Graduate Guide

Aggie Talk

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, etc.

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 cheese as well as sandwiches.

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
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, see its website.

HPER
The "Hyper" is the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation building where you can get involved with intramural sports and find 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
Merrill-Cazier is the name of the main library. Located in the heart of campus, it was renovated in 2006. Graduate students can 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 rests, a landmark building to the campus and valley that houses the administration offices and classrooms.

ORP
ORP Is the acronym for the Outdoor Recreation Program. Located to the east of the football stadium, this 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 and surrounded by the historic buildings on campus. 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.

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, SGS
RGS stands for the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is the unit within the office that handles your paperwork, provides thesis/dissertation formatting workshops, 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
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.

Wastach/Wellsvilles
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.