collegian

A collegian is a student at a college or university. It could also be a former college student: in other words, an alumnus.

Are you a high school student? If so, you're not a collegian, which is a word for someone who is enrolled at a college (or is a graduate). People who go to universities are also called collegians: the key part is that you're part of higher education. If you dropped out of college, you probably wouldn’t call yourself a collegian. This word suggests you are getting or have received a college degree.

Definitions of collegian
  1. noun
    a student (or former student) at a college or university
    synonyms: college boy, college man
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    college student, university student
    a student enrolled in a college or university
    grad student, graduate student, postgraduate
    a student who continues studies after graduation
    undergrad, undergraduate
    a university student who has not yet received a first degree
    co-ed, college girl
    a female student at a coeducational college or university
    lowerclassman, underclassman
    an undergraduate who is not yet a senior
    matriculate
    someone who has been admitted to a college or university
    senior
    an undergraduate student during the year preceding graduation
    practice teacher, student teacher
    a college student who is teaching under the supervision of a certified teacher in order to qualify for a degree in education
    type of:
    educatee, pupil, student
    a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
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