University vs. Campus

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between University and Campus is that the University is a academic institution for further education and Campus is a land on which a college or university and related institutional buildings are situated.

  • University

    A university (Latin: universitas, “a whole”) is an institution of higher (or tertiary) education and research which awards academic degrees in various academic disciplines. Universities typically provide undergraduate education and postgraduate education.

    The word “university” is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which roughly means “community of teachers and scholars.” While antecedents had existed in Asia and Africa, the modern university system has roots in the European medieval university, which was created in Italy and evolved from Christian Cathedral schools for the clergy during the High Middle Ages.

  • Campus

    A campus is traditionally the land on which a college or university and related institutional buildings are situated. Usually a college campus includes libraries, lecture halls, residence halls, student centers or dining halls, and park-like settings.

    A modern campus is a collection of buildings and grounds that belong to a given institution, either academic or non-academic. Examples include the Googleplex and the Apple Campus.

  • University (noun)

    Institution of higher education (typically accepting students from the age of about 17 or 18, depending on country, but in some exceptional cases able to take younger students) where subjects are studied and researched in depth and degrees are offered.

    “The only reason why I haven’t gone to university is because I can’t afford it.”

  • Campus (noun)

    The grounds or property of a school, college, university, business, church, or hospital, often understood to include buildings and other structures.

    “The campus is sixty hectares in size.”

  • Campus (noun)

    An institution of higher education and its ambiance.

    “During the late 1960s, many an American campus was in a state of turmoil.”

  • Campus (verb)

    To confine to campus as a punishment.


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