- The definition of a university is a high-level school offering classes that can lead to a bachelor’s degree, or to master’s and doctoral degrees at the graduate level.
An example of a university is the University of California at Berkeley.
A university building.
- an educational institution of the highest level, typically, in the U.S., with one or more undergraduate colleges, together with a program of graduate studies and a number of professional schools, and authorized to confer various degrees, as the bachelor's, master's, and doctor's
- the grounds, buildings, etc. of a university
- the students, faculty, and administrators of a university collectively
Origin of universityMiddle English universite ; from Middle French université ; from Medieval Latin universitas ; from Classical Latin the whole, universe, society, guild ; from universus: see universe
- An institution for higher learning with teaching and research facilities typically including a graduate school and professional schools that award master's degrees and doctorates and an undergraduate division that awards bachelor's degrees.
- The buildings and grounds of such an institution.
- The body of students and faculty of such an institution.
Origin of universityMiddle English universite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin ūniversitās, from Latin, the whole, a corporate body, from ūniversus, whole; see universe.
- Institution of higher education (typically accepting students from the age of about 17 or 18, depending on country, but in some exceptional cases able to take younger students) where subjects are studied and researched in depth and degrees are offered.
- The only reason why I haven't gone to university is because I can't afford it.
- In the United States, institutions calling themselves universities are generally relatively large (compared to colleges), and offer postgraduate degrees in addition to undergraduate degrees. In other countries, this distinction is not made and any degree-granting institution is called a university.
- In the United States, students will sometimes say that they go to "the university" or to "a university", but they are far more likely to say they are going "to college". In the UK, students go to "university", sans the article. In Canada, students go "to university" (also without the article) if they are attending a school that grants bachelor's or postgraduate degrees.
From Middle English, "institution of higher learning," "body of persons constituting a university," from Anglo-Norman université, from Old French universitei, from Medieval Latin stem of universitas, in juridical and Late Latin "A number of persons associated into one body, a society, company, community, guild, corporation, etc.," in Latin, "the whole, aggregate," from universus (“whole, entire”)