School of Graduate Studies

Aggie Lingo

Need help adjusting to campus? Here are our acronyms, words, and phrases decoded.

'A' Number:
This is another name for your student number. It is often referred to by this term because all student numbers begin with the letter 'A.' You will use this number as you register for classes, make payments, look up grades, etc.

Access (Banner):
Access, sometimes called Banner, is the school's student record system. Use it to register for classes, change your mailing address, manage on-campus employment and more. 

Aggie Ice Cream:
USU's creamery is part of the Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science Department. Here, you can purchase USU's famous ice cream and cheeses, among other delicious foods.

Aggie Marketplace:
A popular buffet-style eatery found on the second floor of the Taggart Student Center.

Aggie Shuttle:
A free on-campus bus system, the Aggie Shuttle makes various stops across campus. Refer to its website for schedules and stop information. 

Big Blue:
Every university has its famed mascot. USU's is Big Blue. You'll see him (a nose-ringed, blue-faced bull on two legs) at sporting events and on Aggie apparel.

CVTD stands for "Cache Valley Transit District." It offers a free bus system that runs across the entire valley. For more information about schedules and services, visit the CVTD website.

Pronounced "hyper," this acronym stands for "Health, Physical Education, and Recreation," the name of the building where you can get involved with intramural sports and make use of various sports facilities, including a gymnastics room, swimming pools, gymnasiums, a weight room, racquetball courts, and outdoor tennis courts.

Logan Canyon:
Logan Canyon is directly to the east of Logan - check it out for outdoor activities like backcountry skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and more.

Merrill-Cazier is the name of the main campus library. Located in the heart of campus, it was renovated in 2006. Graduate students can reserve study rooms, conduct research, and check books out for three to four months at a time.

Old Main Hill:
This is the large hill on campus that overlooks Cache Valley. It is also where Old Main - a landmark building that houses administration offices and classrooms - rests.

ORP stands for "Outdoor Recreation Program." Located to the east of the football stadium, the ORP center is where you can rent outdoor equipment, buy used equipment, sign up for classes, or participate in group trips.

The Quad:
Located in the heart of USU's campus, the Quad is the large grass area located behind Old Main, framed by historic campus buildings. Students use this green space to study, play games and sports, meet friends, or relax.

Quick Stop:
The Quick Stop is a convenience store located on the ground floor of the Taggart Student Center. It's a great place for a quick snack or refreshing drink in between classes.

Romney Stadium:
Mostly used for Utah State football games, this stadium is located on the north end of campus atop the hill on 1000 North.

RGS stands for the "Office of Research and Graduate Studies." The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is the unit within that office that handles your paperwork and provides thesis/dissertation information, workshops and professional development, and other helpful resources.

Sardine Canyon:
Sardine Canyon is the canyon that connects Cache Valley to Brigham City. During autumn months, this canyon is known for its beautiful display of fall colors.

Sky Room:
On the fourth floor of the Taggart Student Center, this upscale restaurant affords a beautiful view of the Wasatch mountains and the east side of campus while you eat.

Smith Spectrum:
The Spectrum is the 10,000-seat arena where the famous Utah State basketball team plays. This is also where the university holds graduation ceremonies and where large concerts and events are held.

TSC stands for "Taggart Student Center." Inside the TSC, there is a food court (The Hub), ATMs, Zions Bank, a barber shop, a post office, a few restaurants, and several offices for students, including Registrar's, Cashier's, Academic Counseling, and many more.

Cache Valley is surrounded by two mountain ranges. The mountains closest to campus, and on the east side of the valley, are the Bear River mountains, which are part of the Wasatch Range. On the west side of the valley, about 20 miles from campus, you can see the Wellsvilles.