Location: Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Percentage of women on campus: 58%
Tuition: $1,200- $2,000 a semester, depending on your course load.
Acceptance rate: 66%
Sports: 16 men’s sports, 12 women’s sports
Most popular majors: Biological Sciences, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Chemical Engineering
Greek life: On campus you will find many sororities, the most recognized are: Eta Gamma Delta (ΗΓΔ), Mu Alpha Phi (ΜΑΦ), Rho Omicron Sigma (ΡΘΣ), Eta Phi Zeta (ΗΦΖ), Sigma Delta Nu (ΣΔΝ), and Rho Omicron Chi (ΡΘΧ).
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Why Choose UPRM?
“University Web Racking has ranked UPRM the #1 University in our beautiful Puerto Rico.”
“You’ll have beautiful beaches in your backyard”
“UPRM has the best engineering programs, a variety of engineering companies recruit many students before graduation.”
“I chose UPRM because students are very down to earth and it’s a very green campus.”
“I came to UPRM because I wanted to study Comparative Literature and be close to my home, so moving to Rio Piedras wasn’t an option. At first it took me a while to get used to the campus but I came to love it all, especially the open spaces and student life.”
"Best student diversity! Colegiales are known to be very engaging, intelligent and a little crazy. It's easy to make friends and find people you're comfortable with."
"The spots between Monzón and Celis are great for relaxing, doing yoga and studying peacefully."
"I've had great professors during my studies here. There are many who genuinely care about their students and project their passion for teaching in all of their classes. There is also a great variety of courses and some very interesting classes to choose from, like German and Topics in Cinema."
"One of the best things about Colegio are the sports facilities: the tracks, tennis and racquetball courts and the Natatorium are very well maintained."
"Definitely, one of the best things about El Colegio is the school spirit that brings all the “colegiales” together. Students here are very proud of their university and demonstrate it any chance they get, whether it's a basketball game or a student trip to Ecuador."
"The best things about El Colegio are its students and the social scene. There is always something to do on and off campus; whether it's going to La Bosque or Madridz, attending a Choir concert or a play, there is no reason to find yourself bored."
“I love our campus, when I first arrived and saw all of the age old trees and architecture amazed me and I also love my professors, the passionate ones, they may make my semester a living hell but I know it is all for my professional fulfillment.”
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“I think the student center should have a/c, and the parking space definitely needs improvement.”
“Area Blanca gets flooded, that should be dealt with.”
“Daily at 2pm you will surely receive the undesired rain, so be prepared! Always have an umbrella, poncho and even rain boots if you hate getting your toes wet.”
“The bathrooms in the generals building called “Chardón” aren’t relatively hygienic.”
“Sign boards of some classrooms and buildings need improvement, also the transportation around campus; trolleys don’t function in established schedule.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“Before you begin your new semester you will have your freshman orientation in which you receive a tour of the campus. Your tour guides, upperclassmen, are always willing to answer any questions as well as give freshman advice. Also, you’re given a detailed guide of the locations of the buildings in which you will be taking class.”
“UPRM does not offer on campus university housing for students in any year. The school site does however, list independent housing options near campus.”
“It’s normal for freshmen to go out more than they study. Being a freshman is not so terrible, you’ll get scream at occasionally as “prepa!”, but you’ll get used to it.”
“As a freshman I got thrown eggs at ‘la calle Bosque’.”
“Everyone is very welcoming. When I moved to Mayagüez I didn’t know a thing about the city but I managed to survive.”
“I remember walking all the long routes, because I didn’t know the buildings’shortcuts.”
“Your college experience is completely up to you. You want to be friends with some cool introverts? Make your way to “la Cueva Tarzán”. You want to play pool or meet up with nerdy maniacs with a sick game system, go to the back of the third floor in the student center. Is chilling out your thing? Go to “la placita de Chardón” and pick a bench.”
All about Academics
“We are on top of the lists for one reason; the professors make sure you learn your material the right way, which might translate to you a lot of all-nighters and endless hours in the library.”
“The most know majors and departments are engineering and agriculture.”
“All departments are demanding there is a saying that goes: ‘antes, ahora y siempre, clavao!’ I understood it after my first semester.”
“Your final undergraduate project depends on the major. For example if you’re engineering major you’ll have to do a Capstone project; whereas, if you’re Humanities major you’ll have to write a “tesina”, which is shorter than a thesis but similar.
“Course enrollment is very difficult, because of the turns. If you’re an athlete or band member, you’ll have enrollment on the first day; which means you’ll get all the classes you want and with the professors you want. To the rest of the student body this means you’ll have to have in mind several professors of the same course and also keep in mind that you may not find the class.”
“Academic fulfillment depends on your study habits and enthusiasm to get good grades.”
“The library is usually packed until it closes, and so are the local coffee shops.”
Learn from the best
“If you want to learn about philosophy or ethics don’t think twice about taking a class with Halley Sanchez”
“You have the opportunity to do COOPs- in biology with Professor Carlos Muñoz.”
