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Universidad Metropolitana

Universidad Metropolitana Rating: 4.9/5 (40 votes)

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Academics

The Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) in Puerto Rico is part of the Ana G. Méndez University System, a collection of institutions dedicated to provide excellence in education to students throughout Puerto Rico. UMET was formed in 1969 as a secondary campus of the Puerto Rico Junior College. It became an autonomous, non-profit institution in 1980 and changed its name to The Universidad Metropolitana in 1985.

Since then, the school has specialized in environmental studies, science and technology, and adult and distance learning programs in order to offer timely, job-oriented education to its students. It has been recognized as a Model of Excellence Institution by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and was one of the schools recently awarded an agreement to operate and maintain the world’s largest telescope at Arecibo University.

UMET strives to be a leader in sustainability, environmental conservation, and cutting-edge technology; its administration is dedicated to providing excellent academic services and support to unconventional groups, including working adults.

The AHORA (NOW) Program, or the School of Professional Studies, is tailored specifically to the needs of working adults who are interested in furthering their professional development. It offers rapid degree programs that can be completed in 5 to 8 weeks, and its innovative class structure includes work-life experience simulations, individualized programs of study, and a flexible schedule that fits with your lifestyle. Through the AHORA program, students can choose from more than ten different undergraduate degrees or nine master’s degrees.

UMET’s main campus is in Cupey, but there are three additional university centers in Aguadilla, Bayamón, and Jayuya. These centers are home to nine schools in a range of subjects, including environmental affairs, business administration, education, and technical studies.

The Universidad Metropolitana offers programs for certificates, associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. The largest undergraduate degree program by student enrollment is Business Administration, followed by Social Sciences and Humanities. The largest graduate degree program is Education.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Applications for UMET are due in mid-August. Applicants should be high school graduates or the equivalent and have taken the CEEB or SAT admissions exam (if under age 25). Interviews are required by certain programs.

Transfer students must be able to provide a Retention Index and an Academic Index required by the university, as well as two credit transcripts from previous, duly accredited universities. They must also request a form for obtaining a recommendation from the Dean of the previous university.

Graduate students must have achieved the Admissions Index required by the desired program (Business Administration: 2.50, Education: 2.50, Environmental Affairs: 2.75, Health Sciences: 2.50) and complete a departmental interview

Financial Aid

Financial aid, scholarships, and loans are available to students who demonstrate financial need. There are more than a dozen grant and scholarship programs, including the Federal Pell Grant, SMART Grant, TEACH Grant, and Ana G. Méndez Grant.

If you are not a need-based student, there is an honors program for students with exceptional academic merit. Any student wishing to apply for aid must complete a Federal Pell Grant application (FAFSA).

UMET also offers a Federal Work-Study Program and a Federal Work-Study Program in Community Service. Several loans are available for family and individual support.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6551st for the average student loan amount.
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Students

UMET is home to approximately 5,000 students on the main campus (4,000 graduate and 1,000 undergraduate), and nearly 3,000 students in the AHORA program. There are over a dozen student associations and career interest groups, and you’re certain to find a way to connect with your classmates and develop as a professional.

UMET is dedicated to providing the services its students need. On campus, you’ll find academic support programs, an employment center, multidisciplinary services, and even a child care center. The campus library includes extensive physical and online collections, stocks faculty publications, and hosts monthly exhibitions.

There is no on-campus housing at UMET, and so students are encouraged to integrate with the surrounded community through various social programs, internships, and community services.

Class flexibility makes it possible to really incorporate your studies into your day-to-day life. You can choose to take day classes, evening classes, or distance learning classes during the week or on the weekends – whatever works best for you.

The Student Council is comprised of students from the Cayey campus, in addition to students from other programs. It promotes positive character within the student body and represents students before the administration in the event of a dispute.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

UMET athletes can participate in organized sports through the Interuniversity Athletic League (LAI). Competitions are held in volleyball, basketball, softball, and track and field, as well as other disciplines. Exceptional athletes may receive scholarships for tuition, room and board, study, and work.

