College Level Vocabulary Words for University Students

The years we spend in college and university are full of excitement and great learning.

One of the most important areas for development in vocabulary – communicating with academics and reading thousands of research papers means that the university can be the first time you see certain words.

Confusing words surround college students every day. By taking the time to read ten words each day, students enrich their names and minimize potential conflicts of interest. A great way to practice new vocabulary words is to use them in a sentence and speak often in group discussions. This will enhance your vocabulary skills.

College Level Vocabulary Words List

Let us work on the words generally expressed and used in college level:

Word Meaning
evaluative exercising or involving careful appraisals
cartographer a person who makes maps
Discomfit cause to lose one’s composure
Psyche that which is responsible for one’s thoughts and feelings
prognosticate make a prediction about; tell in advance
Winnow the act of separating grain from chaff
provenance where something originated or was nurtured
Relegate assign to a lower position
Detach cause to become separated
cornucopia a horn filled with fruit and grain symbolizing prosperity
Protract lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
Indenture formal agreement as to terms of a debt
Academia the world of higher learning
Libation the act of pouring a liquid offering as a religious ceremony
Expertly in an expert manner
Relevance the relation of something to the matter at hand
Compress squeeze or press together
administrator someone who manages a government agency or department
Resource aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed
College an institution of higher education
Articulate express or state clearly
Disparity inequality or difference in some respect
consequential having important issues or results
Analytical using or skilled in using reasoning
Detached no longer connected or joined
challenging requiring full use of your abilities or resources
Navigate direct carefully and safely
Barrage the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area
periodically in a sporadic manner
Surround extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle


transcendent exceeding or surpassing usual limits
exhilarating making lively and joyful
Astonish affect with wonder
synonymous meaning the same or nearly the same
exaggerate enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
intermittent stopping and starting at irregular intervals
Radically in an extreme or revolutionary manner
Thesis an unproved statement advanced as a premise in an argument
Aspire have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
projection the act of expelling or ejecting
Confront oppose, as in hostility or a competition
precipitate bring about abruptly
Grade a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
Job a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty
Abstract existing only in the mind
volunteer a person who performs work done by choice
commend present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence
provoke provide the needed stimulus for
faculty an inherent cognitive or perceptual power of the mind
create bring into existence
Lecturer Public educator at certain universities
Department A division in the university
Grade A number or character that indicates quality
A Level High level of subject education in school, college
Subject A specific subject or subjects under consideration
Module An independent component used in combination with others
Pass Go successfully with a test or selection process
Lecture Public speaking


Laboratory A workplace for scientific research
Gymnasium An athletic center equipped with various sports or physical training facilities
Library A place containing books and other reading material
Canteen A room with food for sale to staff at the center
Placement Communication established between applicants and prospective employees
Undergraduate A university student who has not yet received a bachelor’s degree
Compulsory Which is mendatory
Optional left to personal choice of the user
Exercise Systematic training with multiple repetitions
Attend Be present
Take Up Open a person’s interest
Postgraduate Or related studies beyond bachelor’s degree
Even Divided into two parts
Odd It is not divided into two parts
Experience Content for viewing or participation in the event
Period Total time
Facility Something designed and created to do a specific job
Faculty The subject of teachers and school administrators
Apprenticeship A professional position to learn a trade
Interest A feeling of anxiety and curiosity
Apply Ask for something
Requirement Something needed in advance
Secondary Education Education beyond primary school
Tertiary Coming out third instead
Break Interrupt ongoing work
Tutorial In-depth teaching session
Tution Fee Tuition fees (especially higher education)
Assignment The work you are told to do
Skill Skill acquired through training
Elective It is not mandatory
Major Have a key subject learning field
Minor In the secondary subject to focus on education
Duration A time taken to complete the education of interest
Academic Degree An award given to a college or university indicating that the recipient has completed a satisfactory study course
Seminar A lesson given to a small group of advanced students
Hostel Affordable guarded accommodation
Accommodation Accommodation provided for the benefit of the community
Part Time Less than the normal number of hours
Dean Director of a university or college
Roommate Room companion
Classmate Someone you know from class
Applied Science A discipline based on the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems

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List of College Level Vocabulary Words

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