College Profile: Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo

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The Inter American University of Puerto Rico —or Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (UIPR) in Spanish, and often referred as Inter— is a private university system in Puerto Rico. It was founded in 1912 in San German, Puerto Rico. It is composed of 9 campuses and two specialized schools. It is the largest private institution on the island and in all of the Caribbean, and in 1944 it became the first institution outside the continental United States to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It has 45 exclusive programs, ranging from Associate Degrees in Medical Emergencies, Photography, Optical Science Technology; Bachelor Degrees in Popular Music, Food Technology, Small Business Administration, Biotechnology, to Master Degrees in Anesthesia, Fine Arts, Electronic Commerce, Criminal Justice, and International Business It is the leader in distance education with 8 academic programs offered entirely online and more than 300 online courses and the only higher education institution on the island that has an all English trimester program in the Metro Campus. It has the only Airway Science program in the Caribbean and the only Optometry School in the Caribbean and Latin America, being the main provider of bilingual optometrists in the world.
Bo San Daniel Sector Las Canelas Highway #2 Km 80.4
Arecibo, PR
7878785-475-3268 (general)
7878785-475-2275 (financial aid)
7878785-475-2268 (admissions)

Mission Statement

The Arecibo Campus, as a part of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico System, promotes the development and integral formation of the student, developing humanistic, and Christian values; and social, scientific, and technological knowledge which will allow them to face the social and personal reality in a critical and creative manner. This academic unit affirms itself as primarily dedicated to the teaching and learning process, to stimulate the development of new knowledge, and to offer community service. The educational mission of the Arecibo Campus proposes to offer academic programs in natural sciences and technology, the health-allied professions, education, and economic and administrative sciences throough degree programs offerings Masters, Bachelors, and Associate Degrees. The Mission of the Arecibo Camus emphasizes the development of scientific and technological programs, and sciences and professions related to health, and business administration. The practical experience in the specialized laboratories, the supervised practice in the world of work, and the research throughout in the curriculum will characterize the educational experience of the students of the Arecibo Campus.

General Information
Other Names
Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Control Private not-for-profit
Size 1,000 - 4,999
Campus Setting City: Small
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Not applicable

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsYes Placement services for completers
No On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
Yes ROTCYes Distance learning opportunities
Yes ROTC: ArmyNo Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyNo Weekend/evening college
No ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
More info

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo Website

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy No
Admission test scores Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Neither required nor recommended

Applicants (most recent fall period)
Admissions (most recent fall period)
Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
4,935 Student Body SizeNo On-Campus Housing
1,785 Fall Applicants0 Total Dormitory Capacity
710 Fall Admissions

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