Admitted Students

Common College Definitions and Terms

Sometimes it may seem that college terminology is a different language. One key to being successful at Fort Lewis College is to learn the lingo. Here is a list of must-know terms!


Academic Catalog
Outlines, in detail, course requirements needed to complete the various degree programs offered at Fort Lewis College. It also lists the college rules, regulations and important dates. It can be found online at: (top)

A placement test you can take at the FLC Testing Center. If you wish to challenge your mathematics and composition placement, you are encouraged to take the online test. There is a $25 fee for the test and placement results are immediate. For more information, please contact the Testing Center [(970) 382-6938 or]. (top)

Auxiliary Requirements
Courses required for your major, but not in your major department (i.e. Chemistry majors are required to take Math 221 Calculus as an auxiliary requirement). (top)

Basic Skills course/Remedial Course
Courses that have a TRS prefix and are required of students who do not meet the State of Colorado’s standards for college-level placement in composition and mathematics.TRS courses do not apply toward your graduation requirements, nor are the grades included in the term or the cumulative grade point average. (top)

Census Date
The twelfth day of each term. It is the last day that you can add and drop classes and the due date for all payments on your student account. (top)

A term that means the class is full, so you are not able to register for the course unless a student in the course drops it. (top)

Each course is assigned credits hours usually based on the amount of time spent in the class per week. Exceptions include studio and lab courses. (top)

A requirement that must be taken concurrently with another course of instruction. If a student withdraws from a course with a corequisite(s), the student must also withdraw from the corequisite course(s). (top)

Concurrent students
High school students who are taking courses at Fort Lewis College, either in addition to or instead of taking high school courses. (top)

CRN (Course number)
A unique five-digit number assigned to each course listed in the schedule of classes. It is the number you use to register for the class. (top)

CRSE (Course number)
This is the course number. Pre-college level courses are below 100 (and have a TRS prefix); freshmen courses are 100 level; sophomore courses, 200 level; junior courses, 300 level; and senior courses, 400 level. Note: Freshmen are eligible to take 100-level and 200 level courses. (top)

A class you choose to take out of interest. It is not a required or mandatory class. All degree programs include some required classes and some electives. (top)

Professors are known as faculty members. (top)

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
A Federal law (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) that protects the privacy of student education records. If you would like Fort Lewis College to share information about your academic or financial records with anyone (including your parents), you will need to sign a FERPA release. (top)

Good academic standing
In order to remain in good standing at FLC, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above and a semester GPA of 2.0 or above. (top)

Grade Point Average (GPA)
A number that represents the grades a student has earned, with a 4.0 being the highest. GPAs are calculated within the student’s major, by each semester, and overall (cumulative). (top)

Any restriction that prevents registration. Holds can be placed on your account by various departments on campus.

Liberal Arts Core
Courses that are required of all degree seeking students to gain competencies in communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning skills. Otherwise known as General Education courses. (top)

An area in which you choose to concentrate your studies (e.g., Adventure Education, History, Physics). (top)

A field of secondary emphasis. The total number of credits required in the minor field is less than that required for the major. (top)

A web-based tool that instructors/faculty may use in their classroom to communicate and deliver content to their students in a multimedia format. (top)

A class that needs to be taken before you can register for another class. For example, you need to complete COMP 150 before you can take COMP 250. (top)

The act of enrolling in a class. (top)

This is the section of the course that you are enrolled in. Often there will be multiple sections of one course. An “L” after the section number indicated you are enrolled in a laboratory course. (top)

Student ID Number
A nine digit number in the format 900######. This number, which can be found initially on your acceptance letter, is used to gain access to Webopus, theFort, Webmail and to identify you as a Fort Lewis College student while you are here. (top)

theFort portal
A password-protected, individualized site that provides centralized access to key online application and personal information for students such as their FLC email, WebOPUS, Moodle, events calendar, college announcement, Facebook and more. (top)

Transfer student
A student who has taken courses at another institution and transferred those credits to FLC. (top)

Transfer Equivalency Worksheet
A report, received by transfer students, that shows the exact number of credits and courses that transferred into Fort Lewis College. (top)

Unclassified student
A student who is not pursuing a degree at Fort Lewis College but is enrolled in courses. (top)

A report that matches your academic history with the program requirements of your major and/or minor. It will show the requirements you completed as well as those that still need to be completed. You can obtain a copy of your WebCAPP from the Registrar’s office, your faculty advisor, or the Office of Admission & Advising. (top)

The web access to check your Fort Lewis College email account. It is important that you check your email regularly because this is the email address that all official Fort Lewis College announcements will be sent (this includes messages from your advisors, instructors and other administrators at the campus that have important information to share with you). (top)

A personal online information network that is available for registering for classes, checking financial records, viewing your schedule and other pertinent personal account information. (top)