Acronyms

As a new Purdue academic advisor, you’ll hear many acronyms and terms abbreviated or referred to for the many programs and offices with which you and your students interact. This guide will assist you in understanding common Purdue language and culture.

- A -

  • AACRAO — American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers.
  • AAHE — American Association for Higher Education.
  • Acad Succ Ctr/SI/Tutor — Academic Success Center/Supplemental Instruction Tutoring
  • ACT — American College Testing Program.
  • ADMS — Admissions/Office of Admissions.
  • AFROTC —Air Force ROTC Division of Military Science and Technology.
  • AID — Agency for International Development.
  • APSAC — Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee.
  • AROTC — Army ROTC Division of Military Science and Technology.
  • Athletics — Intercollegiate Athletics.
  • AY —Academic Year.

- B -

  • BLS —Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • B.I.T. — Behavior Intervention Team.
  • BOSO — Business Office for Student Organizations.

- C -

  • CAPS — Counseling and Psychological Services.
  • CCO — Center for Career Opportunities.
  • CEE — Continuing Engineering Education (online learning).
  • CEEB — College Entrance Exam Board.
  • CIA — CODO in Approver.
  • CIC — Committee on Institutional Cooperation.
  • CIE — Center for Instructional Excellence.
  • CLEP Credit — Credit awarded on the basis of achievement in the College Level Examination Program.
  • CODO — Change of Curricula
  • Coop Housing — Cooperative Housing.
  • Coops/Intern — Co-operative Education/Internships.
  • CREF — College Retirement Equities Fund.
  • CSSAC — Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee.

- D -

  • DD — Departmental Designee.
  • DFA — Division of Financial Aid.
  • Dining — Purdue Dining.
  • DRC — Disability Resource Center.
  • DRS — Division of Recreational Sports.

- E -

  • EAP — Employee Assistance Program.
  • ED — Department of Education.
  • EEO — Equal Employment Opportunity.
  • EM — Enrollment Management.
  • ENTR — Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program.
  • EPC — Educational Policy Committee.
  • EPICS — Engineering Projects In Community Service.
  • EXPL — Exploratory Studies.
  • ETS — Educational Testing Service.

- F -

  • FDA — Food and Drug Administration.
  • FERPA — Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • Financial Aid (DFA) — Division of Financial Aid.
  • FSA — Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • FTE — Full Time Equivalent.
  • FY — Fiscal Year.

- G -

  • Greek Life — Fraternity and Sorority Life.

- H -

  • Hall of Music — Hall of Music/Hall of Music Productions.
  • HDFS — Human Development and Family Studies.
  • HEGIS — Higher Education General Information Survey.
  • HIPAA — Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • HR — Human Resources.
  • HSSE — Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Library.

- I -

  • IICA — Intercollegiate Athletics.
  • ICHE — Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
  • IFC — Purdue Interfraternity Council.
  • IMPACT — Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation.
  • IP — International Programs at Purdue.
  • IPIA — International Programs in Agriculture.
  • IPEDS — Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a federally mandated system of surveys to collect data from postsecondary institutions for enrollments, program completions, faculty and staff, student financial aid, and finances.
  • ISS — International Students and Scholars.
  • ITAP — Information Technology At Purdue.
  • IUPUI — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

- J -

  • JPUR — Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research.

- K -

  • KRCH — Krach Leadership Center, part of the Purdue student success corridor.

- L -

  • Legal Services — Student Legal Services.

- M -

  • Military Vets/SPAN — Military Veterans/Nontraditional Students SPAN Plan
  • Mortar Board — Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society-Barbara Cook Chapter.

- N -

  • NACADA — National Academic Advising Association, The Global Community for Advising.
  • NCAA — National Collegiate Athletic Association.
  • NIE — National Institute of Education.
  • NIH — National Institutes of Health.
  • NIMH — National Institute of Mental Health.
  • NISO — National and International Scholarships Office.
  • NROTC — Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
  • NSF — National Science Foundation.

- O -

  • ODOS — Office of the Dean of Students.
  • Off-Campus Housing — Off-Campus Housing.
  • Old Masters (OM) — featuring an “Old Master” who has made a significant contribution to his or her own field.

