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IPEDS ID: 241410
OPE ID: 00393600
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Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce
2250 Boulevard Luis A. Ferre Aguayo Suite 608, Ponce, Puerto Rico 00717-9997
General information:  (787) 841-2000 x1002
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  7,767 (5,539 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  21 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Athletic Graduation
Mission Statement
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty241191
Research and public service90
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$5,418$4,840$5,000$5,1302.6%
Books and supplies$1,535$1,585$1,609$1,6361.7%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$4,350$4,411$4,505$4,5581.2%
Off Campus
Room and board$5,778$5,846$6,914$6,034-12.7%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$14,115$13,762$14,154$14,4882.4%
Off Campus$15,543$15,197$16,563$15,964-3.6%
Off Campus with Family$9,765$9,151$9,449$11,82225.1%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
  • The calculation of the average fulltime student tuition is based on the 24 credits per academic year times the average cost per undergraduate credit hour and the appropriate fees. The institution uses the 24 credit based, as 12 credit per semester is the minimum to be considered as fulltime student for the academic year. Individual cost of tuition and fees will vary according to credit load and program.
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid197598%————
Grant or scholarship aid94995%$5,309,487$5,595
Federal grants91391%$4,804,762$5,263
Pell grants90891%$4,561,738$5,024
Other federal grants65065%$243,024$374
State/local government grant or scholarships77578%$211,898$273
Institutional grants or scholarships24424%$292,827$1,200
Student loan aid39640%$1,351,169$3,412
Federal student loans39640%$1,351,169$3,412
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid15,05986%$26,565,789$5,251
Pell grants4,79682%$22,654,836$4,724
Federal student loans2,98351%$14,331,107$4,804
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$6,158$4,974$5,609
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$5,977$4,481$5,178
$30,001 – $48,000$7,316$5,613$6,361
$48,001 – $75,000$9,506$7,634$8,452
$75,001 – $110,000$9,917$8,783$10,846
$110,001 and more$10,205$10,173$10,872
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment7,767
Undergraduate enrollment5,539
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment164
Graduate enrollment2,228
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 90%
Part-time: 10%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 41%
Female: 59%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 0%
Hispanic/Latino: 99%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 0%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 89%
25 and over: 11%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 100%
Out-of-state: 0%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 71%
Part-time: 29%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 21%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 77%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 98%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants2,4628971,565
Percent admitted77%77%77%
Percent admitted who enrolled51%59%47%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 86%
Part-time students: 67%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 82 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 37%
Transfer-out rate: 4%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 9%
6-year: 40%
8-year: 49%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 7%
6-year: 38%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 32%
Female: 41%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Hispanic/Latino: 37%
Non-resident alien: 82%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Architecture and Related Services
Category total-10---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-31---
Category total-3821--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General13---
Business Administration and Management, General-1937-
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-5---
Business/Commerce, General010--
Business/Corporate Communications-1---
Business/Managerial Economics-0---
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry-0---
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-3---
Finance, General-56--
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services0----
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-84--
International Business/Trade/Commerce-37--
Management Information Systems, General-71--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-81--
Office Management and Supervision-82--
Tourism and Travel Services Management00---
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations27---
Transportation/Mobility Management-1---
Category total3121267-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
International and Intercultural Communication-8---
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other-0---
Radio and Television-16---
Category total-28---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General0----
Computer Programming, Specific Applications0----
Category total0----
Art Teacher Education-0---
Biology Teacher Education-1---
Business Teacher Education-02--
Chemistry Teacher Education-0---
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services--8--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--1--
Curriculum and Instruction--119-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-5---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--64-
Elementary Education and Teaching-20--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education-3---
Health Teacher Education-1---
History Teacher Education-30--
Mathematics Teacher Education-1---
Music Teacher Education-2---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-5---
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-1---
Social Studies Teacher Education-0---
Spanish Language Teacher Education-1---
Special Education and Teaching, General-5---
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-72--
Category total-373013-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-5---
Category total-5---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General-2---
Category total-2---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature-2---
Spanish Language and Literature-15--
Category total-35--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist-13---
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-7--17
Clinical/Medical Social Work--16--
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General-100---
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing--0--
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing--3--
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies-0---
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing--5--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse5106---
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor--13--
Category total522637-17
History, General-12--
Category total-12--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Security and Loss Prevention Services-0---
Category total-0---
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General-6---
Pre-Law Studies-6---
Category total-12-203-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-53---
Category total-53---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-0---
Category total-0---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Category total00---
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-34--
Category total-34--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-20---
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other-0---
Category total-20---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total-9---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-141--
Physics, General-0---
Category total-141--
Clinical Psychology--121-
Industrial and Organizational Psychology--1014-
Psychology, General-71---
School Psychology--14--
Category total-712535-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-51--
Social Work-40---
Category total-451--
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General-7---
Political Science and Government, Other-0---
Category total-583--
Theology and Religious Vocations
Religious Education--0--
Category total--2--
Visual and Performing Arts
Fashion/Apparel Design12----
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other-13---
Music, General-1---
Visual and Performing Arts, General-4---
Category total12184--
Grand total2077416125817
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 78
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 30
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 32
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 10
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $4,904
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $5,105
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,890
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $1,300
Full-time students: 83%
Part-time students: 0%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
Other DivisionMenWomen
Beach Volleyball33
Table Tennis53
Track and Field, Outdoor2215
Track and Field, X-Country55
Weight Lifting67
Other Sports108
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education(!)7/1/1953 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)5/1/1963 -  Accredited
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program10/1/1991 -  Accredited
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools(!)1/1/1967 - 4/1/2016Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible00
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault010
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible00
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate21.3%23.6%26.2%
Number in default506500511
Number in repayment2,3752,1111,943
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)