un·​der·​grad·​u·​ate | \ ˌən-dər-ˈgra-jə-wət How to pronounce undergraduate (audio) , -ˌwāt; -ˈgraj-wət \

Definition of undergraduate

: a student at a college or university who has not received a first and especially a bachelor's degree

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undergraduate adjective

Examples of undergraduate in a Sentence

a group of college undergraduates
Recent Examples on the Web Less than 10% of the undergraduate classes at UF have 50 or more students. Annie Martin, orlandosentinel.com, "UF moves up on U.S. News rankings, is again state’s top-ranked college," 11 Sep. 2020 In-person classes were canceled at West Virginia University on Tuesday, with nearly all undergraduate classes moving online Wednesday through at least Sept. 25, according to a news release. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Student rallies, high school pay-per-view, $500 tips: News from around our 50 states," 10 Sep. 2020 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has moved all undergraduate classes online. David Uberti, WSJ, "Colleges Weigh Transparency Versus Privacy When It Comes to Covid-19 Data," 25 Aug. 2020 Classes were scheduled to begin Monday for about 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Memorial island, wildlife upside, theater troubles: News from around our 50 states," 1 Sep. 2020 Gabriela Rico is an undergraduate student and member of a Harvard Medical School outreach program. Lydia A. Flier, Gabriela Rico, STAT, "Did disparities kill the king of Wakanda? Chadwick Boseman and changing landscape of colon cancer demographics," 31 Aug. 2020 This applies to children over the age of 6 months attending childcare, K-12 students — even those participating in remote learning — as well as full-time undergraduate and graduate students who plan on attending any on-campus classes or activities. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Several States May Require Kids to Get a Flu Vaccine Ahead of Coronavirus School Reopenings," 31 Aug. 2020 Classes are scheduled to begin on Monday for about 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Muri Assuncao New York Daily News, Star Tribune, "Jeanette Epps to become first Black woman to take on long-duration mission at International Space Station," 30 Aug. 2020 Notre Dame welcomed 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students back to campus about a week before in-person classes, which started on Aug. 10. Allie Kirkman, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame students will return to in-person classes after COVID-19 cases drop," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of undergraduate

1630, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undergraduate was in 1630

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“Undergraduate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undergraduate. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of undergraduate

: a student at a college or university who has not yet earned a degree

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