Leo Lingo and Definitions

Academic Calendar The University of La Verne is a semester-based school. Our Fall semester starts in August and ends in December. Our Spring Semester starts in February and ends in May/June.
B.A. or B.S. B.A. stands for “bachelor of arts,” and B.S. stands for ” bachelor or science.” Both degrees can be earned at a four year college.
Campus Labs Engage! Engage is the platform where you can see all the events that are happening on campus and explore student organizations.
Convocation During the 1st week of school, the University gathers students, staff, and faculty to welcome the new academic year and new students.
Credit/No Credit You can take some courses as credit as long as the student earns the equivalent of a letter grade of C- or higher, the student. Some courses are ineligible for Credit / No Credit option, so check with your academic advisor to find out more.
GivePulse GivePulse is a web-based tool that enables people and organizations to list, find, coordinate, and measure their impact in the community
Orientation Week Leaders (OWLs) OWLs will guide and support new students as they begin to transition and acclimate to the Leo community. You will be assigned an OWL before arriving on campus. They serve as a great resource to help you get acquainted with La Verne and answer any and all questions you may have. During New Student Orientation week your OWL will be with you to guide you through the program and fun social activities.
First Generation Student A student whose parents have no college experience.
First-Year Is anyone who is beginning their first-year at a college institution.
FLEX It is the First-Year La Verne Experience (FLEX) Learning Communities. This is only for freshmen students. This community will have you engage with faculty and classmates in linked classes.  It’s great opportunity to build community with peers who have similar interests.  In most cases, FLEXs have two linked courses.  You’d register for a 3rd and 4th course outside of FLEX to round out a full-time course schedule.
Jan-Term (Intersession)
In January Intersession (4 weeks) you will have the option to either take up to 5 semester hours (or take a longer winter break).  Intersession is included with your paid spring semester tuition.
Major A student’s concentrated field of study.  A major is worth at least 40 semester hours.
Minor A student’s secondary field of study.  A minor is usually about half the size of a typical major.  Minors can be 16 or 24 or 30 semester hours (but the average minor is 24 semester hours).
OSEL This stands for the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership. The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership is located on the 1st floor of the Campus Center and they have staff members who are ready to help you get involved on campus. If you want to get involved with the student government, programming board, clubs and organization, or Greek Life stop by and they can help.
Prerequisite A course that must be taken prior to enrollment in another course.
Residence Halls Living areas provided for students by the college or university in which they are enrolled.
Undergraduate Student A student enrolled in a 4 or 5  year bachelor’s degree program.