Glossary of Terms

Colleges and Universities use a lot of unique terms.  Below is a comprehensive list of frequently used words and definitions to help you better understand the Stockton experience.

Term Definition
Academic Advising

The Office of Academic Advising meets with prospective and current students to discuss curriculum and transfer credit issues. The office also advises students at Stockton who have not yet chosen a major as well as students on academic probation. Located Campus Center Suite 242.

Academic Overload

Undergraduate students may take up to 21 credits each term. Coursework in excess of 21 credits per term is considered an academic overload.

Academic Probation

When the student's term and cumulative average both fall below 2.00, the student is placed on academic probation. While on probation, the student will be required to meet at least once each semester with the Center for Academic Advising, and on a regular basis with the student's preceptor.

Academic Standing

A student's academic standing with the university is put in place to hold students accountable in their studies. In order to stay in good academic standing with the institution, a student needs to recieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. 

Academic Warning

When the term grade-point average is below 2.00, but the cumulative average is still at least a 2.00, the student will receive notification of academic warning on the semester grade report. The student is still considered to be a student in good standing. Once the term average goes back above 2.00, the student is no longer on academic warning.

Accommodations Accommodations are designed to provide equal access for academic success while maintaining the academic standards of the program. When a student self-discloses their disability to the Learning Access Program, they also need to submit dated documentation that identifies the student's diagnosed disability, functional limitations, and suggested accommodations. 
Add/Drop Period Specific deadline dates for the Drop/Add period are outlined in the Academic Calendar. Students have the ability to adjust their schedules through the goStockton portal. Students should log into their student account to complete the transaction. Courses dropped during this period do not appear on the student’s transcript; however, to add a course, students should consult the instructions in the goStockton portal. 
Associate's Degree This is a post secondary degree typically completed at a 2 year institution like a community or junior college. When transfering to Stockton, an Associate's Degree is equivalent to completing the traditional first and second years of a Bachelor's Degree.
At Some Distance At-Some-Distance electives are not free, unrestrictive electives. They are defined as a category only when the student chooses a major program of study. The At-Some-Distance electives provide breadth of study in courses that are in some way unrelated to the students' major program. For example, a Sociology course would be considered At-Some-Distance for a Chemistry major, but as a Cognate for a Psychology major.
Attributes All students must take and pass one course in each of four areas: Arts (A), Historical Consciousness (H), Values/Ethics (V) and International/Multicultural (I). The sole exception is for students already holding the baccalaureate degree; such students are exempt from this and all General Studies requirements. 
Bachelor's Degree An undergraduate academic degree granted typically after four years of study at an institution. At Stockton a Bachelor's Degree requires the completion of a minimum of 128 credits.
Big Blue The Sports Center, also known as "Big Blue", is the home to the main sports arena on campus. Located here are the main courts for both basketball and volleyball as well as a gym that is open to all students.
Bursar The Bursar's Office is the primary manager of student financial information and also provides centralized billing for the university.  They provide accounting, cashiering, billing and collections, loan debt management (Perkins Loan), refunds, dining and debit card and financial reporting services to students. Located in Campus Center Suite 202.
Career Education & Development The mission of Career Education & Development at Stockton University is to educate students and alumni about all phases of the career development process, and guide them through the formulation and implementation of viable educational and career plans. Located in Campus Center Suite 104.
Career Fair Whether students are looking for a full-time position or summer internship, the Career & Internship Fair at Stockton can be a good springboard to help students get started in their search. With 100+ employers set to attend, Career Education & Development looks forward to connecting students with opportunities. Internship opportunities are the best ways to gain hands-on job experience and develop the skills employers seek. 
Class Level

0-31 credits earned: Freshman

32-63 credits earned: Sophomore

64-95 credits earned: Junior

96 + credits earned: Senior

Co-Requesite

These are other courses in which a student must enroll con-currently with a designated course.

Cognate Cognates are courses which are closely related to Program courses in any chosen major. For example, a Sociology course would be a cognate for a Psychology major; a Chemistry course would be a cognate for a Biology major.
Cost of Attendance  The cost of attendance is determined using rules established by law.  The COA includes tuition and fees; on campus room and board (or a housing and food allowance for off-campus students); and an allowance for books and supplies.
Counseling Center

Stockton University's Counseling Center's primary mission is to strengthen student learning by minimizing interruption of the learning process caused by mental health concerns. The Counseling Center offers crisis intervention and counseling, presentation services, professional consultation, and graduate training. The staff is comprised of licensed (or license-eligible) mental health counselors and social workers, as well as graduate interns who provide a confidential environment in which students may explore and resolve issues of concern.

