Acronyms

Around Campus

  • CAA - Center for Academic Achievement, also known as the Advising Office, which is located in E-108. The CAA is home to many offices that help students with the advising process, changing advisors, competency exams, and disability services.
  • CEC - Career Education Center, located on the first floor of the School of Management building. The CEC helps students with resumes, jobs, and graduate school information and applications.
  • LEF or L - Lefavour Hall or Library
  • LKP - Linda K. Paresky Center located on the 3rd floor on the Main College Building in the East Wing.
  • MCB - Main College Building
  • PCB or P - Palace Road Building
  • SCB or S - Park Science Center
  • SOMC, SOM, or M - School of Management Building

Within Buildings

  • W - West Wing
  • C - Center
  • E - East Wing

* The first number or a classroom or meeting space refers to what floor it is on. So if you are assigned to a class that meets in S215 that means your class is in the Park Science Center on the second floor.

Schools of Simmons

  • CAS- College of Arts and Sciences, both Graduate and Undergraduate
  • SLIS- Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • SNHS- School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • SOM- School of Management
  • SSW- School of Social Work, including the Education and Behavior Analysis departments

Student Levels

  • GR or Grad - Graduate Student
  • UG - Undergraduate Student

Undergraduate Grades

  • A - Excellent
  • B - Good
  • C - Fair
  • D - Poor
  • F - Fail
  • P - Pass
  • S - Intermediate grades given upon completion of one semester of a full year course
  • AU - Formal audit
  • W - Approved Withdrawal
  • RW - Required Withdrawal

*Numeric values that correspond to letter grades assigned are determined by the departments and instructors.

Graduate Grades

SOM:
Standard letter grades (ABCDF, plus and minus) are used.
Prior to 2000, the grades were assigned as:

  • DI — Distinction
  • HP — High Pass
  • SA — Satisfactory
  • LP — Low Pass
  • P — Pass
  • F - Failure

SSW:
Students may choose either the Pass/Fail option or the letter grade. The Doctor of Philosophy program only offers the Pass/Fail grading option. 

  • P — Pass
  • MP — Marginal Pass
  • F — Fail
  • S — Intermediate grade given upon completion of one semester of a full year course
  • W — Withdrawal
  • RW — Required Withdrawal

All other Graduate Programs:

  • Standard letter grades (ABCDF, plus and minus) are used.

*Numeric values that correspond to letter grades assigned are determined by the departments.

Terms of the Registrar's Office

  • Ad Board- Administrative Board
  • COF - Colleges of the Fenway
  • CPL- Credits for Prior Learning. Opportunity for Dix Scholars to receive academic credit for knowledge gained though life experience. CPL is affiliated with Undergraduate Admissions.
  • LOA- Leave of Absence
  • TCE- Transfer Credit Evaluation. All transfer students who submit their transcripts from a previous institution will have their transcript evaluated and we will determine which courses/credits will be accepted at Simmons.

Department Names

  • AST - Africana Studies
  • ART -Art
  • AADM - Art Administration
  • BIOL-Biology
  • PH- Public Health
  • CHEM-Chemistry
  • CHIN- Chinese
  • COMM -Communications
  • CS - Computer Science
  • EAS - East Asian Studies
  • ECON -Economics
  • EDUC - Education
  • ENGL - English
  • ENVI - Environmental Science
  • FREN - French
  • FYS - First Year Seminar
  • FYW - First Year Writing
  • GEDUC - Graduate Studies of Education
  • HIST - History
  • HON - Honors
  • IDS - Interdisciplinary Studies
  • INRL - International Relations
  • IT - Information Technology
  • JAPN - Japanese
  • MATH - Mathematics
  • MCC - Multidisciplinary Core Course
  • MGMT - Management
  • ML - Modern Languages
  • MUS - Music
  • NURS - Nursing
  • NUTR - Nutrition
  • PHIL - Philosophy
  • PHYS - Physics
  • POLS - Political Science
  • PSYC - Psychology
  • PT - Physical Therapy
  • RDG - Reading
  • SJ - Social Justice
  • SOCI - Sociology
  • SPAN - Spanish
  • SPND - Special Education
  • SW - Social Work
  • TESL - Teaching English as a Second Language
  • WGST - Women's and Gender Studies

Programs

  • BTC - Beginning Teacher Center
  • BEHV - Behavior Analysis
  • CAGS - Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies
  • CERT - Certificate
  • CHL - Childrens Literature
  • DEDU- Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • DNP - Doctor in Nursing Practice Program
  • DIP - Dietetic Internship Program
  • DPD - Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • DPT - Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • FNP - Family Practitioner Program
  • HCA - Health Care Administration
  • HPEP - Health Professions Education Program
  • LIS - Library and Information Science
  • MBA - Masters of Business Administration
  • MCM - Masters of Communications Management
  • MSW- Master of Social Work
  • NECC - New England Center for Children
  • SLMH - The School Library Teacher Program at Mount Holyoke
  • SLTP - School Library Teacher Program

Degrees

  • B.A.- Bachelor of Arts
  • B.S.- Bachelor of Science
  • B.A./B.S.- Dual Degree Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • B.S./D.P.T.- Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • B.A./M.B.A.- Dual Degree Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration
  • B.S./M.S.- Dual Degree Bachelor of Science and Master of Science
  • B.S./M.S.N.- Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Nursing
  • B.S.W.- Bachelor of Social Work
  • C.A.G.S.- Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies
  • C.S.N.- Certificate in Sports Nutrition
  • Ed.S.- Education Specialist
  • M.A.- Master of Arts
  • M.S.- Master of Science
  • M.A./M.A.- Dual Degree Master of Arts and Master of Arts
  • M.A.T.- Master of Arts in Teaching
  • M.A.T./M.A.- Master of Teaching and Master of Arts in English
  • M.B.A.- Master of Business Administration
  • M.F.A.- Master of Fine Art
  • M.F.A./M.A.- Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts
  • M.S.Ed.- Master of Science in Education
  • M.S.L.I.S.- Master of Science in Library and Information Science
  • M.S./M.A.- Dual Degree Master of Science and Master of Arts
  • M.S.N.- Master of Science in Nursing
  • M.S.W.- Master of Social Work
  • M.S.W./M.B.A.- Joint Degree Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration
  • M.T.E.S.L.- Master of Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Ph.D.- Doctorate
  • RN/B.S.- Registered Nurse and Bachelor of Science