Glossary

Glossary of Important Admissions Terms
Guidance counselors, college websites, and college-bound guidebooks, and admissions officers share a common vocabulary. This section contains definitions for many key terms.

Common Application

The Common Application (known as the Common App) is a web-based undergraduate college admission application used to apply to any

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DECA

The Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) is a student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance,

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Ivy League

The Ivy League is comprised of eight private colleges and universities located in the Northeastern United States.   The eight institutions

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Common Data Set

The Common Data Set (CDS) is a collaborative effort between the higher education community (U.S. Colleges and Universities) and publishers

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IPEDS

IPEDS is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. It is a system of  surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department’s

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Stafford Loans

Stafford Loans are a form of Federal (U.S. Government) Financial Aid to help an undergraduate or graduate student pay for

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PLUS Loans

PLUS loans are educational loans that enable students to borrow up to the cost of their education – including room

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