Postsecondary educational institutions that offer postgraduate study at masters or doctorate levels in addition to an undergraduate program for people who meet entry level requirements and are interested in an advanced education. Some institutions of university status are known as colleges or institutes.
Key words: Doctorates; Graduate Schools; Masters Degrees; Technological Institutes; Universities
Scope notes: Generally, universities differ from colleges in that they tend to be larger, with faculty time and attention divided between research and teaching. Most universities have larger enrollments than colleges and are sometimes collections of colleges that include both undergraduate and graduate programs with a wide array of courses.
The name of the institution does not always reflect the precise nature of the organization. Boston College is a university. Coders should choose between the two terms by first looking at the institution's mission statement and then the descriptive information supplied about the nature of the courses offered and degrees conferred. Next, a coder can refer to how the institution is described in published or online guidebooks, such as The College Board (http://www.collegeboard.com/). The name of the institution should be used as a last resort.