The University of Puerto Rico in Ponce (UPR-Ponce) is based upon a tradition of academic excellence, since 1970, when it was founded as a Unit of the University of Puerto Rico System.

It is the only Higher Education institution of the University of Puerto Rico in the South of the Island that offers Associate Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, and Transfer programs. Its graduates have greatly contributed to the economic transformation of Puerto Rico. At the moment, Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration, Office Systems, Computer Sciences, Elementary Education, Athletic Therapy, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences are being offered. The University of Puerto Rico in Ponce is committed to the fulfillment of the academic needs of its students and the community of the region it serves.

Natural Science students that complete the admission requirements of their programs are admitted to the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine, and the School of Medicine of Ponce, among others. In a same way, students of the Engineering Articulate Program that fulfill their program transfer requirements are accepted in the Engineering Program of the University of Puerto Rico, University Campus of Mayagüez, and other institutions.

Students participate in competitions, projects, conventions and exchange programs in Puerto Rico and outside the Island, for example: The Summer Exchange Program: Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), The Intercollegiate Olympics of Mathematics in the Calculus Area, The International Studies and Student Exchange Program, The Congressional Exchange Program in Washington, The Honors Program Annual Convention, The Summer Study Trip Program, and Choir Festivals, among others.

Graduates of the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce have been very successful in passing licensing exams and bar exams for different professions. Moreover, Unit professors constantly stand out due to their creative and research production which enriches and fortifies the quality of their teaching.

The Dean of Student Affairs Office has developed a great variety of student organizations that foster leadership and planning skills. Some of these organizations are: Alpha Computer Association, American Marketing Association, Cheerleaders Association, Band Students Association, Accounting Students Association, Choir Students Association, Finance Students Association , Forensic Psychology Students Association, Psychology and Mental Health Students Association, Athletic Therapy Students Association, Physical Therapy Students Association, Honor Program Students Association, Alumni Association, Office Systems Association , Mathematics Students Association, Cultural Circle Guateke, Premedical Circle, Esencia y Palabra Literary Circle, Chemistry Club, University Christian Youth, Counseling Students Organization, Phi Beta Lambda, Mascarada Productions, Athletic Society, Astronomy Society, Biology Honorary Society, Society for the Human Resources Management, and the Student Organization Derribando Barreras para un Mundo Mejor. This last organization works in collaboration with the Orientation and Counseling Department to offer help to students with disabilities.

In the athletic area, our students have been proclaimed champions in masculine and feminine tournaments of the Interuniversity Sports Organization (ODI) and in the University Athletics relay championships. At the moment, the University is member of the University Athletic League (LAI).

The University of Puerto Rico in Ponce has a warm hearted campus atmosphere and a curriculum of excellence as well as support services that foster the success of students in a complex, global economy world filled with values and ethical challenges for its citizens.