University of Puerto Rico at Ponce: Narrative Description

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PO Box 7186
Ponce, PR 00732-7186
Tel: (787)844-8181
Fax: (787)844-8679
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Commonwealth-supported, 4-year, coed. Part of University of Puerto Rico System. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1970. Setting: 86-acre urban campus with easy access to San Juan. Educational spending 2003-04: $1298 per student. Total enrollment: 3,837. 1,366 applied, 54% were admitted. Full-time: 3,082 students, 66% women, 34% men. Part-time: 755 students, 70% women, 30% men. 100% Hispanic, 3% 25 or older, 2% transferred in. Retention: 18% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, early admission, early decision. Required: high school transcript, SAT, PAA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 11/15, 1/15 for early decision. Notification: 3/4, 1/20 for early decision.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Most popular organizations: American Marketing Association, Secretarial Sciences Association, Drama Club, Alfa Computer Club. Major annual events: Athletic Intercollegiate Tournament, Voice Festival, Christmas Choir Concert. Student services: health clinic. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. College housing not available. 53,000 books, 1,643 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $660,456. 231 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.