Academic Year: The academic year at Cedarville University is divided into two semesters. Summer study is optional. Typically, for matriculating international students, awards such as scholarships cover two semesters (fall and spring). At the end of each semester, there is a final exam period. There is a short break between each semester.
Major: The field in which you are trying to get your degree.
Grades: The quality of a student's academic work is measured by letter grades. Cedarville University uses the "four-point system" to determine academic averages. Grade points are awarded as follows:
Mid-Term: A test given around the middle of each semester.
Final: An exam given at the end of a semester, usually on all the academic material covered in class. The final exam schedule is published on the web page of the registrar's office.
Quiz: A test given during the semester, sometimes unannounced.
Credit Hours: The quantity of work a student does at Cedarville is measured in credit hours. The number of credit hours a course is worth is usually based on the number of hours it meets each week. To complete your degree, you must have a specific number of credit hours. Your advisor will help you with this.
Assignment: Out-of-class work required by a professor. For example, reading books, writing papers, or doing a lab report. Your professor will expect the assignment by a certain date.
Registrar: The registrar keeps the official record of a student's academic information, such as courses taken and grades received.
Transcript: The record of courses taken and grades received by a student. Official transcripts are important documents and must be requested from the office of the registrar.