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Academic Advising 
The part of your college experience where you talk with an advisor about academic interests, goals, and plans.  

Academic Advisor 
A resource for navigating campus and an expert in degree requirements for your major.  

Academic Dean 
Academic Deans are affiliated with your college and help with complex academic issues, student petitions, or policy regulations. Academic Deans work with teams of advisors, faculty, staff, and partners on campus. 

Academic Requirements Report 
Also known as the ARR, the online tool in your SPIRE Student Center provides a degree audit outlining Gen Ed, College, and Major degree requirements, identifying what has been satisfied already and what is remaining. 

Academic Status 
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to be in good academic standing with the University. 

A term describes the first 1 – 2 weeks of each semester. Add or drop classes without a “W” (for “withdrawal”) on your transcripts. The last day to add or drop classes (without a “W”) for each semester is posted in the academic calendar

Assistant Residence Directors (ARDs) 
Graduate-level staff members who live and work in the residence halls.  

The billing and payment gateway to UMass Amherst. Tuition and fees are paid through the Bursar’s Office. 

Career Advising  
Prepare for your post-UMass life with support learning about resumes, cover letters, internship opportunities, and career events. 

Cooperative Education Experience (Co-op) 
A multi-semester commitment to a company with a mix of work and courses. Offers extended experience with one company and typically paid employment experiences. 

Getting involved and being a contributing member of campus. Participate in programs and services, be a volunteer or leader, and share your interests with peers. 

Enrollment Appointment 
Specifies the beginning and end dates and times you are eligible to register for courses in SPIRE. 

First-Generation College Student 
A student whose parent or guardian did not attain a 4-year bachelor’s degree. 

General Education Requirements 
All UMass students must complete a set of requirements to earn a degree. “Gen Ed courses” provide you with experiences, knowledge, and skills necessary to become well-educated contributors to our complex global communities. 

An online tool for scheduling career advising, finding and RSVP’ing for career events, scheduling on-campus interviews with employers, searching, and applying for internships, co-ops, and full-time job opportunities. 

Hold / Service Indicator 
Officially called a “service indicator” but often referred to as a “hold” in SPIRE. It may block the ability to register for courses or progress as a student at UMass. Placed for a variety of reasons. View your holds/service indicators in the Tasks & Help tile on your SPIRE Student Center. Only the unit that put the hold can remove it. 

A temporary commitment to a company to gain professional experience related to your career development. It can occur during the fall, spring, or summer semesters, may be paid or unpaid, and often yields academic credit. 

An online tool that connects you with staff, advisors, and campus resources. 

Instead of earning a letter grade (A – F), you will earn a ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ for the course. You can elect to take one course Pass/Fail each semester, but these courses won’t fulfill major or general education requirements. If students opt to take an elective course pass/fail and earn a grade that will improve their cumulative GPA – the letter grade will appear on the transcript instead of the p/f unless the student indicates otherwise before graduation.  

Peer Mentors (PMs) 
Student staff members who live in each first-year residence hall are trained to assist residents with transitioning to UMass via academic and well-being skills.  

Process of selecting and enrolling in courses for the upcoming semester. 

Resident Assistants (RAs) 
Student staff members who live in each residence hall are trained to build community and maintain a healthy living environment for residents. 

Residence Directors (RDs) 
Professional staff members who live and work in each of the residence halls.  

Shopping Cart 
A tool used during the registration process. Think online shopping. As courses are reviewed, add courses of interest to your shopping cart. View the shopping cart to see all the courses of interest in one place. Use shopping cart to quickly register for courses at the time of your enrollment appointment. 

UMass Email 
The primary source for notifying students of important deadlines and information. You are responsible for reading and responding to the email from UMass offices. 

Withdrawal Period 
Follows the add/drop period and ends-mid-semester. You will receive a W on your transcript if you drop a class before this mid-semester deadline (see the Academic Calendar).