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Do you know the difference between College and University?

Dec 21, 2020 | Parents, University Visits

Hi! This is Alan Sheptin from Sheptin Tutoring.

What college did you go to? Regardless of where you went, you know what that means. But it’s not a universal term.

For our Canadian friends, the term college means a post-secondary apprenticeship program, trade school or community college 

Across the pond in the United Kingdom, college refers to the two years leading up to university study.  In some instances, a college prepares a student for a vocation, without a university degree.

For Americans, however, there are some nuances between a college or university. Colleges tend to be smaller, student-focused centers of learning. While most colleges offer a vast array of courses of study, they generally have a few specialized graduate programs.

Universities tend to be larger, with several colleges within the institution.  For example, the University of Pennsylvania has four colleges under its brand: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing, College of Engineering, and Wharton School of Business. In addition, universities award many different types of master’s and doctorate-level programs. They may have Law Schools, Medical Schools, Dental Schools, Schools of Education, and Social Work.

College? University? Not sure? Let me help you navigate the territory. Contact us today.