Abbreviations and Acronyms


Spell out an abbreviation or acronym on the first use and follow immediately with the abbreviation in parentheses if the abbreviation will be used subsequently in the same copy.

  • Right: The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.

Maintain clarity in writing by using acronyms and abbreviations sparingly. Avoid using acronyms and abbreviations at a great distance on the page from the fully worded version.


In numbered addresses, abbreviate Avenue (Ave.), Boulevard (Blvd.) and Street (St.). Addresses that are not numbered should be spelled out.

  • Right: He lives at 1400 Main St.
  • Right: He lives on Main Street.


Contractions reflect informal speech and writing and should be used sparingly.


When degree abbreviations are necessary, the University renders them without periods in an exception to Associated Press style. See the Degrees, Departments and Titles section for details.