The Counseling Center provides free, short-term confidential counseling to Stockton students. If the needs of students require help from outside providers, appropriate referrals will be made. Located in J-204

Course Load A student’s course load is defined by the number of credits for which they are enrolled at any particular time. Full-time undergraduate students are those enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits during each of the fall and spring terms and eight credits during a summer session. The suggested course load for an 'on-time' graduation is 16 credits per semester.
Course Registration Number (CRN) A 5 digit course identification number used to register for courses.
Credit (Credit Hours) What a student earns upon satisfactory completion of a course. These are determined by how many hours a student spends in class, labs, and or studios. 
Cumulative GPA A student's average GPA computed based on a student's total number of graded semester hours, or "quality hours" over a student's career at Stockton. 
Day of Service A semesterly event hosted by the Office of Student Development where new students, returning students, faculty, and staff come together to participate in Fall and Spring Day of Service! Volunteers help with a series of service projects that give back to the greater community. 
Dean of Students The Office of the Dean of Students at Stockton University is committed to quality and excellence while serving as a primary advocate for student life. In doing so, the office provides programs and services that contribute to total student learning. Students are encouraged to become involved in co-curricular programs, leadership opportunities and the residential student experience. Programs designed around issues impacting student life, including residential and commuter concerns, safety and security, personal development, alcohol and drug awareness, interpersonal relationships, and more are part of our campus life curriculum. Located in Campus Center Suite 243.
Dean's List The Dean’s List is generated each fall and spring term. Students must earn 12 or more credits in a term, earn a GPA for the term of 3.50 or greater, may receive no grade lower than a C, and may not have any withdrawals (W) or incompletes (I) during the term.
Degree Works Degree Works provides students with an electronic degree evaluation of a student's progress toward their degree. It summarizes a student's progress based on their academic record, and will assist a student in selecting future courses. Degree Works also provides students with other tools to assist them in advising and academic planning such as a comprehensive semester-by-semester course planner, look-ahead features for future courses, what-if evaluations for other majors and minors, and GPA Calculators.
Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) The EOF program is designed to meet the educational and financial needs of students whose potential for college may not be reflected in their academic grades and whose economic background makes it extremely difficult for them to pursue a college education without financial aid. The program makes higher education possible by building a community of students who are eager to learn by exposing them to academic/co-curricular experiences.
Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) ELOs guide all Stockton University students from first-year through graduation to the intellectual and marketable talents needed to prepare for personal and professional success in the 21st century. As a set of values shared by everyone in the campus community, students encounter opportunities to develop ELOs in all Stockton majors, career preparation, professional experiences both on and off-campus, and academic as well as social activities.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) We use the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number to determine a student's need. The EFC is a measure of a student's family’s financial strength and is calculated from the information a student report on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
Federal PELL Grant A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. For many students, Pell Grants provide a foundation of financial aid to which other aid may be added. 
Federal Work Study Federal Work Study provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student's course of study.
Financial Need Using the financial aid award notification, the Financial Aid Office will notify a student of  their eligibility for aid from each of the financial aid programs based on their “need”. Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Parent Loans for Undergraduate Dependent Students (PLUS loans) and alternative loan resources are not based on need but are considered part of a financial aid package.
First Generation  First-generation students are those whose parents or guardians have not obtained a four-year college degree in the United States.
First Year Seminar Stockton requires a seminar of all first- semester students to provide them with an early authentic learning experience. These seminars are open only to first-year students and are regular courses in the Stockton General Studies curriculum that fulfill a graduation requirement.
First Year Studies (FRST) First-year Studies (FRST) is a program within the School of General Studies that provides first-year students with skills that will help them succeed in college. The program serves as an introduction to university work by offering small class sections taught by select faculty who are committed to helping students improve their academic skills.
Foundation Scholarship The Stockton University Foundation maintains a robust merit-based scholarship program with approximately 200 scholarships. Students must have a minimum Stockton GPA of 3.0 in order to be eligible for these scholarships. These scholarships are made possible thanks to the generous donations of alumni, friends of the university, organizations and businesses.
Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) Representing about 12% of the undergraduate community, Stockton Fraternity & Sorority Life has 29 recognized organizations that constitute a range of traditions and interests. Involvement in a fraternity or sorority will help students gain new friendships and leadership opportunities, as well as involvement in service and philanthropy.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application students must use to apply for federal student aid programs offered by the U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which protects the privacy of students' educational records.
Gender Inclusive
A space where students who identify as any gender are welcome.   
Gender Inclusive Housing is an optional program through which students of any gender can choose to live with one another in the same residence hall room or apartment. Along with being a housing preference it also provides a safe space for students who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Non-Binary or questioning. This preference would appeal to many students, especially students of varying gender identities and sexual orientations. 
General Studies Courses

25% of all the courses a student takes at Stockton must be in General Studies Courses (G Courses). This is called "The 25% Rule." This rule applies to transfer students as well as first-year students. These classes are broken down into 5 categories as described below.

