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University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

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Located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (UPRRP). This first public university in the history of Puerto Rico is a state university, and the biggest of the University of Puerto Rico System’s campuses. When the Escuela Normal Industrial was founded in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, in the year 1900, it had only 20 students and 5 professors. After much growth, the public education system that exists today is stronger for having survived events such as the national students social upheaval of the 1960’s and 70’s, when students protesting for civil rights and the independence of Puerto Rico were receive with police force, resulting in student deaths. Today, the campus is famous for its distinctive clock tower, and its variety of academic programs.

With four “Deans,” or academic divisions, UPRRP is split into the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Student Affairs, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and the Dean of Administration. Schools under the Dean of Academic Affairs include the school of communication, the graduate school of planning, and the graduate school of informatics sciences and technologies.

The University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus is home to many fine academic and laboratory facilities such as the natural sciences library, the computing center, the center for educational services, the botanical garden, the El Yunque field house, a greenhouse and herbarium, an animal facility, the zoology museum, a sequencing and genotyping facility, a high performance computing facility, a glass blowing workshop, an electronics workshop, an instrumentation workshop, and a machining workshop.

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The students of UPRRP, as well as the local community are grateful to have the Río Piedras Campus Library System at their disposal. With various campus libraries, students and community members are able to achieve all their research needs at the University level, while fulfilling a social and cultural responsibility to provide higher education to the entire island. With 18 libraries, and online catalog, and special interest collections like the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Library, and the Puerto Rican Collection, this library goes above and beyond the regular circulation, reserves, photocopying, and interlibrary loan services available on the average campus, although these are available as well.

Another special feature of the UPRRP campus is the University museum. The Museum of Art, History and Anthropology, founded in 1951, is dedicated to preserving Puerto Rican and world heritage. With regularly updated exhibits, sponsored lectures, seminars, publications, and workshops, the general community receives as much educational benefit as the UPRRP students by way of the museum. The current building in which the Museum’s collections are housed was designed by architect Henry Klumb.


Successful applicants to UPRRP will begin by filling out an application for admission, and paying the application fee. The student must also take examinations from the College Entrance Examination Board in verbal and mathematical reasoning, specifically English, Spanish, and Mathematics. Students may also take the SAT in English, the SAT II in English Literature or Writing, the SAT in Mathematics Levels IC4 or IIC4, and Spanish Reading. For more information on testing students should contact the Educational Testing Service’s Puerto Rico Office. All students must also submit official transcripts from prior institutions of learning, and submit a certificate of graduation to the Admissions Office.

Special admission criteria will apply to transfer students.

Financial Aid

While the vast majority of students, well over 90%, receive some form of financial aid at UPRRP, keep in mind that not all forms of Federal Financial Aid are offered. Most students receive Federal Grants, and State and Local Grants, while a small percentage of students take out student loans. In order to qualify and apply for financial aid, all UPRRP students must fill out the FAFSA, which is free and may be done online or in the Financial Aid Office.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6292nd for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Puerto Rico.


Under the umbrella of the Deanship of Students, the diverse population of students at UPRRP has access to a wide range of student services and technological services. Students are provided with medical services, cultural activities, financial aid assistance, and orientation programming to encourage social, recreational, physical and emotional well being. The Office of Complementary Services exists to assist students as well, with services like internal mail and messengers, a reproduction center, a printing division, food services and telephone services.

Students and educators alike work together in an Academic Senate to create a productive and positive academic community. Here, members establish academic rules and regulations, and representation is provided by various deans, chancellors, students, and staff. With upwards of 60 to 70 members, the Senate works to provide diplomatic solutions for the UPRRP University community. Students may also elect to participate in the General Student Council. This elected student government is made up of about 50 students, and is an excellent way for students to build leadership skills while staying involved on campus.

Students at UPRRP participate in Greek life with a number of fraternities and sororities. Fraternities on campus include Phi Eta Mu, Phi Sigma Alpha, Nu Sigma Beta, Alpha Beta Chi, and Phi Delta Gamma. Sororities include Mu Alpha Phi, Eta Gamma Delta, and Zeta Phi Sigma. Other Greek service, professional and honor societies include the Phi Alpha Delta co-ed professional law fraternity, the Beta Beta Beta biological honor society, the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity, and the Psi Chi honor society in Psychology.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s NCAA Division II Baseball
  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Women’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Women’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Cross_country
  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate and Men’s Intramural Soccer
  • Women’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Softball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Table_tennis
  • Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Track_and_field
  • Men’s NCAA Division II and Women’s NCAA Division II Track_outdoor
  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Women’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball
  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate and Men’s Intramural Wrestling
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Information Summary

Ranks 1st in Puerto Rico and 139th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 17 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.04
Robbery 8 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 14 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 14 0.09
Arrest N/A N/A

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
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 2714th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,519 $1,519 $3,593
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $144 $144 $144
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $47 $47 $107
FT Graduate Tuition $1,739 $1,739 $3,941
FT Graduate Required Fees $144 $144 $144
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $65 $65 $111
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $13,387 $13,387 $15,409
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,312 $14,312 $16,334
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,807 $6,807 $8,829

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $3,798 $5,820
Law Degree — Required Fees $144 $144

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,746 $2,819 $2,746 $2,819 $4,767 $4,840
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,825(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,280(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,280(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,125 $2,215
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$20
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,391 (2,147 male / 3,244 female)
Admitted 2,829 (1,139 male / 1,690 female)
Admission rate 52%
First-time Enrollment 2,236 (856 male / 1,380 female)
FT Enrollment 2,205 (841 male / 1,364 female)
PT Enrollment 31 (15 male / 16 female)
Total Enrollment15,487

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Independent Southeast Region
NCAA Track & Field Conference Independent Southeast Region

SAT Test Admission

187th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 100%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 543 / 644
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 533 / 670
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1076 / 1314

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 Capacity770
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$1,500
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 892nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,658 ($78,194 male / $57,530 female)
Number of FT Faculty 835 (441 male / 394 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,289
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $27,250,402

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