Puerto Rico Schools, Colleges and Universities

Puerto Rico is home to more than 150 schools. See rankings of the best and most affordable schools in Puerto Rico to determine which schools might be right for you.

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Largest Student Population

Some students prefer schools with large student populations because there may be more social and academic opportunities. The 3 Puerto Rico schools below have the highest student enrollments among traditional schools on the island. Data is from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for fall 2011.

1 - Universidad Del Turabo

Located in Gurabo, this school has the largest student population in the area with 16,605 students. Of that, 13,817 students were undergraduate students in fall 2011, according to NCES. Out of the undergraduate students, 23% were part-time students, and 77% were full-time students. In terms of gender, 59% of students were women, while 41% were men.

2 - University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras

Students can also consider this San Juan school, which had a student population of 12,280 undergraduate students and 3,122 graduate students in fall 2011, according to NCES. Every student was from Puerto Rico, and 92% of undergraduate students were 24 years old or younger. During the same semester, 64% of students were female, and 36% were male.

3 - Universidad Del Este

This Carolina university also has a significant student population with 13,775 students. From that figure, 12,666 were undergraduate students, while 1,109 were graduate students, according to fall 2011 NCES figures. The majority of undergraduate students, about 73%, attended school on a full-time basis, with 27% enrolled as part-time undergraduate students. Among graduate students, 53% were full-time, and 47% were part-time during the same period.

Lowest Net Price

The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the average amount of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attendance. The net prices for these 3 Puerto Rico schools come from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the 2011-2012 academic year, which are the lowest net prices among traditional schools in Puerto Rico. Net prices among all schools in the area ranged from about $220 to roughly $17,000 for the academic year.

1 - Instituto Tecnológico de Puerto Rico - Recinto de Guayama

Located in Guayama, this school is the most affordable option with its net price of $399. During the 2012-2013 school year, students paid $1,105 in tuition and fees, according to NCES. For the 2011-2012 school year, 62% of full-time, beginning students received financial aid to help pay for school. On average, undergraduate students received $5,010 in grant or scholarship aid during the same academic year.

2 - University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla

With its net price of $1,362, this Ramey school is another low-cost option for students seeking a postsecondary education. For the 2012-2013 school year, in-state students paid $2,819 in tuition and fees, while out-of-state students paid $4,841, according to the NCES. The wide majority of full-time, beginning students, 91%, received financial aid during the 2011-2012 school year. During this same period, undergraduate students received an average of $6,338 in grant or scholarship aid.

3 - Caribbean University - Bayamon

Students can also consider this Bayamon school, which has a net price of $1,787. Students who enrolled during the 2012-2013 school year paid $4,850 in tuition and fees, according to the NCES. For the 2011-2012 school year, 98% of full-time, beginning students received some form of financial aid. Among all undergraduates during the same school year, 96% received an average grant or scholarship award of $5,913.

Highest Graduation Rate

The overall graduation rate for a school is derived from the number of students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time.' Based on NCES figures for full-time students, the following traditional Puerto Rico schools had minimum graduation rates of 81% in 2011, the highest in the area. All three schools are part of Dewey University, a private university with 10 locations across Puerto Rico. These campuses have distinct program offerings and differing academic award levels.

1 - Dewey University

This Dewey University location in Hato Rey is a 4-year, not-for-profit school that offers associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in business, education, engineering, health professions and visual/performing arts. This university has an overall graduation rate of 88%, based on students who enrolled in fall 2005, making it the top in this category for all Puerto Rico. The NCES found that 71% of full-time students who started in fall 2010 returned the following year to continue their studies. This retention rate is an indicator of student satisfaction.

2 - Dewey University

Another Dewey University location in Hato Rey, this campus offers only certificate programs in fields of study that include engineering technology, family/consumer sciences and health professions. In addition, the school offers certificate programs in barbering and cosmetology. This small campus has an overall graduation rate of 82%, based on students who started in fall 2008. According to NCES, 81% of full-time students who enrolled in fall 2010 returned in fall 2011 to continue their degree programs.

3 - Dewey University - Arroyo Branch

This small Arroyo school has an overall graduation rate of 81%, based on students who started in fall 2008. Much like the previous school, this branch offers certificate programs only. As for the retention rate, NCES found that 78% of full-time students who started in fall 2010 came back the following year to continue their studies.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Some students look for schools that have low student-faculty ratios. In many instances, these schools promote a small-school atmosphere that students prefer. The 3 traditional Puerto Rico schools below have student-faculty ratios of 13:1 or less, which make them the best on the island in this category. In comparison, some Puerto Rico schools have student-faculty ratios surpassing 40:1.

1 - Instituto Tecnológico de Puerto Rico - Recinto de Manati

With close to 900 students, this Manati school has the lowest student-faculty ratio among not-for-profit, non-specialized schools of 12:1, according to the NCES. This school offers associate degree programs, primarily in technical areas of study. As of fall 2012, there were 55 full-time and 18 part-time faculty. All of the faculty were employed as instructors.

1 - Instituto Tecnológico de Puerto Rico - Recinto de Ponce

The Ponce campus of the Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico also has a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. According to the NCES, the student population at this school during fall 2011 was 668. In fall 2012, this campus employed 52 full-time and 12 part-time instructors. This school offers associate degree programs in fields that include business, information science, engineering technology, nursing and chemical technology.

3 - Humacao Community College

This community college in Humacao has a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, according to the NCES, making it third in this category. In fall 2011, the student population was 696 undergraduates. During fall 2012, the school had 10 full-time faculty and 18 part-time faculty, all employed as instructional staff. This school offers certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree programs in fields like HVAC technology, health professions, general business and computer programming.

Puerto Rico Schools At A Glance

School Name Location School Type Degrees Offered Area Ranking
Caribbean University - Bayamon Bayamon 4-year, private; not-for-profit 1- to <2-year certificates; associate, bachelor's and master's degrees 3rd Lowest Net Price
Dewey University Hato Rey 4-year, private; not-for-profit Associate, bachelor's and master's degrees Highest Graduation Rate
Dewey University Hato Rey <2-year, private; not-for-profit 1- to <2-year certificates 2nd Highest Graduation Rate
Dewey University - Arroyo Branch Arroyo <2-year, private; not-for-profit 1- to <2-year certificates 3rd Highest Graduation Rate
Humacao Community College Humacao 4-year, private; not-for-profit 1- to <2-year certificates; associate and bachelor's degrees 3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Instituto Tecnológico de Puerto Rico - Recinto de Manati Manati 2-year, public Associate degrees Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Instituto Tecnológico de Puerto Rico - Recinto de Guayama Guayama 2-year, public Associate degrees Lowest Net Price
Instituto Tecnológico de Puerto Rico - Recinto de Ponce Ponce 2-year, public Associate degrees Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Universidad del Este Carolina 4-year, private; not-for-profit 1- to <2-year certificates; associate, bachelor's and master's degrees; postbaccalaureate certificates 3rd Largest Student Population
Universidad del Turabo Gurabo 4-year, private; not-for-profit 1- to <2-year certificates; associate, bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees; postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates Largest Student Population
University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla Ramey 4-year, public Associate and bachelor's degrees 2nd Lowest Net Price
University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras San Juan 4-year, public Bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees; postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates 2nd Largest Student Population
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