The word college really means ‘a place where people read together’. There are many different kinds: colleges of further education, technology, art, education, agriculture; community colleges, village colleges; colleges of higher education; correspondence colleges; private colleges, (often advertised in the tube or small ads); professional bodies (like the College of Physicians); private schools (like Eton College); university colleges (Goldsmith College, London; New College, Oxford) which are parts of a university. And even if someone goes to a place of learning that isn’t called by that name, they are still quite likely to say “I’m going to college”. Anyone can start one — you can invite a few people to your house and show them your holiday slides and call yourself ‘The College of Vacation Studies’! So the word college, in itself, tells you nothing.
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