Schools, Colleges, Universities, and Institutes: Any Difference? The terms “school,” “college,” “institute,” and “university” are sometimes used interchangeably, but there are important differences between them..
Several thousands of colleges, schools, and universities offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the United States. This vast set of choices means there are programs available to meet everyone’s needs, but how can you find the best program for you? This student guide will give you the resources you need to make the right choices, the confidence to prepare successful applications, and a great set of schools to which you can apply.
This section will provide you with background information on school systems, selecting colleges, tuition, financing, and admissions. It also provides helpful checklists, dos and don’ts, and related articles.