noun \ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-sə-tē, -ˈvər-stē\

: a school that offers courses leading to a degree (such as a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree) and where research is done

plural uni·ver·si·ties

Full Definition of UNIVERSITY

:  an institution of higher learning providing facilities for teaching and research and authorized to grant academic degrees; specifically :  one made up of an undergraduate division which confers bachelor's degrees and a graduate division which comprises a graduate school and professional schools each of which may confer master's degrees and doctorates
:  the physical plant of a university

Examples of UNIVERSITY

  1. I applied to several public universities.
  2. He lives near the university.


Middle English universite, from Anglo-French université, from Medieval Latin universitat-, universitas, from Latin universus
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Institution of higher education, usually comprising a liberal arts and sciences college and graduate and professional schools that confer degrees in various fields. A university differs from a college in that it is usually larger, has a broader curriculum, and offers advanced degrees in addition to undergraduate degrees. The first true university was the University of Bologna, founded in the 11th century; the first in northern Europe was the University of Paris, which served as a model for the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg, and others. One of the first modern universities, in which secular objectivity and rationalism replaced religious orthodoxy, was the University of Halle (founded 1694 in Halle, Ger.). The liberalism of Halle was adopted by Göttingen, Berlin, and many other German universities. The German model of the university as a complex of schools and research institutes also exerted a worldwide influence. The growth of universities in the U.S., where most colleges had been established by religious denominations, was greatly spurred by the Morrill Act of 1862.


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