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

n 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
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educational institution
an institution dedicated to education

n the body of faculty and students of a college

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a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

n a complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed

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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