GAH

General Arts and Humanities - Courses in the visual and performing arts, literature, philosophy and religion.

GEN General Interdisciplinary - Courses which develop skills that can be used in a variety of areas, such as writing, public speaking, and foreign languages.
GIS General Integration and Synthesis - Junior/Senior courses that bring views and methods of several disciplines together to examine a theme or problem.
GNM General Natural Mathematics and Sciences - Courses in life sciences, physical sciences, and mathematics.
GSS General Social and Behavioral Sciences - Courses in social issues and problems.
Honors Program

Stockton Honors is an academic program that combines challenging courses with service to foster a warm, supportive intellectual community. Honors students, first time freshmen and transfer students, can choose any course of study from Stockton's major, minor, and certificate programs, while exploring opportunities from South Jersey to South Africa and all points in between. What unites the Honors Program is a commitment to academic excellence, to making the world a better place, and to working creatively to achieve their goals.

Information Technology Services (ITS)

The Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) provides services in the following major functional areas: Academic Computing, Administrative Computing, End-User Training and Support, Communications and Networking, and Systems Administration and Operation. Located in D-127

Instructional Sites In addtion to the Stockton University Main Campus in Galloway Township, instructional sites include Stockton University Atlantic City; Kramer Hall, located in Hammonton; Stockton University at Manahawkin; Carnegie Center, located in Atlantic City; Woodbine.
Lake Fred The infamous lake located right in the middle of Stockton University. https://stockton.edu/sjchc/publications/naming-lake-fred.html 
Learning Access Program (LAP) The Learning Access Program (LAP) is Stockton University's disability support services office. Their role is to educate, advocate and facilitate equal access while maintaining a welcoming, inclusive and accessible campus community. The Learning Access Program upholds and extends compliance standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in all of its policies, procedures, and practices. Located in J-204.
Leave of Abscence Students who wish to interrupt their education for one or more terms must apply for a Leave of Absence through the Office of the Registrar. Students who leave Stockton without obtaining an official Leave of Absence for more than one normal academic term must reapply for admission if they decide to return. A Leave of Absence permits a student to re-enter Stockton at the end of the specified period without reapplying to the University. 
LLU Los Latinos Unidos, otherwise known as LLU, is a club at Stockton that promotes and supports the unity of the Latino community. LLU embraces the various cultures in the Latin American world, discusses topics related to the Latino world, and finds ways to reach out to the community itself. 
Major An individual's primary course of study for four years, and the degree with which the student will graduate. 
Meal Plan Meal plans are intended for use during the breakfast/lunch or dinner/snack meal zones at the all-you-can-eat, buffet style N-Wing Restaurant.  However, meal plans may also be used to purchase a-la-carte items from other on-campus dining locations using the Meal Exchange Program.  The Meal Exchange Program allows students to supplement a meal or purchase a-la-cart items using the meal equivalency rate.
Minor Minors are just like majors except they involve fewer credits, usually 20-24. Like a major, they must be completed at the time of graduation (i.e., students may not return to Stockton after graduation in order to earn a minor). Minors need not require any additional credits beyond the 128 needed to graduate. Potentially, these 20-24 credits can be wholly contained in other categories.
Office Hours Times for which faculty are available to meet with students.  Students can drop in to see faculty at these designated times or they can call/email faculty to set up a time to met outside of this time slot.
Office of Military and Veteran Services The Office of Military and Veteran Services was created to help veterans, military personnel, and their families connect with specific information, people, and resources that will support student success at Stockton University. We have a dedicated team that offers personalized service to each of the approximately 600 military and veteran students, ensuring a smooth transition from a student's first inquiry, through the application and registration process and throughout their time as a student. Located in F-107
Office of Service-Learning The Office of Service-Learning provides the Students, Faculty/Staff and Community Partners of the Stockton University community with opportunities to engage in "Service with a Purpose". Our reciprocal relationships allow Stockton the ability to work with our communities and neighborhoods through classroom and co-curricular activities.
Office of Student Development (StuDev)

We invite students to explore over 175 ways to GET INVOLVED at Stockton University!

