University of Puerto Rico main campus, the first public university of Puerto Rico

The University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras serves more than 20,000 students. It is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university “high research activity”

UPR-RP is the largest campus in terms of student population of the University of Puerto Rico System, and Puerto Rico’s first public university. Its academic offerings range from the bachelor to the doctoral degree.


Legally established, the University of Puerto Rico started its first academic year (1903–1904) with an enrollment of 173 students. Due to the scarcity of teachers in the island, most of these students were appointed by the Department of Public Instruction to teach at schools without having finished four years of college. The first graduating class (June 1907) consisted of 13 students.
On September 22, 1913, the departments of Law and Pharmacology were established. The university at the time required only an 8th grade diploma, but with the expansion of its courses, this requirement changed.

La Torre-The Tower

The iconic university clock tower was built in 1937 and christened as the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Tower, in honor of that U.S. president and his interest in the building of the university.

Campus and academic facilities

The UPRRP is considered the heart of the commercial and cultural area of Río Piedras, located in the central region of the capital city of San Juan. It is easily accessible via public transportation, including the Urban Train. It is easily identified at a distance by its landmark tower.
Economically sought. Educational cost are excellent in comparison to stateside a by a great margin.


The Río Piedras campus provides housing in three residence halls:

  • “Torre del Norte”; a 22-story building localized within a block of the campus. It has capacity to house 437 students in double and single units.
  • “ResiCampus”; located within the campus consists of a structure of nine floors and has a capacity to house 354 students.
  • “Plaza Universitaria”; administered by a private company in consortium to UPR offers housing to undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Besides what the university offers you will find plenty of apartments for rent.


The Campus serves more than 20,000 students.

At the campus you will find a complete and broad spectrum in education:
School of Architecture
College of Business Administration
School of Communication
College of Education
College of General Studies
College of Humanities
School of Law
College of Natural Sciences
College of Social Sciences
Graduate School of Planning
Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies
Continuing Education Division, and more….

Three blocks away from the UPR-RP is Dreams Hotel, small, green, budget hotel with rates from $53 usd per night tax included for a room of one full size bed.

For reservations 787-688-5818 or at

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