college

In the US, people pursuing education after high school go to college––spending either two or four years earning an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree.

Many colleges are housed within universities. College derives from the Latin collegium 'partnership, association.' While a university offers many programs leading to graduate degrees beyond a bachelor's degree, a college is undergraduate only. So if you want to pursue becoming a lawyer, a doctor, or a college professor, chances are college is just a weigh station on your route to graduate school.

Definitions of college
  1. noun
    an institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university
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    business college
    a school for teaching the clerical aspects of business and commerce
    junior college
    a college that offers only the first two years terminating in an associate degree
    training college
    a school providing training for a special field or profession
    community college
    a nonresidential junior college offering a curriculum fitted to the needs of the community
    normal school, teachers college
    a two-year school for training elementary teachers
    type of:
    educational institution
    an institution dedicated to education
  2. noun
    the body of faculty and students of a college
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    type of:
    body
    a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
  3. noun
    a complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed
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    examples:
    Dartmouth College
    a college in New Hampshire
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    building complex, complex
    a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
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