Do dropouts have an alma mater and are alumni of the institution where they dropped out in the respective phase of their studies (undergraduate, master or doctorate)? Or are these terms only meant for successful graduates?

E.g., is a student dropping out from the master/PhD an alumni of the university where he/she tried the master/PhD or of the university where he/she graduated with the next lower degree (BSc/master)?

  • I believe so! I don't know if they have a name for dropouts. – The Guy Apr 30 '16 at 22:42
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    Asked and answered on English.SE: english.stackexchange.com/questions/49361/… – Nate Eldredge Apr 30 '16 at 22:44
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it does not relate to Academia as defined in the FAQ – Ric Apr 30 '16 at 22:57
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    At first glance, as far as being on-topic or not, this question is borderline for me. The answers at English.SE do seem to relate well to the question here, though, and I would expect that answers obtained here (if the question were reopened) would be similar. It seems that leaving it closed for now is the logical choice. – Mad Jack May 1 '16 at 2:59
  • Some institutions have specific policies about this. For example, "alumni" may include anyone who has ever enrolled, even if they have not left. – Anonymous Physicist May 1 '16 at 12:05

A person who drops out is technically an alumnus however the term normally is used for someone who actually graduated. It can refer to anyone who is a former student or even employee of an institution.

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