What is the difference betwen university and college in the american system?

Because in New Zealand they are exactly the same thing and it confuses me when people say they are off to college (Americans). Does everyone go to college? Plus.. What do you do at college? Thanks.

Asked By: just a girl - 10/2/2009
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There is really no difference between college and university, just in general. Actually, the term "university" is something we here in the States just don't use when referring to secondary education. We always refer to it as "college". The schools' names vary between college and university, but it's really all the same... More
Answered By: Matt - 10/2/2009
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2-year colleges (community, technical) offer associates degrees. 4-year colleges and universities both offer the same bachelors degrees. Universities also offer advanced degrees like masters, JD, medical, and PhD.
Answered By: eri - 10/2/2009
a university is basically a college that just offers more courses, in a variety of fields or subjects.
Answered By: I`m not mean, your just a sissy - 10/2/2009
A university is made up of many "colleges." There might be a college of music, a college of literature, a college of science, etc all within the university. Also, a university is an institution where you can obtain a degree beyond just a Bachelor's degree i.e A Grad school.
Answered By: Me - 10/2/2009
When an american says "I go to college" they mean they go to university... More
Answered By: Crikey a Wild Ski Bum - 10/2/2009
University and college are basically the same thing, both are the higher education after high school.Only difference is that universities are devoted in some kind of research and usually have better facilities since they get grants for their research and have a broader education (more majors and departments) for their... More
Answered By: Lawl C - 10/2/2009
Generally, Americans use the words "university" and "college" to mean the same thing - school after high school. Most institutions of higher education (let's call them IHEs for short) use the word university in their name, but some very prestigious IHEs are "colleges". You may have heard of Dartmouth COLLEGE, for... More
Answered By: ? - 10/2/2009
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