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diploma mill

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noun

an organization claiming to be an institution of higher learning but existing for profit only and granting degrees without demanding proper qualifications of the recipients.
a college or university having such a large number of students that none receives individual attention from the teachers.

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Also called degree mill.

Origin of diploma mill

First recorded in 1925–30
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