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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
    Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success
    Chambers College of Business and Economics’ Living-Learning Community (stands for Connect Lead Innovate Motivate Belong)
  • COA
    Cost of Attendance
    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
    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (a form that needs to be completed each year to qualify for aid and scholarships)
    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
    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
    National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
    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
    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
    The Students’ Center of Health