Aug 20, 2017

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico isn’t a state. It is considered a self-governing overseas territory of the United States. Under this special status, the President of the United States is the Chief of State, although the island has its own elected governor and legislature. Puerto Ricans enjoy all the rights and obligations of U.S. citizens, except for the right to vote in presidential elections and the obligation to pay federal taxes.

puerto_rico_300x200Officially known as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the territory consists of an archipelago and a number of islands. It is located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico has a total population of 3,620,897 (July 2014 estimate). In addition to the capital, San Juan, other cities include Ponce, Mayagüez, Bayamón, Fajardo, San GermánCayey, and Caguas.

Tourism is an important contributor to the economy, with the island receiving millions of visitors every year. Other major industries include chemicals, machinery, and foodstuffs. More than 70 percent of the rum sold in the U.S. comes from Puerto Rico.

There are a number of colleges and universities in Puerto Rico, including the University of Puerto Rico, which has 11 campuses, Turabo University, and the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. English and Spanish are the two official languages. The latter is the main language of instruction in the school system although English is also offered.

Top Reasons to Study in Puerto Rico

  • Quality of Life: Puerto Ricans are known for their warmth and friendliness. As well as being a multicultural community, Puerto Rico offers an excellent mix of attractions, including a year-round warm tropical climate, six different ecosystems, coral reefs, and more.
  • Employment Prospects: Tourism is the major employer in the state, and students looking to enter the industry may want to consider Puerto Rico as an option.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Puerto Rico, contact the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Inter American University of Puerto Rico: Metropolitan Campus Business,Education,Security/Protective Services Private >10,000 Request Info
University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez Business,Education,Social Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info
University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Business,Communications,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
Turabo University Business,Health,Liberal Arts Private >10,000 Request Info

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