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

Acronym List

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