Learning the lingo or what people are talking about is an important step to succeeding in your
college career. It is not a question of individual intelligence, just understanding what people
mean when they are explaining policies and procedures to you. Too often staff and other
university employees assume that you know how the system works and what they mean when
they are talking to you. In order to help you navigate your way through the system, here is a
list of the most commonly used terms and their meaning here at UWF. Don't forget that the
University Catalog is still the official source of academic policies and procedure.
Academic Probation: see Probation.
- College credit which is earned through the Advanced Placement program while in
high school. A score of 3 or higher is required to earn college credit at UWF. Official
scores must be received by UWF Admissions directly from College Board in order to
receive the credit.
- Students may register for a course as an audit. A student sits in on a class for
which no credit is earned. The course can be changed from audit to a letter grade on or
before the end of the tenth week of the fall or spring semester (check academic calendar
for each term). Students must pay for an audited class.
- Refers to how the year is broken down for classes and grading. Also means the
academic year which begins in August and consists of three terms or semesters during
that year. Check the academic calendar for important dates.
- A course that must be taken concurrently with an accompanying course (two
courses that cannot be taken separately). Co-requisites are most often science courses
which have a co-requisite of a lab.
- How progress toward a degree is measured. The University requires a minimum of
120 credit hours to graduate. A course is usually worth 3 semester hours of credit. If a
student is enrolled in 12 credit hours or 12 credits, that typically means being enrolled in
Dropping/Adding a course:
- A course can be added anytime during Early Registration, Regular
Registration, or during the official Drop/Add period (as listed in the Academic Calendar)
and is the first week of classes for that term. After the Drop/Add period, no other
courses may be added.
- A course can be dropped anytime during the Early Registration, Regular Registration, or
during the official Drop/Add period (the first week of classes for that term). A
course(s) dropped during this period will not appear on the permanent record. To drop a
course after the Drop/Add period, you must Withdraw (available through MyUWF).
Dual Enrollment Credit:
- College credit earned while still attending high school. An official
transcript from that college (not courses listed on the high school transcript) must be sent
to the UWF Office of Admissions in order to receive credit at UWF.
- A notification to students from the Advising Center that a professor has reported them for having serious academic difficulty. Serious academic difficulty is
defined as having a "D" or "F" grade in the course. Students should meet with their
academic advisor to discuss options for intervention or withdrawal.
- The on-line access for courses. Access in eLearning can be for courses which
are fully on-line to those which only course grades or minimal course information is
available. E-Learning is accessed through MyUWF.
- If a student needs verification that he/she is enrolled at UWF, the
student should access MyUWF for "Enrollment Certification." This is strictly an on-line
- Required of all students in order to graduate with either an AA or
Bachelor's degree. If you had two years of the same foreign language in high school or
two semesters of the same foreign language in college, you have met this requirement.
- Note: some majors have an additional foreign language requirement as part of that
program. Check your SASS audit or with your major department.
Good Academic Standing:
- Students are considered in good academic standing if they are
currently enrolled or eligible to re-enroll at UWF.
- Students may retake a course for a better grade. A grade forgiveness form
must be completed and signed by the academic advisor before the end of the semester
in which the course is repeated. Students should check with their academic advisor to
receive the most up-to-date information regarding the grade forgiveness policy.
- A State of Florida requirement which must be satisfied to receive either the
Associate of Arts or Bachelor's degree. Students must complete 6 semester hours of
English coursework and 6 semester hours of additional coursework designated as Gordon
Rule Writing and 2 Gordon Rule Mathematics courses. A grade of C- or better must be
earned in a course to receive Gordon Rule credit.
Grade Point Average:
- Or GPA, is a numerical value assigned to the grades received in all the
courses you have attempted at UWF. Each letter grade has a numerical value assigned.
Check the UWF Catalog for the value assigned each grade or ask your advisor how to
compute a GPA.
- There are various types of holds. Check the Holds section in MyUWF. Freshmen will
have an advising hold every semester until transferred to their major department. An
advising appointment is required before the hold can be lifted.
- An incomplete grade or "I" is given strictly at the discretion of the
instructor. You must communicate with the instructor what needs to be done to make
up the work. If the work is not made up by the next semester instructor or the instructor
does not turn in a grade change, the "I" will automatically turn into an "F". Students may
not graduate with an "I" grade on their academic record.
