As you or your college-age child begin to explore options, keep in mind that some terms surrounding college admission may not be self-explanatory. For instance, “college” and “university” seem like they are simply two words for an institution of higher learning. Some believe that a college refers to a private school; they also believe universities are solely funded by the government. Other people believe they get a better education at a university than a college.
If you think about Harvard University, look more closely at its various schools. Harvard College refers to the four-year undergraduate school; Harvard University encompasses the College and the various graduate schools.
The two terms can have different meanings.
Some of these include: