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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There is no other time when women have been better educated, earning a majority of undergraduate and graduate degrees and serving in equal numbers in nearly all professions. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women," 28 Jan. 2015 Both his undergraduate and law degrees are from Yale, the same law school that produced Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito Jr. and Sonia Sotomayor. Robert Barnes, The Seattle Times, "Battle over Kavanaugh begins with Senate hearing," 3 Sep. 2018 Facing a difficult re-election battle in a state Trump easily won, Donnelly — who earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Notre Dame — would face an extra challenge in deciding whether to vote to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Supreme Court opening: Indiana's Amy Coney Barrett a favorite of grassroots conservatives," 8 July 2018 Blackwell, who grew up in Ball Ground, graduated first in his undergraduate and law school classes at the University of Georgia. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Trump’s short list for high court includes two Georgia justices," 27 June 2018 Rosemont College in suburban Philadelphia has 635 undergraduates and a minuscule endowment of around $17.2 million. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "America’s Disappearing Private Colleges," 21 Feb. 2019 The first to raise doubts was an undergraduate at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, named John Michael. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "There’s new evidence confirming bias of the “father of scientific racism”," 4 Oct. 2018 Even though Marquette has an Office of Disability Services and a social skills program for high school students, there was nothing specific for undergraduates. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Specialized program for Marquette undergraduates with autism disorders gifted $450,000, set to launch fall 2019," 9 July 2018 In fact, almost half of its US undergraduates receive Pell grants, a marker of economic need, and nearly three out of four take out federal student loans to attend. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 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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