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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Undergraduate

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

We’ve previously covered the names for every school you attend in the U.S. education system, from kindergarten through higher education, but at which one of those schools are you an undergraduate? Thanks to Nubia for submitting this word to our Glossary of Confusing Words. Undergraduate An undergraduate is someone studying for their associate or bachelor’s […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Tutorial

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Welcome to a new entry in the Glossary of Confusing Words! The person who submitted this one didn’t give us any context, just the single word – tutorial. But it’s a good word, because it can have several different meanings in relation to a university education. So thanks to whoever sent it in! Tutorial In […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Testing Acronyms

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

This addition to the Glossary of Confusing Words has been a long time coming, but at long last, here it is:  Your guide to the mess of letters and numbers that describe the standardized tests you might have to take when applying to a university in the U.S. Not all universities require these exams – […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Honor Code

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Sadly, I can’t remember who suggested we add “honor code” to our ever-growing Glossary of Confusing Words (if it was you, let me know so I can give you credit!), but it’s a good one. If you’re not familiar with our Glossary of Confusing Words, it’s our attempt to clarify and define all the words […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Seminary

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

It’s been a while since we had a new entry in the Glossary of Confusing Words, but we’re finally back on the case with a great suggestion from Muhammad: seminary. Muhammad asked: Under which category a seminary can be placed: college, university, institute, etc? First of all, you may remember from our previous discussions of […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Library

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, November 8th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Why might “library” be a confusing word? this is confusing to the french speaking student, it get confusing with bookstore cause bookstore in french is “Librairie” Indeed.  And it’s just as confusing for English speakers learning French.  So let’s clarify and put “library” into the Glossary of Confusing Words. A bookstore is where you go […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Class

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, August 9th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Robert wrote to us with the following question about the word “class,” and a great lead-in to its entry into the Glossary of Confusing Words: Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary lists the meanings of “class” as follows: a:a body of students meeting regularly to study the same subject b : the period during which such a […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Extracurricular

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Today we have a fantastic addition to the Glossary of Confusing Words.  The word is “extracurricular,” and the person who submitted it said they found it in their school reference and didn’t know what it meant. Extracurricular is one of those great words that, if you break it down, actually tells you what it means. […]

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Every School You Attend in the US Education System (New in the Glossary of Confusing Words)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Guillermo wrote in a while ago (sorry for the delay!) to ask our Glossary of Confusing Words about the word “high school.” “How many years?” he asked, wanting to know if a U.S. high school degree is equivalent to his Colombian ”bachillerato” degree.  It was the perfect opportunity to do something we’ve been wanting to do […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Curriculum

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Today’s addition to the Glossary of Confusing Words: curriculum This is a particularly great word, because explaining it will invoke many other words that we’ve already put into our Glossary! So thanks to whoever submitted it (you didn’t say your name, but hopefully you know who you are). A curriculum is the set of courses […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Transcript

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, June 14th, 2012 at 11:20 am

Today’s entry into the Glossary of Confusing Words: transcript. According to the person who submitted it: Schools ask for transcripts and this is an unfamiliar word to many students. A transcript is an official record of the courses you took and grades you received in high school, college or graduate school.  For students from South […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Webinar

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 1st, 2012 at 10:33 am

Normally on Fridays we post a list of webinars and virtual fairs coming up in the next week. But what is a “webinar” anyway?  The person who submitted it for our Glossary of Confusing Words wrote: I couldn’t find this word in Longman Dictionary and also in google translate online. We use it, EducationUSA uses […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Arts (and Sciences)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

When you hear the word “arts,” you probably think of things like painting or singing. So why can you get a liberal arts degree in biology?  And why does a School of Arts and Science offer courses in history?  It’s pretty confusing, which makes it a great submission for the Glossary of Confusing Words! (Thanks […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: University Catalog

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

International student advisor Megan wrote to our Glossary of Confusing Words to suggest the following: I’m an international student advisor, and I’ve noticed that new students generally have no idea what a university catalog is. This would be a great addition to your glossary! We asked our current bloggers, and even they were unsure what […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Undergraduate-Focused

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Someone recently submitted the phrase “undergraduate-focused institution” to our Glossary of Confusing Words, saying: It might be confusing to spanish students because it’s not commen in spanish So, what does it mean if a college or university says it is “undergraduate-focused”? First of all, an undergraduate is someone who is pursuing an associate’s degree or […]

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