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
Recent Examples on the Web Berman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from Stanford University. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Who is Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney fired by Trump?," 20 June 2020 Carla Relitz, Megan Moro of Valley City and Gary Clift of Brunswick were awarded undergraduate and advanced degrees and certificates at Youngstown State University's Spring Commencement. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Local students graduate, excel in their fields of study," 19 June 2020 Because of this, Beekman is prepared to give seating priority to MSU undergraduate and graduate students, then season ticket holders and major donors. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "What will Michigan football's attendance look like in 2020? AD Warde Manuel isn't sure," 19 June 2020 McKinniss completed his undergraduate degree in December and would be eligible to play immediately at another FBS program as a graduate transfer. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kickoff specialist Grant McKinniss transferring from Kentucky football," 12 June 2020 Others, like Penn State undergraduate Caela Camazine, reported losing their sense of smell and taste completely without any nasal congestion. John E Hayes, The Conversation, "COVID-19, smell and taste – how is COVID-19 different from other respiratory diseases?," 4 June 2020 The policy will apply to those seeking first-year or transfer undergraduate admissions for the spring or fall 2021 semesters. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "SMU waives ACT/SAT requirements for 2021 admissions," 29 May 2020 After finishing his undergraduate degree, Tabb spent more than two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda and became interested in medicine. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, "Anonymous donors paid off $8 million in student loans for first-generation grads. These are the alums benefiting.," 19 May 2020 LaGrange College has about 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "LaGrange College names new president," 4 May 2020

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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