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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undergraduate adjective

Examples of undergraduate in a Sentence

a group of college undergraduates

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Lin, an associate professor who usually teaches medical students, didn't know what to expect from her 55 undergraduates. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Universities meet growing demand with Weed 101," 20 Apr. 2018 Intelligence makes for better leaders—from undergraduates to executives to presidents—according to multiple studies. Matthew Hutson, Scientific American, "Why People Dislike Really Smart Leaders," 18 Jan. 2018 No undergraduates who receive financial aid from the university are required to take out loans. William C. Dudley, Washington Post, "Taxing George Washington’s legacy — like chopping down the cherry tree," 17 Jan. 2018 American undergraduates are adults facing problems courageously. Jonathan W. Wilson, Vox, "My students aren’t asking for safe spaces. They’re repressing past traumas to survive.," 12 Dec. 2018 Not much, but enough for a custom phototransistor to capture it and relay that information to a microprocessor—which sent the signal to an Android app developed by an undergraduate engineering student. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Digital Pill Prototype Uses Bacteria to Sense Stomach Bleeding," 24 May 2018 Researchers who examined university records from 2010 to 2016 found that, on average, out-of-state undergraduates admitted to UMass Amherst had lower high school GPAs and lower SAT scores than in-state students during that period. Bob Salsberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Getting into UMass is tougher for in-state applicants, study says," 29 May 2018 Early in the school’s history, some students who could afford to pay did so, but no undergraduates paid tuition for a century. David W. Chen, New York Times, "Cooper Union Announces Plan to Reinstate Free Tuition," 15 Mar. 2018 Now In the study, 72 college undergraduates were given six minutes to study information about migraines, after which they were tested on the material. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Bothered By Noisy Eating? It May Affect Your Ability to Learn," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of undergraduate

1630, in the meaning defined above

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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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