Terms for The Uninitiated

There are many specialized terms associated with college admissions. If you are an observer of or participant in College Confidential’s discussion forum, you have no doubt encountered a few strange terms about which you may need to know more. So, today I thought that I would attempt to cover some of the language of college admissions.

If you’re an old pro and have been through the loop of applying to college, either yourself or with your children, you may not learn much from what follows. My intent, though, as noted in the title of this post, is to offer some explanations for those who have not been initiated into the world of the higher education process.

The brief list of terms that follows is hardly exhaustive but should provide some basic understanding. For greater depth on any of these, search for it on the Web via your favorite search engine.

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