Do you say college or university?

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#2  Edited By DarthOrange

I personally say university. A lot of people here in the USA say college regardless of if they are going to ITT Tech or a community college or an actual university. What do you peeps say? Do you feel their is a difference between the words?

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#3  Edited By FreakAche

University. Where I'm from, "college" generally refers exclusively to community colleges, trade schools, or anything else that offers two year programs.

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#4  Edited By Milkman

College. 

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#5  Edited By mandude

College refers to any third level educational institute where I'm from.

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#6  Edited By No0b0rAmA

They mean two completely different things where I live (Canada).

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#7  Edited By Phatmac

Uni.

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#8  Edited By MooseyMcMan

College.

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#9  Edited By Vasta_Narada

@No0b0rAmA said:

They mean two completely different things where I live (Canada).

Concurred from BC.

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#10  Edited By NTM

Well it is college, because not everyone is a university. If I were going to a community college, it wouldn't be correct if someone said I was going to a university, while a university is still college, so the correct way to say it, at least here in the U.S. is college. You can call a university a uni, or university, but that was more used when no one went there. So if I went to community college, as did others, or I was in a CC, while another person was in a university, I would say, yeah, they're in a university. Now though, I just say college. I know no one that goes to CC.

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#11  Edited By nohthink

When I refer to people, I say college. "college student" or "college professor." 
When I talk about a place, however, I say university. "How do you get to your university?" "Where is the university square?"

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#12  Edited By AjayRaz

@Vasta_Narada said:

@No0b0rAmA said:

They mean two completely different things where I live (Canada).

Concurred from BC.

as a resident of QC i can also approve this

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#13  Edited By Little_Socrates

The definition is kind of specific; a university is a college that offers both graduate and undergraduate studies. I'm at a university, but I tend to say college because I'm not a graduate student yet.

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#14  Edited By AlisterCat

Here they are two different things.

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#15  Edited By rapid

@AjayRaz said:

@Vasta_Narada said:

@No0b0rAmA said:

They mean two completely different things where I live (Canada).

Concurred from BC.

as a resident of QC i can also approve this

Yup different here in AB also.

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#16  Edited By OldGuy

It depends on whether it is a college or a university. So... both?

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#17  Edited By beepmachine

@AjayRaz said:

@Vasta_Narada said:

@No0b0rAmA said:

They mean two completely different things where I live (Canada).

Concurred from BC.

as a resident of QC i can also approve this

Verified from Nova Scotia.

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#18  Edited By MarkWahlberg

Universities have colleges in them, don't they? A college is a specific school, universities have multiple schools (law, engineering, etc.).

People usually just say 'I go/went to college' though, I think probably just because it's shorter and because it's true in both cases.

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#19  Edited By Silvergun

@Little_Socrates said:

The definition is kind of specific; a university is a college that offers both graduate and undergraduate studies. I'm at a university, but I tend to say college because I'm not a graduate student yet.

Pretty much this. If I'm not mistaken though, in the US/Canada, most people would say 'I'm going to college' (regardless of if it's grad/undergrad) while saying 'I'm going to University' is more of a European way of saying it.

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#20  Edited By BraveToaster

I use both, but I say college more.

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#21  Edited By xaLieNxGrEyx

They're not the same thing

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#22  Edited By Justin258

I know what both mean but I am currently going to college (i.e. undergrad degree) and that might change when I go to UNC Charlotte for a major.

But people around here generally call it "college".

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#23  Edited By CrossTheAtlantic

I guess you could say university for mine, but technically they always called themselves an "institute." I mean, it was in our name.

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#25  Edited By kgb0515

I just say "goodbye tens of thousands of dollars".

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#26  Edited By Ben_H

University. College means something other than actual university like a technical school.

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#27  Edited By RazielCuts

College (or Sixth Form) is where you go to before to do the qualifications you need to get into University to do your degree. (UK)

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#28  Edited By ThePickle

I thought they were two different things? I normally say college, but that's just referring to the general notion of a school after high school. I wouldn't say I'm applying to College of Massachusetts at Amherst or Rutgers College.

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#29  Edited By WickedCobra03

@Silvergun said:

@Little_Socrates said:

The definition is kind of specific; a university is a college that offers both graduate and undergraduate studies. I'm at a university, but I tend to say college because I'm not a graduate student yet.

