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College Vs University

Is a College different from a University?

The two terms refer to a post secondary school offering education at an advanced level.

A university can mean the parent institution to which colleges are federated and through which they offer an undergraduate education. Secondly, a University may offer graduate and doctorate programs whereas smaller federated colleges may only offer undergraduate degrees. The College/University relationship is murky and admittedly there are colleges which offer post graduate programs. Both Universities and Colleges offer higher education or specialized professional or vocational training leading to degrees.

In the case of residential colleges, these colleges offer residences, dining halls and tutorials (and maybe some classes) for those attending the greater University.

Note: Community Colleges are not colleges in the traditional sense, but there is typically a strong transfer process to allow migration from community college upwards to the degree colleges with the ability to transfer earned credits with the vertical alignment of programs. That is to say that those who perform strongly at community college can continue on to undergraduate and graduate studies at degree colleges/universities.