CSI Advising Center


Definition of Terms


The catalog is a publication that contains campus policies such as admission, registration, fees, etc. It all contains requirements for majors and course descriptions.


CSI uses the COMPASS test from the American College Testing for placement. The test covers reading, writing, mathematics, spelling and vocabulary. The results of the test are used during the educational planning process to assist students in selecting appropriate level courses.

Concurrent (Dual) Credit

Concurrent Credit (formerly known as "Dual" Credit) courses are college courses taken by a high school student for which the student earns both college and high school credit. Such courses may be offered on the high school campus and taught by a high school or college instructor, or they may be offered on the college campus by a college instructor.


A class that should be taken at the same time as another class, if not before.

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Course schedule

A list of classes that indicates when the class is offered, the location, times and days of the week. The course schedule is available each semester.

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A unit of academic work usually equivalent to 50 minutes in class each week (3 credits=150 minutes).

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Cumulative GPA

Total grade points divided by total credits attempted for the academic year, including transfer credits.

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Canceling your enrollment in a specific class before the Drop Deadline.

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Courses which do not specifically meet your major or general education requirements. Most degree programs include credit hours for you to use as you wish or there may be recommended electives that complement the classes required for your major.

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0-25 accumulated college-level credits.

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Grade Point Average (GPA)

Grade points assigned to letter grades: A=4; B=3; C=2; D=1. There are two types of GPA—semester and cumulative.

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Honors Program

The Honors program provides self-motivated and academically accomplished students with a challenging and rewarding experience beyond the general educational curriculum.

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Independent Study

A program that allows you to take a course for credit under an instructor's supervision without classroom participation.

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The primary emphasis of your education.

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Matriculated student

A student enrolled in courses at a college who has applied for admission and has been accepted in a degree program.

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Non-matriculated student

A student enrolled in courses at a college where he or she is not seeking a degree and has not been fully admitted. Non-matriculated students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

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What you must complete prior to beginning something else, usually a class.

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Time period for holding courses. Fall is from August to December. Spring semester is from January to May. Summer classes are in June and July.

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26-57 accumulated college-level credits.

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A written outline of a class; you will receive one for each class. It contains your instructor’s office hours, reading assignments, text information, projects, due dates, etc. Refer to it often!

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A permanent record of courses completed, and credits and grades earned at a previously attended college or university.

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Undecided or Undeclared

Means you have not yet declared a major. The Advising Center will serve as your advisor until you declare a major.

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When canceling your enrollment in a class after the Drop deadline but before the Withdrawal deadline by submitting the Complete Withdrawal form. A “W” will show on your transcript.

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