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alma mater

alma mater

/ˈɑːlmə mˈeɪɾɚ/
noun
the university, college, or school that one studied in

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alumna

alumna

/əˈɫəmnə/
noun
a former female student or pupil of a school, university, or college

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alumnus

alumnus

/əˈɫəmnəs/
noun
a person, particularly a male one, who is a former student of a college, university, or school

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colloquium

colloquium

/kəˈɫoʊkwiəm/
noun
a formal and academic conference or seminar

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collegiate

collegiate

/kəˈɫidʒɪt/
adjective
of or relating to a college or its students

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commencement

commencement

/kəˈmɛnsmənt/
noun
an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred

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to confer

to confer

/kənˈfɝ/
verb
to give an official degree, title, right, etc. to someone

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convocation

convocation

/ˌkɑnvəˈkeɪʃən/
noun
a group gathered in response to a summons

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cum laude

cum laude

/kʊmlˈaʊdi/
adverb
(in the US) with the third highest level of distinction achievable by a student

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curricular

curricular

/kɝˈɪkjəˌɫɝ/
adjective
relating to the topics that a course of study in a school or college consists of

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magna cum laude

magna cum laude

/mˈæɡnə kʊmlˈaʊdi/
adverb
(in the US) with the second highest level of distinction achievable by a student

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summa cum laude

summa cum laude

/sˈʌmə kʊmlˈaʊdi/
adverb
(in the US) with the highest level of distinction achievable by a student

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demerit

demerit

/diˈmɛɹət/
noun
a mark against a person for misconduct or failure; usually given in school or armed forces

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disciplinary

disciplinary

/ˈdɪsəpɫəˌnɛɹi/
adjective
relating to a specific field of academic study

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dissertation

dissertation

/ˌdɪsɝˈteɪʃən/
noun
a long piece of writing on a particular subject that a university student presents in order to get an advanced degree

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elective

elective

/ɪˈɫɛktɪv/
adjective
not compulsory

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expulsion

expulsion

/ɪkˈspəɫʃən/
noun
the act of expelling or forcing someone to leave a particular place, especially a school

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entrant

entrant

/ˈɛntɹənt/
noun
any new participant in some activity

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endowment

endowment

/ɛnˈdaʊmənt/
noun
the capital that provides income for an institution

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GED

GED

/ʤiː-iː-di/
noun
an official certificate in the US that people who did not complete high school can obtain by taking some classes and successfully passing a test, which is the equivalent of the actual high school diploma

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grammar school

grammar school

/ɡɹˈæmɚ skˈuːl/
noun
a school for young children; usually the first 6 or 8 grades

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headmaster

headmaster

/ˈhɛdˈmæstɝ/
noun
presiding officer of a school
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My teacher was angry and sent me to the headmaster after our lessons,' Peter answered. '

But why did the teacher send you to the headmaster then?

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interdisciplinary

interdisciplinary

/ˌɪntɝˈdɪsəpɫəˌnɛɹi/
adjective
drawing from or characterized by participation of two or more fields of study

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to invigilate

to invigilate

/ɪnvˈɪdʒᵻlˌeɪt/
verb
watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating)

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ivy league

ivy league

/ˈaɪvi lˈiːɡ/
noun
a league of universities and colleges in the northeastern United States that have a reputation for scholastic achievement and social prestige

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literacy

literacy

/ˈɫɪtɝəsi/
noun
the ability to read and write; one's ability to read and write
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Four, captions are great for literacy.

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magnet school

magnet school

/mˈæɡnɪt skˈuːl/
noun
*** (in the US) a school in a large city that offers extra courses in some subjects in order to attract students from other areas of the city

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to matriculate

to matriculate

/məˈtɹɪkjəɫeɪt/
verb
enroll as a student

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prospectus

prospectus

/pɹəˈspɛktəs/
noun
a catalog listing the courses offered by a college or university

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scholastic

scholastic

/skəˈɫæstɪk/
adjective
of or relating to schools

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sophomore

sophomore

/ˈsɑfˌmɔɹ/
noun
a second-year undergraduate

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sorority

sorority

/sɝˈɔɹəti/
noun
a social club for female students in a university or college, especially in the US and Canada

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to suspend

to suspend

/səˈspɛnd/
verb
to temporarily prevent someone from going to school as a punishment because they did something wrong

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recess

recess

/ˈɹisɛs/, /ɹɪˈsɛs/
noun
*** a period of time between lessons at school

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tertiary college

tertiary college

/tˈɜːʃjɚɹi kˈɑːlɪdʒ/
noun
*** ‌(in Britain) a college that provides education for people aged 16 and older, but that is not a university

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vocational

vocational

/voʊˈkeɪʃənəɫ/
adjective
involving the necessary knowledge or skills for a certain occupation

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tenure

tenure

/ˈtɛnjɝ/
noun
*** guaranteed permanent employment, especially as a teacher or professor, after a probationary period

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syllabus

syllabus

/ˈsɪɫəbəs/
noun
books and subjects that students should study in a school or college course

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studious

studious

/ˈstudiəs/
adjective
characterized by diligent study and fondness for reading

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