student body


Definition of student body

: the students at an educational institution

Examples of student body in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearly every member of the school’s affluent, mostly white student body graduates on time, and in 2018 fully 100 percent of 10th-graders scored proficient or higher on the English Language Arts MCAS, the state achievement test., "ada Pierre is tiny, her ambition drawn taut as a bowstring. The 16-year-old daughter of Haitian immigrants wears her hair in a small bun atop her head, her emerging political consciousness finding its voice in the bevy of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo stickers she’s pasted to her MacBook.," 15 Sep. 2019 An Orange County woman has been charged with embezzling more than $700,000 from high school student body funds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman pleads not guilty to stealing $700,000 in school funds," 17 Aug. 2019 The University of Mary Washington and many others use a student-run honor codes to discourage cheating where the student body self-polices to create a social sanction against being dishonest. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Students are still using tech to cheat on exams, but things are getting more advanced," 16 Aug. 2019 The College of San Mateo student body numbers about 9,500 students. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: San Mateo to observe its 125th birthday next month," 16 Aug. 2019 Title IX requires opportunities for male and female athletes to match student body demographics. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Athlete: Eastern Michigan dropping sport may force me to leave country," 18 June 2018 To the Editor: The problems that Michael S. Roth and Anthony Kronman describe in Nicholas Lemann’s review are not caused by a diverse student body, but by the inability of faculty members to work with students unlike themselves. New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 13 Sep. 2019 In recent years, colleges across the country have expressed renewed interest in their democratic mission to build a diverse student body and expose students to their peers from different backgrounds. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "When College Plays Cupid for Roommates," 26 Aug. 2019 Two students of color noted that, despite a diverse student body, the school seemed to have few nonwhite staff members. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Lambda School's For-Profit Plan to Solve Student Debt," 26 Aug. 2019

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1841, in the meaning defined above

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: the students at a school

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