Irwin: UH-Hilo definitely is a university

We often use the words college and university interchangeably. In American English, we talk about “going to college” even when a student is actually university-bound, unlike in other places where the phrase is “going to university.” We talk about “college degrees” whether the degree comes from a college or a university. University systems typically leave the “system” piece out of their name; hence, the University of Hawaii refers to all 10 campuses. Are we one university or 10? Actually, we are a university system with three universities and seven colleges. The confusion gets compounded by the fact that universities are subdivided into colleges, so what, then, do these terms mean, and what difference does it make?