What is College: Definition and 1000 Discussions

A college (Latin: collegium) is an educational institution or a constituent part of one. A college may be a degree-awarding tertiary educational institution, a part of a collegiate or federal university, an institution offering vocational education, or a secondary school.
In most of the world, a college may be a high school or secondary school, a college of further education, a training institution that awards trade qualifications, a higher-education provider that does not have university status (often without its own degree-awarding powers), or a constituent part of a university. In the United States, a college offers undergraduate programs; it may be independent or the undergraduate program of a university, it is generally also used as a synonym for a university while in some instances a college may also be a residential college. A college in francophone countries—France (see secondary education in France), Belgium, and Switzerland—provides secondary education. However, the Collège de France is a prestigious advanced research institute in Paris.

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  1. Turnernater

    Senior Physics Undergrad!

    Hello! I am a returning college student majoring in Physics in the material science track. I have an interest in nuclear/particle physics and love conversing with the scientific community.
  2. davidjoe

    Lots of questions since college

    Just joined. Not a physicist. Attorney since 1997 but repressed natural sciences mind. That “textbook” ad above may not be a good sign, kiddos(?). Eventually one’s brother, no matter how smart, like my old physics teachers, finds no more entries in the “index”, and we passed pat answers long...
  3. A

    Admissions Questions Regarding Returning to College After Layoff

    Ok, so I have a few questions. In short, I obtained my AA, then due to family crises that happened, I had to stop at the end of my 3rd year. Up to my AA, I was a 4.0 student, a dozen academic awards, president of both our local and national honor's societies, and was even commencement speaker...
  4. opperator

    What are the current courses for a senior level physics student?

    Hi, I'm a physics college student! Trying to wade through work (even through the summer) and figure out my life and career plans.
  5. S

    Other Are too many students going into CompSci?

    I was reading this article (paywalled), and this graph stuck out like a sore thumb: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2023/05/19/college-majors-computer-science-humanities/
  6. S

    Other Yahoo! News: Community College units not transferring in California

    There's a news report shown on Yahoo! of community college course credits not accepted for transfer-students to the CSU system schools. (These are schools in California.) https://www.yahoo.com/news/waste-time-community-college-transfers-043010995.html("Other" picked because not sure this...
  7. jedishrfu

    2018 Thai Cave Rescue Soccer Captain dies while at College in England

  8. tetrahed

    Other Do I need a physics degree to get into a physics graduate program?

    I know this might be a stupid question, but I am serious. Some of my friends are in graduate programs not much related to their major (a number of my friends majored in math but are in computer science grad programs, and vice versa), so I am curious whether the same holds for physics. In my...
  9. jtbell

    With ChatGPT, is the college essay dead?

    This article reminded me of the current Fun with ChatGPT thread in General Discussion: The College Essay Is Dead (The Atlantic) My wife (a retired professor of German language and literature) commented that students will have to be forced to write their essays in the classroom, after having...
  10. L1ght

    Courses Similarities in College Physics 1301 and University Physics 2425

    I'm completing College (Trig-based) Physics 1301 this week and enrolled in University (Calculus-based) Physics this January. I'm also taking Calculus 1 in parallel. My question is: How similar / different are the two classes, besides 2425 being Calculus based ? Will 2425 (University Physics 1)...
  11. ValenceElectron

    Schools Transfering From a Community College to a Uni

    I want to become an astrophysicist, but I don't have enough money to attend a 4-year college once I graduate (may 2024) so my dad said that I should plan on going to a community college and then transfering to a university. Will I still be able to become a physicist if I go to community...
  12. D

    Physics project confusion (effects of length on a pendulum)

    We are seeking to design a project where we use a simple pendulum and a motion sensor (that will give us velocity) in order to study centripetal acceleration by essentially changing the length of the pendulum for each trial. This felt simple enough, however our professor insists that we would...
  13. C

    How to lower one's expectation in teaching college algebra

    Dear Everybody, I am about to teach my first course, College Algebra at my university as an instructor of record. Most of the students take this course is just for liberal arts requirement for critical thinking. I feel like I have too high expectation of my students when I should not have too...
  14. Darkside

    Algebra College Algebra, Mathematics & Trigonometry Textbooks

    Some textbooks I found online ( open source ) College Trigonometry 3rd Corrected Edition - STITZ ZEAGER OPEN SOURCE MATHEMATICS Precalculus 3rd, Corrected Edition - Lakeland Community College, Lorain County Community College A First Course in Linear Algebra - Robert A. Beezer Cheers.
  15. T

    Planning on studying math for the college entrance exam, help needed

    Hi, everyone! I'm preparing myself for the next year's college entrance exam, and I hope that 10-11 months of intensive study regime will be enough time for me to pass it. I would like your opinion on it to see if such a thing is possible and if there is anything that needs to be changed about...
  16. V

    Exploring Opportunities in Aerospace: A Guide for High School Students

    Hi! I'm Varsha and I'm going to be a junior in high school this coming fall. I'm quite interested in astronomy and engineering so I plan to study aerospace in college, but I'm not sure which topics to focus on and what I should do to stand out to colleges. I'd love to interact with others and...
  17. cellist542

    Schools College Decision Debate -- Purdue, Penn State or Illinois for Engineering?

