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Abbreviation Thread

dadofsamdadofsam Registered User Posts: 1,635 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
Post edited by dadofsam on

Replies to: Abbreviation Thread

  • jmmomjmmom Registered User Posts: 9,084 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
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 22,550 Super Moderator
    ADCOM- Admissions Committee
  • 1moremom1moremom Registered User Posts: 3,960 Senior Member
  • ohio_momohio_mom Registered User Posts: 4,045 Senior Member
    BTW - by the way
    BUMP - bring up my post
    D - Daughter
    S - Son
    DD / DS - Dear or Darling Daughter/Son
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 57,191 Senior Member
    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
  • ohio_momohio_mom Registered User Posts: 4,045 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.
  • curmudgeoncurmudgeon Registered User Posts: 12,128 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.
  • ohio_momohio_mom Registered User Posts: 4,045 Senior Member
    How could we forget -

    EFC - Estimated Family Contribution
  • BLUMINIBLUMINI Registered User Posts: 224 Junior Member
    Does EFC = estimated financial cost or commitment?

    Oops! :o Now, I know! :D
  • bogororobogororo Registered User Posts: 538 Member
    for intels(Internationals), there is also the ISFAA - International Student Financial Aid Application, sometimes called the FSFAA - Foreign Student Financial Aid Application.
  • celebrian25celebrian25 Registered User Posts: 15,373 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
  • texastaximomtexastaximom Registered User Posts: 1,080 Senior Member
    PMs -personal messages as in "check your pms"
  • ohio_momohio_mom Registered User Posts: 4,045 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.
  • celebrian25celebrian25 Registered User Posts: 15,373 Senior Member
    yes, even if you say MiamiU, most assume florida, not oxford, ohio. I usually just type Miami (OH)
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