The mission of the Office of Student Development is to provide opportunities that are purposeful and holistic. It is through involvement in leadership programs, community service initiatives, organizations, and major campus events that student learning and development are enhanced. Located in Campus Center Suite 240.

Care & Community Standards Office The Care & Community Standards Office helps students navigate their rights as a member of the Stockton community and uphold their responsibilities to our institutional values. The rights and responsibilities of all students are to be respected, protected, and maintained. Located in F-107
Orientation Academic Orientation & Registration is intended to ease students' transitions into university life. This one day program is designed to help students meet other students, faculty, staff and administrators who can offer advice and answer students' questions. Students will also register for classes, review their class schedule and get acquainted with classmates. Orientation consists of a one day, on-campus, registration experience.
Osprey Card In addition to serving as a student'sa student's official Stockton identification card, the ID Card (Osprey Card) can also be used as a key access card to enter buildings, rooms, library, athletics and events.  The card can also be used as a declining balance account and be used similar to a pre-paid credit card to make purchases on campus and participating off-campus locations
OspreyHub OspreyHub is the web-based platform for student involvement on campus. Visit OspreyHub and discover the many opportunities to get involved with Stockton's student organizations, fraternities and sororities, and more! 
Osprey Advantage Osprey Advantage is a student’s co-curricular record managed by the Office of Student Development. This co-curricular record is designed to capture students’ out-of-the-classroom experiences and involvement during their time at Stockton University.
Permission of Instructor (POI) Students must obtain permission from the course instructor or department (POI) before registering for the class. If permission is granted, the instructor or department will issue a permit electronically that will override the restriction and allow the student to register.
Preceptor A student's preceptor is their faculty or staff advisor, and is generally someone who teaches in a student's major or a closely aligned discipline. Students are assigned a preceptor when they matriculate at Stockton.
Performing Arts Center (PAC) The Performing Arts Center, also known as ths PAC, is the main venue for preformances on campus. Here community members can view professional dance companies, musicals put on by the Stockton Theater Club, or music preformances.
Prerequisite Many courses have prerequisites. These are other courses or experiences that students must have completed prior to enrolling in the course in question.
Program Program courses give depth of study in a major subject.
Provost Dr. Lori Vermeulen is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs here at Stockton. The responsibility of the Dr. Vermeulen is to oversee the seven schools at Stockton as well as the offices, centers, and institutes that support Stockton's academic mission. 
Q1 / Q2 Courses Quantitative and mathematical skills are also important in virtually any career as well as in everyday life. Stockton seeks to assure that all students enhance these skills through two types of courses: Quantitative reasoning intensive courses (Q1) focus primarily on mathematical thinking; developing students' quantitative skills is the primary goal. Quantitative reasoning across the curriculum courses (Q2) focus on a topic or subject area outside of mathematics. Mastering that area is the primary goal of the course, but quantitative/mathematical thinking is used as an important means of learning the subject matter.
Registrar Some of the services the Registrar provides and supports include: course registration, official transcript requests, final grade entry, conferral of degrees, awarding of diplomas, enrollment verifications, transfer credit evaluation, residency changes, official name, address and social security number changes, and maintenance of the academic calendars.
School of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) Undergraduate Programs include: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Communication Studies, Historical Studies, Languages and Culture Studies, Literature, Philosophy and Religion, and American Studies.
School of Business (BUSN) Undergraduate Programs includeBusiness Studies, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems and a graduate MBA program.
School of Education (EDUC) Certification Programs include: PreK - Elementary, Middle School, and Secondary School.
School of General Studies (GENS) Undergraduate Programs include: Liberal Studies B.A., and Liberal Studies B.A.
with concentration in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement (LIBA/CLCE)
School of Health Science (HLTH) Undergraduate Programs includeNursing, Exercise Science, Public Health, and Bachelor of Science in Health Science.
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NAMS) Undergraduate Programs includeBiochemistry/Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science, Mathematics, Applied Physics and Sustainability.
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SOBL) Undergraduate Programs include: Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Social Work.
SET The Stockton Entertainment Team, otherwise known as SET, is the primary programming board on campus and is responsible to cater to the student body and what Stockton students want to see on campus. This student-run organization plans a variety of social, cultural, and educational events in order to broaden the horizons of students here at Stockton University. SET plans a wide variety of programming so there is always something for everyone no matter what the student's interests might be.
Stockton Center for Community Engagement Stockton Center for Community Engagement promotes the ideals of public service and social responsibility by fostering community-based experiential learning and civic engagement for students, faculty and staff; facilitate training, research and educational enrichment through collaborative efforts with campus groups, as well as local, state and regional community organizations and government agencies, and cultivate connections between scholarship and the public interest.
Stockton University Police Department (SUPD) The Stockton University Police Department is dedicated to developing partnerships with the community we serve, including students, staff, and faculty in order to enhance the goal of providing quality higher education in a safe and secure atmosphere.
Student Senate The Student Senate is responsible for representing and being the voice of the student body. Student Senate provides the means whereby the members of the student body may express themselves effectively in the programs that directly affect their intellectual, social and economic welfare. Student Senate also promotes active citizenship by developing and promoting student responsibility by providing practice in democratic living, and promote school spirit with Stockton University.
Talon The Osprey mascot is named Talon. The name was chosen by Stockton students through a contest that was held by the Student Senate. Talon will be at most Stockton home intercollegiate games. He will also make appearances at other Stockton events, when requested. Go Ospreys!
T.A.L.O.N.S. The Transition Activity Leaders Of New Students, otherwise known as T.A.L.O.N.S., play a key role as para-professionals who assist with new student registration and who will work side by side with their peers helping new students transition to college life. T.A.L.O.N.S. are responsible for helping new students register for classes while also giving new students a realistic view of academic, social, and emotional changes that may occur in their transition to Stockton by attending Welcome Week events.
Themed Learning Communities (TLC) Stockton University first-year students can choose from a variety of themed residence halls intentionally designed to help students achieve career goals and personal growth. We call these experience-based learning places Theme Living Communities (TLC).
Tutoring Center The Tutoring Center is two centers in one: The Writing Center and the Math Center. Both centers are staffed largely by undergraduate peer tutors recruited from the University at large. Stockton students can “drop in” any time during scheduled hours, or make an appointment, to receive help on their coursework. We see the Tutoring Center as an extension of the classroom experiences, supporting the efforts of the University’s faculty. Located in J-105.
UBSS The Unified Black Students Society, otherwise known as UBSS, runs the Kwanzaa celebration and Black History Month programs; plans a variety of educational, social and cultural programs for the community and works with administrators, faculty and staff to address issues related to minority student life.
W1 / W2 Courses At Stockton we believe that writing is an extremely important skill, regardless of one's major or career goals. A wide variety of courses help students develop their writing skills. In particular there are two main types of writing courses:Writing intensive courses (W1) focus on improving students' writing as their primary goal and basis for evaluation, and may investigate a theme or topic to provide subject matter for that writing.Writing across the curriculum courses (W2) focus on a topic either within a degree program or in General Studies, and use writing as an important means of learning and of evaluation.
Welcome Week Welcome Week is designed to ease students' transition to college life. Meet student leaders, faculty, staff, and administrators who can answer students' questions and offer advice, review students' class schedule, participate in educational and social events, and get acquainted with classmates.
Wellness Center

