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Does everything at WVU have an acronym?! Yep, almost everything. Here's your guide to learning the lingo.

  • ADA
    Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • B&E
    Chambers College of Business and Economics
  • BOG
    WVU Board of Governors
  • CAC
    Creative Arts Center
  • Carruth
    Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services
  • CBC&R
    Center for Black Culture and Research
  • CCA
    College of Creative Arts
  • CEMR
    College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
  • CLASS
    Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success
  • CLIMB
    Chambers College of Business and Economics’ Living-Learning Community (stands for Connect Lead Innovate Motivate Belong)
  • COA
    Cost of Attendance
  • CPASS
    College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
  • The Crossing
    Evansdale Crossing building
  • CWE
    Center for Writing Excellence
  • DA
    Daily Athenaeum
  • DEI
    Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • DL
    Direct Loan
  • Eberly
    Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
  • E. Moore Hall
    Elizabeth Moore Hall
  • EFC
    Expected Family Contribution (a financial aid calculation of what your family is expected to pay toward your WVU expenses – tuition, fees, living costs, etc.)
  • EPSCoR
    Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
  • ERC
    Evansdale Residential Complex
  • FAA
    Financial Aid Administrator
  • FAFSA
    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (a form that needs to be completed each year to qualify for aid and scholarships)
  • FERPA
    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • FFEL
    Federal Family Education Loan
  • FPL
    Federal Perkins Loan Program
  • FSA
    Federal Student Aid
  • FWS
    Federal Work-Study
  • GA
    Graduate Assistant
  • GEF
    General Education Foundation (a group of courses required by all majors to provide students with general knowledge in more than one area)
  • GPA
    Grade Point Average
  • GRA
    Graduate Research Assistant
  • GRE
    Graduate Record Examinations
  • GTA
    Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • HSC
    Health Sciences Center
  • The Hub
    one-stop shop for student financial aid, scholarships, student accounts and student employment, located in Evansdale Crossing building
  • ITS
    Information Technology Services
  • The Lair
    Mountainlair, located downtown
  • LCSEE
    Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
  • LLC
    Living-Learning Community (area in WVU residence hall where students who share interests live together)
  • MIX
    Mountaineer Information Xpress
  • MIC
    Media Innovation Center
  • NETL
    National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • NIOSH
    National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • NRCCE
    National Research Center for Coal and Energy
  • NSO
    New Student Orientation
  • OAS
    Office of Accessibility Services
  • OUR
    Office of the University Registrar
  • PLUS
    Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students
  • PROMISE Scholarship
    merit-based financial aid program for West Virginia residents
  • PRT
    Personal Rapid Transit
  • PWE
    Professional Writing and Editing Program
  • RA
    Resident Assistant (student staff member on each residence hall floor, there to assist students)
  • RHC
    Residence Hall Coordinator (professional, full-time staff member in each residence hall, there to assist students)
  • RRI
    Regional Research Institute
  • The Rec
    Student Recreation Center
  • Ruby
    Ruby Memorial Hospital
  • SEEED
    Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design’s Living-Learning Community (stands for Sustainability Environment Economy Energy Design)
  • SFSS
    Student Financial Services (financial aid/scholarships)
  • SGA
    Student Government Association
  • STAR
    platform used to access all student information (schedule, transcripts, housing, financial aid, and more)
  • SURE
    Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
  • SURI
    Summer Undergraduate Research Institute
  • TA
    Teaching Assistant
  • TRIO
    not an acronym (originally made of three programs, TRIO helps first-generation, low-income and disabled students)
  • U92
    WWVU 91.7, WVU’s College Radio Station
  • UPark
    University Park, an apartment complex that includes residence hall Oakland Hall, located in the Evansdale area of campus
  • UPlace
    University Place, an apartment complex that includes residence hall Seneca Hall, located in Sunnyside
  • WELL WVU
    The Students’ Center of Health