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American University of Puerto Rico



American University of Puerto Rico
P.O.Box 602037
Bayamón P.R. 00960-2037


The American University of Puerto Rico, founded in 1963, is a private, co-educational liberal arts university with campuses in Bayamon and Manati that serve the north-central region of Puerto Rico. Located on a 21-acre campus in an urban setting, AUPR offers undergraduate studies in arts, business administration, education, and sciences, and graduate studies in criminal justice and education. The Manati campus is comprised of seven acres.

The American University of Puerto Rico has an "open door" admissions policy. There are over 3,600 undergraduate students enrolled at the AUPR. The typical student in the semester program is a young adult between 18 and 24 years of age who comes from a family of limited resources. Usually students are the first generation to attend college in their immediate family. There are about 62 full-time and more than 180 part-time faculty members. The student to faculty ratio is 14 to one.

Academic programs are offered at three levels: associate, bachelor's and master's degrees. Courses are available to students in either a semester calendar for students interested in daytime courses or a quarter calendar for students who prefer evening courses.

Quick Facts

  • Entrance is noncompetitive. All applicants are admitted.

  • AUPR was originally established as American Junior College to serve business professionals seeking post-secondary diplomas and became a university in 1988.

  • Most students come from the north central part of Puerto Rico, from San Juan to Arecibo, where more than 20 percent of the total island population lives.

  • The retention rate is more than 70 percent at the Bayamon campus and more than 65 percent at the Manati Campus.

  • More than 80 percent of freshmen continue into their second year at the American University of Puerto Rico.

  • This school profile has been compiled and updated by The CollegeBound Network. The school is not affiliated with The CollegeBound Network and shall not be considered a sponsor of this program.

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