Orientation Lingo

The Orientation Dictionary

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Admin: The Administration building is where you can find the Office of the Registrar, Financial Services and Student Connect. Here you can pay tuition, speak with and advisor and much more.

AgFor (AF): The Agriculture and Forestry Centre. Home to the Faculty of ALES. Contains the AgFor pit, a hangout place for students.

ALES: Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences.

Assiniboia Hall (ASH): Originally an all-male residence.

Athabasca Hall (ATH): The first building of the University of Alberta on North Campus. It addition to classrooms, it contained a residence, library and a gymnasium.

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Bear Tracks: An online service for students and applicants. This is where you’ll build your schedule and enroll in classes, apply for awards, check your grades, and much more.

BioSci (BS): Biological Sciences Centre. You’ll have your first/second year biology, zoology, botany and microbiology labs here. Research participation for psychology classes are also held here. Everyone jokes about getting lost in here. The abbreviations “CW”, “G”, “M”, “P” and “Z” stand for the different wings in the buildings. Just follow the signs and you’ll be fine.

Business (BUS): Business Building. Home to the Alberta School of Business. Shares an atrium with the Tory building.

Butterdome (PAV): The nickname of the Universiade Pavilion, due to its bright yellow colour.

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CAB: The Central Academic Building. Has a cafeteria on the lower floor and plenty of seating areas.

Cameron Library: The Science and Technology Library. Named after Donald Ewing Cameron, a former Chief Librarian of the University of Alberta. Contains a 24/7 computer lab in the basement called Knowledge Common. Also contains study rooms that can be booked.

CCIS: (Pronounced see-cis). The Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science. One of the newest buildings on campus and home to the Faculty of Science. Contains the largest lecture theatres on campus. You’ll definitely have an intro class in this building.

CCID: Your Campus Computing ID, which will give you access to campus email and other online services

Chem (C): The Gunning/Lemieux Chemistry Centre. This is where your chem labs will be. This building has two wings, “C E” (Chemistry East) and “C W” (Chemistry West).

CJSR: The campus radio station

Clare Drake Arena: The hockey arena where the Bears and Pandas hockey teams play their home games.

Colleges: A formal subdivision within the University whose mission is the administration and organization of the faculties.

CompSci (CSC): The Computing Science Centre. You’ll have computer science classes here.

CS: Clinical Sciences Building. Try not to have a class here as it’s located on the south end of the University Hospital.

CSJ Campus Saint-Jean. This is our Francophone campus at the University of Alberta. It is located in le quartier francophone just north of Whyte Ave on 91st Street.

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Department: The basic organizational unit within a faculty that is responsible for a field of study. Example: the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science.

Dewey's: The licensed pub of campus run by the UASU. It is located in the North Power Plant (NPP).

DICE: The Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering. Home to the Faculty of Engineering. Contains study spaces with a great view of the river valley from the 8th floor.

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EAP: Education Abroad Program (also known as Go Abroad).

ECERF: Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Facility. Connected to ETLC.

ECHA: (Pronounced eck-a).The Edmonton Clinic Health Academy. A home to many of the health science programs. Contains many seminar rooms student rush to claim as study rooms during finals.

eClass: The portal used to access class materials posted by professors. It is the University of Alberta's centrally supported learning management system.

ESB: The Earth Sciences Building. Many people fix their hair using its mirror-like windows.

ETLC: Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex. Engineering HQ, home to the Faculty of Engineering.

ETS: Edmonton Transit System, Edmonton’s transportation system, providing bus and LRT services.

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FAB: Fine Arts Building.

Faculty: A formal subdivision within the University whose mission is the administration of programs and courses relating (usually) to common fields of study and academic disciplines. Example: the Faculty of Engineering

Fall Term: The period of the academic year that runs from September through December.

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The Gateway: The free campus newspaper.

Golden Bears: Also referred to as just “Bears”. The UAlberta Golden Bears is the name of the men’s varsity team.

Green and Gold: The official colours of UAlberta, chosen to reflect the colour of the river valley trees during fall at the start of the school year.

GSB: General Services Building.

Guba: The Golden Bears’ mascot. Guba stands for the “Great University Bear of Alberta.”

