state college


Definition of state college 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a college that is financially supported by a state government, often specializes in a branch of technical or professional education, and often forms part of the state university

State College

geographical name

Definition of State College (Entry 2 of 2)

borough in central Pennsylvania northeast of Altoona population 42,034

Note: The main campus of Pennsylvania State University is located in State College.

Examples of state college in a Sentence

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The state colleges are the most accessible and economical pathway to a professional career for most of Florida’s residents. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 At the current rate of about $20,000 a year for in-state college tuition and expenses, that’s $80,000 for four years of college. Brian Ballou,, "Planning ahead for college is key, but options exist for latecomers," 30 Apr. 2018 Funding for TOPS - a popular program that 50,000 Louisiana residents use to pay for in-state college tuition -- was cut 10 percent in the House version of the budget. Julia O'donoghue,, "Louisiana House approves budget that leaves TOPS, health care short of funding," 31 May 2018 Sure, their monthly rents are approximately the same amount as a year of tuition at a very decent state college, but still!, "A-Listed: Kendall Jenner Rents A Love Nest, Justin Bieber Loses Out On Dream Home," 11 July 2018 Cuomo said the state is currently organizing a rebuilding effort using state college students and other volunteers. Rebecca Gibian, The Seattle Times, "Puerto Rican Day Parade displays post-hurricane pride," 10 June 2018 One silver lining: Next door in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s free tuition plan for state colleges requires recipients to remain in the state for several years or pay back their grants. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "New Jersey’s Business Model," 6 Apr. 2018 Only about 41% of entering ninth-graders are eligible to apply to a four-year state college in California by the time their class graduates. Howard Blume,, "L.A. school district says more are graduating, but rate may not show it," 20 June 2018 Schultz earned an athletic scholarship to a state college and worked his way through school. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, "Why CEOs Make Great Politicians," 14 June 2018

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1806, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of state college

: a college that is owned and run by one of the states of the U.S. as part of the state's public educational system

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