Abbreviation Thread

<p>Per popular request(s)</p>

<p>Here's a start</p>

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

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

<p>HBCU-historically black colleges/universities</p>

<p>ROFLOL - rolling on the floor/laughing out loud</p>

<p>Others, please add</p>

<p>AWS - Amherst, Williams, Swarthmore meaning specifically those three or a stand-in for most selective LACS</p>

<p>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)</p>

<p>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)</p>

<p>URM-under-represented minority</p>

<p>ADCOM- Admissions Committee</p>

Is the "c" after Stanford on your list always Cal Tech? When folks do the HYP alphabet salad, the "C" is often either Columbia or Cornell, yes? No matter, I suppose. </p>

<p>Then you've got:
BWRK - Bright, well-rounded kid
JK- Just kidding
NMF- National Merit Finalist
NMSF -National Merit Semifinalist
IMO- In my opinion
FWIW -For what its worth
and my personal favorite, used by my younger s when I walk by his computer :
PLOS - Parent looking over shoulder</p>


<p>BTW - by the way
BUMP - bring up my post
D - Daughter
S - Son
DD / DS - Dear or Darling Daughter/Son</p>

Don't forget DH or DW (darling husband/wife)
also forgot ID - Interim decision (term used by some schools instead of Early Action)</p>

<p>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</p>

<p>IMNSHO - in my not so humble opinion
SIL/BIL - Sister/Brother in Law</p>

<p>PENN may refer to University of Pennsylvania or Penn State, so specify UPENN / Penn State (or PSU) to avoid really massive confusion.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>How could we forget - </p>

<p>EFC - Estimated Family Contribution</p>

<p>Does EFC = estimated financial cost or commitment?</p>

<p>Oops! :o Now, I know! :D</p>

<p>for intels(Internationals), there is also the ISFAA - International Student Financial Aid Application, sometimes called the FSFAA - Foreign Student Financial Aid Application.</p>

<p>CSU- California State university system
CUNY- City University of New York system
SUNY- State University of New York system</p>

<p>I didn't know these when I first came so I figured someone else must be clueless too</p>

<p>PMs -personal messages as in "check your pms"</p>

<p>OSU - The Ohio <em>State</em> University
OU - Ohio University</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>yes, even if you say MiamiU, most assume florida, not oxford, ohio. I usually just type Miami (OH)</p>

<p>Unless your from these parts Ohio Mom. Then it's Oklahoma State and Oklahoma University. ;)</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>Which specific schools are included in the term "the Ivies"?</p>

<p>ivies usually means only the ivies (brown, dartmouth, columbia, upenn, yale, princeton, harvard, cornell)</p>