    I am currently a high school senior and intend to study engineering in college next year. I am currently considering 3 schools: Purdue, Penn State, and Illinois. All three are excellent schools with solid engineering programs, and all have different benefits and drawbacks. I was admitted to the...
  18. Kalebh03

    Schools Choosing a College for a Bachelor's in Physics: NC State vs. UNC Chapel Hill

    I need help in deciding on a college to attend for a bachelor's in physics. I live in North Carolina, and I got accepted into the following schools: Appalachian State University Georgia Tech NC State The Ohio State University Illinois Urbana-Champaign University of Maryland College Park UNC...
  19. A

    Best Engineering College in Bareilly, India For Best Faculty and Placement

    Summary:: Tell me the best Engineering Colleg in Bareilly, India, for the best faculty and placement I am searching for a preferred destination for engineering.
  20. M

    Other Is physics, computer science, or engineering the right path for me?

    I am 18 and currently in the middle of taking a gap year from high school to college. I am going to college this fall, and I want to go into college with a better grip on what I want to do than I have now. I absolutely love physics, science, and math. I also have a huge attachment to the idea of...
  21. shivajikobardan

    MHB Studying AI for College Exam: Tips for Aspies

    I am studying AI for college exam. https://www.ioenotes.edu.np/ioe-syllabus/ioe-syllabus-artificial-intelligence-ai-378 The thing is here I am totally on my own as I don't have teacher due to some random reason. Even if I had, they were worst so it doesn't matter I have teacher or not. I have...
  22. shivajikobardan

    How do I level up my brain? (Studying AI for college exam)

    I am studying AI for college exam. https://www.ioenotes.edu.np/ioe-syllabus/ioe-syllabus-artificial-intelligence-ai-378 The thing is here I am totally on my own as I don't have teacher due to some random reason. Even if I had, they were worst so it doesn't matter I have teacher or not. I have...
  23. S

    Schools Calculus vs Calculus for Engineers (The community college only has the former)

    I'm doing 2 years at a community college before transferring to a university for the last 2 years to become a Civil engineer. I was looking at the courses at the university, granted these are for all 8 semesters not simply post transfer courses. One thing I saw was that the 3 calculus classes...
  24. Ivan Seeking

    US College enrollment 60-40 female

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/todaysdebate/2021/09/15/college-fewer-men-hurts-america/8278887002/ Where have the men gone and why? 50 years ago the numbers were essentially reversed. As one writer commented, one of the most dangerous things in the world is a young man with no job, no...
  25. B

    Studying Maximizing Your Focus and Concentration: Tips for College Students

    Hi! I recently noticed I have really big problems concentrating when attending my college lectures (1year). Let me give an example: I come to the physics lecture and I'm totally engaged in the lecture material. But after 20min I start to lose interest and I have to physically force myself to...
  26. kyphysics

    With College Starting Up in Week or Two, How Are Your Campus COVID Rules?

    I know lots of people here are in undergrad or graduate school (some maybe even as faculty). I'm curious how your institution is handling the return-to-school process in the midst of COVID/Delta? Are you at 100% capacity? Maybe 50% (with a hybrid online mix, for example)? Will masks and/or...
  27. zeljkodj2000

    Engineering What are the job prospects for a control systems or electric power engineer?

    Hello, I am a first year student at the Faculty of Electronics in Serbia. In October, I have to choose the direction, I am hesitant between control system(automation) and electric power. What should I choose, what is more promising, where are the higher salaries...
  28. Asker321

    Courses Should I take Calculus 2 my freshman year of college?

    I self-studied Calculus 1 (AP Calc AB) in my sophomore year of high school and I got a 4 on the AP exam. I took the class Calculus 2 (AP Calc BC) in my junior year of high school. I did not take the exam at the end of the year. I didn't take any math in my senior year of high school. Because...
  29. PiEpsilon

    Admissions Continuing formal education after an abrupt stop

    Greetings everyone! After many attempts and fails I believe I have fallen between the cracks of the education system. I would appreciate any advice how I can get back on the right track and continue my formal education. I am residing in the Eastern European country. I have finished high...
  30. Carolus_Rex

    Studying Help please -- Regarding good use of time during days off from college

    My country has been hard hit by second wave of covid, so bad that the colleges that were conducting classes online had to be paused for two weeks. So since i have time, i am thinking of using it properly. I was wondering should i pursue how to proof in maths since i have linear algebra in my...
  31. docnet

    Cheating in college classes: how common is it?

    Hoping to start a discussion on a topic that seems rarely discussed here. In your direct or indirect experience, how commonly do students cheat in college classes? In what situation does cheating occur commonly? Did it occur in undergraduate or graduate school?
  32. K

    Schools Can I Get a Computer Engineering Degree at 25?

    I'm 25 and still at a community college taking general ed classes. I haven't taken any pre engineering classes and I'm currently in algebra and will be taking calculus 1 in the fall *fingers crossed*. I want to get a degree in computer engineering and I was wondering how long do u think that'll...
  33. K

    What interests you about mechanical engineering?