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Hanson Fitness & Lifestyle Centre: Adjacent to the Van Vliet Complex, the Hanson Fitness & Lifestyle Centre contains a variety of fitness equipment including cardiovascular machines, synergies stations, squat racks, free weights, and resistance training machines.

HC: Humanities Centre.

HEB: Human Ecology Building.

Henday Hall: One of the five towers of Lister Centre.

HUB: Housing Union Building. A campus mall, containing over 50 services, including restaurants, shops and student lounges. HUB is also a residence, housing about 800 students.

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I-House: International House, the University residence for Canadian and International students.

ISS: International Student Services.

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Katz: (Not pronounced “cats”). Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research. Contains research labs. Has a really nice atrium with tables on the main floor and couches on the upper level.

Kelsey Hall: One of the four towers of Lister Centre.

KSR: Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

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Lab: The lab portion of a course is when students meet to gain practical, hands-on experience on the course matter (for example, in a computer lab or science lab).

Lecture: The lecture portion of a course is when students attend a class where the professor gives a talk on the course subject matter.

Lister Centre: The primary first year student residence at UAlberta.

LRT: Light Rail Transit is Edmonton’s subway system, stretching from the U of A to the far north end of the city.

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Mackenzie Hall: One of the five towers of Lister Centre.

MEC: Mechanical Engineering Building.

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NREF/NRE: Natural Resources Engineering Facility. Connects to GSB and ETLC.

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ONEcard: The official identification card of UAlberta. This gives students access to campus services and can carry a cash balance to be used for photocopying/printing and certain food purchases.

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Panda Bears: Also referred to as just “Pandas”. The UAlberta Panda Bears is the name of the women’s varsity team.

Patches: Patches is the mascot for the UAlberta Panda Bears.

PAW Centre: Physical Activity and Wellness Centre. Includes a climbing wall, a fitness centre, social spaces and a good outlet..

Pembina Hall (PB): Originally an all-female residence. Home to the Faculty of Native Studies.

Peter Lougheed Hall: First year residence on campus.

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Quad: A large grassy courtyard in the centre of campus. A popular hangout when it’s nice outside, Quad is home to the Week of Welcome activities, as well as to many different events throughout the year.

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RATT: Room At The Top restaurant and lounge, located on the 7th floor of the Students’ Union building. Has a fabulous view of the city.

Rutherford Library: The Humanities and Social Sciences Library. Named after Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first premier of Alberta. Has two parts, Rutherford North (RN) and Rutherford South (RS). The reading room in Rutherford South as earned the nickname “the Harry Potter Room”.

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SAB: South Academic Building. A great indoor connection to CAB and Dentpharm during the winter. Men’s and women’s washrooms are found on alternating floors.

Schaffer Hall: One of the five towers of Lister Centre.

Seminar: The seminar portion of a course is when students meet for reports and discussion in an area of research under the guidance of a professor.

Spring Term: The period of the academic year that runs from May through June.

SU: Students’ Union, the representative body for undergraduate students.

SUB: Students’ Union Building. Contains the University Bookstore, RATT, student services, and student lounges. Currently undergoing renovations.

Summer Term: The period of the academic year that runs from July through August.

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Telus Centre (TEL): Contains lecture theatres. It’s located on the south east edge of campus, so be sure your next class isn’t across campus.

Thelma Chalifoux Hall: One of the five towers of Lister Centre.

Tory (T): The Henry Marshall Tory Building. Named after the first President of UAlberta. Shares an atrium with the Business building. “T B” denotes the lower level of the building.

Tory Lecture (TL): Also called “Tory Turtle” because of the building’s resemblance to a turtle.

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UAI: University of Alberta International.

UAlberta 101: Presentation at New Student Orientation that delievers important information about academics, wellness, involvement, and student life in general.

U-Pass: The U-Pass grants you access to ETS, LRT services, as well as bus service in St. Alberta and Strathcona County. You’ll need a sticker for each term, Fall, Winter and/or Spring/Summer. Currently, it is distributed through the city's ARC card system.

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Van Vliet Complex (VVC): Home to the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation. Includes several facilities including a fitness center, climbing centre, arena, dance studios and pools.

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Winter Term: The period of the academic year that runs from January through April.

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New Student Orientation
Suite 2-800
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J7