Glossary

Admissions and Registration

Academic Probation - Students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA, see below) falls below a certain minimum may be placed on Academic Alert. Students on Academic Alert are notified by letter and must improve their grades during the following semester in order to register for future TCC classes. Students who receive an Academic Alert letter should seek out a counselor or advisor immediately for help on finding and using College resources than can improve their academic standing.

Add - This term refers to the short period of time at the beginning of any semester or session when students can add an open class without the instructor's signature.

Admission - Students who have submitted a completed Admissions Application and have met all admissions requirements are eligible to register for classes. 

Advising - The College provides free advising services to all students for help with program planning and course selection.

Audit - Students who audit a class attend class meetings, but do not receive credit or a grade for the course. 

Continuing Student - Any student who has attended TCC within the last three years and is in good academic standing is considered a continuing student.

Core Requirements (Core Courses) - Core courses are the required courses within a degree or certificate and must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. 

Corequisite - A corequisite refers to a related course that must be taken at the same time as another related course (e.g., science lecture and science lab).

Course Reference Number (CRN) - This five-digit number in the Schedule of Classes is used to identify a particular class section in a particular subject. The CRN must be listed on the registration form next to the class title.

Credit Hour/Lecture - One credit equals 16 class hours for a lecture course. In a traditionally delivered, semester-length course, one credit hour is equal to one hour of lecture per week. Thus, a typical three-credit lecture course consists of 48 class hours of classroom instruction.

Credit Hour Lab - One credit of a lab course is equal to 32 - 48 class hours. The variance is based on the type of lab course. One-credit science labs typically require three hours per week for each credit. For example, a one credit, semester-length (16-week) Chemistry lab course meets three class hours a week and thus 48 hours for a 16-week semester. Some technology courses require only 32 hours of lab class time for one credit. For example, an aviation technology lab course requires two hours a week for a 16-week lab course for a total of 32 hours.

Drop - This term refers to the short period at the beginning of any semester or session when students can drop a class and receive a refund. Dropped classes will not appear on an official academic transcript.

Elective - Elective courses are courses that are in addition to the core requirements of a program. Students choose electives based on a list specified by their program or in specific approved areas of interest. Students should choose electives in consultation with their advisor.

Full-Time Student - Students are considered full time if they are registered for 12 or more credit hours in a semester, or six or more credits in the summer sessions. Note: To be considered full time for financial aid purposes, students must be enrolled in 12 credits.

GPA/Grade Point Average - The average grade earned by a student, figured by dividing the grade points earned by the number of credits attempted.

Hold - Students who owe fees or fail to return materials will have a hold placed on their record. This hold may prohibit a student's registration or request for official transcripts. Students should contact Call2000 at 918.595.2010 for information on how to clear the hold from their student account.

Part-time Student - A part-time student is a student registered for fewer than 12 credit hours in a semester or fewer than six credits in the summer sessions.

Prerequisite - A prerequisite is a required course that you must successfully complete before enrolling for a course. Prerequisites are listed in the college catalog with the course description.

Registration - Registration is the process of selecting classes, processing selections through the Registration Office or online, and paying tuition and fees.

Returning Student - Returning students are those students who have attended TCC in the last five years but not during the previous semester.

Transcript - A transcript is a master list of the courses a student has taken, the grade earned, and the cumulative grade point average. Official transcripts can be requested at any campus Enrollment Services Office.

Withdrawal ("W" Grade) - Students who wish to receive a "W" in a course on the student transcript, must complete a change in registration form sometime after the drop period (see above) and before the last one-third of the class. Students who withdraw from a class or classes after the deadline for refunds will receive a "W" on their transcripts but will not receive a refund. Withdrawal with a "W" is only permitted during the first two-thirds of the calendar days of the semester or class. A "W" grades is not factored into a student's grade point average.

Financial Aid

FAFSA - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a required form that must be completed as the first step in applying for many types of financial aid. This application can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov or obtained at any campus Financial Aid Office.

Priority Financial Aid Deadlines - If the student has completed the FAFSA, is eligible for financial aid and has satisfied all requirements by this date, and the student responds to any future requests in a timely manner, the student will not be dropped from classes for that term and should have funds available for the first refund period.

Qualified Financial Aid Student - A student who has completed all requirement requests from the financial aid office, is fully admitted in an eligible program, has no processing holds, and is making satisfactory academic progress.

Ability to Benefit - Students who apply for federal financial aid need to demonstrate an ability to study and learn at the college level. A high school diploma or a GED can be used to document the ability to benefit from college. "Ability to Benefit" can also be established by obtaining appropriate scores in reading, writing and mathematics on the College's assessment test. For more detailed information, see an advisor or financial aid counselor.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) - Financial aid recipients must maintain a minimum grade point average and complete a specified number of credits each term to remain in good standing academically. Students who not meet these requirements can endanger their financial aid award. All students receiving financial aid should discuss academic standards of progress with an advisor or counselor to assure that expectations for maintaining good grades and making steady progress toward a degree or certificate are clearly understood.

Miscellaneous

Academic Calendar - The College's Academic Calendar contains key dates important to every student, including the start and end dates of classes, holidays, exam days, registration dates, and financial aid deadlines, among others. You can view the calendar here.

Banner - Banner is the name of the College's administrative computing system. This system stores and retrieves student information, grades, financial aid data, and many other types of information. Students may access grade information through Banner Online on the TCC home page.

Catalog - The College Catalog is published on the TCC website annually. The Catalog contains information about the policies and services of Tulsa Community College, including all degree and certificate programs, course requirements and descriptions, and student resources. The Programs and Courses section of the website provides the most current information on all credit degrees, certificates and courses.

Schedule of Classes - TCC an online listing of classes offered anytime during the fall, spring and summer terms. The schedule of classes contains all information needed to register for a class, including time, date, location, instructor, fees and any enrollment restrictions. Instructions for registering online or in person are also found in the schedule of classes.

Transfer Guide - University Transfer Guides list which TCC courses transfer and fulfill degree requirements at OSU, OU and any other regional, four-year institutions. There is a guide for each degree offered at each of the State universities. Transfer guides are available online or from any TCC advisor or counselor.

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