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.