What is the difference between a college and a university?

Studies in the United States - 2 November 2022

The two terms are almost identical. In terms of academic level, the two do not differ: the top 10 best universities consist of colleges and universities. 

The difference lies in the organization of the institution. Generally, colleges are smaller than universities and do not always offer master’s degrees. A university always offers undergraduate and graduate programs and therefore often has a larger number of students.

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