“College” VS “University”

“College” VS “University”

There will be many questions such as “how is college different from university?”. In Vietnam, college is considered as lower level of tertiary education institute than university. However, the truth about college is totally different from what people usually think. Let’s learn about the difference between college and university to choose appropriate tertiary institute for yourselves.

Majority thinks

University has higher quality and standard than college.

THE TRUTH IS

American university is divided into 2 systems including two-year-college and four-year-university (or university). University will provide the education program from Bachelor to Master and Ph.D.

With those, who still could not choose their future study pathway, college would be a perfect environment for them to get use to the university’s study environment since the aim of two-year-college is help students transfer to four-year-university after the first 2 general years and receive the Bachelor Degree without any time extending.

Majority thinks

Applying for college is much easier than applying for four-year-university

THE TRUTH IS

We are agree that college does not require the SAT and essay result. However, if ANY students could not meet the English standard, they still have to join the Academic English program before partake in the general program.

After finishing 02 years in college, students still have to pass the necessary and sufficient condition to transfer to four-year-university program. However, after 02 years in college, students’ ability has grown and been more affirm than in high school.

Majority thinks

A graduates completed 04 years in university has more advantages than the graduates started in two-year-college and transferred to four-year-university.

THE TRUTH IS

The first 02 years at tertiary education in the U.S. always provides the general curriculum. Hence, even though students apply for four-year-university or two-year-college, they still have to complete the general courses’ credits. When students finish the last 02 years in their transferring university, students will receive the exactly degree similar to four-year-university graduates.  

Especially, after finishing 02 years in college and receive the Associate Degree, students would be equipped enough essential knowledge to start their career with the starting salary from $300 to $500.

Some special program such as Allied Health do not available in four-year-university, but only available in college.

Majority thinks

The tuition fee in college is much lower than four-year-university, so it’s obviously that “you get what you pay for”.

THE TRUTH IS

The average tuition fee for college is about $6,000 – $10,000 per year, which is obviously much lower than the tuition fee of public university ($10,000 – $15,000) and private university ($25,000 – $40,000).

The faculty team of college still have to maintain from master level and above. And comparing to the large classes’ size with 100-300 students per class in four-year-university, college only provide class with 30 students per class, which ensure that each students could interact easily with their professors.

More than 50% Ph.D in the U.S. start their tertiary education in college.

Students should remember that the school name is much less important than the conformity that the school provides them. Please define the experience that students want to have to select their appropriate institute.

Univeristy College
Bachelor Degree Yes Yes
Master Degree Yes Sometimes
Ph.D Degree Yes No
Professor- Research  Yes No
Classes’ size Big Small
Transferring opportunity Yes Yes