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Universidad Del Este

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Puerto Rico’s Universidad del Este (Eastern University, or UNE) is the newest member of the Ana G. Méndez University System. The main campus in Carolina is joined by five satellite campuses in the communities of Barceloneta, Cabo Rojo, Santa Isabel, Utuado and Yauca. The Metro Orlando University Center in Orlando, Florida, opened its doors in 2003. Universidad del Este was founded in 1949 as Puerto Rico Junior College. In 1992, the institution expanded to a four-year college. Nine years later, the first master’s degrees were offered, making UNE a full-fledged university. Universidad del Este is a private, non-profit institution accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Universidad del Este’s academic offerings are organized into the following nine divisions: Business Administration; Social and Human Sciences; Science and Technology; School of Education; Continuing Education; Health Sciences; School of Professional Studies; Technical Studies; José A. Santana International School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. Slightly more than half of UNE’s students select a business, marketing or management-related academic path. Homeland security, law enforcement and education combine for another quarter of majors.

Students looking to continue their studies past the bachelor’s degree or professionals who want to enhance their job skills can enroll in one of Universidad del Este’s master’s degree programs. The Master of Business Administration, Master of Social Work and the Master of Arts in Education are the primary graduate degree offerings. Within the MBA program, students can concentrate on human resources, management, accounting or agribusiness, among other topics. A Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology is available from the Department of Social Work.

Universidad del Este offers certificates in 23 areas. Each of the satellite campuses offers certificate programs tailored to the needs of the local community. Requirements for receiving a certificate include a minimum number of credits earned along with a minimum grade point average. Students must also complete a graduation application and ensure that they have met all financial obligations to the university. The certificate programs are among the more popular academic pathways, especially for working adults and other non-traditional students.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Less than half of freshman applicants are admitted into Universidad del Este. First-year retention rates for freshmen have slowly risen to about two-thirds of the entering cohort. Despite these relatively low numbers, UNE has grown substantially for several years running.

High-school Applicants

Proof of high-school graduation or its equivalent must be supplied. If under 23 years of age, applicants must sit for the College Board’s SAT examination. High-school applicants must also meet any additional requirements of the program to which they are applying. A complete immunization record is required before applications can be processed.

Transfer Applicants

Students who have earned at least six credits at another institution may be eligible to transfer to Universidad del Este. Transfer applicants must supply the admissions office with two official transcripts from their previous coursework. A recommendation from the Dean of the former institution is also required. The applicant’s GPA will be one of the primary factors in determining whether to accept or deny admission of a transfer student.

Foreign Applicants

Applicants from outside the United States and territories must provide a Green Card or Student Visa in addition to meeting all the requirements of domestic applicants. The Puerto Rico Department of Education must certify credit transcripts prior to admission. International transfer students must have their credits verified by an official agency. Additionally, International students will be largely responsible for the cost of their education, so proof of financial support will be necessary.

Financial Aid

Students of higher-learning institutions in Puerto Rico can apply for and receive all of the same benefits as students attending schools in the fifty states. The financial aid office at Universidad del Este supplies paper copies of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The form can also be completed online, a method which promises faster processing and less chance of error.

Scholarships, Grants and Loans

Most financial aid awards are based on need. Both the Federal Pell Grant and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant are calculated from financial information in the student’s FAFSA. Universidad del Este also offers a number of institution-specific scholarships, such as the Ana G. Méndez Scholarship, Honors Program Scholarship and Choral Scholarship.

Federal loans are available when need-based aid fails to cover all tuition and expenses. Loans must be paid back under an agreed-upon repayment plan. Direct Subsidized Loans don’t earn interest while students attend classes at least half-time, while Non-subsidized Loans earn interest all the time. Generally, students enjoy a six month grace period after graduating or leaving school before having to begin repaying their loans.


Federal Work-Study Programs allow students to earn both money and hands-on work experience in their future career. It’s important to seek out and apply to work-studies as early as possible. In general, these position are part-time and low paying, though part of every student’s pay is funneled directly to their cost of education.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6585th for the average student loan amount.
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More than 12,000 students are enrolled in Universidad del Este’s various academic degree and certificate programs. Sixty-five percent of those students are female. A 35:1 student to faculty ration means large class sizes and potentially more anonymity. Less than half of UNE’s students are undergraduates in the traditional sense. Several thousand are older individuals enrolled in adult professional or certificate programs. Off-campus centers also account for a significant chunk of total enrollment.

Universidad del Este maintains support services and offices to ensure each student has an equal chance for success. Libraries at the main campus in Carolina and at each satellite campus offer online databases, electronic books, research assistance and multimedia resources. An Education Technology Office extends a helping hand to students and professors in getting the most out of UNE’s available computer and technical resources. Academic and career counseling services are available for students who find themselves struggling.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Universidad del Este offers scholarships, room and board, and other forms of assistance to student-athletes. The university competes within the Inter-University Athletic League in a variety of sports. The mission of UNE’s athletic department is to promote both teamwork and a lifetime of physical health and activity.

Competitive Sports

The Universidad del Este participates with other colleges in the following sports:

  • Volleyball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Table Tennis
  • Chess
  • Weight Lifting
  • Track and Field

Intramural Sports and Games

For ordinary students, intramural activities offer a sense of fun and camaraderie. Three-on-three basketball, volleyball, table tennis, chess and dominoes are just some of the available choices.

Local Community

Carolina, Puerto Rico is adjacent to the capital of San Juan and so makes up part of the island’s largest metropolitan area. Nearly 200,000 people call Carolina home. An international airport and major expressway are both located very close to the Universidad del Este campus. Miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches are a short drive north of the city center. Further inland, numerous parks and recreational areas offer a diversion from studies and city life.


  • Petersons Four-Year Colleges 2011. New Jersy: Peterson, 2010. Print.
  • Universidad del Este. Universidad del Este. 2011. Web. 11 July 2011.
  • Universidad del Este. US News and World Report, 2011. Web. 11 July 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 41st in Puerto Rico and 3057th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
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

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Carolina, PR 00985-0985
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population61,040 (60,626 urban / 414 rural)
Households19,470 (3.10 people per house)
Median Household Income$18,854
Families16,220 (3.45 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's 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 4354th 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 $5,194(N/C) $5,194(N/C) $5,194(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
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/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 2,082 2,082
Accounting 87 87
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 51 51
Adult and Continuing Education Administration 2 2
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other 3 3
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 6 6
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician 2 2
Bartending/Bartender 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 6
Biotechnology 4 4
Business Administration and Management, General 167 167
Clinical/Medical Social Work 45 45
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 31 31
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 2 2
Computer Software Technology/Technician 4 4
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 1 1
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 7 7
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 283 283
Criminal Justice/Police Science 3 3
Criminology 1 1
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 82 82
Curriculum and Instruction 16 16
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 64 64
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce 1 1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 74 74
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 4 4
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 6 6
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 4 4
Graphic Design 35 35
Health Teacher Education 1 1
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 11 11
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 15 15
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 10 10
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 70 70
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 11 11
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 7 7
Management Information Systems, General 146 146
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 40 40
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 122 122
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 80 80
Microbiology, General 4 4
Natural Sciences 1 1
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 28 28
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 5 5
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 28 28
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 12 12
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other 4 4
Psychology, General 76 76
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 15 15
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 62 62
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 126 126
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 50 50
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 3 3
Social Work 153 153
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 3
Teacher Assistant/Aide 6 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3817th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $46,591 ($46,827 male / $38,406 female)
Number of FT Faculty 118 (42 male / 76 female)
Number of PT Faculty 659
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $3,716,524

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