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Abbreviation Thread

dadofsamdadofsam 1585 replies50 threads Senior Member
edited January 2014 in Parents Forum
Per popular request(s)

Here's a start

LAC - liberal arts college (I don't know that there is a sepcific definition)

HYP - Harvard/Yale/Princeton
HYPS - Harvard/Yale/Princeton/Stanford
HYPSM - Harvard/Yale/Princeton/Stanford/MIT
HYPSMC - add Caltech

HBCU-historically black colleges/universities

ROFLOL - rolling on the floor/laughing out loud

Others, please add
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  • jmmomjmmom 8916 replies168 threads Senior Member
    AWS - Amherst, Williams, Swarthmore meaning specifically those three or a stand-in for most selective LACS

    ED-Early Decision (binding)
    ED1, ED2 - two different deadlines for schools which have them; usually around Nov 1 for ED1, Jan _ for ED2
    EA-Early Action (non-binding)
    SCEA-Single Choice Early Action (non-binding but can apply to only one early school)

    FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid (I think) - the form you need to fill out for aid at very many colleges/univs
    CSS Profile - the form you need to fill out for aid at some colleges/univs (often in addition to FAFSA)

    URM-under-represented minority
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  • sybbie719sybbie719 20757 replies2011 threads Super Moderator
    ADCOM- Admissions Committee
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  • 1moremom1moremom 3870 replies95 threads Senior Member
    PLOS-->ROFL!
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  • ohio_momohio_mom 4029 replies16 threads Senior Member
    BTW - by the way
    BUMP - bring up my post
    D - Daughter
    S - Son
    DD / DS - Dear or Darling Daughter/Son
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  • jym626jym626 55824 replies2907 threads Senior Member
    ohiomom-
    Don't forget DH or DW (darling husband/wife)
    also forgot ID - Interim decision (term used by some schools instead of Early Action)

    also, IMHO - In my humble opinion
    TTFN -tata for now
    UC's Univeristy of California schools
    UIUC - Univ of Illinois- Urbana Champaign (which, when I was young, was always Champaign-Urbana, what happened?? Did they not want the acronym to be U-ICU??!!?? (you- I see you) Sounds like a peeping Tom)
    WUSTL - Washington U - St. Louis
    BRB- Be right back
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  • ohio_momohio_mom 4029 replies16 threads Senior Member
    IMNSHO - in my not so humble opinion
    SIL/BIL - Sister/Brother in Law

    PENN may refer to University of Pennsylvania or Penn State, so specify UPENN / Penn State (or PSU) to avoid really massive confusion.
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  • curmudgeoncurmudgeon 11830 replies298 threads Senior Member
    COA-Cost of attendance, R +B- room and board, FA -financial aid,W+L-Washington and Lee,W+J-Washington and Jefferson, CTCL-Colleges That Change Lives, and here's one unique to discussions of colleges, the increasingly more popular FU-Furman University. And another one Columbia-SEAS -science,engineering and applied sciences-also known as the FU Foundation. Both of those can get you in trouble on other boards.
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  • ohio_momohio_mom 4029 replies16 threads Senior Member
    How could we forget -

    EFC - Estimated Family Contribution
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  • BLUMINIBLUMINI 210 replies14 threads Junior Member
    Does EFC = estimated financial cost or commitment?

    Oops! :o Now, I know! :D
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  • bogororobogororo 520 replies18 threads Member
    for intels(Internationals), there is also the ISFAA - International Student Financial Aid Application, sometimes called the FSFAA - Foreign Student Financial Aid Application.
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  • celebrian25celebrian25 15085 replies288 threads Senior Member
    CSU- California State university system
    CUNY- City University of New York system
    SUNY- State University of New York system

    I didn't know these when I first came so I figured someone else must be clueless too
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  • texastaximomtexastaximom 1063 replies17 threads Senior Member
    PMs -personal messages as in "check your pms"
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  • ohio_momohio_mom 4029 replies16 threads Senior Member
    OSU - The Ohio *State* University
    OU - Ohio University

    I still don't know the best way of distinguishing the Miami University in Ohio from the University of Miami in Florida. Wesleyan's are also a problem.
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  • celebrian25celebrian25 15085 replies288 threads Senior Member
    yes, even if you say MiamiU, most assume florida, not oxford, ohio. I usually just type Miami (OH)
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  • texastaximomtexastaximom 1063 replies17 threads Senior Member
    Unless your from these parts Ohio Mom. Then it's Oklahoma State and Oklahoma University. ;)
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  • jym626jym626 55824 replies2907 threads Senior Member
    Total change of subject, and I don't mean to hijack the thread, but did you hear about the awful fire at Miamo of Ohio this weekend? It was in one of the little houses on the edge of campus that are rented by students who want to live off campus. Three students were killed-- 2 girls and a guy, I believe. How tragic.
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  • TutuTaxiTutuTaxi 1453 replies78 threads Senior Member
    Which specific schools are included in the term "the Ivies"?
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  • celebrian25celebrian25 15085 replies288 threads Senior Member
    ivies usually means only the ivies (brown, dartmouth, columbia, upenn, yale, princeton, harvard, cornell)
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  • dadofsamdadofsam 1585 replies50 threads Senior Member
    Technically speaking "The Ivies" are the eight members of the Ivy League, an athletic conference.
    In alphabetical order: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn (UPenn), Princeton, Yale.
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