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

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The 11 universities enrolled about 275,000 undergraduates, so few of their students pursued careers in the field, despite excellent employment prospects. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida continues computer science push, hoping to train more teachers, enroll more high school students," 17 July 2019 The move will allow the university to fully fund the education of more than 8,600 in-state students, or about a quarter of the university's undergraduates, the release said. Vandana Ravikumar, USA TODAY, "University of Texas promises full scholarships to in-state students with family incomes under $65K by 2020," 9 July 2019 Set in roughly the present moment, the story focuses on Rachel, an undergraduate, who goes home to Connecticut for summer vacation. Rumaan Alam, Dallas News, "'Very Nice,' indeed: Marcy Dermansky's fourth novel is a great summer read," 25 June 2019 China is by far the leading supplier of international students to the United States, with more than 130,000 graduate students and 148,000 undergraduates enrolled in 2017-2018. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Scrutiny of Chinese American scientists raises fears of ethnic profiling," 19 July 2019 To benefit from the program, students must be residents of Texas; be full-time, first-time undergraduates; maintain a 2.0 GPA; and demonstrate a financial need. Tara Law, Time, "University of Texas-Austin Greatly Expands Its Free Tuition Program Assisting Low and Middle-Income Students," 11 July 2019 The Austin campus, ranked No. 15 in public schools by the US News & World Report, has about 41,000 undergraduates. Michelle Lou, CNN, "University of Texas to cover tuition at flagship campus for students from low-income families," 9 July 2019 Just the FAQs, USA TODAY In an effort to ease access to college, the University of Texas pledged Tuesday to provide full scholarships to undergraduates whose families make $65,000 or less annually. Vandana Ravikumar, USA TODAY, "University of Texas promises full scholarships to in-state students with family incomes under $65K by 2020," 9 July 2019 During his career Marty taught introductory economics to more than 10,000 undergraduates. Lawrence H. Summers, WSJ, "The Economist Who Helped Me Find My Calling," 12 June 2019

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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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