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UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO - RIO PIEDRAS, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

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University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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The first ever public university of Rio Piedras, the University of Puerto Rico was founded in 1903. It has the largest campus in the city and boasts an annual enrollment of around 11,657 undergraduates and over 3,200 graduates. The institute is a renowned coed college of the US Education System that operates on a semester-based calendar.

Accredited by the middle states commission on higher education and the Puerto Rico Council on higher education, the university provides 65 undergraduate and 41 graduate courses in 71 diverse areas of specialization. With a student-faculty ratio of 15:1, the institute ensures maximum individual student attention for all its candidates. Also, approximately 49% of classes on campus are conducted with less than 20 students.

Admissions at University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras is available on a rolling basis round the year and observes a common application deadline of January 31. All the aspirants of the institute must deposit a non-refundable fee of 30 USD when applying for admissions. With an acceptance rate of around 40%, the organization is a moderately selective institute in the country. The university grants over 3000 degrees annually and is one of the coveted cookies among international candidates hoping to study in the USA.

Rankings

The institute has been ranked at the following positions by different rankings surveys:

  • Placed in the top 20 Latin-American universities
  • The institute ranked in the bracket of 800 – 1000 in 2018 edition of QS World University rankings
  • The university holds the maximum number of patents on the island of Caribbean and offers the maximum number of academic and doctoral programs.

Highlights

Type of InstitutionPublic
Campus SettingUrban
Official Websitewww.uprrp.edu
Number of Campuses1
Total number of Professors200+
Student Satisfaction Rate83%
Graduate Job Rate47%
Number of Residence Vacancy900+
Number of Academic ProgramsUG, PG, Part-time
Mode of ProgramFull time, distance and online
Scholarship InvestmentOver 1 million pounds
Admissions Helpdesk787-758-2525

Programs, Camus and Accommodation

Campus

  • The university is a collegiate institute with a lush campus spread over 289 acres.
  • The campus entails 6 colleges, 2 graduate schools, a law school, and two specialized schools.
  • The university also includes over 25 libraries, out of which most of them are specialized
  • The university museum of art, history and anthropology is also present on the campus itself
  • The university is located in close proximity of 8 kilometers to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and thus has easy accessibility.
  • The campus is an amalgam of the new as well as the old buildings that give a nice tinge of the Puerto-Rican architecture in the making.
  • The campus combines the sidewalks and the buildings to give the campus an open and spacious look. The widespread campus also has a number of other facilities that help in the all-round development of a student.

Housing facilities/ residence

  • The institute has a total of three residential halls that can accommodate 700 students.
  • The campus hosts one building allotted towards co-ed housing facilities, named ResiCampus.
  • The dorm houses are available to all year students and currently houses approximately 350 students.
  • A guesthouse is available in the students’ quarters at affordable rates for a few students or student-visitors.
  • The services are available during the school term, i.e from January to December, except during Christmas.
  • The monthly charges for the same are 255 USD and are charged for a period of 10 months.

Courses

  • The university offers a plethora of courses for international students including bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees.
  • It offers 65 bachelor degree programs, 41 master programs and 14 courses in doctoral degrees with 71 specializations.
  • Over 25 programs provided by the institute are accredited by professional agencies in the university
  • Popular majors of the organization are in accounting, natural science, psychology, foreign languages and literature ;

University of Puerto Rico Application Process

How to apply?

Application portal :

Application fee: 30 USD

Application deadline: The institute offers admissions on a rolling basis. The common application deadline is January 31.

Basic Admission Requirements

  • Standardized test scores like SAT/ACT with an average SAT score of 400 or equivalent.
  • An average GPA of 3.15 is required to be eligible for most of the programs
  • Official academic transcripts, official degree completion certificate
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Entrance examination
  • English proficiency test scores like TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent.

Additional Requirements

  • CV or resume
  • Investigation work
  • Essay
  • Declaration of purpose
  • Published articles
  • Certificate of Finances
  • Valid Passport and Visa

University of Puerto Rico Cost of Attendance

For all the prospective candidates seeking to study in the USA by enrolling at the institute in the upcoming academic year, an estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US has been tabulated below.

