Puerto Rico Schools, Colleges and Universities

There are 152 postsecondary institutions in Puerto Rico. Find out about some of the offerings, along with criteria that can help you decide which school to attend.

Prospective students in Puerto Rico have no shortage of educational options. Here, you can learn more about some of the schools on the island by examining National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data such as locations, student population size, net prices, and graduation rates.

Schools in Puerto Rico Near Large Cities

San Juan is by far the largest city on the island, and it is home to a variety of public and private institutions. Students who want to study in large cities may also want to consider schools in Bayamon or Carolina.

  • University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (San Juan)
  • Universidad Metropolitana (San Juan)
  • Caribbean University-Bayamon (Bayamon)
  • Universidad Central de Bayamon (Bayamon)
  • University of Puerto Rico-Carolina (Carolina)

Largest Schools in Puerto Rico

Most of the schools are small to midsize institutions, but you can find a few large universities on the island. At a larger school, you may have access to a great number of academic and extracurricular opportunities, whereas smaller schools tend to offer more individualized classroom attention. If you envision yourself on a campus with a large student body, consider one of these five schools.

  • Universidad Del Turabo (17,509 students)
  • University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (16,454 students)
  • Universidad Metropolitana (13,919 students)
  • Universidad Del Este (13,058 students)
  • University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (12,771 students)

Lowest Net Price

When deciding where to go to college in Puerto Rico, it can be helpful to examine the NCES net price statistic. This figure, which is calculated by subtracting the average financial aid award from the annual cost of attendance, can give you a better idea of how much it will cost for you to attend a school. As of the 2014-2015 school year, these five non-specialty schools were the least expensive for full-time undergraduate students.

  • Colegio Universitario de San Juan ($1,444 per year)
  • University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla ($2,099 per year)
  • Caribbean University-Bayamon ($2,399 per year)
  • Caribbean University-Carolina ($2,964 per year)
  • University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras ($3,083 per year)

Highest Graduation Rate

You can get a better idea of the quality of the educational environment at a school from its graduation rate. According to the NCES, graduation rate is the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who finish their program within 150% of the expected completion time. Here are the five non-specialty Puerto Rico schools with the highest graduation rates in 2015.

  • Dewey University-Hato Rey (72% graduation rate)
  • University of Puerto Rico-Cayey (48% graduation rate)
  • University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (44% graduation rate)
  • University of Puerto Rico-Humacao (44% graduation rate)
  • University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo (43% graduation rate)

Overall, NCES statistics on location, student body, cost, and graduation rate can help you find the best public or private, non-specialty Puerto Rico school for you.

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