College 101

As you transition to college and the Orange community, you may encounter some new terminology. Students are encouraged to explore the list below and contact the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs with any questions.

  • Academic Year: The span of time that school is in session; split between two semesters.
  • Bursar Account: A student’s bill and platform to facilitate payment.
  • Credit Hours: The number of hours assigned to a class.
  • First-Generation College Student: First-generation is often referred to people that may be the first in their family to attend college or their parent(s), supporter(s) or legal guardian(s) did not receive a college degree.
  • FTES: First Term Enrollment Selections; the first time students select course titles and topics.
  • GA: Graduate Assistant
  • GPA: Grade Point Average
  • Office of Financial Aid: The University strives to meet the financial need of admitted students and offers a variety of funding options to help make college as affordable as possible.
  • Orange SUccess: Connects students with academic advisors, faculty and tracks degree progress.
  • Syracuse University Scholars: Students who have reached the highest level of academic recognition at Syracuse University.
  • TA: Teaching Assistant

  • Goons or Goon Squad: Returning students who help new students move into residence halls; a campus tradition.
  • OAD: Orange After Dark, late-night events hosted by the Office of Student Activities.
  • OL: Orientation Leader, student volunteers dedicated to helping you with your transition to Syracuse University.
  • RSO: Registered Student Organization
  • SA: Student Association
  • The Hill: The Syracuse University campus.
  • The Mount: Mount Olympus; home to Flint and Day Halls, as well as the Graham Fitness Center and Graham Dinning Hall.
  • SUpercard: Allows students to use their I.D. cards as prepaid credit at dining centers, University snack bars and more.
  • UU: The University Union Programming Council is a student-operated organization that seeks to provide programs that entertain, educate and enhance student life.
  • TTL: Transfer Transition Leader, student volunteers dedicated to helping mentor and support transfer students during their first-year.

  • LLC: Living Learning Communities
  • OSL: Office of Student Living
  • RA: Resident Advisor
  • RD: Residence Director
  • SUID: Syracuse University Student Identification Card

At the Barnes Center at The Arch, all are encouraged and empowered to ‘Be Well’ in their own unique, ever-evolving wellness journey. This holistic wellness approach encompasses mind, body, spirit and community. Exploration is encouraged by a variety of activities, resources and services available to meet unique health and wellness interests, schedules and goals.

The Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience is home to four cultural centers, each celebrating our richly diverse campus community. Working together, and with units across campus, the cultural centers promote and celebrate intersectionality and inclusion.

The Dean of Students Office helps students no matter the issue or challenge they are facing. Serving as the hub for holistic and integrated student support, the Dean of Students Office is also a great resource if you are not sure where to start with a question or concern.

  • 44: The number made famous by many Syracuse University athletes, also used in the 443 prefix for on-campus phones and within the 13244 zip code.
  • Armory: Armory Square, downtown Syracuse
  • Centro: Local bus service provider.
  • Citrus TV: Student-produced programming broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel 26.
  • College Place: Main Syracuse University shuttle pick-up and drop-off point, located next to Sims Hall.
  • Connective Corridor: A community-wide project to link the neighborhoods, cultural venues and businesses in the city of Syracuse.
  • Destiny: Destiny USA, the big mall in town, formerly called Carousel Center.
  • DO: The Daily Orange, student newspaper
  • FWS or Work-study: Federal Work-Study
  • Loud House: The Dome
  • M Street: Marshall Street; a place to shop and eat near campus.
  • Orange Grove: A permanent tribute to individuals who have made Syracuse University the outstanding institution it is today.
  • Orange Television Network (OTN): Syracuse University’s cable television station on Channel 2 or Channel 99 in the residence halls.
  • Otto: Syracuse University’s mascot, “An orange with appeal.”
  • People’s Place: Student-run coffee shop located in Hendricks Chapel.
  • Quad: Grass square in the center of campus.
  • Quad Shuttle: Syracuse University’s shuttle to campus parking lots and garages.
  • Remembrance Scholarships: A memorial scholarship program to honor the 35 Syracuse University students who were among the victims of the fatal Pan Am 103 terrorist bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988.
  • ROTC: Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
  • RTC: Regional Transportation Center located at 1 Walsh Circle. This is a one-stop center for intercity and local travel via Centro, Greyhound, Megabus, Trailways and Amtrak.
  • Salt City: Syracuse’s Nickname
  • Skytop or South: South Campus