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IPEDS ID: 243203
OPE ID: 02460000
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University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences
Rio Piedras Medical Center, Americo Miranda Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-5067
General information:  (787) 758-2525 x1708
Website:  www.rcm.upr.edu/
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Doctor's degree - other
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  2,273 (341 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  2 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Special Focus Four-Year: Medical Schools & Centers
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
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
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education – graduate courses offered, programs not offered
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Credit Accepted
Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2017Full timePart time
Total faculty722423
Instructional649417
Research and public service736
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Average tuition and fees for academic year2017-2018
Undergraduate student tuition and fees
In-state tuition$2,052
In-state fees$3,196
Out-of-state tuition$4,435
In-state fees$3,196
Graduate student tuition and fees
In-state tuition$5,013
In-state fees$3,245
Out-of-state tuition$6,467
Out-of-state fees$3,245
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • The application fee for admission is $20. The UPR Governing Board eliminated this fee in the academic year 2014-15 only for first time students and the MSC does not accept first time students. The cost per credit for undergraduate students increased to $57 but the average for all students at all levels is $56. The cost per credit for graduate students increased to $143, but the average for all students at all levels is $139. The average tuition was estimated for 36 credit hours.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid129376%$1,453,260$4,960
Pell grants29376%$1,367,607$4,668
Federal student loans7319%$339,193$4,646
  • 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.
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in 2016-2017, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2017
Total enrollment2,273
Undergraduate enrollment341
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment162
Graduate enrollment1,932
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 95%
Part-time: 5%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 26%
Female: 74%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 0%
Hispanic/Latino: 100%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 0%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student Age
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 82%
25 and over: 18%
Age unknown: 0%
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 94%
Part-time: 6%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 40%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 60%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $20
  • This institution does not admit full-time first-time degree/certificate-seeking students, therefore admission information was not reported.
  • School did not provide data because of hurricane-related problems.
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received an Associate's degree: 20%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 65%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Pell]
Received an Associate's degree: 20%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 68%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received an Associate's degree: 21%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 57%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
Received an Associate's degree: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Anatomy--01-
Biochemistry--13-
Biostatistics--12--
Epidemiology--12--
Microbiology, General--02-
Pharmacology--02-
Physiology, General--00-
Toxicology--00-
Category total--258-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Advanced General Dentistry----0
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist---4-
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-166-12
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist----0
Dental Assisting/Assistant22----
Dentistry---52-
Dietetics/Dietitian----10
Environmental Health--62-
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing--0--
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator--6--
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-184-0
Health Services Administration--14--
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and Cosmetic Sciences--2--
Maternal and Child Health--0--
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry--0--
Medicine---95-
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist-7---
Nurse Anesthetist--9--
Nursing Science--211-
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene--4--
Occupational Therapy/Therapist--16--
Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist8----
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery--0-2
Orthodontics/Orthodontology--0-1
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics--0-0
Pharmacy---42-
Physical Therapy/Therapist--00-
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology--0-1
Public Health Education and Promotion-018--
Public Health, General--38--
Public Health, Other--40615
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer20----
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-98---
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist--15--
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant-15---
Category total5015419920241
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Gerontology--7-12
Nutrition Sciences--1--
Category total--8-12
Social Sciences
Demography and Population Studies--4--
Category total--4--
Grand total5015423621053
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 1
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 11
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 1
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 1
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $5,471
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Middle States Commission on Higher EducationAccredited since ((!)07/01/1946)03/30/2019
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nursesAccredited since (02/26/1998)12/31/2018
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programsAccredited since (05/31/1952)06/30/2025
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Assisting (DA)Accredited since (07/28/1962)12/31/2013
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)Accredited since (12/09/1966)12/31/2023
Orthodontics & Dentofacial OrthopedicsAccredited since (01/29/1997)12/31/2014
Pediatric DentistryAccredited since (05/14/1970)12/31/2013
Prosthodontics (including maxillofacial prosthetics and combined prosthodontics/maxillofacial prosthetics)Accredited since (12/09/1966)TBD
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's DegreeAccredited since ((!)07/01/1954)12/31/2022
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapistAccredited since (06/01/1954)12/31/2027
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programsAccredited (05/01/1968 - 05/30/2006)
Clinical doctoral program in AudiologyAccredited since (07/01/2012)08/01/2024
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programsAccredited since (05/01/2002)08/01/2022
 No Longer Recognized  Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administrationAccredited since ((!)07/01/1970)12/31/2013
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levelsAccredited since (09/28/2002)1/1/2027
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levelsAccredited since (09/28/2002)1/1/2027
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levelsAccredited since (10/12/2012)10/31/2022
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levelsAccredited (04/17/1993 - 09/01/2008)
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public healthAccredited since (01/15/1956)12/31/2021
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographersAccredited since (06/01/1985)03/01/2017
 No Longer Recognized  Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) - Programs for the nuclear medicine technologistAccredited (04/19/1979 - 06/13/2011)
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degreeAccredited since (07/01/1954)06/30/2025
Internship/Residency
Accreditor / Program / DepartmentStatusNext Review Date
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic InternshipAccredited since (01/01/1969)06/30/2020
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Post Doctoral - Advanced dental education programs (advanced education in general dentistry and general practice residency) School of Dentistry Accredited since (05/07/1987)TBD
Predoctoral School of DentistryAccredited since (03/01/1961)TBD
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/151467.
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession00
Drug law violations00
Liquor law violations00
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter00
Negligent manslaughter00
Rape00
Fondling00
Incest00
Statutory rape00
Robbery00
Aggravated assault00
Burglary00
Motor vehicle theft00
Arson00
  • 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.
  • 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 http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201520142013
Default rate2.9%3.2%3.9%
Number in default141316
Number in repayment473398408
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)