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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 urparents@rochester.edu or (585) 275-5415.

Acronym/Abbreviation

Full 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

DMA

Doctor of Musical Arts

DNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice

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