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Greensboro, North Carolina

Please read the following information about Greensboro, North Carolina. This will help you to get acquainted with local area. 

http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greensboro,_nc

Piedmont Triad Airport information is at http://www.flyfrompti.com/

University Vocabulary

Many educational terms may be different in the U.S. The following definitions are generally applicable to higher education throughout the United States.

 Accreditation
 Advising/Advisor
 Blackboard
 Breaks
 Class/Course
 College/University
 Concentration
 Credit hours

 

 Examination/Exam
 Extracurricular activities
 Full-time status
 Grades
 GPA
 Graduate School
 Laboratory (lab courses)
 Major

 

 Minor
 Orientation
 Quiz
 Registration
 Semester
 Student Classification
 Undergraduate School

Accreditation
In much of the world, educational institutions are sanctioned by the ministry of education in the particular country.  In the United States however, private associations accredit educational institutions.  The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. All other inquiries, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be made directly to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 336-334-5000.
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Advising/Advisor
Students meet each semester with their advisor to select classes for the next semester.  Students are assigned an advisor according to their major. 
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Blackboard
Blackboard is UNCG's web-based learning system. It provides online access to course materials and allows online communication between instructors and students.
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Breaks (fall break, spring break, summer break)

Breaks are vacation (holiday) periods during the fall and spring semesters.  During breaks there are no classes.  Fall break is a short break in October.  Spring break is a one-week break in early March. Summer break runs from early-May to mid-August. 
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Class/Course

These two terms are interchangeable in the U.S.  A class or course is a group of students and an instructor who meet regularly to study a particular subject.  Students may say they are taking 5 classes or 5 courses per semester. 
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College/University
These two terms are often used interchangeably in the U.S.  Most students say they are attending college, even if they are at a university.  Both terms mean an institution of higher learning.  A university also awards masters and Ph.D. degrees. 
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Concentration
Within certain majors are concentrations.  For example, within the Chemistry major are concentrations in either research or biochemistry.  Concentrations allow students to concentrate on a more specific aspect of the major. 
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Credit hours

Each class or course is assigned credit value in terms of hours. One hour of credit represents one hour of class time per week for one 15-week semester. A class/course which meets three hours a week is a 3-credit hour class/course.  Most UNCG classes/courses are worth 3 credit hours.  To meet graduation requirements, you must complete certain course requirements and earn a certain number of credit hours (minimum 122 credit hours for a bachelor’s degree, but may vary per major).
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Examinations or exams

Each instructor determines the type and number of examinations for the class they are teaching.  Instructors may give frequent quizzes, as well as mid-terms and final examinations.  Mid-terms are given half way through the semester; final exams are given at the end of the semester and generally cover material from the entire semester. 
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Extracurricular activities

Extracurricular activities are a way for students to become involved in interests outside the classroom.  These may include sports, clubs, and other social activities.  UNCG has a wide variety of activities for students.  To learn more, visit http://www.uncg.edu/cap/
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Full-time status
This refers to the number of credit hours students are enrolled in each semester to be considered full time.  An undergraduate student course load is usually 15 hours per semester, but varies from 12 to 18 credit hours per semester.  Students on an
F-1 visa are required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to carry at least 12 credit hours in order to maintain legal status.
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Grades (marks)

Students are assigned grades for each class/course they take.  At UNCG, the grading system includes A, B, C, D, and F, as well as plusses and minuses.
Each grade has a numeric value:


A+ (Excellent)


4.3

A

4.0

A-

3.7

B+

3.3

B (Good)

3.0

B-

2.7

C+

2.3

C (Satisfactory)

2.0

C-

1.7

D+

1.3

D (Poor)

1.0

D-

0.7

F (Fail)

0.0

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GPA (grade point average)
The grade point average is calculated by dividing the accumulated number of grade points earned by the accumulated number of credit hours earned.  Credit hours attempted but not passed are included in this calculation. Courses transferred from another institution (except those courses taken through the Consortium) are not used in determining the UNCG grade point average.
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Graduate School
Graduate School is a division of the university that offers majors leading to advanced degrees, including master’s degrees and Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) degrees.  Students must first complete a bachelor’s degree to gain entrance to a graduate school program.  (Other requirements are also necessary.)
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Laboratory or lab courses

Certain courses, particularly in the physical and biological sciences, require laboratory work in addition to lecture work.  These are called laboratory or lab courses.  Lab courses are typically worth 1 credit hour.
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Major

The primary subject you are studying is your major.  Students who complete all of the requirements are granted a degree in a particular major.  Students may say that they are “majoring” in Biology.
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Minor

Students who want to learn about a subject in a different area than their major may select a minor.  A minor requires a certain number of credit hours, but less than a major.  For example, a student may choose to major in French and minor in Spanish.
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Orientation

International Student Orientation is a week-long program designed to introduce new international students to UNCG.  This orientation is held the week prior to the beginning of classes.  Detailed information will be sent after admission is offered to the student. 
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Quiz

A quiz is a short test that covers a small amount of material.  Quizzes are optional and are not given by all instructors.  Grades earned on quizzes will be included in the final grade for the class. If a quiz is given without prior notice, it is often called a “pop quiz”. 
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Registration
After meeting with an advisor to select classes for the following semester, students then register for their classes.  Students register online during a specific registration period, depending on their status. 
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Semester

UNCG operates on a semester system.  The academic year includes two semesters: fall (August – December) and spring (January – May).  UNCG also offers a summer program, which is optional. 
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Student Classification
Students are classified by the number of credit hours earned.  A “Freshman” is a student who has earned less than 30 credit hours.  A “Sophomore” has earned between 30 and 59 credit hours.  A “Junior” has earned between 60 and 89 credit hours.  A “Senior” has earned 90 or more credit hours.  To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must earn a minimum of 122 credit hours.  (Some majors require additional credit hours to graduate.)
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Undergraduate School
Undergraduate School is a division of the university that offers majors leading to bachelor’s degrees.  Students must complete high school and meet specific admission requirements to be admitted to UNCG as an undergraduate student. 
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