What Is the Difference in Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 1, 2020 10:27:22 AM ET

A student's year in high school or college is denoted by their status as a freshman (grade 9), sophomore (grade 10), junior (grade 11) or senior (grade 12). Likewise, a first-year college student is a freshman, while a student in his fourth year of college is referred to as a senior.