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Mayaguez, PR 00681
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University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

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The University of Puerto Rico was founded in 1903 with the help of a land grant from the U.S. Government. It was the first university system in Puerto Rico, and at over a century old has been adapting to the needs of students and residents for many years of academic growth.

The campus of Mayagúez began as the College of Agriculture at Mayagúez, later renamed the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (CAAM). A reformation movement began in 1942, causing the CAAM campus to grow and expand its course offerings, offering programs in agriculture, science, engineering, and later the arts. In 1966, these disciplines were broken into separate campuses, each with a specialty. The Mayagúez campus because the College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts.

Today, the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagúez (UPRM) offers four colleges: Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, and Business Administration. It also offers over 35 graduate programs, which awards master’s and doctorate degrees. More than 12,000 students enroll each year at Mayagúez. Total enrollment at UPR is over 70,000.


UPRM offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees across four different Colleges and a graduate school. It is dedicated to providing students with a wide range of growth opportunities inside and outside the classroom. Students can engage academically by getting to know their professors or researching independent projects outside of the classroom.

Classes are offered in both Spanish and English, depending on the preference of the professor. Most academic resources and administrative forms are offered only in Spanish, but most textbooks are in English. Locals tend to be bilingual.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences gives students the opportunity to study a vast range of topics, including biology, English, economy, nursing, marine science, and the humanities. Students of the College can earn Excellence Awards along with their degrees, which are high academic honors that recognize student achievement. The College also offers a certificate program in film studies, which is conducted under the English department and introduces students to the theory and art of cinema. Students at the College of Arts and Sciences can choose to enter the workforce after graduation or continue study at the graduate level.

College of Engineering and College of Business Administration

The Colleges of Engineering and Business Administration give students a strong foundation in career-oriented fields, preparing them to enter the workforce as skilled accountants, financial consultants, and more. Students enjoy modern facilities that are designed to create a workplace-like atmosphere. They can also participate in research and internship programs with the help of College-specific guidance counselors.

College of Agriculture

The College of Agriculture offers a number of different programs, including Animal Industry, Agricultural Economics, Crops and Agro-Environmental Sciences. Its publication, Harvest, keeps students updated on College news and developments. It also offers special programs like the Women in Agriculture initiative, which supports and trains women to be competitive in the traditionally male-dominated industry.

College of Graduate Studies

The College of Graduate Studies offers more than 35 different graduate programs. Student can get master’s degrees in Business Administration, Arts, Science, or Engineering, or earn a doctorate in Philosophy. Graduate programs may require a thesis or research project.

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UPRM is a competitive college that accepts academically promising applications. Prospective students must provide either a high school diploma or a GED certificate as well as SAT scores, which will be used in determining admission.

The Application Form is available online at the Admissions Office website. Students must complete this application and submit it with the $20 non-refundable application fee by the listed deadline, which is in the middle of February. Students should send hard copies of their SAT and SAT II scores and official transcripts along with their application.

Financial Aid

UPRM offers aid to students who demonstrate financial need. All students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, which is available online at www.fafsa.com. The FAFSA determines eligibility for federal aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study programs. It is also a required supplementary document for many third-party aid programs and scholarship competitions.

Students can visit the Financial Aid Office to learn about the different forms of aid available and to get help filling out the FAFSA form.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6121st for the average student loan amount.
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UPRM is an NCAA Division II sports team. Its athletes compete in 16 men’s sports and 12 women’s sports, including basketball, soccer, wrestling, and more. Student athletes enjoy academic and residential support from the athletic department, which may include aid in the form of books, meals, medicinal services, and lodging.

Students who wish to participate in sports but aren’t on a varsity team may enjoy the LIA intercollegiate program and the intramural sports program. Through LIA, students can compete against students from other colleges and may have the opportunity to travel to different sporting events. Through intramural sports, students can compete casually on campus in activities like basketball, judo, cheerleading, balompie, and table tennis.

Local Community

The island of Puerto Rico is located in the Caribbean, between the minor Antilles and the Dominican Republic. It is home to nearly four million people of Hispanic, European, and African descent, mostly concentrated in the San Juan metropolis. It has a steady climate that is warm in both summer and winter.

