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G Term ~ Definition

General Education Coursework ~ Courses which represent the common areas of knowledge and skills that pertain to educated persons and those which offer a coherent and broadly comprehensive academic foundation.

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) ~ A standardized external examination of verbal and quantitative skills usually required by graduate schools of business and used to assess the qualifications of applicants for MBA programs.

Good Academic Standing ~ The status of a student who has met or exceeded the requirements specified in Policies and Procedures. A student must be in good academic standing to be eligible for veterans' benefits, intercollegiate athletics, the Student Senate and other campus activities.

GPA ~ Grade point average; the average of your class grades, generally based on a 4.0 scale.

Grade Point Index ~ The numerical average based on the credit hours attempted and grades earned for courses taken at Hudson Valley Community College. At the close of each term a separate index is calculated to indicate the term, and cumulative average.

Graduate Assistant (GA) ~ A GA helps a professor with research or works for an academic department. Graduate Assistants usually receive a salary and reduced tuition. See Teaching Assistant.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) ~ A test often used to determine eligibility for graduate school

Graduate Student ~ A student who has earned a bachelor's degree and is working on an advanced degree such as a master's or doctorate.

Graduation Compact ~ An agreement between a student and a college or university. This agreement (sometimes called "Grad Pact") states that if a student meets certain guidelines, he/ she will be able to graduate within four years or the college will pay for the remaining education.

Grants ~ Financial assistance that does not require repayment.

Greek Organizations ~ Student organizations named by Greek letters. These organizations may be academic, social or charitable. Members of social Greek organizations (such as fraternities and sororities) frequently live together in a "Greek House."


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