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University of Puerto Rico at Humacao

The University of Puerto Rico, Humacao Campus (also known as UPRH or UPR-Humacao) is a public state university in Humacao, Puerto Rico. The campus is home to the UPRH Astronomical Observatory, and graduates more majors in chemistry, physics, and mathematics than any other higher education institution island-wide.

University of Puerto Rico, Humacao Campus
Seal of the UPR Humacao
Seal of the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
Latin: Universitatis Portoricensis Humacao
MottoAlways Owls
TypePublic Sea-grant Space-grant
EndowmentUS $2,739 million
PresidentDr. Darrel Hillman
RectorDr. Hector Ríos Maury
DeanDr. Carlos A. Galiano Quiñones
Academic staff
Administrative staff
PR-908, KM 1.2
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CampusUrban, 62 acres
ColorsGold, Gray and Wine               
AthleticsPuerto Rico Inter-university Athletics League
NicknameBúhos (Masculine) and Búhas (Feminine)
AffiliationsMiddle States Commission on Higher Education

Association of American Colleges and Universities American Council on Education Council for Higher Education Accreditation American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education National Collegiate Honors Council Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities NYU Faculty Resource Network

Puerto Rico University Association of Honor Programs
SportsBasketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Olympic Swimming, Track and Field, Weightlifting, Judo, Table Tennis, Wrestling, Baseball, Gymnastics, and other events
MascotThe Owl
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The main entrance of the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao Campus.
The main entrance of the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao Campus.

UPRH has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) since 1965. The campus is also a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the NYU Faculty Resource Network. The Águedo Mojica Marrero Library (UPRH Library) is a member of the Association of Colleges and Research Libraries (ACRL). The Department of Counseling Services, Psychology and Social Work are accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).[1] Also, the UPR Humacao campus is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and of the Puerto Rico University Association of Honor Programs.

The University of Puerto Rico at Humacao is the #4 top ranked campus in the UPR system. Also, the UPR ranks #589 worldwide and #13 in Latin America according to the 2017 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities,[2] and ranks #541 worldwide and #18 in Latin American based on the 2017 SCImago Institutions Rankings.[3]


In 1962, the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao was founded as the first UPR Regional College providing students from the eastern region of the country access to the University of Puerto Rico and facilitating the transfer to other UPR units with higher levels of academic offerings. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools gave the Regional College its first accreditation in 1965. From 1967 to 1972, the institution established around 8 associate degrees in Administrative Sciences, Health Sciences, and Arts.

The UPRH aerial view.

In 1973, the Regional College was renamed as the Humacao University College (also known as CUH) approved by the Legislature of Puerto Rico, and started offering bachelor degrees in Arts and Sciences. Between 1973 and 1987 over 18 bachelor degrees were established and offered. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation gave the CUH its autonomy permitting the designation of the first rector (chancellor) and directive bodies.

The University of Puerto Rico Board of Trustees changed the institution's name in 1999 to the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao. Nowadays, the UPRH is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers over 26 undergraduate programs, including 5 associate degrees.[1]


The UPR Humacao campus offers more than 26 undergraduate major programs, through 10 departments in Natural Sciences, Administrative Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, and Arts. Based on a semester system, the UPRH academic calendar is composed of three academic semesters each year. The academic year begins in the fall, running from August to December. The spring semester begins in January and ends in May. The summer semester is optional to the students that generally span around six weeks, from either late in May or early in June until July.


More than 4,000 students were enrolled at the UPR Humacao campus in the 2016–17 academic year, including approximately 3,628 undergraduate students.[4] The Fall 2016 Freshman class of approximately 990 students earned admission to the university campus with an average SAT score of 1458 – 1809 (out of 2400). UPRH is the most powerful campus in the eastern region of the Island, with students representing every east municipality, including the municipality-islands of Vieques and Culebra; and also students from all around the Island, US, and other countries.