“Always go to the office hours because its a great opportunity to get to know your professor and your class.”
“Don’t be afraid to speak out in your classes."
“There are a lot of fun classes available, like Topics in Cinema, Puerto Rican Music, Introduction to Opera, Physics of the Body.”
"The work load is tough compared to other universities but it the sacrifice is worth it.”
“Antes ahora y siempre... colgao”
“Our classes are not impossible, the first thing you have to learn is TIME MANAGMENT.”
Interest and Involvement
“There are a TON of different associations, suitable for a diverse student body”
“Students usually get involved in all kinds of clubs, no matter what major. Engineering associations are the most known, also Biology has a wide variety of students associations.”
“Getting involved with clubs and students associations will help you to know more students definitely. It will also help you polishing your time-management skills, leadership, and communication skills.”
“Students associations are very active on campus and are always looking for new members.”
“ By Cartero- a system the university uses to send all of the announcements- you will know about all of the activities on campus.”
“Here, honor societies are invite only.”
“Late in the afternoon you can see a lot of activity on campus- work-out options are a lot, like going to the pool, zumba classes, tennis, etc”
“Participate in any and every association you like, it’s a great place to meet new people who have the same interest as you.”
“The Orgullo colegial goes a long way, all of us are very proud of being part of this institution.”
“If you are not interested in being part of the team but loving practicing the sport, you will always find company, the courts, the gym and the pool are always full of students”
“Our volleyball and basketball teams are the most known and catch the students’ attention. Although, when it’s Justas season, which is in spring, all sports events get crowded by UPRM fans.”
“Athletes get initiated when joining the teams and they usually hang out in their groups.”
“Just as we cheer in our courts we root for our innovative students who participate on investigations and researches.”
“There are a lot of all-girl associations- we run this world”
“There are some organizations in Engineering that are especially for women engineers.”
“I believe we are very independent, there is even a class on feminism.”
“If she is in UPRM she has brains “
“It’s very common being a woman on-campus.”
“Girls usually wear shorts, because of the weather.”
“When it comes to your outfit- nobody will judge you if you repeat those shorts”
“A great thing about UPRM hangouts is that you can go dressed just like you went to your afternoon class.”
Food & Drink
“On my freshman year, the only thing I ate was pizza.”
“Always keep an eye out for student discounts- a lot of nearby restaurants offer them.”
“We have one dining hall that has a very varied menu. The pizzas are the preferred food.”
“Mayaguez Town Center has a food court and it’s just a walk away from campus.”
“Because I gained 20 pounds as a freshman I forced myself to learn how to cook.”
“Even after a hardcore hang out there are food options available.”
“If you get tired of cafeteria food a lot of options are available a short walk away.”
“Going out on the weekend in Mayagüez? Hell no, those three days are for recovering from our exhausting week."
“Freaky Mondays are the best"
“Greek life is not so noticeable on campus”
“I always go to imagenda parties, they sure know how to do it."
“We miss Calle Bosque’s hangout”
“Paying for a hang out was not an option”
“Mayaguez is known because you can go out with $5 and come back with a promising hangover.”
“On Thursdays Mayaguez is the place to be- students from around the island come to hang out on la calle “
“Alcohol use is very prevalent and weed is the drug of choice.”
“If you’re involved in the Greek life, you’ll have parties and you’ll mostly hang out with your sorority sisters.”
“UPRM students have a major drinking problem- it is very available everywhere.”
“When I moved out of my house, freshman year, I felt like a grown-up, very independent. A big part of that transition from high school is all of the miscellaneous responsibilities you have to deal with, like going grocery shopping, cleaning etc”
“It was nice not having my parents on my case everyday”
“The best part of having your own place- NO CURFEW”
“Apartment hunting was very stressful, I couldn’t find the right one. Fortunately I did and I love having my own space away from home.”
“When looking for apartment you will have a lot of possibilities, from living with nuns, all girls, alone, with your best friend etc”
“You’ll experience more walk of shame’s than you have ever imagined.”
“Having no parents around means you can even go out on Mondays”
“If you don’t do housing you can have college responsibilities with high school privileges.”
“When I first arrived I hated it because I couldn’t find anything to do but now, I have a whole list of places to go, you just have to explore.”
“It is a college town- everything- mostly, revolves around student life.”
“The thing I like the most about Mayagüez is that everything is near by”
“ I love the fact that I can go to my morning classes and still catch some sun in the gorgeous beaches”
“There are a few places that offer restaurant quality lunches, like: Siglo XX, Ricomini, Mana’s and Don Quijote. If you’re looking for some dinning places there is Bonsai Sushi Bar, Paladares and Aljibe.”
“West side food means fresh seafood at local restaurants”
“ The peacefulness! On weekends the city seems to slow down, its a great city to live in.”
HC's Complete College Guide: University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
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