ma·​tric·​u·​la·​tion mə-ˌtri-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce matriculation (audio)
: the action or process or matriculating (that is, enrolling) or the state of being matriculated (as at a college or university)
In those days, Catholic schools did not encourage the matriculation of non-Catholics.Wilson J. Moses
Make the matriculation of athletes subject to approval by admissions offices, which would certify that recruits are solid students and citizens …Jerry Kirshenbaum
At the suggestion of friends, Ms. Kivel decided to take a gap year—a year outside of academia between high-school graduation and college matriculation.Toddi Gutner

Examples of matriculation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His own matriculation to Duke was made possible by a scholarship. Jonathon Morrison, Fortune, 27 Dec. 2023 By then, his resume included several high-level administrator positions, including dean of matriculation and student development at San Diego Miramar College. Debbie Truong, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2023 In the time since her matriculation, the 31-year-old’s work has been highly documented, and she’s interviewed figures ranging from Candace Parker to President Barack Obama. Okla Jones, Essence, 15 Sep. 2023 His matriculation was delayed once more by covid-19. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 26 May 2023 The dialogue describes what goes on in places such as Deventer and Cologne, where during the matriculation rituals the little graduate bitches and other wicked scoundrels bombard the freshman with abuse and insults and human filth, and also shave him and inflict other indignities. David Treuer, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 Though people who identify as men are not eligible to apply for admission to Smith, students who transition after matriculation are able to stay and complete their degree. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 30 Apr. 2023 Whisenhunt held several other positions over the years at San Diego City College, starting in 2001, including dean of student affairs, interim dean of student development and matriculation, and associate dean of student services/outreach. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2021 For instance, between 90 and 130 students defer matriculation to Harvard College to participate in a gap year. Brian Boswell, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1557, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of matriculation was in 1557

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“Matriculation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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