Academic advisor:  A member of a college faculty who helps and advises students solely on academic matters, he or she may also assist students during the registration process.

Accreditation:  Approval of colleges and universities by nationally recognized professional associations or regional accrediting bodies - The US government does not monitor the quality of US colleges and universities, as does the ministry of education in other countries. Instead, the US Department of Education approves accrediting agencies. These accrediting agencies review a school's educational program for quality, and certify that the school meets a minimal set of standards. So it is important to be sure that the schools to which you are applying are accredited by a recognized accrediting agency, since schools without accreditation are likely to be of lesser quality. 

ACT (American College Test):  A standardized test offered by American College Testing to assess preparation for college. Similar in nature to the SAT. Required primarily by schools in the Western and Midwestern United States.  Four separate, multiple-choice tests measure knowledge of English, math, reading, and science, and one optional writing test measures essay planning and writing skills. Most students take the ACT during their junior or senior year of high school, and most colleges and universities accept scores from either the ACT or SAT. Some schools may recommend, but not require, international students to take the ACT or SAT. (See the U.S. News college test prep guide for more information.) 

Sources: including U.S. Department of State, Education USA, Common Data Set of U.S. Higher Education Terminology, Wikipedia, Litz USA Student Services, US News – Education and other sources. Copyright @ 2009 ALL Rights Reserved


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