    Hello everyone! I am a third year undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering. I hope to engage in meaningful conversations and explore interests on the forums!
  34. Kalebh03

    Admissions Should I enroll in college as a freshman or transfer as a junior?

    I will be graduating from early college (high school dual enrolled with community college) in 2022. I'm a senior, but we add a fifth year at our school, so I'll be a "supersenior." I will graduate with my high school diploma as well as an Associate's in Science and possibly an Associate's in...
  35. jim mcnamara

    COVID Myocarditis and asymptomatic Covid-19 in college athletes

    https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2020/10/01/covid-19-can-damage-hearts-of-some-college-athletes/ Myocarditis (heart damage and inflammation) was found in a study group of 25 male & female college athletes. This population tested positive for Covid-19, but were asymptomatic. 4 males in the group...
  36. Furthark

    MHB Attempting to add logic mathematics to a college paper - need your input

    Hello, I am a retired Marine that has decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in programming and am currently working on paper that discusses the future of Mobile Computing. In this paper I am introducing a hypothetical process that assists in forecasting the future of mobile computing. To do...
  37. A

    Other Is There Life after Flunking out of College?

    Summary:: A link I posted on my life experience. Here. it is. Al Before I even start let me state I was never a marks oriented student. I did what I needed to get by. This philosophy got me through High School and into my local state collage way back in 1959. I always felt learning was...
  38. Mikaelochi

    I Intro to Symbolic Logic: Replacement Rules

    Basically the problem starts with these given premises: 1. ~ (A ∨ (B⊃T)) 2. (A ⋅ C) ∨ (W ⊃ ~D) 3. ~(P ∨ T) ⊃ D 4. ~P ≡ ~(T ⋅ S) And from these premises, I must prove ∴ ~W. This is what I have done so far: 5. (~P ⊃ ~(T ⋅ S)) ⋅ (~(T ⋅ S) ⊃ ~P) B.E. 4 6. ~P ⊃ ~(T ⋅ S)...
  39. J

    Comp Sci Modeling the queues at a college restaurant

    So far, I have implemented the code below, using Java Priority Queues and Maps. I tried to identify each customer by the time they came in (ranging from 360 and onwards) and their grades. However, this is my first time using priority queues and maps, and I am not very sure if I'm doing things...
  40. zachx

    Admissions Sending College Transcripts Now or Later?

    I'm applying to some schools that have a February 1st deadline. I'm not sure if I will do too well this semester. Let's say it moves me from a 3.7 to a 3.6. Would sending my transcript now before the semester ends be advantageous or would it just look dubious? Would they request a more recent...
  41. Eclair_de_XII

    Nearly five months have passed since graduating college and still I do....

    not know what to do with my life. I mean, I have a modest job right now, so I'm doing something with my life at the present, but not much. But I cannot help but feel like some sort of insomniac compulsively watching their alarm clock late at night when I count the months that have passed since...
  42. ckirmser

    Question on Probability - been way too long since college

    Summary: Probability of an event based on a data table Good morning, all - I'm working on a question involving obesity based on alcohol and tobacco consumption. The question is based on a table with five variables; • (age) An age group (10-25, 26-50, 51-75, 76+) • (alc) An alcohol...
  43. angela6884

    Courses Can I go to grad school to be an astrophysicist with a minor in astronomy?

    Hello! I'm a senior in high school and I plan on getting a bachelors in computer engineering. I want to minor is astronomy (or double major although I heard engineering is very demanding so I would prefer to minor astronomy). When I complete the four years, and if I realize that I want to be an...
  44. J

    Studying Correlation between contest math training and grasping abilities?

    I have a notion that students involved in contest math/physics since high school 'develop' a better ability to pick up concepts (not in the context of contest math/physics) quicker and solve relatively more 'complex' problems. In high school I heard about contest math but never really immersed...
  45. N

    Courses College Physics Capstone Project

    I am required to complete a semester-long capstone project for my undergrad. I'd like to do something involving carbon fiber. Was just looking for some possible ideas. The difficulty is finding a project that is physics heavy and can last an entire semester. Thanks
  46. Scott Hill

    Intro Physics Discover the Benefits of OpenStax College Physics for Your Algebra-Based Class

    I'm thinking of using the OpenStax College Physics text for my algebra-based college physics class this fall. The few mentions I've seen here of the book are lukewarm, though, but I wanted to ask for a general discussion. How does the book compare to something like Serway or Knight? What's...
  47. Miles123K

    Normal mode of an infinite spring pendulum system

    First I worked out the dispersion relations, which is pretty easy: ##M \ddot x_j = K x_{j-1} + K x_{j+1} - 2K x_j -mg \frac {x_j} {l} ## (All t-derivatives) We know ##x_j## will be in the form ##Ae^{ijka}e^{-i\omega t}## so the above becomes: ## -\omega^2M = K (e^{-ika}+e^{ika}-2)-\frac {g}...
  48. J

    Schools Comparing AP Physics C to College Intro Physics Courses

    To the people who took AP Physics C in high school and then took the introductory Calc-based physics sequence in college; how does Physics C compare to the Intro Sequence?