Intramural sports include volleyball, basketball, billiards, dominoes, table tennis, marathon turkey, and a variety of other activities.

UMET cheerleaders support the school and its athletes through the Interuniversity Athletic League, in addition to participating in their own contests.

Additional School Information

UMET is dedicated to provided relevant, useful education to Puerto Rican residents, and so its logo and coat of arms – which depict an open book and the number 1980 – represent the birth of knowledge and education on campus when the school open as an independent institution in 1980.

Since its inception, the university has become increasingly focused on environmental conservatism. The Environmental Education Institute (EEI) was opened in 1990 with the purpose of teaching Puerto Rican residents about environmental protection and sustainability. The EEI has published more than twenty books, pamphlets, and guides on these topics, and in 1996 established the Puerto Rico Association of Environmental Education (PRAEE). In addition, the Institute has participated and sponsored numerous international conferences and seminars and has produced hundreds of environmental leaders and teachers.

The CIAC, which opened in 1993, is one of the school’s initiatives to support environmental education. It was the first environmental information center in Peru, and it promotes public awareness and education of environmental initiatives through two components that collect, organize, and share information about the environment and sustainability. The Service component is responsible for the compilation and distribution of information on subjects related to environmental problems in the Caribbean. The Special Projects component uses that information to reach out to the community through the creation of educational materials, the development of public awareness programs, and the design and management of environmental projects and fund-raising initiatives.

Bibliography

  • “New Consortium to Run Arecibo Observatory – ScienceInsider.” Science/AAAS | News – Up to the Minute News and Features from Science. Web. 08 July 2011.
  • SUAGM. Universidad Metropolitana Fact Sheet. SUAGM, 2010. SUAGM. Print.
  • UMET- Universidad Metropolitana.” Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez. Web. 08 July 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 38th in Puerto Rico and 2852nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 6 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 3 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District7298

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 4353rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,584 $4,584 $4,584
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $850 $850 $850
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $191 $191 $191
FT Graduate Tuition $2,532 $2,532 $2,532
FT Graduate Required Fees $850 $850 $850
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $211 $211 $211
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $7,086 $7,086 $7,086
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,161 $22,161 $22,161
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,790 $12,790 $12,790

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,184(N/C) $5,184(N/C) $5,184(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,652
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,118(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,957(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,704(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 2,475 2,475
Accounting 203 203
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 11 11
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General 3 3
Banking and Financial Support Services 5 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9 9
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other 2 2
Business Administration and Management, General 155 155
Business/Managerial Economics 13 13
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 9 9
Chemistry, General 3 3
Communication, General 9 9
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 13 13
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 50 50
Computer Science 8 8
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 44 44
Counseling Psychology 21 21
Criminal Justice/Police Science 5 5
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 174 174
Critical Care Nursing 19 19
Curriculum and Instruction 39 39
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 7 7
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 36 36
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 42 42
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 150 150
Elementary Education and Teaching 27 27
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 4 4
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 19 19
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other 4 4
Environmental Education 3 3
Environmental Science 2 2
Environmental Studies 8 8
Finance, General 53 53
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 11 11
Health/Medical Claims Examiner 43 43
History Teacher Education 3 3
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 123 123
International Business/Trade/Commerce 7 7
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 26 26
Land Use Planning and Management/Development 7 7
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 5 5
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 71 71
Management Information Systems, General 69 69
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 81 81
Natural Resources Management and Policy 7 7
Office Management and Supervision 72 72
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 3 3
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 9 9
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 29 29
Psychology, General 55 55
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 11 11
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 11 11
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 344 344
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 39 39
Social Work 144 144
Spanish Language Teacher Education 3 3
Special Education and Teaching, General 49 49
Special Education and Teaching, Other 5 5
Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations, Other 3 3
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 11 11
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 13 13
Teacher Assistant/Aide 63 63
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 8 8

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3843rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $46,334 ($47,615 male / $39,079 female)
Number of FT Faculty 147 (48 male / 99 female)
Number of PT Faculty 695
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $4,351,123
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