- a collegiate institution offering courses only through the first one or two years of college instruction and granting a certificate of title instead of a degree.
- a division of a college, university, or university system offering general courses during the first two years of instruction or fulfilling administrative duties applicable to freshmen and sophomores.
Origin of junior college
An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
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- an educational establishment providing a two-year course that either terminates with an associate degree or is the equivalent of the freshman and sophomore years of a four-year undergraduate course
- the junior section of a college or university
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