UR Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Lingo

At the University of Rochester names of departments, offices, programs, and more are commonly referenced by an acronym or abbreviation, rather than their full name. Parent and Family Relations recognizes that this shortened language might pose confusion for parents, families, new students, or other individuals less familiar with the University. This page provides a list of the most commonly used acronyms and abbreviations by the University community with links to respective web pages for more information.

For questions, please contact Parent and Family Relations at urparents@rochester.edu or (585) 275-5415.

Acronym/AbbreviationFull Name/Description
AA/ASAssociate of Arts/Science
ACTAmerican College Test
AS&ESchool of Arts, Sciences and Engineering
BA/BSBachelor of Arts/Science
CACommunity Assistant
Career CenterGwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center
CCASCollege Center for Advising Services
CCCCampus Community Connection
CCECenter for Community Engagement
CETLCenter for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
CSCMCenter for Student Conflict Management
CTCampus Times
DecliningMeal plan money for on-campus dinning
DMADoctor of Musical Arts
DNPDoctor of Nursing Practice
ECOEarly Connection Opportunity
EdDDoctor of Education
EEExpectations for Excellence
ELPEmerging Leaders Program
ESMEastman School of Music
FAFSAFree Application for Federal Student Aid
FSAFraternity and Sorority Affairs
FYFFirst-Year Fellows
GAGraduate Assistant
Gandhi InstituteM.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
GHAGraduate House Advisor
GHRGraduate Head Resident
GOPGraduate Opportunity Program
GREGraduate Record Examination
GSOCGraduate Students of Color
GVPGraduate Visitation Program
HEOPHigher Education Opportunity Program
ICCPaul J. Burgett Intercultural Center
ISOInternational Services Office
JDJuris Doctor (Doctor of Law)
KearnsDavid T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity
LSATLaw School Admission Test
MA/MSMaster of Arts/Science
MAGMemorial Art Gallery
MBAMaster of Business Administration
MCATMedical College Admission Test
MDDoctor of Medicine
MERTMedical Emergency Response Team
MMLAMinority Male Leadership Association
MSCMultidisciplinary Studies Center
MVPMulticultural Visitation Program
ODOSOffice of the Dean of Students
OMSAOffice of Minority Student Affairs
OSPOffice of Summer Programs and Part-Time Studies
PhDDoctor of Philosophy
RAResident Advisor
ResLifeResidential Life
ROC tktsDiscount ticket program for UR undergrads
Rocky’s (formerly The Hive)Rocky's Sub Shop and Lounge
SAStudents’ Association Government
SAACStudents’ Association Appropriations Committee
SATScholastic Aptitude Test
SimonWilliam E. Simon School of Business Administration
SMDSchool of Medicine and Dentistry
SONSchool of Nursing
Study AbroadThe Center for Education Abroad
SWAGSouvenirs, Wearables, And Gifts
TATeaching Assistant
The Commons (formerly The Pit)The Commons Food Court
TOEFLTest of English as a Foreign Language
UCCUniversity Counseling Center
UHSUniversity Health Service
University ITUniversity Information Technology
URMCUniversity of Rochester Medical Center
URosSpending account for on and off-campus services
WarnerMargaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development
WCSAWilson Commons Student Activities
WSAPWriting, Speaking and Argument Program