When you matriculate at your local university, that means that you’ve enrolled there as a student. If you hope to matriculate at a certain school, it means you want to be a student there.

The verb matriculate is often confused the verb graduate — which means a student has completed a course of study. Instead, use matriculate to describe the act of enrolling as a student at a university and save graduate for the day you hurl your tasseled cap at the sky. There is also a noun form of matriculate: a matriculate is someone who has enrolled as a student.

Definitions of matriculate

v enroll as a student

Type of:
enrol, enroll, enter, inscribe, recruit
register formally as a participant or member

n someone who has been admitted to a college or university

Type of:
college student, university student
a student enrolled in a college or university

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