An institution of higher learning that grants the bachelor's degree in liberal arts or science or both. An undergraduate division or school of a university offering courses and granting degrees in a particular field. A school, sometimes but not always a university, offering special instruction in professional or technical subjects. The students, faculty, and administration of such a school or institution. The building or buildings occupied by such a school or institution. Chiefly British A self-governing society of scholars for study or instruction, incorporated within a university. An institution in France for secondary education that is not supported by the state. A body of persons having a common purpose or shared duties: a college of surgeons. An electoral college. A body of clerics living together on an endowment.