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
  1. verb
    enroll as a student
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    type of:
    enrol, enroll, enter, inscribe, recruit
    register formally as a participant or member
  2. noun
    someone who has been admitted to a college or university
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    type of:
    college student, university student
    a student enrolled in a college or university
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