un·​der·​grad·​u·​ate ˌən-dər-ˈgra-jə-wət How to pronounce undergraduate (audio)
: a student at a college or university who has not received a first and especially a bachelor's degree
undergraduate adjective

Examples of undergraduate in a Sentence

a group of college undergraduates
Recent Examples on the Web As an undergraduate at Berkeley, Ms. Coleman was an early participant in the university’s Free Speech Movement and was among the hundreds of students arrested in December 1964 for occupying Sproul Hall, a campus administration building. Clay Risen, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2024 Three undergraduates were enlisted to write two essays each with the help of ChatGPT, which were then compared with essays on the same topic written by 164 high school students. Nick Morrison, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 She has been involved with the photography industry in various capacities since her undergraduate training at the University of Kentucky, with work ranging from client photography to program development and management of the photo department at Evolve, a vacation rental company. Abby Ferguson, Popular Science, 13 Mar. 2024 As an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, McQuade worked for the student newspaper, the Michigan Daily, as a sports writer and sports editor. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 3 Mar. 2024 Northwestern said more than 60 percent of its undergraduates receive financial aid, which amounted to almost $290 million last academic year. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2024 Like virtually all Chinese undergraduates, they had been admitted solely on the basis of scores on the gaokao, the national college-entrance examination. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 First-time transfers were granted immediate eligibility in the spring of 2021, but the NCAA did not offer the same treatment for undergraduates switching schools a second time — until recently. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 28 Feb. 2024 The Finding Your Roots host tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue the two-time Oscar winner, who graduated from Yale in 1985, offered to look after his daughters Liza and Maggie during her time as an undergraduate student at the Ivy League school. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 18 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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 19 Apr. 2024.

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un·​der·​grad·​u·​ate ˌən-dər-ˈgraj-(ə-)wət How to pronounce undergraduate (audio)
: a student at a college or university who has not yet received a degree

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