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What is the differences between "University" and "College"?

I wanted to know. We assign terms University (EX: Harvard University) and College (EX: Boston College) to our higher educations for Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral programs around the world. Basically I wanted to know is there a difference between the two terms, if so what is it? Or if not why use two different terms for the same thing... why not stick with one term?? Does a particular Higher Education school need to follow guidelines or be dominated by something to be called one and not the other? Thanks everyone! :)

Asked By: FunnyBunny - 6/7/2012
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There are a lot of things to consider when making the decision between a university or college program, but when you boil it all down, there are really four main differences between the two... More
Answered By: Gerald - 6/7/2012
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I think that universities have difference schools within the university (like school of law, school of business) and colleges just are one school but I'm not 100% positive. Sometimes I honestly wonder if some go with one over the other because if sounds better with the name but I doubt that.
Answered By: Steph - 6/7/2012
 
Good question, and to be honest, I'm not sure. Education wise, they are both the same. I think the difference is in how the schools are funded (federal, state, private, etc, etc,). For the average person like you and I, there is no difference.
Answered By: Kevin - 6/7/2012
 
A college is for people who want to nock out their general classes and get an associates degree. The tuition is also cheeper at colleges. Universities are for longer degree programs they are more expensive but worth the price for a good degree. If your economically smart you will start at a college and if you want a... More
Answered By: Sarah - 6/7/2012
 
They are very similar. A university is a collection of colleges or schools. It may have a college of arts and sciences, a college of education, a school of nursing, a school of business, and a conservatory of music. It may offer a number of graduate programs... More
Answered By: Betsy - 6/7/2012
 
In the US technically a university is a school that gives at a minimum a BA and is a collection of colleges ie. college of business, college of art etc. Boston College has colleges within it so it is a university. A community college could never be called a university as the highest degree is an AA.
Answered By: Donald B - 6/7/2012
 
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