un·der·grad·u·ate | \ ˌən-dər-ˈgra-jə-wət , -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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a group of college undergraduates

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Jacob Fleisig, an undergraduate at CU Boulder and lead author of the new research, has proposed a different idea: That a series of small encounters, rather than a few big ones with Planet Nine, could explain the weirdness in the outer solar system. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "A New Study Could Explain Away Some Evidence for Planet Nine," 4 June 2018 More than 10,000 degrees will be awarded by UConn in various undergraduate and graduate programs this month. Kathleen Megan, courant.com, "Quadriplegic Filmmaker, Producer Urges UConn Grads To 'Never Stop, Never Give Up'," 6 May 2018 As a result, Villanova, with about 10,800 undergraduate and graduate students, has become more selective. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "National championship gives Villanova another boost," 5 Apr. 2018 Suennen studied journalism and political science as an undergraduate at Berkeley. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "The gatekeeper: If you want to make it big in health care, it’ll help to get past Lisa Suennen first," 6 June 2018 Ginsburg met her husband as an undergraduate at Cornell University. Washington Post, "Film puts meat behind the ‘Notorious RBG’ image," 11 May 2018 This interest in art led her to study painting as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Kerry Cardoza, Chicago Reader, "The American dream, in frosting: the art of Yvette Mayorga," 25 Apr. 2018 But now most colleges, save for many selective campuses, allow all undergraduates, and even graduate students, to get their low grades forgiven. Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic, "Colleges Are Letting Students Take Classes Over Again," 29 June 2018 That soon became a full-time position, teaching human development to undergraduates. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Frances J. Perkins, groundbreaking professor at Wheelock College, dies at 98," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of undergraduate

1630, in the meaning defined above

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

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