- What is the difference between University vs college vs academy vs institute vs community college?
- What are degrees people can get (in order)?
- What are the other type of schools? (e.g primary school, kindergarten)?
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In the United States
University - Has a connotation of well respected and well known. Secondary and post graduate education
College - Can mean roughly the same as University as well as a general area of study. For example at my University we have a College of Math and Science as well as A College of Engineering, but people also say the are "going to college" when they mean attending University.
Academy - In the United States often denotes pre-college education (High School) but not necessarily. More generic term for school or educational institution. For example the Air Force Academy would be considered a University, but there are many academies in the United States that would be closer to primary schools.
Institute - Even more general, there are many institutes that do not fall under the category of University or even Academy. LDS Institute is an example.
Community College - Local secondary school. Essentially a university but with less prestige associated. People tend to commute to school as they often do not have housing on campus.
Primary School - Schooling that takes place before college or Secondary School (elementary school through High School or GED)
Secondary School - Optional, students in primary schools are often encouraged to attend secondary school but there is no requirement. (Bachelors)
Post-Graduate - Also optional, takes place after secondary school (Masters, Ph.D...)
- A university grants graduate degrees (MAs, PhDs, etc.) as well as bachelor's degrees.
- A college grants only bachelor's degrees, and it may function as part of a larger university.
- A community college grants Associate degrees and other types of certifications.
- "Academy" and "Institute" are much broader terms that might apply to learning in any field and at any level, including as a part of a college or university.
There are many different types of degrees at the post-secondary level (after high school); they generally break down into Associate's degrees (1-2 years), Bachelor's degrees (4 years), Master's degrees (Bachelor + 1-2 years), and Doctoral degrees (Bachelor + 3-10 years). Doctors, lawyers and professors receive different types of Doctoral degrees (generally MDs, JDs, and Phds, respectively).