Meet me in college tomorrow.

Meet me at college tomorrow.

Which of these two sentences do we say?


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I probably wouldn't say either one of those; I'd say:

Meet me on campus tomorrow.

although I might get away with:

Meet me at the college tomorrow.

In this context, I wouldn't use in as a word for a meeting point, not unless we were meeting inside a particular room or building:

Meet me in the lobby of the engineering building tomorrow.

The phrase in college usually doesn't reference a location, but to the full college experience:

I studied biology in college.
I partied a lot while I was in college.
I had to work nights while I was in college.
Tony is in the army, but his two sisters are in college.

The phrase at college can be used to reference a campus, particular one that isn't nearby:

We don't see Rachel very often now that she's at college.
I met my wife Tracy at college.

  • I agree with you
    – kitty
    May 11, 2017 at 9:57
  • The last example is good for showing when the definite article is needed. Saying someone is "at college" is appropriate when you don't care what specific college it is. For meeting someone, however, you'd say they were "at the college", since it is important which one you're talking about. Jun 16, 2017 at 14:30

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