In this ranking, we examine top value universities and colleges in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico isn’t officially a U.S. state (officially, it’s an “unincorporated U.S. territory”), but it has close ties to the mainland and is home to a number of American citizens. More than three million people live on the island, which boasts an eclectic mix of cultures, ethnicities, and languages (English and Spanish being the most popular).
Although Puerto Rico is probably best known for its tropical weather and popularity as a tourist destination, it’s also a great destination for college students. The cost of living is low while the quality of life is high – who wouldn’t be happy living in a tropical paradise? Universities on the island are numerous and include a multiplicity of public colleges, religious schools, and specialized private universities.
Tuition at almost all Puerto Rican schools is enviously affordable, and many of their academic and extracurricular resources are competitive with those on the U.S. mainland. The 20 universities listed below are particularly exemplary in this regard – the descriptions say it all!*
Read more about the methodology we used for this article here. (Please note that PayScale.com does not offer information on Puerto Rican universities so that category was omitted from this particular article).
*While we typically use the schools’ websites as our primary source for information, most of these schools’ websites were only available in Spanish. As such, we used a combination of our own translations, web-assisted translations, and Wikipedia articles to corroborate the details we present below.
10. Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Metro
The Metro campus of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico features an active student body and fast-paced environment that is reminiscent of many of the most popular urban universities in the United States.
Cafes, libraries, beautiful gardens, computer labs, and fitness centers adorn a modern campus that is replete with high-tech facilities.
Students who aren’t satisfied with the limitations of this spacious campus can venture out to the many popular hang out spots in Cupey, which include great dining and entertainment options that won’t break the bank.
And when you consider the wealth of events and activities that the school sponsors each year, including the “Sport Zone” and “Inter Metro Tiger Dance,” (plus the school’s extremely selective 22% acceptance rate) it’s easy to see how this university is one of the best, most affordable universities in Puerto Rico.
Net Price: $8,102
9. Universal Technology College of Puerto Rico
At the end of the day, most college students are just looking for an education that will lead to a good job and a steady income.
For practical students, the Universal Technology College of Puerto Rico, or simply “UniTec,” is one of the best colleges in Puerto Rico and an expert in career training.
Most notably, the administration recognizes that the economy is constantly changing and that “learning is not static”; as such, courses regularly evolve to keep pace with the needs of both the regional and global community.
Academic programs focus on health, industrial technology, and business, and the curriculum emphasizes real-world applications – an approach that has earned UniTec a strong 68% graduation rate (the second highest on the island)!
Net Price: $4,742