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College vs. University in the U.S.: What's the Difference?

Dave_BerryDave_Berry CC Admissions Expert Posts: 2,742 Senior Member
"The word 'college' doesn’t have the same meaning in every country, which can create confusion for prospective international students interested in studying in the U.S.

'In Spanish, "colegio" means high school,' says George DaPonte, director of international admissions at the University of Tampa in Florida. '"'Collège'"' in French is high school,' he adds, citing another example.

For this and other reasons, some prospective students may pass over U.S. schools that have 'college' instead of 'university' in their name, admissions experts say. By doing so, students could miss out on a school that may have been a good fit. ...

... Don't let confusion about these terms affect your school search as an international student." ...

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