New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Faculty, Alumni

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Today’s additions to the Glossary of Confusing Words are the words “faculty” and “alumni.”

Olesya suggested them, saying she had come across them while preparing for the TOEFL, and asking:

What’s the difference between these terms?

Good question! Here’s the answer:

Faculty = The professors and instructors of a university

If you want to see an explanation of all the different types of faculty members, we covered that in a previous Glossary post.

Alumni = Students who have graduated from a university

If you’re talking about one student, you would say they are an alumnus (for a male) or alumna (for a female).

Bonus: The school that an alumnus graduated from is called his alma mater.

Hope that explained it!

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