- P -

  • PACADA — Purdue Academic Advisors Association.
  • Panhel — Panhellenic Association.
  • Parent/Family — Parent & Family Programs.
  • PERF — Public Employees Retirement Fund.
  • PFW — Purdue University Fort Wayne.
  • PHARM — College of Pharmacy.
  • PLaCE/OEPP —Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange
  • PMU — Purdue Memorial Union.
  • PSUB — Purdue Student Union Board.
  • POS — Plan of Study.
  • Pre-prof advising — Pre-Professional Advising Center.
  • PRF — Purdue Research Foundation.
  • PSAT/NMSQT — College Board's testing to promote college readiness.
  • PSG — Purdue Student Government.
  • PU — Purdue University.
  • PUID — Purdue University Identifier.
  • PULSe — Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science PhD program.
  • PUDM — Purdue University Dance Marathon, student-run philanthropic organization.
  • PUSH — Purdue University Student Health Center (medical services).
  • PU Prom/Horizons/21st Cent Sch (TfCS) — Purdue Promise /Horizons /21st Century Scholars, specialized programs at Purdue.
  • PU-WL — Purdue University West Lafayette.
  • PWL — Purdue West Lafayette.

- Q -

  • QPR — Question, Persuade, Refer. training to recognize the warning signs for suicide and assist those in need.

- R -

  • R.A.D. — Rape Aggression Defense.
  • Rec Sports — Recreational Sports
  • REGR — Office of the Registrar.
  • REM — Radiological and Environmental Management.
  • REU — Research Experience for Undergraduates.
  • Rights Resp/Grade Appeals — Student Rights and Responsibilities /Academic Grade Appeals.

- S -

  • SA — Study Abroad.
  • SAMHSA — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  • SAT — College Board's Scholastic Aptitude Test.
  • SEP — Student Educational Plan.
  • Service Learn/BVN — Service Learning Boiler Volunteer Network (B-Involved).
  • SFAB — Student Fee Advisory Board, student-led review of all undergraduate student fees.
  • SOGA — Student Organization Grant Allocation Board, student organization for distribution of funding to student organizations.
  • SPS — Sponsored Program Services.
  • SSA — Social Security Administration.
  • STAR/BGR — Orientation programs/(STAR/Virtual STAR)/Boiler Gold Rush and Boiler Gold Rush International.
  • Student Concert Comm — Student Concert Committee.
  • Student Employ — Student Employment.
  • Study Abroad —International Programs affiliate.
  • SWO — Student Wellness Office.

- T -

  • TA — Teaching Assistant.
  • TAEVIS — actile Access to Education for Visually Impaired Students.
  • Teaching Academy — Teaching Academy (Center for Instructional Excellence).
  • Testing Center — Testing Center.
  • Think Summer — Think Summer.
  • TIAA/CREF — Teachers Insurance Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund.

- U -

  • UCC — University Core Curriculum.
  • UGRL — Hicks Undergraduate Library.
  • Ugrad Acad Advising — Office of the Director of University Undergraduate Academic Advising.
  • Ugrad Res — Undergraduate Research.
  • Univ Bands (BANDS) — Purdue University Bands.
  • Univ Res/Res Life — University Residences/Residential Life.
  • URL — University Religious Leaders.
  • USCG — U.S. Coast Guard.

- V -

  • VA — U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • VR&E — Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.
  • VSP — Vision Service Plan.

- W -

  • WIEP — Women In Engineering Programs.
  • WIP — Work In Progress.

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- Z -

  • Acronyms
Sanjana Dey When it came time to choose my path after high school, I was lucky enough to have a support system that allowed me the space and resources needed to nurture my strengths. As an undergraduate student, I chose to attend an institution with a small student-faculty ratio. During this time, I had a faculty member serve, as both my personal and professional mentor, and I believe it was this level of personal attention that truly helped shape my goals and my perspective on life. So much of why I joined this profession was to recreate this level of community at a larger institution because I, first hand, have seen the impact that forging meaningful relationships has on our student’s sense of belonging and ultimately their general success.”
-Sanjana Dey