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What is the difference between "university" and "college" in English?

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A university is a larger institution that may have colleges within it's structure.  For example, the University of Virginia has a College of Medicine.  An independent institution may be called a college because of its size (smaller than a University)--example Bowdoin College located in Maine.  

In informal English, speakers may use these two words interchangeably without regard to size.

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