (Resident Assistant) : A student leader living on a floor in the residence halls to help build community through programming.
  • RadioX: Broadcasting on 88.5 FM, RadioX is the only college radio station in Broward County. RadioX also streams live online.
  • Razor : Our sharp-toothed mascot!
  • RecPlex : Located in the Don Taft University Center, the RecPlex offers exercise equipment, group exercise classes, and an indoor two-story rock climbing wall, just to name a few amenities.
  • Registration: Enrollment in classes through WebStar
  • RSA (Residential Student Association): The governing board for residential students. The RSA plans large-scale programming throughout the year and is always looking for new members!
  • Rolling Hills: Studio apartment style residence hall; reserved for graduate students.
  • Scholarship: Financial assistance based on merit that does not require repayment.
  • Senior: An undergraduate student who has completed 90 or more hours or college credit.
  • Sharkapalooza: A welcome back celebration for students, filled with food, entertainment, and the opportunity to meet dozens of student clubs and organizations.
  • Shark Card: All students, faculty, and staff are required to carry the NSU Card for identification purposes. Your student's NSU ID card allows them access to all campus events, parking facilities, as well as their meal plan.
  • Shark Cup Challenge: As part of the Shark Frenzy orientation program, the action-packed Shark Cup Challenge affords bragging rights to incoming freshman based on their skills in a variety of team-orientated tasks.
  • Shark FINS: A weekly online newsletter to let students know about NSU events.
  • Shark Frenzy: Our incoming student orientation experience.
  • Shark Fountain: A major campus landmark; our 17-foot tall mako shark sculpture sits in a 10-foot high fountain in front of the Don Taft University Center. No visit to NSU's campus is complete without a picture in front of the Shark Fountain.
  • SharkLink : A web portal that allows a student to access their NSU email, account information, and grades all in one place.
  • Shark Tank: A nickname for The Arena at the Don Taft University Center, home to several Shark athletic teams.
  • Sophomore: A student who has completed 30 to 59 college credit hours.
  • Student Employment : An NSU funded program that allows students to work on campus.
  • STUEYS : The Student Life Achievement Awards. Held in the Spring, the STUEYS honor students, faculty, staff, corporate partners and alumni who have contributed to building a greater sense of community and campus life, and exemplify scholarship, leadership, involvement, service, commitment, integrity and inclusion.
  • SUTV : Sharks United Television (Channel 96 on-campus); promotes campus events and acts as a movie channel to students living on campus.
  • Tuition : Cost of courses, not including certain fees.
  • UC : Nickname for the Don Taft University Center.
  • UPP: University Park Plaza. Located on University Drive, UPP is home to the NSU bookstore, student counseling, as well as the Office of Undergraduate Student Success.
  • Vettel (see Farquhar and Founders, also) : Apartment style residence hall; reserved for upperclassmen with a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • Web-based Classes: Classes held on the internet though Blackboard instead of in a traditional classroom.
  • Work Study Program: A federal financial aid program that allows students to work on campus.
  • WOW (Weeks of Welcome) : The first couple of weeks of the school year are jammed packed with events and activities to meet other students.
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