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If I write article "the" before name of university, it would be a mistake?

The Poznan University of Life Sciences

Thank you for your help in advance.

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marked as duplicate by Andrew Leach, user49727, bib, MετάEd, Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Oct 9 '13 at 13:06

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

You have already asked exactly this question and directed to an equivalent question which gives the answer. – Andrew Leach Oct 9 '13 at 11:44
Groundhog Day... – Talia Ford Oct 9 '13 at 12:06
See also my answer on another example, which explains why an article might be needed. – Andrew Leach Oct 9 '13 at 12:10
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Famous universities (Cambridge University, Imperial College of London, McGill University, etc. - my apologies for those not mentioned) are so well-known that it seems useless to specify more with a "the".

However I don't feel it is a mistake to add "the", at least according to the British usage, especially when you are not supposed to know that there was an university with such and such a name.

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Sorry, I had not seen the previous comments before answering ; for some reason, they did not appeared on my screen at the first time. The previous answers are by far better than mine. – ex-user2728 Oct 9 '13 at 12:24

This use of "the" as an beginning article most often occurs when a university (more often a school or college) is designated with the name of the founding, of principal donor. It is a formal honorarium.

The W.P. Carey School of Business

The Tepper School of Business

In time, the name o the university can become sufficiently famous that the leading article "the" is dropped. E.G. "The Mellon College of Science" became "Mellon College of Science" ( no citation for that, sorry)

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