state college


: 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

Examples of state college in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are additional requirements if a student wishes to apply to a four-year state college, and selective universities carefully evaluate a student’s advanced coursework. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 The bills barred state colleges and universities from using public funds to promote activism or advocacy for DEI efforts. Michelle Garcia, NBC News, 17 Jan. 2024 In Nebraska, Republican State Sen. Dave Murman proposed a bill in January that would prohibit state colleges and universities from dedicating public money and staff time to DEI efforts. Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN, 11 Mar. 2024 The budget bill also increases pay by 3% for state employees and staff at K-12 schools, state colleges and public universities at an annual cost of $214 million. Morgan Lee, Quartz, 13 Feb. 2024 Meet the Press Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate, defended his call to ban pro-Palestinian groups from state colleges as Israel expands its ground offensive in Gaza. Josh Feldman, NBC News, 29 Oct. 2023 Ron DeSantis defended his call to ban pro-Palestinian groups from Florida state colleges on Sunday, responding to criticism from Vivek Ramaswamy, one of his GOP presidential primary opponents. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 29 Oct. 2023 Black women are underrepresented among tenured faculty Florida leads movement to require post-tenure reviews Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis passed a law last year requiring post-tenure reviews every five years for professors at state colleges. Alia Wong, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2023 Officials with state colleges and universities were unavailable for comment Friday regarding the number of participants in payment plans, the number of students facing penalties and other statistics. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 16 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of state college was in 1806

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Cite this Entry

“State college.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Geographical Definition

State College

geographical name

borough in central Pennsylvania northeast of Altoona population 42,034

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

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