Glossary of Terms

Early Action: Early action means that you would submit your application to a college earlier and the college would send you its decision before students who apply during the regular admission process. Unlike Early Decision, you are not legally bound to attending the college that accepts you under this plan. Make sure that you read and understand read all of the instructions before applying under this program because instructions may vary from one college to the next. As with Early Decision programs, a college may choose to accept you, deny you, or defer your application to the regular decision pool. Find out which NECBAC institutions have Early Action programs.

Early Decision: Be very thoughtful about applying Early Decision because this is a legally binding contract between you and the college. If the college accepts you under this plan, you agree to withdraw all other college applications and attend the early decision college. Because of this commitment, you can apply early decision to only one college. Typically, Early Decision candidates are competing with a smaller number of students in the applicant pool. As with Early Action programs, a college may choose to accept you, deny you, or defer your application to the regular decision pool. Find out which NECBAC institutions have Early Decision programs.

Rolling Admissions: Under this plan, students may submit an application at any time during the year for consideration. Find out which NECBAC institutions have Rolling Admissions programs.

CSS Profile: The CSS Profile short for the College Scholarship Service Profile, is an application distributed by the College Board in the United States allowing college students to apply for financial aid. Primarily is designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family, it is much more detailed than the FAFSA.

The CSS Profile asks questions about the financial status of the student and the student’s parents. The information the student gives in the CSS Profile is then sent to colleges or universities that the student specifies.

Along with the FAFSA, the CSS Profile is the most common financial aid application that students in the United States fill out.

Each CSS Profile costs a fee, varying from year to year.

Common Application: The Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing an admission application — online and in print — that students may submit to any of its nearly 300 members. Membership is limited to colleges and universities that evaluate students using a holistic selection process. Since its founding over 30 years ago, it has been committed to maintaining a reliable service while promoting equity, access, and integrity in the college application process.

Deferred Admission: It is the action by which a school rejects a student for early admission but still opts to review that student in the general admissions pool.

International Baccalaureate (IB): The International Baccalaureate is a program that is modelled after educational systems from around the world, without being based on any particular one, incorporating both the breadth offered by some as well as the early specialisation offered by others. Since their founding in 1968, their rigour and high standards have ensured their wide recognition throughout the world.

Advanced Placement (AP): The Advanced Placement Program, commonly known as Advanced Placement, or AP, is a United States and Canada-based program that offers high school students the opportunity to receive university credit for their work during high school.

The not-for-profit College Board, which has run the program since 1955, develops and maintains courses in various subject areas, supports those who teach the courses, supports universities as they define their policies related to AP grades, and develops and coordinates the administration of annual AP examinations. These activities are funded through fees charged to students taking AP Exams. Financial aid is still available for students with demonstrated need.

Early Entrance: Some schools have programs that recognize the need for an accelerated academic program. A transition school gives younger students entering college the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed. Generally the program involves students taking main subject classes (English, Math, History, etc). during the fall semester, and then moving into selected college level classes in the spring. This allows students the opportunity to get a taste of what actual college level work is like before they leave the setting of the transition school. Upon graduation from the transition school, the students are matriculated as full-time freshman at the college.

Transfer Student: A transfer student is one that chooses to switch from one college or university to another. Often these students seek to gain credits for courses they have taken at their previous institution. Students will want to check with their future institution to clarify exactly what credits will be transferred over prior to making their decision.

Inquiry Cards: Inquiry cards are used by colleges and universites to gather information from interested students. These cards are often present in publications or at college fairs. Interested students are asked to fill in information which often includes: name, address, high school, academic or athletic interests, etc. These cards are then entered into the college or university’s data base so that information about that school can be sent to the student.