CategoryCost (in USD)
Tuition Fee( International Students )6,162
Books And Supplies2,168
Room And Board:
On-campus
Off-campus

11,161
11,161
Other Expenses:
On-campus
Off-campus

2,453
3,251

Scholarships/Financial Aid

The university provides bursaries, awards, and scholarships for international students to study in the USA. Around 73% of the students receive financial aid in some form. The average need-based scholarship grant amount is around 4,984 USD. An average number of 8333 students receive financial aid in some form from the institute.

Some of the studentships offered by the institute for the candidates are as compiled below:

  1. Ford Fund STEM Scholarship: Applicable for all the students of the University of Puerto Rico studying at any campus in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, provided they maintain an average GPA of 3.0 or above.
  2. General Scholarship: Awarded to candidates pursuing any discipline at one of the campuses of the University of Puerto Rico with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  3. Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media imparts 2500 USD to students under UG and PG programs.

The above awards and many other scholarships at the institute can be availed by meeting the general criteria factors like Academic record, Financial need, Recommendations, Essay and Interview (finalists only). In addition to this, the university also provides student loans at easy interest rates to students.

Alumni Network

University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras believes in imparting benefits to their alumni such as scholarships, networking, career development, etc.

A few notable alumni of the institute are Hans Hertell (ambassador to the dominion republic), alejandro Garcia Padilla ( the governor of Puerto rico), Anibal Acevedo Vila (former governor of Puerto rico).

Placements

The university organizes several fairs and seminars to encourage exposure among its students. The graduation rate of the university is 45%. The initial median average salary of the institute’s graduate is approximately 41,500 USD. ;

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University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population17741
FAFSA Code007108
Application Cost$30
Accreditation MSCHE
Average Cost of Attendance$9,450 / Year

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Acceptance Rate

39.9%

Acceptance Rate

6046

Total Applicants

17741

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

38.5%

Male

61.5%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program39.9%
Total Applicants35248
Total Enrolled14056
Graduate
Graduate Programs39.9%
Total Applicants9241
Total Enrolled3685

University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Enrollment

Enrollment
University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Enrollment17741
Undergraduate Enrollment14056
Graduate Enrollment3685

Attendance Cost

$9,450

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Post Graduate Program$9,450 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$2,168 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$11,161 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$2,453 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$11,161 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$3,251 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$3,251 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$3,251 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Program Wise Accreditations
Law ProgramsAmerican Bar Association
ProgramsAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
1724613223402311
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    College rating

    based on 2 students ratings

    8.5/10

    9/10academic
    8/10infrastructure
    8.5/10placements
    8/10faculty
    8.5/10extracurricular
    9/10accommodation

    Reviews

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    Arvind samuel, INDIA Law
    University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras
    Current student , Batch : 2022
    8
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    HOW ITS GOING...

    My university is the leading research higher education center. It is the only institution on the island certified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education as an Intensive Research Institution. After securing a GPA of 8, I had applied through an online application form for $50.


    Course Curriculum - 

    According to the ABA Student-Initiated Study, I could create an independent study plan at legal educational institutions abroad and take up to 13 credits leading to the JD degree. The Dean of Graduate, Joint, and Exchange Programs will assist the student in the preparation of their application for independent studies in accordance with the rules established by the ABA and the School of Law of the University of Puerto Rico.

    9 /10
    academic
    7 /10
    faculty
    7 /10
    infrastructure
    9 /10
    accomodation/food
    8 /10
    placement
    8 /10
    extracurricular
    17, May 2020 read more
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    Feryal ghazali, PAKISTAN Bachelor's in environmental design
    University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras
    , Batch : 2021
    9
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE AT UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO

    Puerto Rico has been my dream country since always and getting a chance to pursue a Bachelor's in Environmental Design at the University of Puerto Rico was really a dream come true. I got to know about this university after doing some research on the same. I scored 88% in my high school and since it satisfied the admission criteria, I decided to apply through the online portal. I paid an application fee of $50.


    Course Curriculum - 

    The course focuses on strengthing our skills and knowledge in the process of designing. It also focused on making us critical thinkers and being solution-oriented by making us go through various case studies and real-time practices. A few subjects/topics in my course design communication media, introduction to architecture, the ecology of design, etc.

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    07, Jan 2020 read more
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