Definition of higher learning in US English:

higher learning


  • Education and learning at the college or university level.

    • ‘Because of her achievements in education, nearly every institute of higher learning in the state has a building named in her honor.’
    • ‘Colleges and universities see certificate programs as a way to encourage higher learning for nurses.’
    • ‘There are at least twenty-five institutes of higher learning, including six universities.’
    • ‘He graduated from two of the finest institutions of higher learning in this country: Yale and Harvard.’
    • ‘In addition, our colleges and universities are increasingly devoted not to higher learning but to remedial education.’