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A student in the freshman or sophomore class at a secondary school or college. Also called lowerclassman.


n, pl -men
(Education) education US an undergraduate in the first two years of college or university education


(ˌʌn dərˈklæs mən, -ˈklɑs-)

n., pl. -men.
a freshman or sophomore in a secondary school or college.
[1870–75, Amer.]
usage: See -man.


A student in the first or second year of a secondary or college course.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.underclassman - an undergraduate who is not yet a seniorunderclassman - an undergraduate who is not yet a senior
fresher, freshman - a first-year undergraduate
junior - a third-year undergraduate
soph, sophomore - a second-year undergraduate
undergrad, undergraduate - a university student who has not yet received a first degree
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Like a smart underclassman, Orozco passed the credit to her teammates.
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1) As soon as possible, preferably during your first semester, visit the career services center on your campus and review career-related materials geared to help answer the question, "What can I do with a major in...?" As a typical underclassman, you may be unsure of what you want to major in.