sub·​col·​lege ˈsəb-ˌkä-lij How to pronounce subcollege (audio)
variants or sub-college
: occurring below the college level
especially : of, relating to, or being post-secondary education to prepare students for college
At St. Louis Community College, as at most community colleges, anyone can enroll. But those who test as unprepared for prime-time college work must take subcollege courses first—from a menu in reading, writing and mathematics. Susan C. Thomson

Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subcollege was in 1877

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“Subcollege.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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