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UR Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Lingo

At the University of Rochester names of departments, offices, programs, and more are commonly referenced by an acronym or abbreviation, rather than their full name. The office of Parent and Family Relations recognizes that this shortened language might pose confusion for parents, families, new students, or other individuals less familiar with the University. This page provides a list of the most commonly used acronyms and abbreviations by the University community with links to respective web pages for more information.

For questions, please contact Parent and Family Relations at or (585) 275-5415.

Acronym/AbbreviationFull Name/Description
AA/AS Associate of Arts/Science
ACT American College Test
ASE School of Arts, Sciences & Engineering
BA/BS Bachelor of Arts/Science
CA Community Assistant
Career Center Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center
CCAS College Center for Advising Services
CCC Campus Community Connection
CETL Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning
CSCM Center for Student Conflict Management
CT Campus Times
D’Lion D’Lions
Declining Meal plan money for on-campus dinning
ECO Early Connection Opportunity
EcoRep EcoReps
EdD Doctor of Education
EE Expectations for Excellence
ELP Emerging Leaders Program
ESM Eastman School of Music
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FF Freshmen Fellows
FSA Fraternity & Sorority Affairs
GA Graduate Assistant
Gandhi Institute M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
GHA Graduate House Advisor
GHR Graduate Head Resident
GOP Graduate Opportunity Program
GRE Graduate Record Examination
GSOC Graduate Students of Color
GVP Graduate Visitation Program
HEOP Higher Education Opportunity Program
ICC Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center
ISO International Services Office
JD Juris Doctor (Doctor of Law)
Kearns David T. Kearns Center for Leadership & Diversity
LSAT Law School Admission Test
MA/MS Master of Arts/Science
MAG Memorial Art Gallery
MBA Master of Business Administration
MCAT Medical College Admission Test
MD Doctor of Medicine
MERT Medical Emergency Response Team
MMLA Minority Male Leadership Association
MSC Multidisciplinary Studies Center
MVP Multicultural Visitation Program
ODOS Office of the Dean of Students
OMSA Office of Minority Student Affairs
OSP Office of Summer Programs and Part-Time Studies
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
RA Resident Advisor
RCCL Rochester Center for Community Leadership
ResLife Residential Life
ROC tkts Discount ticket program for UR undergrads
Rocky’s (formerly The Hive) Rocky's Sub Shop & Lounge
SA Students’ Association Government
SAAC Students’ Association Appropriations Committee
SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test
Simon William E. Simon School of Business Administration
SMD School of Medicine & Dentistry
SON School of Nursing
Study Abroad The Center for Education Abroad
SWAG Souvenirs, Wearables, And Gifts
TA Teaching Assistant
The Commons (formerly The Pit) The Commons Food Court
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
UCC University Counseling Center
UHS University Health Service
University IT University Information Technology
URMC University of Rochester Medical Center
URos Spending account for on and off-campus services
Warner Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education & Human Development
WCSA Wilson Commons Student Activities
WSAP Writing, Speaking & Argument Program