Senior (education)

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Senior class artwork, from East Texas State Normal College's 1920 Locust yearbook

In United States education, a senior is a student in the fourth year of study (generally high school or college/university study).[1][2]

High school

In the United States, the twelfth grade is usually the fourth and final year of a student's high school period and is referred to as his/her senior year. In England and Wales, students in their tenth year and above in Secondary School are seniors[citation needed]; in Scotland, students in their fifth year and above are seniors. In the province of Ontario, high school students in their third year and above are considered to be seniors, while in the province of Alberta, only grade twelves are counted as seniors even though both provinces are Canadian (due to the fact that high school is only grades ten-twelve in Alberta).

Higher education

In the United States, the fourth year that a student has been at a higher institution, is known as the senior year.

Intercollegiate athletics

In college athletics, a student in their final year of eligibility is known as a senior.[3]

Super Senior

The term super senior is used in the United States to refer to a fifth-year student who has not completed the graduation requirements by the end of the fourth year, and thus is required to stay an additional year to complete said requirements.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Concise Oxford English Dictionary". Oxford University Press. 
  2. ^ "Merriam-Webster online". Merriam-Webster. 
  3. ^ "2015-2016 NCAA Division I Manual - AUGUST VERSION - Available August 2015" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Sarver, Felix. "Super seniors find educational reasons to stay past four years". Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
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