Cornell is a unique community with a language all its own.

AAP: College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

A&S: College of Arts and Sciences

Appel Commons: A community center that includes the North Star dining hall

Big Red: Nickname given to sports and other competitive teams at Cornell

CALS: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Cocktail Lounge: Study space located in the underground addition to Uris Library

Collegetown: The neighborhood immediately adjacent to the southern entrance to the Cornell campus, with apartment buildings, shops, and restaurants

The Commons: An open pedestrian mall in downtown Ithaca with shops, restaurants, and theaters

Cornelliana: Anything related to Cornell’s unique traditions, legends, and lore

Courses of Study: A catalog of the courses taught at Cornell (browse the Courses of Study website and explore the more than 4,000 choices available)

Dragon Day: Annual celebration marking the end of winter, involving a giant dragon built by first-year architecture students that is paraded across campus and destroyed on the Arts Quad; extravagant costuming encouraged

ENG: College of Engineering

Ho Plaza: Cornell’s town square; the walkway from Campus Road to Uris and Olin libraries

Hotelie: Student in the Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration

HumEc: College of Human Ecology

IC: Ithaca College, a private residential college with about 6,000 full-time undergraduates, located a few miles south of Cornell

ILR: School of Industrial and Labor Relations

JCB: Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Libe Slope: The steep hill from the West Campus residence halls to Central Campus and the reason why students who live on West Campus have such great legs

Louie’s Lunch: Cornell’s original food truck, serving North Campus, with notable comestibles including a full line of “parm” (parmesan cheese) subs

MVR: Martha Van Rensselaer Hall

POST: Pre-Orientation Service Trips, a five-day community-service volunteer program for incoming freshmen held the week before move-in

Prelim: Any full-length exam that is not a final

PSC: Public Service Center, where students can get information about volunteer opportunities in and outside the Ithaca area

RPCC: Robert Purcell Community Center, a North Campus community center that houses the Marketplace Eatery dining hall

Slope Day: Annual party celebrating the last day of classes, held on Libe Slope

WSH: Willard Straight Hall, Cornell’s original student union is a favorite meeting place and one of the landmark buildings on campus

The Sun: The Cornell Daily Sun, an independent student-run newspaper since 1880

Tatkon, aka The Tat: The Carol Tatkon Center on North Campus, a popular meeting place, eatery, study lounge, information and referral resource

Zeus: The Temple of Zeus, a popular café in Klarman Hall