University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus: Narrative Description

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PO Box 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067
Tel: (787)758-2525; Admissions: (787)758-2525; Fax: (787)754-0474; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Commonwealth-supported, upper-level, specialized, coed. Part of University of Puerto Rico System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and first professional certificates (bachelor's degree is upper-level). Founded 1950. Setting: 11-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 2,457. Full-time: 591 students, 87% women, 13% men. Part-time: 87 students, 90% women, 10% men. 100% Hispanic, 26% transferred in. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: General Council of Students, Academy of Pharmacy Students, Council of Medicine Students, Council of Public Health Students, American Medical Association-Puerto Rico Chapter-Student Section. Major annual events: Freshman Orientation Week, job fair, AIDS Awareness Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. College housing not available. Medical Sciences Library plus 1 other with 46,679 books, 13 microform titles, 1,432 serials, 1,522 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page.

Community Environment: San Juan juxtaposes the old and the new: Old San Juan and the moss-covered El Morro castle are contrasted with high-rise office buildings. Founded in 1521, San Juan is a metropolitan city with a mild climate. Museums (e.g. colonial architecture, rare books Puerto Rican art), outdoor sports (swimming, surfing, baseball, fishing, cock fighting), hospitals and excellent shopping are available to everyone. Special San Juan events include drama festivals, native carnivals, the International Theatrical Festival and the Casals Festival.