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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Other Words from undergraduate

undergraduate adjective

Examples of undergraduate in a Sentence

a group of college undergraduates
Recent Examples on the Web The society has over 600 members including undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 As of the fall 2020 semester, 4.3% of on-campus undergraduate students and 3.4% of on-campus graduate students identified as Black or African American, compared to 5.2% and 3.5% in 2010, according to ASU data. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 27 Aug. 2021 Montclair State University held 16 commencement ceremonies between June 7 to 13 at Sprague Field to celebrate undergraduate and graduate students who completed their academic degrees in August 2020, December 2020, January 2021 and May 2021. courant.com, 29 July 2021 More than 10 undergraduate and graduate students in two academic programs filed complaints with the university over comments Paxton made between August and October 2020 regarding gender, race, religion, ethnicity and national origin during classes. oregonlive, 22 July 2021 Overall enrollment among undergraduate and graduate students is up 3.5%, so the university will not have to immediately grapple with the financial implications of a smaller freshman class. Ryan Faircloth, Star Tribune, 14 June 2021 Marquette is now the largest university in Wisconsin to require a vaccine, with 11,550 undergraduate and graduate students. Annie Mattea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 June 2021 Northeastern Illinois University has announced a new, one-time scholarship for incoming fall undergraduate students to promote access to education in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Navya Gupta, chicagotribune.com, 4 June 2021 Forty percent of all Black female undergraduate students are mothers. Nicole Lynn Lewis, The Atlantic, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of undergraduate

1630, in the meaning defined above

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“Undergraduate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undergraduate. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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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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