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rked briefly as an editor; often edited colleague's papers at work

Peter has 120+ answers in Words.
Oddly enough, it depends on the exact name of the university.

If it is "university of XXXX" then you need the the:

"I graduated from the University of Hawaii"

But if you turn "university" to "U" then ... no "the":

"I graduated from U Penn". Also, "I graduated from Penn". But, "I graduated from the U of Penn"

And if the name of the university doesn't have "university" first, then ... no 'the':

"I graduated from Harvard".

I have no idea why these are the way they are; just what sounds right to my American ears that have heard a lot of people talking about college.

12,518 views • 163 upvotesWritten 22 Apr

Robert Charles LeeRobert Charles Lee, 32 years in editorial, publishing & security printing

Robert has 980+ answers in Words.

The and no the are both acceptable for most practical purposes. It depends on what you're writing too. If it's a CV, it doesn't matter because the HR people aren't likely to go through it with a fine toothcomb. If it's for an article, best to check with the university for its preference or style.

2,852 views • 6 upvotesWritten 22 Aug, 2014

Joe RobertsJoe Roberts
Which university?

If it's a "state school" (University of Minnesota, etc), you do need the "the", at least in a cover letter. This isn't a formal rule -- just that in the US, most "University of XXX"s are state schools. No "the" for Harvard, Stanford, etc etc etc.

But if it's on a résumé/CV, you can omit it.

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