Mayagúez, home to 150,000 residents, is located on the far west of the island. It offers local entertainment like a theatre, Botanical Gardens, and the Mayagúez Resort and Casino. Students can also enjoy natural attractions like the coastal beaches, which offer activities like jet skiing, scuba diving, and swimming.

Additional School Information

There are over 100 student clubs and organizations at UPRM. Students can join groups for different career interests, political affiliations, Greek organizations, and extracurricular activities like chess and orchestra. There are also honor societies for students who excel academically or in a particular department. Any student can start a club – contact the Department of Social and Cultural Activities for more information.

UPRM does not offer on-campus housing, but students can visit the Student Residence office for resources and guidance in finding housing nearby. The Office also has a number of online resources that will help students in every step of the process from finding an apartment or house to making an offer and signing a lease.

Students can also seek help from other resources on campus, including the academic advising center, counseling center, and career assistance center. Staff are available to help students work through any problems they face while a member of the UPRM community.


  • IMA – Objetivos.” Colegio De Ciencias Agrícolas. Web. 02 Aug. 2011.
  • University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez. Web. 02 Aug. 2011.

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Ranks 3rd in Puerto Rico and 420th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
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

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high 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 4515th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,751 $1,751 $3,892
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $149 $149 $149
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $55 $55 $114
FT Graduate Tuition $2,333 $2,333 $4,339
FT Graduate Required Fees $149 $149 $149
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $137 $137 $241
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,844 $3,844 $5,866
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,249 $14,249 $16,271
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,744 $6,744 $8,766

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,751 $2,819 $2,751 $2,819 $4,285 $4,841
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,825(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,280(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,125(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,900(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$20
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,735 (1,457 male / 1,278 female)
Admitted 1,983 (1,072 male / 911 female)
Admission rate 73%
First-time Enrollment 1,851 (991 male / 860 female)
FT Enrollment 1,850 (990 male / 860 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (1 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment11,838

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Division II Independents
NCAA Track & Field Conference Division II Independents

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 50 1,824 1,874
Accounting 71 71
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 25 25
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 4 4
Agricultural Economics 1 1
Agricultural Engineering
Agricultural Mechanization, Other 15 15
Agricultural Teacher Education 11 11
Agricultural and Extension Education Services 4 4
Agriculture, General 17 17
Agronomy and Crop Science 4 20 24
Animal Sciences, General 1 48 49
Applied Mathematics, General 1 1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 6 6
Athletic Training/Trainer 22 22
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 168 173
Biotechnology 30 30
Business Administration and Management, General 29 29
Business/Commerce, General 1 1
Chemical Engineering 1 118 119
Chemistry, General 39 39
Civil Engineering, General 5 136 141
Comparative Literature 4 4
Computer Engineering, General 4 55 59
Computer Science 6 6
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 30 30
Economics, General 12 12
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 5 103 108
Engineering/Industrial Management
English Language and Literature, General 20 20
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 9 9
Finance, General 23 23
Fine/Studio Arts, General 15 15
Food Science and Technology, Other 1 1 2
French Language and Literature 2 2
Geology/Earth Science, General 12 12
History, General 10 10
Horticultural Science 23 23
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 23 23
Industrial Engineering 1 70 71
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 1 2
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 2 2
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 21 22
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 3
Mathematics, General 1 4 5
Mechanical Engineering 5 124 129
Microbiology, General 98 98
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
Philosophy 4 4
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 17 17
Physical Sciences 5 5
Physics, General 7 9 16
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management 3 8 11
Political Science and Government, General 36 36
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 10 10
Psychology, General 96 96
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 80 80
Social Sciences, General 52 52
Sociology 16 16
Soil Science and Agronomy, General 4 4
Spanish Language and Literature 20 20
Statistics, General 4 1 5
Surveying Technology/Surveying 30 30

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 821st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $78,297 ($80,896 male / $67,678 female)
Number of FT Faculty 621 (391 male / 230 female)
Number of PT Faculty 700
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $20,830,196

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