College Lingo Defined: The Collegiette Dictionary 2.0

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If the newfound freedom isn’t enough to make your head spin, you'll soon discover it’s like college students speak a different language. In a way, they sort of do. While every school has specific terms and acronyms, you need to know the universal basics before you step on campus. Though our first edition gave you tons of must-know slang, it’s time for an update. After all, collegiette-ese changes quicker than fashion trends.


Academic Probation: A warning students receive when they’re not maintaining a certain GPA and, sometimes, not taking enough credits per semester.
Don’t take this status lightly (not like you would): academic probation can affect your involvement in extracurriculars and Greek Life. To avoid academic probation, ask your college advisor for more information.
Ex: I wanted to rush but I’m on academic probation.


Barstool Blackout Tour: A nationwide party that college students love.
Many venues host these huge parties for college students that usually occur during the spring. Though you have to pay, and aren’t allowed to drink unless you’re 21+, Barstool Blackout is notorious for setting the stage for tons of crazy morning-after stories.
Ex: I’m a little afraid to go out after Barstool Blackout last weekend.

B&R: An acronym that stands for “boot and rally.”
Sometimes, pre-gaming feels more like gaming. Instead of missing out on the party, some collegiettes get it out of their system – for lack of a better term – and then head to the party.
Ex: She was in the bathroom for a while. Maybe she had a case of B&R?


Core Curriculum: A fancy term for general education requirements.
Ex: I just want to be done with my core curriculum so I can focus on my major.


Dean’s List: College’s version of the honor roll.
If you maintain a certain GPA both semesters, you’ve made the Dean’s List! Before starting classes, check your school’s requirements for the Dean’s List. The perfect way to motivate yourself after a work-free summer, right?
Ex: My parents took me out for dinner because they’re so happy that I made the Dean’s List.

D-Hall: A shortened version for dining hall.
Although this may seem like a given, a lot of collegiettes refer to their D-Hall by its formal name.
Ex: I’m starving... D-Hall in fifteen?

Discussion: A smaller class that is taken with a large lecture.
Let’s be honest, who’s going to raise their hand and ask a question in a huge lecture hall? Exactly. Led by a TA, a discussion gives you the opportunity to further your understanding of the curriculum. Since it’s a smaller group, you’ll usually talk about readings and that week’s lecture. Some schools call discussions “recitations.”
Ex: I wasn’t able to read the chapter in time for lecture, but we won’t talk about it until discussion so I’m safe for now.

DTR: An acronym that stands for “define the relationship.”
Soon enough, you’ll realize that college relationships are complicated. Are you in a relationship or is it a casual hook-up situation? This acronym is a discreet way to address an awkward dilemma. 
Ex: I really like him, but does he want a relationship? It’s time to DTR.

Dues: A certain amount you need to pay when joining a club.
In order to have fun events, many extracurricular clubs and sororities will charge their members an initial membership fee.
Ex: I was skeptical about paying dues at first, but it’s totally worth it!


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Kelsey is a senior at Boston University, studying Magazine Journalism  in the College of Communication. As a magazine junkie and fashion fanatic, she loves being a part of the Her Campus team! At BU, Kelsey is president of Ed2010 at Boston University.  She has interned for Time Out New York, Lucky, Anthropologie, and Marie Claire. Kelsey also has a fashion blog, The Trendologist, where she covers the latest trends, fashion shows, and red carpet reports. When she isn't busy, Kelsey loves hanging out with her friends and family, shopping, reading style blogs, going for a nice jog, listening to music, creating baked goods in the kitchen, watching movies, and eating tons of frozen yogurt and sushi! After graduation, Kelsey hopes to work as an editor for a fashion magazine. Follow Kelsey on Twitter and Instagram at @kmulvs and don't  forget to check out her "Catwalk to Campus" blog posts!

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