The Ultimate Glossary of Online College Terms

Job : June 23, 2021 |
Author: Sayre Davis |
Reading time: 3 minutes

Understanding different aspects of college can be difficult, and online college terms can be even harder to understand. At the start of your college career, there are many different terms and topics that you may not have heard of before, and because of this, it can lead to language barriers. Below are terms that often appear in online college courses and what they mean. By understanding them, the hope is that you will find a deeper level of success.


The term counselor is one of the most important words you can learn while attending college. An academic advisor refers to a person who provides students with information regarding their degree, courses, and university regulations. Counselors help students manage academic and personal concerns that may influence their academic performance. Using your academic advisor at Southern Utah University is so important to your success during and after college and making sure you understand their role will help you achieve this.


Canvas is the online program used by many schools, including SUU. Canvas will host your online courses (and some on campus as well) and has plenty of features and tools to help you succeed in your courses.

One of the features of Canvas is the ability to send messages to teachers and students. This can help you get information and answers to your questions quickly and concisely. Another great feature is the ability to see your grades immediately after being entered by the teacher. These two features allow you to fully understand your college education. Using Canvas will help you stay focused on your tasks and stay connected to your classmates and professors, which couldn’t be more important in an online college.

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Scholarships can be one of your greatest assets when starting an online college. A scholarship is a grant or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement. Getting a scholarship to help pay for your college education can make or break a college experience.

SUU offers many different scholarships and grants. These can be found on the SUU financial aid page under scholarships. There are many different scholarships which are offered by private organizations and there are many resources to help you apply.


When it comes to academics, using a course syllabus is a huge ally. A schedule outlines what you can expect from class and when you should expect homework to arrive. Having the upper hand on when your class assignments and quizzes show up will keep you ready for class. Understanding your program and the flow of each of your courses will be essential for you and your education.


The last term you will need to learn is Zoom. Zoom is the leading video conferencing and calling platform used by colleges across the United States. Familiarizing yourself with this program will help you succeed in the online world, especially when all classes will be on this platform.

Knowing the unique online college terminology and what each word means is essential for a successful college experience. Learn more about academic terms here.

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