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Abbreviations and Acronyms

Do not use abbreviations such as CAC, CEMR, EPSCOR, HSC or NRCCE and acronyms such as TRIO when writing for an audience that may be unfamiliar with them. In any context, always write out the full name in the first reference, then abbreviate. Whether you write these names out in full or abbreviate them, always note their affiliation with WVU.

Example: We are scheduling our next theater performance at the WVU Creative Arts Center. Everyone loves the facilities in the CAC.

A few common WVU abbreviations/acronyms:

  • B&E: College of Business and Economics
  • BOG: the WVU Board of Governors
  • BRNI: Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute
  • CAC: Creative Arts Center
  • CBC&R: Center for Black Culture and Research
  • CCA: College of Creative Arts
  • CEMR: College of Engineering and Mineral Resources 
  • CPASS: College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences 
  • DA: Daily Athenaeum
  • E. Moore Hall: Elizabeth Moore Hall
  • EPSCoR: Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
  • ERC: Evansdale Residential Complex
  • HSC: Health Sciences Center
  • ITS: Information Technology Services
  • LLC: Living-Learning Community
  • MIX: Mountaineer Information Xpress
  • NETL: National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • NIOSH: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health 
  • NRCCE: National Research Center for Coal and Energy 
  • NSO: New Student Orientation
  • OUR: Office of the University Registrar
  • PRT: Personal Rapid Transit 
  • RRI: Regional Research Institute
  • SGA: Student Government Association
  • TRIO: not an acronym. Originally made of three programs, TRIO helps first-generation, low-income and disabled students. 
  • WELL WVU: The Students’ Center of Health