Whichever one I could afford.
I've been to both college and university. (Not a community college we are a little different in ontario). Both were very good educational experiences
They were different that's for sure,
The college program I did actually required a university degree for admission. It was a much more intense workload. Much more practical classes, more concentrated learning.
Assuming I could afford it, I would prefer a university.
I went to both and exactly half of my professors mentioned in class that they did not know what to teach or how to teach it. One said "You shouldn't expect much from your teachers because we didn't get our jobs by being good teachers." As if it were our responsibility to avoid embarrassing them by exposing their ineptness.
Get a job as a truck driver, plumber, electrician, or other service. The pay is about equal to what a college grad is lucky to get and the training is a lot cheaper.
On point. Much to learn from dropouts turned entrepreneurs!
Either one would have been fine, depending upon my career choice. I only went to school with specific goals. I never wanted to be a professional student.
Took uni courses at 16, went to CC at 18. Then I decided that neither was for me.
Get a simple job and a cheap pad within walking distance. That is so you don't have to waste your money on transportation. Save half of everything you earn. Yes, half. To start, keep your savings in gold or silver coins which you do not store in anybody else's vault. (IOW hide them at home.) Spend your evenings studying investment books at the public library. When you are smart enough then you can make other investments.
If you earn ten bux an hour and save half, in only ten years you will have A HUNDRED THOUSAND BUX not counting interest or capital gains or paper profits: only principle. There is no other plan that will give you a net worth above zero in only ten years. And there is no school that will teach you any such thing.
Does this plan work? Andrew Carnegie worked five years, saved his wages, and then put it all into a tech stock: telegraph. You might have heard the name. His hobby was building concert halls and libraries.
In Canada, we now call collage, University.
I'm already in a university. Collages aren't as popular here in Bulgaria. We have government programs where Bulgarian citizens pay so much less for tuition, there are limited spots every year that the top x number of people from entry exams get to study that way. Let's just say that I pay less than 1\7 of what my fee would be.
I went to both and recommend it, unless you are wanting to get accepted for post graduate in a field like medical school which has very high standards of achievement to get admitted.
I went to a university back in the early 70's and could afford to pay for it with what I made in summer jobs and a little part time during the year. That's not possible now. If I went now it would be a community college or a trade school.