There are, according to one estimate, 1600 institutions of higher learning in the United States. Unlike other nations, many of America’s colleges and universities are privately run in addition to the government-supported schools. Since public schools often have tuitions far lower than their private counterparts, thus consequently impacting financial aid, the question of how to tell public and private schools apart is an important one. For that matter, what’s with the whole “college” versus “university” thing, anyway? It’s all easy, if you keep some simple principles in mind.

I hope this has been instructive and useful.

1 Leland Stanford Junior University (CA) is currently attempting to meet US Department of Education guidelines for qualifying as a full university. This status is expected to be reached as of the 2016-2017 school year.

2 New York University is operated by the City and the State of New York in tandem.

Plagiarized Reblogged from /r/college/

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