Cornell College prides itself in creating a unique learning environment, and this comes with it’s own unique language. Below are commonly used terms at Cornell that will help you learn the language as you settle in here.
BACO – Black Awareness Cultural Organization
Bidding - using points to “bid” on courses that may fill up during registration. In general, students have a total of 10 points per number of terms for which they are registering.
Block – also known as a term. Block refers to the 3 ½ weeks scheduled for each course.
C&G – Chess and Games – a student group on campus.
The Thomas Commons – Cornell’s Student Center – the main hub of campus.
Course Catalogue – Your academic guide to degree, major, and minor requirements; course descriptions; and academic regulations that are important to know for you r success at Cornell.
CR – Cedar Rapids – located just 20 minutes away.
CUE – Cultural Understanding and Exploration.
15 Day Drop - Withdrawal from a course on the 15th day of the block.
IC – Iowa City – located just 30 minutes away.
IMs - Intramurals
Kiosk - Three Cement pillars located outside of Bowman Carter facing the Thomas Commons. These are painted by students to advertise for events and send messages to friends.
KRNL – Campus radio station call letters.
NSO – New Student Orientation
OC – Orange Carpet – located on the second floor of the Thomas Commons – main hub of campus.
OCAAT – One Course At A Time – The block plan
OL – Orientation Leader
OLA – Organization for Latino Awareness.
PA – Peer Advisor
PAAC – Performing Arts and Activities Council – plan activities for the entire student body.
PR – Pauley Rorem Residence Hall
RA – Resident Assistant
Rams – the campus mascot
RATT – The Rathskeller – A fast food, Starbucks offering café located on the 2nd floor of the Thomas Commons.
Semester – At Cornell this is broken down by Blocks 1-4 and 5-8.
Senate – Cornell’s student governing body.
STC – Student Theatre Council
Term – refers to the one course that you take at a time. A term is 3 ½ weeks long.
Term Table – also known as the Course Schedule.
Tri-Hall – Pfeiffer, Dows, and Tarr Residence halls.
TWRG – Third Wave Resource Group – a student organization on campus.
Validation – All enrollment details can be handled in one place, at one time, and without long lines. We call it validation. It is held in the Multi-Sport Center arena. When you arrive at the arena you will receive a checklist identifying the various campus offices represented and pointing out which of their tables you need to visit.
WD – Withdrawal
WH – Health Withdrawal