Pretty much this. If I'm not mistaken though, in the US/Canada, most people would say 'I'm going to college' (regardless of if it's grad/undergrad) while saying 'I'm going to University' is more of a European way of saying it.

I am not going to lie, I learned something new today, and it was in this thread! From the US, most people say college and a lot of time that sometimes covers anything from a crappy Phoenix University to the Unversity of (some State school) to Ivy League, which kind of sucks. I feel like some people are over-estimating their education by saying that they went to college when they really just went to Phoenix or Devry, or a tech school and never finished.

Side rant; I hate it when people say, or imply on Facebook "about" section that they attended and finished "college/"university" when they only went there for a year and now dropped out. It is kind of like they are faking it to their general on-lookers and friends.

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#30  Edited By AlexW00d

@No0b0rAmA said:

They mean two completely different things where I live (land of normal milk containers >:( ).

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#31  Edited By Panelhopper

In the UK we say university

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#32  Edited By GS_Dan

@RazielCuts said:

College (or Sixth Form) is where you go to before to do the qualifications you need to get into University to do your degree. (UK)

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#33  Edited By Hunter5024

I say college for everything now, but if I was going to a university I bet I would be a jerk and insist people refer to it that way so I could feel superior.

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#34  Edited By Pkshields

@FreakAche said:

University. Where I'm from, "college" generally refers exclusively to community colleges, trade schools, or anything else that offers two year programs.

Same here, except colleges that offer 2 year courses locally are usually known as Techs as well.

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#35  Edited By monetarydread

@No0b0rAmA said:

They mean two completely different things where I live (Canada).

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#36  Edited By BisonHero

@FreakAche said:

University. Where I'm from, "college" generally refers exclusively to community colleges, trade schools, or anything else that offers two year programs.

Exactly. They specifically invented a word for "school with 4 year undergraduate programs, as well as various other graduate studies", and that word is "university". Using "college" so broadly just confuses the matter of what type of postsecondary institution someone is attending.

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#37  Edited By Th3_James

I went to college in Canada.

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#38  Edited By DoctorWelch

I say college simply because I am not an elitist bastard. No, but really, every time I hear someone say "I go to University", or something along those lines, it always makes them sound European to me.

I fell like University should be used more when referring to a specific one, like "The University", rather than "University". If you know what I mean. When referring to higher education I think college is a nice broad term.

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#39  Edited By Xeiphyer

@No0b0rAmA said:

They mean two completely different things where I live (Canada).

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#40  Edited By EquitasInvictus

Even though I go to a university, I still refer to it in the general as "college."

So I'll tell my friends, "I come back from college ______,"or "Hey when are you going back to college?", etc.

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#41  Edited By MikkaQ

Uni for academic schools, college for the trades.

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#42  Edited By Modedude

@RazielCuts said:

College (or Sixth Form) is where you go to before to do the qualifications you need to get into University to do your degree. (UK)

Pretty much this, being another British person.

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#43  Edited By zudthespud

University. The establishment I am educated at has University in the title, the place I was at before that had College in the title.

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#44  Edited By legendlexicon

I always use college but I guess I should start saying that I'm going to university.

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#45  Edited By Stonyman65

I say Collage, because I'm not European.

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#46  Edited By forkboy

College is a Further Education facility, University is a Higher Education facility. In the UK at least

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#47  Edited By Sooty

@forkboy said:

College is a Further Education facility, University is a Higher Education facility. In the UK at least

Yah pretty much, though some colleges do those higher education but-not-quite-a-degree courses too.

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#48  Edited By intro

College, that's what I hear 99% of everyone else say too. I'm from the US, Ohio specifically. I'm assuming the UK says it different or something? I'm probably using it in the wrong way sometimes, but everyone knows what I mean.

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@believer258 said:

I know what both mean but I am currently going to college (i.e. undergrad degree) and that might change when I go to UNC Charlotte for a major.

But people around here generally call it "college".

I sometimes forget people here can live in the same city as I do. Initially, I get paranoid and think, in this case, "How do they know about UNCC?!"

I live in America, so I say "college" in general terms. Since I'm in grad school, though, I say "grad school" or "undergrad" to differentiate what school I went/going to, instead of simply saying "I go to college."

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#50  Edited By ajamafalous

I say college because I live in America and that's what people in America say.