University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras: Narrative Description

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PO Box 23344
San Juan, PR 00931
Tel: (787)764-0000
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Commonwealth-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Puerto Rico System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1903. Setting: 281-acre urban campus. Research spending 2003-04: $11.3 million. Total enrollment: 21,666. 6,043 applied, 66% were admitted. Full-time: 14,564 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 3,182 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 4 states and territories, 9 other countries, 1% from out-of-commonwealth, 99% Hispanic, 0.2% international, 14% 25 or older, 4% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, CEEB. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 2/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. Commonwealth resident tuition: $790 full-time, $30 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2470 full-time, $100 per credit part-time. Part-time tuition varies according to degree level. College room and board: $4940.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. 789 college housing spaces available. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Jose M. Lazaro Library plus 10 others with 1.8 million books, 1.7 million microform titles, 5,599 serials, 5,599 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. 170 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.