Definition of matriculation in US English:



  • 1The action of matriculating at a college or university.

    as modifier ‘matriculation requirements’
    • ‘In 1972 matriculation rates for men exceeded those of women by 53 to 46 percent.’
    • ‘So I've made good on my promise not to defer my matriculation as an NYU grad student any further, and will be starting classes in just over a week.’
    • ‘Due to overcrowding, many colleges are even encouraging the practice, giving tuition break incentives to students willing to defer matriculation for a year.’
    • ‘Minimum matriculation requirements are at least two pass grades and university courses for which there is not strong demand might accept students with these grades.’
    • ‘Though I'm not entirely sure it proves anything very much: all these official matriculation photos look exactly the same to me.’
    • ‘The Sheldonian Theatre, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and the traditional home of matriculation and graduation ceremonies, is closed until December for essential structural repairs.’
    • ‘Then came a stint in the Naval Air Corps, the end of World War II, and his matriculation at Dartmouth College.’
    • ‘These programs also strengthen institutional matriculation data.’
    • ‘Given students' economic marginality and the fact that many of them have family obligations, their ability to maintain matriculation is oftentimes jeopardized.’
    • ‘It seems that they are planning to divert those who might attend college from higher education, with laws and regulations that deter their matriculation.’
    • ‘Thus, a number of students delayed matriculation into the pharmacy program just to fulfill the requirements for the bachelor's degree.’
    • ‘She met my Father at a dinner for the Ashmolean, where I was born and attended various public schools until first matriculation.’
    • ‘Finally, research needs to be conducted that includes part-time students and students who have previous matriculation histories at the community college being studied.’
    • ‘Most student groups do not form after matriculation, but rather arrive intact, or partially intact, composed of friends who have been playing together since Santa laid their first amp beneath the Christmas tree.’
    • ‘Concern about this problem among members of the Prussian Ministry of State served to delay for several years the opening to women of matriculation at Prussian universities.’
    • ‘No doubt a lot of these people drop out, or never go, for financial reasons, and having government-subsidized college tuition would certainly raise both matriculation and graduation rates appreciably.’
    • ‘A retired teacher tried to overcome my five-year break and prepare me for the matriculation examination.’
    • ‘To evade paying expensive university matriculation fees, he decided to enroll in the Philippine Military Academy - a tough institution to enter - to get a free education.’
    • ‘Having managed a career portfolio during your matriculation in college helps you to be aware of your weaknesses and your strengths.’
    • ‘To improve the school education system, the ministry also introduced a new formula in which college matriculation will based on high school grades starting in 2008.’
    1. 1.1historical An examination to qualify for enrollment at a college or university.
      • ‘At various points in the 1950s and 1960s a better performance in the old Victorian matriculation exams was required to enter the honours stream in Arts than to secure entry into Medicine or Law.’
      • ‘Aptitude tests or matriculation examinations, although suggested, would not be suitable methods of admitting students to university, the official said.’
      • ‘At 14, he passed the matriculation examination of the Bombay University.’
      • ‘The earliest known references to Zanobi di Francescho appear in the book of matriculations for the Arte del Cambio.’
      • ‘He was not always on good terms with his peers and may even have suffered professionally during his career as a banker - indeed, his name was deleted from the register of matriculations in the Arte del Cambio.’
    2. 1.2 (in South Africa) a school-leaving examination taken at the end of the twelfth year.
      • ‘After graduation from high school - known as matriculation in South Africa - it is common to go on to a technical college or to a university.’
      • ‘She has just finished writing her pre-medical examinations at Fort Hare, having gained a first-class matriculation pass at the Healdtown Institution last year.’
      • ‘MOCK matriculation examinations - or matric ‘trials’ as they are aptly known - are intended to give a serious taste of the real thing to learners, teachers and everybody else involved.’
      • ‘Preference is given to students who successfully completed mathematics, biology and physical science in standard grade in the matriculation or equivalent examination.’
  • 2Scottish Heraldry
    The registration of arms in an official register.