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Adding a class to your schedule.


When all required documents have been received and an acceptance letter has been mailed to the student.


An advisor is usually someone from advising or from a specific department (usually the department from the area you are interested in majoring in) who will help students select classes and make sure that they are on track for graduation with the degree desired.  They will also help with any academic problems students may encounter.


People who have graduated from the institution


When a student completes the application

Area Technology

A high school student that is enrolled in a technology program.

Articulation Agreement

Transfer Agreements which guarantees that courses within a specific major will transfer.

Associate Degree

The Associate Degree is granted upon completion of a program of at least two, but less than four years of college work.  Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are conferred upon students who successfully complete programs designed for transfer to a senior college.  The Associate Degree requires completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours, exclusive of physical education activity courses or military science courses, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 ("C" Average).


A student who does not want to receive credit in a course. A student who audits a course usually cannot ask or petition the institution at a later date to obtain college credit for the audited course.

Bachelor's Degree

This is the undergraduate degree offered by four-year colleges and universities.

BCTC Blue+

A joint transfer program between BCTC and the University of Kentucky.

BCTC Colonel

A joint transfer program between BCTC and Eastern Kentucky University.

BCTC Green and Gold

A joint transfer program between BCTC and Kentucky State University.

Bulletin or Catalog

A publication from an institution that contains detailed college information including policies, procedures, curriculum, etc.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The CLEP can be administered to students who desire to obtain college credit by taking proficiency tests in selected courses.  If the student scores high enough on the test, college credit can be awarded.  There is a charge for each test taken.


A commuter is a student who lives off-campus and drives to class or commutes.

Completer Degrees

Allows a student with an associate degree in any area to finish a bachelor's degree in a general area of study within a similar time frame.

Concurrent Enrollment

A student can enroll and attend two educational institutions at the same time provided that certain criteria are met.  For example, a student at UK can also take classes and be enrolled at BCTC.

CONNECTIONS Peer Mentoring Program

A peer mentoring program that connects BCTC students with students at 4-year colleges that have been through the transfer process.


A person who is here to help with different areas of a student's academic, personal, and career choices.

Course Equivalency

The equivalency for a course at another institution.

Credit Hours

Courses taken in college are measured in terms of credit hours.  To earn one credit hour, a student must attend a class for one classroom hour (usually 50 minutes) per week for the whole semester (usually 16 weeks).  Classes are offered in 1-5 credit hour increments with the most common being 3 hours.

Community & Technical College

A Community & Technical College is a two-year institution of higher education.  Course offerings generally include a transfer curriculum with credits transferable toward a bachelor's degree at a four-year college, and an occupational or technical curriculum with courses of study designed to prepare students for employment in two years.

Currently Enrolled

Taking classes in the current semester


A curriculum is composed of those classes prescribed or outlined by an institution for completion of a program of study leading to a degree or certificate.

Degree Seeking

A student that has declared a major.

Disability Support

Support for students with documented disabilities.  This office provides help such as: extended testing times, tutoring, note taking , books on CD, and enlargements.


The process in which the Financial Aid office releases Aid to the business office in order to pay your bill.

Discrepancy (Financial Aid)

In financial aid it is when there is a different answer on the FAFSA and the Verification.


Dropping a class from your schedule

DSS Testing Center

Quiet, monitored room for students that have been awarded extra time for testing

Employee ID

Issued once you become an employee or student worker.  The number is the same as your Peoplesoft/Student ID.

Enroll or Register

Adding a class to your PeopleSoft account


The faculty is composed of all persons who teach classes for colleges.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

The FAFSA form is the gateway to Federal financial assistance, in the form of grants, loans, and work-study, for education beyond high school.  Federal Student Aid is the largest source of the nation's student aid.  Applications are available on-line and are required every year as soon after taxes are filed as possible.


The 4-digit number in which you create in order to sign your FAFSA.


Final Exams

These exams are usually given during the last week of classes each semester.  Final exams are given on specified dates that may be different than regular class time, and are usually listed in each semester's class schedule or the instructors syllabus.

Financial Business Hold

A hold that is placed on a student's account when there is a bill that has not been paid.

