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what is the difference between college and university ?

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Keith’s Answer

In the United States, the word "college" can have two meanings that make it confusing at times.
On one hand, a "College" (for example, Boston College) is synonymous with a "University" (for example, University of Massachusetts). In this use of the term, it means a college of academic departments as a whole organization. Thus, a school like Boston College has everything that a University has but simply has a different name. In this context, it is likely historical naming that creates a difference rather than some trait.

With that said, there is another way the term "college" is used. It is used in Universities to create organizational structure. So, the smallest group at the university would be a "program." One step up would be a "department," and a group of "departments" make up a "college." Finally, a group of "colleges" make up the "university." Here's a tangible example from where I work.

I built a new "program" in Social Media Theory and Strategy (SMS). It offers a Bachelors degree or student can Minor in it (for example, a student could have a major in Business but minor in SMS). The SMS program is housed in the Communication Studies Department. The department offers the SMS major and minor but it also offers a Bachelors in Communication, a minor in Communication, and a minor in Performance Studies. You can see that the department is larger than the program. Now, the COM department with about 10 other departments in art, music, and media production combine to make the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Here, a College is a collection of "similar" departments. Where I work, there is also a College of Liberal Arts, a College of Education, and a College of Business. These "Colleges" combine together to make the University. Here, then, a University is a collection of colleges where each college has a focus area. In this same way, there are some smaller institutions of education that are "colleges" that are independent of a university. For example, a Technical College may have a number of majors that are all trade school subjects (heating and air conditioning repair, plumbing, welding, etc.) but the "College" doesn't have anything else (that is, there is no English department or Philosophy or Physics or Art, etc.). In this way, it is only a college and is not a university as there are no other colleges merging with it.

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NNENNA’s Answer

Confusions of what a college is and it's difference with a university has been a thing.
The similarity to both is that they are post-secondary institutions.

Colleges can offer degree and diploma courses but can't offer postgraduate courses. Universities offer both degree and diploma course and also postgraduate courses that can lead to a Masters or PhD.

I hope this helps.
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Astha’s Answer

In India, any college must be accredited with a university, it can be explained as many colleges come under one particular University and that university is responsible for preparing overall results, rules, regulations for these colleges. These universities can be government or private. In case of private university, it is called deemed University. You may have noticed for private university, a particular University has both college and university, in that case the college of that franchise is accredited with the university of same franchise.

Generally, a degree is considered to have more value if done from directly the university then a college. But it practice, it doesn't make a difference.
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Satish Reddy’s Answer

In simple language- college is a place where you have limit options in selection of courses where in University has lot of opputinities for selection of courses and multiple feilds.
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