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What’s the difference between college & university??

I’m Confused…

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A college generally only offers 4 year degrees. A community college 2 year degrees and certificates.

A university offers masters and doctorates as well as the 4 year degree.


A few days ago
Vara K
Moving from college to university can be a daunting prospect. The university student life is different. For some it will be the first time you’ve really experienced independent living, whether that means you’re living away from home or not.

The major difference between college and university is that you will be expected to rely less on the teaching staff and more on yourself. This means you must take full responsibility for your study.

Although tutors and lecturers are there to help you, the emphasis is on them getting you to understand a subject for yourself. This means that you’ll have to become very good at managing your time.

At university you’ll often be given long periods of time to complete assignments, sometimes as much as 12 weeks.

Try not to fall into the trap of leaving assignments to the last minute or simply forgetting about them until the week before they’re due to be handed in.


A few days ago
To piggyback on ProfessorC’s answer, a college is usually a smaller school that has limited programs, such as a “liberal arts” college which would confer only liberal arts degrees, or a “teacher’s college” where everyone is working towards a degree in education.

Community colleges are usually limited to the freshman and sophomore years and confer Associate degrees (A.A. or A.S,) or certificates and often have agreements with universities for their A.A. students to transfer for the junior and senior years.

A university is usually a much larger school, sometimes with more than one campus, than encompasses all levels from freshman through doctorate, that offers a wide variety of programs through specialized “colleges” such as the College of Education, College of Medicine, College of Engineering, etc. Universities also have a variety of research programs and usually require that their professors publish results of their research.