It really bothers me:

Should I say I'm a college senior student, or should I say I'm a senior college student (or I'm a college senior student)?

Should I say I'm a sophomore, or should I say I'm a sophomore college student (or I'm a college sophomore student)? Ooh, English is tough!

  • Where are you located? The meaning of college varies from place to place, and the divisions of schooling vary from place to place.
    – choster
    May 16, 2014 at 3:01
  • @tchrist, "teenage text message" -I wonder if a term has been coined? The 'tchrist' ;-)
    – Third News
    May 16, 2014 at 3:01
  • @choster China..
    – lee
    May 16, 2014 at 3:15
  • @tchrist Sorry,i did some researches and found written english is not simple.Much to learn.
    – lee
    May 16, 2014 at 3:17
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    @choster Both i think.
    – lee
    May 16, 2014 at 3:29

5 Answers 5


The best way to word this is:

I'm a senior in college.

This is because "college senior student," "senior college student," and "senior student" all sound wrong because senior in this sense is a noun and not an adjective. "Senior" as an adjective means "older" or "higher ranking," while "senior" as a noun refers to the last year of college or high school.

  • @RyeBread: if Jason added that college senior student, senior college student, and senior student all sound incorrect because senior in this sense is a noun and not an adjective, this would be an answer. May 16, 2014 at 13:33

Magistrand: n. senior, fourth year university student

  • What about us 6th year seniors, Ultramagistrands? May 16, 2014 at 13:32


I am a senior student in my college.



I'm a college senior.

I'm a college sophomore.

I'm a college freshman.

  • This is the clearest, cleanest, and (I should hope) the most oft-used solution. It rings true to my native-speaker ear.
    – tchrist
    May 16, 2014 at 14:04
  • @tchrist In the same vein, can you say "I'm a junior high senior" in AmE?
    – Elian
    May 16, 2014 at 14:22
  • No, you cannot, although that is a rather interesting turn of phrase. Junior high doesn’t get special words for each year. It is typically either a two-year stint for seventh- and eighth-graders, or sometimes a three-year one adding in sixth-graders. But saying a junior high senior begs for so many subclever misreadings that I am sure it has been used in jest more than once.
    – tchrist
    May 16, 2014 at 14:25

If you want to choose between the above two, then the more befitting statement would be:

I am a senior college student.

However, there are some possible alternatives to it:

Using the year in which you study - I'm a 3rd year college student or I'm a 2nd year college student, in case of first year we can also say I'm a freshmen.


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