- A subject area such as history or mathematics in which a student concentrates his/her
studies in order to earn a degree. Every student must have a declared major.
- An area of interest (a mini-major) which can be pursued at the same time as the major.
Some majors require students to have a minor. Check your SASS audit and program
requirements. A minor is a good way to complement a major.
- MyUWF is the website, or "web portal," that contains all of the information and
online services you need to be an active member of the UWF community. Through
MyUWF, you can register for classes; access eLearning; access the eDesktop virtual
computer lab; check grades; search the library; view your account balance; pay fees;
manage email, keep up with UWF news and announcements, watch the campus calendar
for upcoming events, and keep in touch with university clubs and other groups.
- Students may elect to take a course on the pass/fail option and must sign up for
this option at the time of initial registration for each semester. A grade of pass "P" is not
computed into the student's grade point average. A grade of fail "F" does count against
the grade point average. This option cannot be used to meet General Studies or Gordon
Rule requirements. See the UWF Catalog for more information.
- The same as a transcript. The listing of all the courses you have attempted
and/or completed at UWF. The permanent record can include transfer work if the student
chooses. An unofficial copy of the transcript can be obtained in MyUWF.
Permission to Enter a Closed Class:
- If a course has exceeded the limit of students allowed in
the course, written permission from the instructor of the course must be obtained. Either
the department or the Registrar's Office can assist the student in registering for the class.
- A beginning course that prepares students for a more difficult or advanced
course. A student may not take the advanced course without the appropriate prerequisite.
Prerequisites will be listed with the course description in the Catalog and in the course
search during registration. The registration system will stop a student's registration if the
appropriate prerequisite has not been met. Check with the department of the course if you
have any questions. Also, some majors also require a specific grade in prerequisites.
- The intent of academic probation is to serve notice formally that a
student may not be making satisfactory progress. Students whose cumulative grade point
average (GPA) for University of West Florida course work is below the minimum listed
below will be placed on academic probation by the student's college.
- 0-15 semester hours, less than 1.60 cumulative GPA
- 16-30 semester hours, less than 1.80 cumulative GPA
- more than 30 semester hours, less than 2.00 cumulative GPA
- Students are advised to meet with your academic advisor to discuss an academic success plan.
- A student may receive credit for a course only once regardless of how many times it is taken in transfer or at UWF. All attempts at UWF count in the GPA unless
grade forgiveness is used (see Grade Forgiveness Policy). Only the most recent attempt
will count for credit.
- Student Academic Support System which can be accessed through MyUWF. The
SASS audit allows students to check their progress toward earning the degree. It includes
course work completed at UWF, courses in progress at UWF, upcoming semester's
course work for which you have registered, any other course work completed at other
schools and credit for CLEP, AP and IB exams.
- The period of time within the academic calendar (usually 16 weeks) during which
academic courses are offered. The University has three semesters per academic year; Fall
- which begins in August; Spring - which begins in January; and Summer - which begins
in May. A semester can also have separate terms within it. Some terms may run the
entire semester and others may be for a shorter period of time.
- All students are required to complete 9 hours of summer attendance
(unless admitted to the University with more than 60 semester hours of credit). The
Summer requirement can be completed in a combination of one or more summers at
UWF or any of the other 10 Florida Public Universities. This requirement cannot be met
at a state of Florida College, junior college or out-of-state college.
- A student is suspended or not allowed to re-enroll at UWF upon failure to bring the
overall GPA to at least a 2.00. The student must apply and be approved for reinstatement
before being allowed to return to UWF. Check with your academic advisor for more
Term: See Semester.
Any course work which is not UWF coursework. Official transcripts must
be received by the Office of Admissions which will determine overall and General
Studies credit. Courses transferred to UWF may or may not meet specific course/major
requirements even though they have been granted overall transfer credit. Grades for
these courses are not averaged into the UWF GPA.
- A student is considered a transient student when taking coursework at
an institution other than UWF. UWF is still considered the home institution. It is
recommended that students complete a Transient Student Form which is available on-line
- A student may withdraw from a course while remaining in other courses before
the end of the tenth week of instruction. Up to this point, a student will receive a grade
of "W" (no penalty to the grade point average). A course withdrawal must be completed
on-line and is available through MyUWF. After the tenth week, students must appeal
through a late withdrawal which will not be automatically approved. A student must meet
certain criteria which must also be documented. An instructor will not drop you from the
class if you stop going.