College vs University


In general, a college offers education in one specific area, while a university is a collection of colleges. When you go to a university you attend one of their colleges, such as the business college or college of engineering.

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Introduction (from Wikipedia) A college is an educational institution or a constituent part of an educational institution. Usage varies in English-speaking nations. A college may be a degree-awarding tertiary educational institution, an institution within a fed. A university is an institution of higher education and research which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects and provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education. The word "university" is derived from the Latin universitas m

edit Differences in research focus

A university tends to maintain research requirements for its instructors and is thus usually a more "research-focused" institution. This adds a certain degree of recognition to universities and attracts a larger student body that affords them the capacity to offer higher learning options than a college can offer. Doctorate programs are more likely to be offered at universities where they have the money and ongoing research to support such programs.

edit College vs. University in the United Kingdom

In the UK, a university can award its own degrees and has a charter giving it various guarantees of independence. A college usually depends on a fully-fledged university validating its degrees, or may even be part of a university, as in Oxford or Cambridge colleges.

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