GPA—An abbreviation for the phrase “grade point average,” which is an average of grades earned, weighted by the number of credit hours earned.

grades—Professors give letter grades to show the quality of a student’s work. The grade tells how well the student is performing on tests, research papers, and class participation. Most colleges or universities require that students maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) to continue their studies.

Letter grades with corresponding points used to calculate a student’s grade point average: 

Letter Grade points   
A+ 4.0
A 4.0
A– 3.7
Above average         
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B– 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C–  1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D– 0.7
F 0

graduate degree—A degree earned after completing the bachelor’s degree. Examples include master’s degrees and doctoral degrees. graduate level—Applicants to a graduate-level program must have completed 16 years of primary–secondary–tertiary education and earned a first university (also known as an undergraduate degree; often a bachelor’s degree) degree. Students without an educational background equal to this cannot be accepted for graduate study regardless of the name of any first degree they may hold.

graduate student—A student, usually working toward a master’s or doctoral degree, who has already completed a bachelor’s degree.

Hoosier—A native or resident of Indiana; used as a nickname.

immigration—The act of coming into a country to live where one is not a native resident.

in-state tuition fee—The tuition fee charged to Indiana residents; also known as resident tuition fee. Residents of other states or countries pay out-of-state tuition. See out-of-state tuition fee.

loan—Money lent (usually by banks or the U.S. government) to be paid back with interest. (Note: Most U.S. banks will not give loans to non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents without a U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-signing on the loan.)

major—An academic subject chosen as a field of specialization.

mandatory fees—Required costs charged by the university in addition to tuition; examples include student activity fee, student health fee, technology fee, and transportation fee.

master’s degree—Students who have excelled as undergraduates or wish to further their knowledge in their subject area may wish to continue their education at the graduate level. You may apply to a graduate or professional program or school during your final year in a bachelor’s program or after completion of the degree. Students entering graduate study often study the same subject as their undergraduate major. Students who choose a new major may be required to complete undergraduate courses in the new major without graduate credit to make up deficiencies in their background. Depending on the field, a master’s degree requires from one to three years to complete. Two years are most commonly required.

minor—An academic subject chosen as a secondary field of specialization, less than a major.

minority—A person who is a member of an ethnic group that is small in proportion to other groups.

miscellaneous fees—Extra costs charged by the university for services such as transcripts, admission applications, and independent study.

mile—A unit of distance equal to 1,609 meters.

neighborhood—A district or section with distinct characteristics in which a group of people live; at Ball State, this refers to a grouping of two or more residence halls on campus.

nondegree study (or status)—Study that does not lead to or contribute to the requirements for a degree program. International students generally are not granted this type of study, except in special circumstances. Approval for nondegree study does not guarantee subsequent admission to a degree program. Courses taken as a nondegree status student do not generally apply toward degree requirements if a student is later admitted to a degree program.

nonresident tuition fee—The tuition fee charged to students whose permanent residence is outside of the state of Indiana; also known as out-of-state tuition fee.
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