As of the Fall 2016 semester, the student diversity profile of the university consisted of: 86.5% Hispanic/Latino, 13.1% Unknown Ethnicity, 0.2% White, 0.2% Black/African-American, and 0.1% Asian.[5] Also, the campus had 63.9 percent female students and 36.1 percent male students.[6]

Departments by FacultyEdit

Natural SciencesEdit

  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Physics and Electronics
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Chemistry

Administrative SciencesEdit

  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Office Systems Administration

Health SciencesEdit

  • Department of Nursing
  • Department of Physical Therapy
  • Department of Occupational Therapy

Social SciencesEdit

  • Department of Social Sciences


  • Department of Communication Technologies
  • Department of English
  • Department of Humanities
  • Department of Social Work
  • Department of Spanish

The Academic Honors Program (PAH, by its Spanish acronym) from the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao was established in 1989. The Program enrolls students from all faculties of the UPRH who are prepared to comply with the requirements of it (a total of 11 credits): a research seminar, an independent study, an undergraduate thesis, and a third language; and its objective is to complement and enrich, within an interdisciplinary framework, the actual curriculum of students whose desires are to pursue graduated studies. The Academic Honors Program of the UPR Humacao campus is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and of the Puerto Rico University Association of Honor Programs.

Unique ProgramsEdit

UPRH lies in the east of the island, highlighting the chemical-pharmaceutical and electronics as well as several areas of ecological and tourist value. To meet the demand for labor in that region UPRH offers unique baccalaureate programs in the UPR system and Puerto Rico in:

Also, other unique major programs that UPRH offers are:

This campus has been the scene of the Dove Project Sabanera, native species threatened with extinction, Project Moonbuggy for designing lunar vehicles, and maintains the Microbial Observatory of the Salinas in Cabo Rojo sponsored by the National Science Foundation.[7] On April 2017, the UPR Humacao team won the first place in the university category during the fourth competition of NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge which was held at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.[8]


The faculty is composed of the Chancellor, the Dean of Academic Affairs, the academic department directors, and the teaching staff of the University. As of Fall 2016, the student to faculty ratio for the UPRH 16:1, and there was more than 223 instructional faculty at the campus.[9] Fifty percent of the faculty has doctoral degree and forty percent has mastery. Thirty-nine percent of the teaching staff held the rank of University Full Professor. In the same way, 359 non-teaching employees worked in the institution, of which fifty percent were female; fifteen of these employees had a master's degree, forty percent had baccalaureate, ten percent had an associate degree, and thirty-five percent had non-university education.

UPRH faculty continue to be recognized on the academic stage constantly by many national agencies and associations as the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, the Partnership for Research and Education in Materials, National Science Foundation, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, the Puerto Rico Board of Accountacy, and the Emeritus Professor award. In June 2017, the International Astronomical Union assigned the name (11456) Cotto-Figueroa to the asteroid previously known as 1981 EK9 in recognition of the scientific researches executed by the Professor Desireé Cotto Figueroa, Director of the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao.[10]


The first UPRH Commencement ceremony was held in 1968 where 4 associate degrees were conferred (Accounting, Management, Nursing, and Secretarial Sciences). In the 2016–2017 academic year, the UPR Humacao campus awarded more than 574 undergraduate degrees, having 31 Summa Cum Laude, 127 Magna Cum Laude, and 80 Cum Laude academic distinctions. Commencement ceremonies are held once a year, at the end of the second semester of the academic year. Students that complete graduation requirements at the end of the summer session or in the first academic year, may request a Graduation Certificate at the Registrar’s Office on which will be reflected that they have completed their studies.


The Aguedo Mojica Marrero Library (UPRH Library).

The UPR Humacao library (or Águedo Mojica Marrero Library) is one the largest and most comprehensive library in the UPR System. In addition to creating active collections, the library keeps 99,774 volumes in its book collection, 66,230 journal titles, and it is subscribed to 2 newspapers. The Library is located in a three story building that has 88,000 square feet. It has six (6) reading rooms, more than 56 computers, two (2) microfiche readers, eleven (11) individual study rooms, and 148 cubicles. The library can accommodate 589 users. The integration of the IT infrastructure with the bibliographic infrastructure facilitates the creation of skill development information programs that supplements those of the classrooms and the training of users in the handling of electronic resources applied to the academic work. The library personnel and professional librarians have managed to turn the Institution into the home of very important biblio-technological projects, such as CONUCO (Puerto Rican journals database) and EMEUPR (authorities’ Spanish database of the UPR).

The UPRH’s Library uses the University of Puerto Rico automated system known as Horizon and is connected to the Internet through various means. This IT infrastructure facilitates the sharing within the UPR libraries and the sharing with other academic entities around the world. Also, since 2008 the Águedo Mojica Marrero Library is a member of the Association of Colleges and Research Libraries (ACRL).


