A university is a big school where you go to get a degree — maybe even a master’s or PhD. If you’re going to a university, you’re probably on a big campus that also offers housing for students and professors.

Just like the word universe (“the whole world”), university comes from the Latin word universus, meaning "whole, entire." So think of a university as being sort of a world of its own — an institute of higher education where you live and study. A university generally offers advanced degrees and research opportunities in many fields. Sometimes college and university are used to mean the same thing, but colleges are typically smaller and more limited in scope than universities.

Definitions of university
  1. noun
    a large and diverse institution of higher learning created to educate for life and for a profession and to grant degrees
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    a university system having several separate campuses and colleges and research centers
    Open University
    a British university that is open to people without formal academic qualifications and where teaching is by correspondence or broadcasting or summer school
    type of:
    educational institution
    an institution dedicated to education
  2. noun
    establishment where a seat of higher learning is housed, including administrative and living quarters as well as facilities for research and teaching
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    Brown University
    a university in Rhode Island
    Cambridge University
    a university in England
    Carnegie Mellon University
    an engineering university in Pittsburgh
    Columbia University
    a university in New York City
    Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
    university founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper to offer free courses in the arts and sciences
    Cornell University
    a university in Ithaca, New York
    Duke University
    a university in Durham, North Carolina
    Harvard University
    a university in Massachusetts
    Johns Hopkins
    a university in Baltimore
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    an engineering university in Cambridge
    Ohio State University
    a university in Columbus, Ohio
    Oxford University
    a university in England
    University of Paris
    a university in Paris; intellectual center of France
    Princeton University
    a university in New Jersey
    Stanford University
    a university in California
    University of California at Berkeley
    a university in Berkeley, California
    University of Chicago
    a university in Chicago, Illinois
    University of Michigan
    a university in Ann Arbor, Michigan
    University of Nebraska
    a university in Lincoln, Nebraska
    University of North Carolina
    a university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    University of Pennsylvania
    a university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    University of Pittsburgh
    a university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    University of Sussex
    a red-brick university in Brighton, England
    University of Texas
    a university in Austin, Texas
    University of Vermont
    a university in Burlington, Vermont
    University of Washington
    a university in Seattle, Washington
    University of West Virginia
    a university in Morgantown, West Virginia
    University of Wisconsin
    a university in Madison, Wisconsin
    Yale University
    a university in Connecticut
    city university
    an urban university in a large city
    general term for an ancient and prestigious and privileged university (especially Oxford University or Cambridge University)
    redbrick university
    (British informal) a provincial British university of relatively recent founding; distinguished from Oxford University and Cambridge University
    type of:
    a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
  3. noun
    the body of faculty and students at a university
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    the members of a university as distinguished from the other residents of the town in which the university is located
    a British abbreviation of `university'; usually refers to Oxford University or Cambridge University
    type of:
    a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
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