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Senior (education)

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

The term senior, in regard to education, has different meanings depending on the country.

United States

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

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 student's senior year. Students in senior year are highly advised to begin college applications the first semester and to wait for admission decisions to come the second semester of senior year.

Higher education

In the United States, the fourth year of an undergraduate program is known as senior year. Many bachelor's degree programs are designed to be completed in these four years. Students in their senior year will often be looking into job placements or post-graduate educational opportunities such as graduate school, medical school, or law school.

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.


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).[citation needed]

United Kingdom

In England and Wales, students in their seventh year and above (11 years and older, post primary school) in secondary school are seniors[citation needed]; in Scotland, students in their fifth year and above are seniors.

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