undergraduate

noun
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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Examples of undergraduate in a Sentence

a group of college undergraduates

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Almost half of all the undergraduates admitted to Corpus Christi between 1912 and 1914 were killed in the war, the largest proportion of any Oxford college. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Texas Is Booming; History Calls at Oxford," 2 Nov. 2018 College of the Ozarks, which has approximately 1,400 undergraduates, competes in six sports -- baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, track and volleyball -- as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "College of the Ozarks, private Christian school, drops Nike over Kaepernick ad," 6 Sep. 2018 The university said the undergraduate was not underage at the time of the incident. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "BU parted with its private school president over a misconduct allegation," 13 July 2018 Temple undergraduates who live in Pennsylvania will pay $16,080, up $312 from 2017-18. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Temple University to raise tuition 2 percent," 10 July 2018 His undergraduate highlights include winning a National Championship and being Runner Up the other three seasons. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/1," 1 July 2018 While other undergraduates went to visit their families on breaks, Mr. Bratton retreated to Christopher Street to photograph the baby-faced drag performers. Alex Hawgood, New York Times, "Category Is … Filmmaker Realness," 26 June 2018 The Urban Institute found that advanced degree students borrowed an average of $18,210 in 2015 -- about triple what undergraduates borrowed that academic year. CBS News, "Why the robust economy doesn't reflect the reality for many Americans," 16 June 2018 The Urban Institute found that advanced degree students borrowed an average of $18,210 in 2015 — about triple what undergraduates borrowed that academic year. Josh Boak, USA TODAY, "Why aren't many Americans benefiting from the robust U.S. economy?," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of undergraduate

1630, in the meaning defined above

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undergraduate

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

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