upperclassman

noun
up·​per·​class·​man | \ ˌə-pər-ˈklas-mən How to pronounce upperclassman (audio) \

Definition of upperclassman

: a member of the junior or senior class in a school or college

Examples of upperclassman in a Sentence

Only upperclassmen can go off-campus for lunch.
Recent Examples on the Web Despite being one of the Wildcats’ youngest players, Ingrassia showed the poise of an upperclassman, throwing for 198 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Justice Delos Santos, The Mercury News, "Football: Marin Catholic’s young QB too much for El Cerrito," 24 Aug. 2019 At freshman orientation, an upperclassman nicknamed her Marca and the name stuck. BostonGlobe.com, "Striking her head, she broke her neck and was paralyzed from the chest down. In that instant, Ms. Bristo’s life changed forever in ways she could never have anticipated. She lost her job, her health insurance, could no longer use public transportation, and had no access to many public places.," 11 Sep. 2019 Talented upperclassmen may have stood in the way of their making huge impacts until their senior season arrives. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, "Recruiting rules changes put players on clock early | Commentary," 29 Aug. 2019 But upperclassmen living in one of the college’s three apartment buildings have the opportunity to bring their critters to campus. Kelly Meyerhofer, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin college offers pets as new on-campus living perk," 27 Aug. 2019 At Davidson, the majority of students go on to live with their freshmen roommates as upperclassmen, according to Jason Shaffer, the college’s associate dean of students. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "When College Plays Cupid for Roommates," 26 Aug. 2019 There lone upperclassman on Memphis’s squad this season is junior reserve Isaiah Maurice, and significant contributions from the incoming freshmen and returning sophomores will be expected. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Precious Achiuwa Will Be Key Piece in Memphis's Talented Frontcourt," 23 Aug. 2019 Breakout star: Jaren Mangham The freshman tailback looks like an upperclassman at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Colorado preview: Mel Tucker era begins with loads of questions and only one Viska," 19 Aug. 2019 Breakout star: Jaren Mangham The freshman tailback looks like an upperclassman at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 team previews: CU Buffs’ Mel Tucker era begins with loads of questions and only one Viska," 19 Aug. 2019

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1871, in the meaning defined above

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upperclassman

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English Language Learners Definition of upperclassman

US : a student in the third or fourth year of high school or college

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