Fraternities/Sororities (also called the Greek, or Panhellenic system)

Fraternities (for men) and sororities (for women) are social organizations that are active in various activities.  Through a process of mutual selection, called Rush, (which takes place during a specified time), students may be offered the opportunity to "pledge" a certain fraternity or sorority.

Full-Time Student

Full-time students are currently enrolled for 12 or more hours of coursework.

General Education Requirements

General Education (or GenEd) requirements describe the core courses all students must take in order to graduate.  They are an important component of a student's education.  Besides specializing in a major and training for a career, students should become familiar with some of the many rapidly changing disciplines.  GenEd Requirements are generally 60 hours for an AA or AS degree.

In State Residency

When a student has lived in Kentucky for at least 12 months and has not received financial support from outside the state.

Information Table

A visit from a 4-year institution where a representative will set up a table and distribute information about their institution to students.

Late Registration

The second round of registration for new and continuing students.  All students must first meet with an advisor.

Letter of Good Standing

A letter provided by the college or university currently being attended by the student that shows they are able to return.  Required for Visiting Students.


A major is a student's chosen field of study.  It usually requires the successful completion of a specified number of credit hours.

Mid-term Exams

During the middle of each semester, instructors may give mid-term exams that test students on the material covered to that point.


A minor is designated as a specific number of credit hours (less than a major) in a secondary field of study.

New Student

Very first semester at BCTC or has never taken classes before

Non-Degree Student

A student that has had previous college or university coursework and wants to return to college without seeking a degree.

Out of State Residency

When a student has not lived in Kentucky for at least 12 months and has received financial support from outside the state.

Part-Time Student

Part-time students are enrolled in 9 or fewer hours.

Peoplesoft ID or Student ID

The 9 digit number issued to you once you are admitted to BCTC.  This number is used in place of your social security number.  You will use this to set up your Peoplesoft account.

Post-Secondary Transcripts

College or University Transcripts from non-KCTCS schools

Preference (Refund)

You can choose one of three ways in which you will like your refund (Paper check, debit card or direct deposit)

Prerequisite Courses

A prerequisite course is a course taken in preparation for another course.  For example, Accounting 101 is a prerequisite for Accounting 201.

Priority Registration

The first round of registration for currently enrolled students. All degree seeking students must first meet with an advisor.

Program of Study

The major declared by the student

Readmit Student

Has taken classes at BCTC previously and is returning

Ready To Work

A program for students on KTAP or other state funded help.  Students work and attend class and are offered extra help through the program.


The process in which the business office takes any additional money after your bill is paid off and sends it to the student.


Your classes have been added to your schedule.

Remedial Classes

These are classes that do not meet the requirements for a certificate or a degree at an institution.  Remedial Classes develop proficiency in a particular area such as math, reading, or English.

Selective Admission

Programs where students are selected for admission by a committee.


Semesters or terms are usually 16 weeks long.  Fall semesters typically run from August to December and Spring semesters from January to May.

Student Government Association (SGA)

SGA's exist to represent the interest of students by serving as a liaison between the University and the student campus community.  The student body elects the members of SGA who work to enhance campus life and improve the student experience.

Student Employment

Helps students obtain the knowledge to find a job.  Help is also given to student with the job hunt process

Study Skills

Teaches students how to utilize better study habits and can help with text anxiety solutions.


A syllabus is an outline of the important information about a course.  Written by the professor or instructor, it usually includes important dates, assignments, expectations and policies specific to that course.


A comprehensive list of all coursework.

Transfer Center

A department in Student Development and Enrollment Management (SDEM) that assists current BCTC students with their transfer to a 4-year institution.


Tuition is the amount paid for each credit hour of enrollment.  Tuition does not include the cost of books, fees, or room and board.


An undergraduate is a student pursuing a one, two, or four-year degree.

Verification (Financial Aid)

An Audit process for the FAFSA in which the government randomly selects 30% of applicants to participate.

Visiting Student

A student that is currently enrolled in another college or university and is coming to BCTC to take a couple of courses.

Wait List

A list of students that are waiting to gain entry into a program that did not have places available when they initially applied.


Students may withdraw from courses during a semester, but there are established procedures for doing so with possible financial costs.