In many countries of the world, a college is a secondary school and is very different
to a university. In the United States, however, colleges and universities are quite
similar. Often, both colleges and universities are referred to as "schools." Generally,
both colleges and universities in the United States are four-year institutions that
offer a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree. This is commonly
known as an undergraduate or bachelor's degree. The main difference is that most
universities also offer a higher level of study after you complete your bachelor's
degree - resulting in a master's degree or doctorate.
Community colleges basically are publicly-funded and offer programs of two years
duration, popularly known as Associate Degree.