The mission of the Wellness Center is to encourage the pursuit of healthier lifestyles, balancing study, family and life commitments, interacting in an environment that fosters positive changes and integrates wellness into the community culture. Services through the Wellness Center include:

Alcohol and Drug Education

Counseling Center

Disability Services

Health Education

Health Services

Women's Gender & Sexuality Center

Peer Education

Withdrawal from a Course A student may withdraw from courses after the Drop/Add period and before the end of the eleventh (11th) week of a full term or the fifth (5th) week of a sub term. Specific deadline dates are posted on the Academic Calendar. Courses from which a student withdraws within the established time limits appear with W notations on the student’s transcript. 
Withdrawal from the University  Students who find it necessary not to continue at Stockton should immediately complete a formal statement of withdrawal through the Office of the Registrar. This will become a part of the student’s official record and will serve to establish the circumstances of the withdrawal. Students must also notify all appropriate offices of their withdrawal (i.e., Housing, Financial Aid, Bursar, etc.) and clear any obligations, financial or otherwise. 
Women's Gender & Sexuality Center (WGSC) The Women's, Gender & Sexuality Center empowers students who identify as women and all genders who identify as LGBTQIA+, victims of power-based personal violence, and community allies.  WGSC will accomplish this by promoting equality and justice, ensuring access to opportunities, and providing services through education and advocacy. Located in J-204.
Z Number Student idenification number.