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.
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 Learning Community. This is only for freshmen students. This community will have you engage with faculty and classmates in linked classes. You will have two distinct disciplines and a writing class with the same classmates.
Jan-Term In January you will have the option to either take a course or take a longer winter break.
Major A student’s concentrated field of study.
Minor A student’s secondary field of study.
OSL This stands for the Office of Student Life. The Office of Student Life 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.