Terms to Know


Academic Advisement

An academic advisor is assigned to every degree-seeking student to help set academic goals, understand requirements and select courses.



The process of changing a studentís course schedule by adding or dropping courses at the beginning of each term.


Articulation Agreement

An agreement between UW-Superior and another institution that establishes transfer of a studentís course credits for a particular program or academic requirement.


Associate Degree

Degree earned by completing a minimum of 60 credit hours and meeting other requirements.



Students register for a course and attend class sessions but do not earn credit.


Bachelorís Degree

Degree received after completing a specific program of undergraduate study and meeting all graduation requirements.


Class Load

Number of credit hours a student enrolls for each semester.


Class Standing

Measurement of achievement based on the number of credit hours earned. Sophomores have at least 28 credits, juniors at least 56 credits and seniors 84 or more credits.



Part of an academic program that examines a selected area of study.



Course that must be taken at the same time as another, related course.


Degree Progress Reports

Report that shows a studentís progress in meeting the requirements for a specific degree program. Degree Progress Reports are available through the E-Hive or the Center for Academic and Career Advising.


Degree Program

Program of study leading to a degree; an academic program.



The E-Hive is a web system that enables a student to manage her or his class schedule, view academic information such as grade reports, degree progress reports and unofficial transcripts, maintain their mailing address, and access financial information, including financial aid information. Access to the E-Hive is through the E-Hive icons on the university website.



Course taken at the choice of the student.


Full-Time Student

A student who enrolls for 12 or more undergraduate semester hours or at least nine graduate credits during the fall or spring semester.


General Education Requirement

Course requirements for all undergraduate students that provide a common academic experience and a foundation of knowledge.


Grade Point

Numerical value given to letter grades. An A is worth four points, a B is worth three points, and so on.


Grade Point Average

Numerical value assigned to a studentís scholastic average. Computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total semester hours attempted.


Graduate Student

A person pursuing a Masterís Degree or Specialistís Degree.



Drawing on two or more academic disciplines in a single course or program.



Work at a business or organization related to a studentís degree program and career plans.



Any room containing specialized equipment used for learning.



Planned program of study leading to a Bachelorís Degree. A comprehensive major does not require a student to complete a minor.



A sequence of related courses requiring fewer credits than a major.


Part-Time Student

A student who enrolls for fewer than 12 undergraduate semester hours or fewer than nine graduate credits during the fall or spring semester.



Course or other academic experience that stresses practical application of theories and previous learning.



A course that must be taken or a requirement that must be met before another course can be taken.



Process of enrolling in courses each semester. Instructions for registering are included in each semesterís Class Schedule.


Resident Credits

Course credits earned by taking UW-Superior classes.


Semester Hour

A measure of academic work representing one class hour a week for one semester. Also called a credit hour. A three-credit course usually represents three hours of class time each week plus additional hours of out-of-class study.


Summer College

Class session starting immediately after spring term and ending during the first part of August.



A copy of a studentís permanent academic record.



The amount of money that must be paid for a course. Segregated fees must be paid in addition to tuition.



Process of withdrawing from all courses.