Recently, the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao received a 3 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) program in collaboration with the University of Pensilvania (PENN). Research conducted through the collaboration will focus on two nanotechnology-related topics: multi-functional nanodevices from optoelectronic materials and nanoscale interactions of macromolecules at soft and hard interfaces.[11]

The UPRH is part of the Space-Grant Consortium by NASA that is focused in the research, education, and workforce development of Puerto Rico in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.[12] Also, UPR Humacao have the Sea-Grant program dedicated to the scientific research in marine and coastal resources, and its conservation in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean region.[13]

Public Health RelevanceEdit

The Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR) Program of the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao increases the number of underrepresented minority students that will pursue graduate studies in the Biomedical Sciences and complete a Ph.D., Ph.D./D.V.M. or M.D./Ph.D. degree in disciplines relevant to biomedical research. The MARC U-STAR program provides intensive research training, critical thinking development, communication skills development, interpersonal skills development, and preparation for entrance to graduate school.

Accredited ProgramsEdit

Twelve of the UPRH undergraduate programs are accredited by the following professional agencies:

Campus lifeEdit

The UPR Humacao campus provides multiple services and necessary resources for students to be successful both in the classroom and in their personal lives. Under the Division of Student Affairs, UPRH students have access to involvement opportunities, dining facilities, recreational outlets, health and wellness services, fitness center, and more.

Also, the campus provides:

  • internet access
  • computers in libraries, student center and labs
  • email account provided by school
  • career counseling, interest Inventory, and resume assistance
  • birth control, personal, academic, and psychological counseling
  • library on campus, and non-remedial tutoring
  • hospital on campus

UPRH Astronomical ObservatoryEdit

The Astronomical Observatory of the UPR Humacao.

The Astronomical Observatory is in the Physics (Science) building on the campus. Donated by NASA to the UPR in the late 60's, the UPR Humacao Astronomical Observatory was founded in 1985 being a major island-wide resource in astronomy. The observatory also serves the Astronomical Society of Puerto Rico, school teachers, science fair students, radio and television stations. The sun and moon Eclipses are broadcast live from the observatory, making it one of the best known facilities in the University and the best attraction of the campus.[14]

Also, it is located on top of the fourth floor of the Science Building; and has a dark/storage room, computers room, and visitors room underneath. The UPR Humacao Astronomical Observatory is open to the entire University community and general public in the island free of any charges on most Thursday nights and the talks can be in Spanish, English or both (depending on the audience), always welcoming questions during the presentation.[15]

Cultural ActivitiesEdit

UPRH stimulates literary, musical and theatrical creation in the university community, through various events to present the art-works, such as contests, festivals and recitals. Also, provides the opportunity to the talent of the university community through the creation of projects, exhibitions and presentations that serve as artistic experiences that reinforce their learning process in our Institution.

Student AssociationsEdit

There are a wide variety of registered student organizations at UPRH, including academic, professional, special interest, and multicultural groups. UPR Humacao students are welcome to join existing organizations or create their own.


The UPR Humacao campus have a chapter of Nu Sigma Beta Fraternity (ΝΣΒ).

Casa Roig MuseumEdit

Casa Roig Museum was donated by the Roig family to the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao and opened its doors to the public on 1989. Since then, it has been a historical footprint and testimony of the prairie style adapted to the tropic, and a cultural dissemination center.

Campus populationEdit

  • Students: 3,628
  • Faculty: 223
  • Administrative Staff: 353


UPRH Athletics Park (Aerial View).

The university currently sponsors 17 varsity men's and women's sports, including:[16]

Men's Women's


Olympic Swimming

Table Tennis





Other Sports



Olympic Swimming

Table Tennis





Other Sports

Alumni AssociationEdit

The UPR Humacao is part of the Association of the University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA).[17] The alumni of the UPR are an active part of the academic community and receive benefits at the same time that they contribute to the development of their Alma Mater, for the benefit of the generations to come. They work together with the Office of Development and Alumni of Central Administration to design, promote and implement comprehensive programs including social, cultural and service-oriented events in an effort to strengthen alumni ties. Also, the UPR alumni contributes in scholarship funds, restoration of facilities and/or manifestations of arts, support for cultural activities, recognition and tributes, educational and social activities.

Notable PeopleEdit

Name Role Faculty Class
Eladio Carrión Comedian Arts 2016
Itzamar Peña Ramírez Senator of Puerto Rico Social Work 1996
Eric Bachier Román Puerto Rico Politician Chemistry 1996
Aníbal Meléndez Rivera Puerto Rico Politician Business Administration 1969


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