The Ultimate Glossary of Terms About Online College

Posted: June 23, 2021 | Author: Sayre Davis | Read Time: 3 minutes

Terms About Online CollegeUnderstanding different aspects of college can be difficult and terms within the college realm online can be even more difficult to understand. When starting your college career, there are many different terms and subjects that you may have not heard before and because of this, it may cause some language barriers. Below are the terms that often pop up in online college courses and what they mean. By understanding them the hope is that you will find a deeper level of success.


The term advisor is one of the most important words you can learn when attending college. An academic advisor refers to someone that provides students with information pertaining to their degree, courses, and university regulations. Advisors help students navigate academic and personal concerns that may influence their academic performance. Utilizing your academic advisor at Southern Utah University is so important to your success during and after college and making sure you understand their role will help you accomplish this.


Canvas is the online program that many schools use, including SUU. Canvas will house your online courses (and some on-campus as well) and has many great features and tools to help you find success in your courses.

One of the features that are in Canvas is the ability to message professors and students. This can allow you to get information and your questions answered in a quick and concise manner. Another great feature is the ability to see your grades immediately after being entered by the professor. Both of these features allow you to get a firm grasp on your college education. Utilizing Canvas will help you stay on-task and connected to your classmates and professors and this couldn't be more important in an online college.


Scholarships can be one of your biggest assets when starting online college. A scholarship is a grant or payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievements. Gaining a scholarship to help you pay for college can make or break a college experience.

SUU offers many different scholarships and grants. These can be found on SUU’s Financial Aid page under scholarships. There are many different scholarships that are offered by private organizations and there are plenty of resources to help you apply.


When it comes to academics utilizing a course syllabus is a huge ally. A syllabus gives an overview of what you can expect from the class and when you should expect assignments to come down the pipeline. Having an upper hand on when your class assignments and quizzes will be making an appearance will allow you to be prepared for your classes. Understanding your syllabus and how each of your classes will play out will be essential to you and your education.


The final term you will need to learn is Zoom. Zoom is the leading video conference and call platform used by colleges throughout the United States. Getting yourself familiar with this program will help you succeed in the online world especially when all classes will be on this platform.


Knowing the unique online college terminology and what each word means is essential to a successful college experience. Learn more college terms here.

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