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.