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Essential SCU Admission Lingo

Are you beginning the college application process? As you browse through college websites, you’ve probably come across a lot of new terms. It can be a bit confusing, especially since universities often have their own vocabulary to explain what they offer. To clear up any confusion, we want to walk you through some terms that we use at Santa Clara University.
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    Meet the Authors

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