Definition of undergraduate in English:



  • A university student who has not yet taken a first degree.

    ‘a group of Oxford undergraduates’
    • ‘Many of our students study as undergraduates or post-graduates abroad.’
    • ‘What approaches to that study do the teachers of those undergraduates take?’
    • ‘Community colleges enroll almost one half of all undergraduates in the United States each fall.’
    • ‘Many undergraduates also opposed increasing the winter break to four weeks.’
    • ‘Student debt is increasingly putting prospective undergraduates off going to university.’
    • ‘He invited a few undergraduates from state schools for drinks and discovered many had teacher parents.’
    • ‘We will be asked to teach more undergraduates with fewer faculty and smaller operating budgets.’
    • ‘Two thirds of York's undergraduates live in university accommodation.’
    • ‘The crew of four undergraduates and one MSc postgraduate are the first to win Henley's newest event, inaugurated this year.’
    • ‘However it is clear that poor undergraduates are worse hit here, because they are more reliant on these aspects of student funding.’
    • ‘He makes a point of hiring undergraduates in addition to the graduate students to work with him on his research.’
    • ‘I think urban universities enrol larger numbers of adult undergraduates.’
    • ‘Apartments are planned for upper level undergraduates on the north and south fringes of campus.’
    • ‘I first started reading Ulysses in the late 1990s, as an undergraduate at University College Dublin.’
    • ‘Students started working with her as undergraduates and then continued through graduate school.’
    • ‘Erika is an undergraduate at San Diego State University, majoring in biology.’
    • ‘He spent his last few years at Wolfson college and continued to lecture undergraduates until last year.’
    • ‘Is it up to universities to provide undergraduates with the facilities to get such experience, or is it up to industry?’
    • ‘This is an excellent text, useful for undergraduates and graduate students alike.’
    • ‘Dundee's Caird Hall, the venue for the student enterprise summit, was buzzing with undergraduates and postgrads.’
    first-year student, undergraduate
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  • Denoting or relating to an undergraduate.

    ‘an undergraduate degree’
    ‘undergraduate students’
    ‘undergraduate life on campus’
    • ‘As he approached the end of his remarkable four undergraduate years at MIT he began to think about studying for his doctorate.’
    • ‘The degrees can be taken in three years, like ordinary undergraduate courses, but the university expects online students to take longer, similar to other distance learning students who might take five to eight years.’
    • ‘His undergraduate studies were undertaken in Budapest.’
    • ‘The book is aimed at undergraduate students in the life sciences, and will also be invaluable for many graduate students.’
    • ‘In the autumn of 2001, I was teaching an undergraduate class on modern political and social theory.’
    • ‘Our most competitive subjects at undergraduate level are medicine, law, English, computer science, history, engineering, geography, economics, physiotherapy and midwifery.’
    • ‘During my undergraduate years my folks were unemployed so I had support from the local council.’
    • ‘St Martin's college offers undergraduate degrees, postgraduate teaching diplomas and professional development.’
    • ‘After completing an undergraduate degree in art, history and ethnology in 2006, she has combined studies in social affairs with work for the World Childhood Foundation in Stockholm.’
    • ‘He hopes to read medicine at university but in the summer, before his undergraduate days begin, he plans to build classrooms, help sustainable tourism and see some of Africa too.’
    • ‘We are all in our 3rd and final year of our undergraduate degree.’