First-Generation Student Resources

First Generation Clearing House

There is something special about being the first person in your family to attend and graduate from college. As a first-generation college student, you will face unique challenges and experiences. Below you will find some helpful resources that will help you navigate your way through college at Creighton University.

The College Terminology Cheat Sheet

College has a vocabulary of its own, and this list has been created to help as you begin to navigate the college experience.

 

Academic Terms

 

Credit Hour

one 50-minute time block over the course of a 15-week term

(most classes are 3 credit hours)

 

Degree Requirements 

non-negotiable requirements a student must meet in order to earn a degree

    ~  128 credit hours are required for a Creighton bachelor's degree

 

Catalog 

the university's official summary of degree requirements, programs of study, and academic policies

 

Core Curriculum

a selection of required courses that all students in a college or institution must take

 

The Magis Core

Creighton's core curriculum, focused on life's big questions and developing skills for today's careers

 

Major

a student's area of specialization, usually consisting of 34-45 credit hours in a specific subject

    ~  Creighton students cannot declare majors until at least 2nd semester; most declare during sophomore year

 

Minor 

a student's secondary area of specialization; at Creighton, 18 credits of prescribed courses

 

Elective 

optional courses for students; some may be part of a major, a minor, or a pre-professional track

 

Prerequisites courses that must be completed prior to taking another course (or declaring a major)

 

Grade Point Average (GPA) 

a summary of a student?s academic success in numbers (A=4, B=3, etc?)

    Good Standing: typically refers to students above the 2.0 GPA mark

 

Registration 

the process through which students sign up for their classes each term

 

Registration PIN

the access code a student needs to register

(changes each semester and available from the advisor)

 

Transient Credit 

courses students take at other universities that count toward degree requirements at Creighton

    ~  Creighton allows 12 credit hours to be transferred in, though the courses must be approved in advance

 

Drop/Add

the period of time at the very beginning of a semester when students can change their course schedules

    ~  There is no penalty for this and these do not appear on a transcript

 

Withdrawal 

the process by which a student officially leaves a class during the term (yet after the drop/add deadline)

    ~  The grade on the transcript shows a "W" and there is a deadline for students to request a "W"

 

Syllabus

the professor's plan for the course, including course expectations, required readings and assignments

 

Mid-Terms

exams offered at the midpoint of the semester (sometime the first test in a course!)

 

Finals Week

the last week of the term, where the only scheduled classes are the actual final exams

 

Miscellaneous University Terms

 

College

could refer to the entire institution, but generally refers to a specific school

    ~  Creighton has three undergraduate colleges:  Arts and Sciences, Nursing, and the Heider College of Business

 

FERPA (Federal Education Rights and Policy Act) 

the law governing how colleges protect and share student info

 

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

this must completed every year to remain eligible for financial aid

 

Attendance Policy

varies by professor, and there is no University policy on excused v. unexcused absences

 

Work Study

financial aid awarded to a student in which the student received pay for hours worked (just like a job)

 

Greek System

student organizations (chapters) focused on social engagement and service to the community

    ~  Fraternities and sororities are great opportunities, but require a personal and financial commitment

 

Honor Societies

also typically use Greek letters, but membership is based on academic achievement and scholarship

 

Co-Curricular 

a program or activity that may not specifically be academic, but complements a classroom experience

 

Matriculation 

the act of enrolling in a college or degree program

 

Dead Week

traditionally the week before finals, where students believe (falsely) that tests and papers are not due

 

Creighton Terms

Net ID 

the ID number for any member of the Creighton community (students, staff, and faculty)

 

NEST 

the portal for students to manage nearly all transactions (registration, transcripts, billing, etc?)

 

BLUELINE

the online system for students to access most of their courses, though utilization by professors varies

 

RSP (Ratio Studiorum Program)

the advising program for 1st year students; includes a 1-credit orientation class

 

Creighton Connect 

an online student success tool that streamlines communication between students, instructors, advisors, and other support people and resources on campus. Pay close attention to emails and notifications from Creighton Connect and consider taking the recommended actions.

 

BluePoint

web-based scheduling for multiple resources on campus, including Creighton EDGE|Academic Success tutoring and the Communication Center (for students in COM 101).

 

People Terms

Faculty

the name given to the team of individuals teaching on a college campus

    ~  Professor: generally a PhD (terminal degree) who is a well-known expert in his or her field of study

    ~  Instructor: an individual hired to teach specific courses

    ~  Teaching Assistant (TA): an upperclass or graduate student who assists the course instructor

 

Dean

the individual entirely responsible for the activities in a specific college

 

Faculty Advisor 

a Creighton specific term that refers to a new student?s academic advisor (and instructor for RSP)

 

Major Advisor 

once a major is declared, a student is assigned a Major Advisor who is a faculty in that area

 

Decurion and Beadle 

students who serve as a Faculty Advisor's teaching assistant (Decurion) and peer advisor (Beadle)

 

Registrar

the office responsible for academic records, grades, class schedules, drop/add/withdraw, and transcripts

 

Resident Assistant (RA)

students responsible for the actions and activities on assigned residence hall floors

 

Resident Director (RD) 

trained professionals who live on campus and manage specially designated residence halls

 

 

The Creighton EDGE 

resources to support academic success, pre-professional development, and career discernment*

    Lower level of the Reinert Library
www.creighton.edu/edge

402-280-5566

 

Creighton Career Center 

assistance with career discernment, internships, and resume writing

    Harper Center, 2nd Floor
www.creighton.edu/careercenter

402-280-2722

 

Student Support Services 

academic support program for 1st Generation and low-income students

    Old Gym, 2nd Floor
www.creighton.edu/sss;

402-280-2749

 

 

Creighton Intercultural Center

services and programs that advance the cultural understanding of the Creighton family

    Harper Center, 1st Floor
www.creighton.edu/cic

402-280-2459

 

Office of Financial Aid

assistance with understanding aid packages, student employment, and financial counseling

    Harper Center, 2nd Floor
www.creighton.edu/financialaid

402-280-2731

 

Center for Health and Counseling

a full-service counseling center and medical clinic

  Harper Center, 1st Floor
www.creighton.edu/chc

402-280-2735

 

 

Links:

Community for 1st gen. students

http://www.imfirst.org/

Application for federal financial aid

https://fafsa.ed.gov/

http://www.firstgenerationstudent.com/

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/

http://www.smu.edu/Provost/ALEC/NeatStuffforNewStudents/TipsforFirst-YearStudents