matriculation

noun ma·tric·u·la·tion \ mə-ˌtri-kyə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of matriculation

: 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

First Known Use of matriculation

1557

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