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G

grade point average, GPA

Spell out on first reference; GPA (no periods) is acceptable on second reference. Federal law prohibits the listing of a student's GPA in a story without the explicit written permission of the student (not the student's parents).

Graduate School

from 'colleges and schools' entry

The distinction between schools and colleges is, in general, one of breadth: colleges consist of multiple academic units, schools of one or two. Do not call a college a school.

Capitalize the full, formal names of UofL's schools and colleges. If the college is named after someone, include the honoree's last name: Brandeis School of Law. First names and initials need be included only in the most formal settings, such as commencement programs: Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Where possible, use full names on first reference and informal names thereafter: the College of Arts and Sciences, A&S; the College of Education and Human Development, CEHD.

On first reference for external communications, preface the name of the school or college with "the University of Louisville's" unless the full university name has been used earlier: the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law. On second reference, informal names are lowercase: the law school.

Use alphabetical order for formal listings of the university's schools and colleges (dates when units originated are included here, too, for reference purposes):

  • Brandeis School of Law (1846)
  • College of Arts and Sciences (1907)
  • College of Business and PublicAdministration (1953)
  • College of Education and Human Development (1968)
  • Graduate School (1915)
  • Kent School of Social Work (1936)
  • School of Dentistry (1887)
  • School of Medicine (1846*)
  • School of Music (1932)
  • School of Nursing (1979)
  • School of Public Health/Health Information Sciences (2002)
  • Speed Scientific School (1925)

* Date indicates when UofL was chartered by the General Assembly, absorbing LCI (est. 1837) and the Louisville Medical Institute (est. 1833); a law department also was established at this time.

GRE

Acronym for the “Graduate Record Examinations.” Always use the official name on first reference. On second reference in informal usage, GRE is acceptable if the meaning will be clear to readers. If you intend to use the acronym on second reference, let readers know this by setting it off in parentheses directly after the first official reference.

greek

Lowercase for fraternities and sororities; uppercase when referring to someone from Greece: The Greek student decided to go greek during rush week and try out for a sorority; he didn't make it.

ground-breaking, groundbreaking

ground-breaking (adj.), groundbreaking (n.)

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