EARTH University

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EARTH University
Universidad EARTH
EARTH Logo.png
Established 1990[1]
Type Private
President Dr. José Zaglul
Provost Daniel Sherrard
Students 410
Location Guácimo, Limón, Costa Rica
Campus Rural

EARTH University (Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda),[2] located in Guácimo, Limón and EARTH University – La Flor, in Guanacaste – both locations in Costa Rica – is a private non-profit university which offers an undergraduate program leading to a licenciatura degree in agricultural sciences.


In the 1980s, EARTH University was developed through a partnership between a group of Costa Ricans, the United States Agency for International Development(USAID), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Costa Rican Government.[3] The cornerstone of the first campus building was laid on 2 April 1989 and the campus and first academic year were inaugurated on 26 March 1990.[1]

Admissions and student body[edit]

Currently, EARTH has about 400 students enrolled from 33 different countries. 39 percent of the student body is women and 76 percent is from rural communities.[4] Each enrolling class comprises about 100 students chosen from about 1,300 applicants. Most students receive scholarships to cover all or part of the $15,000 tuition.[5]


The 52,981 m2 (570,280 sq ft) campus on a 33.76 km2 (8,340 acres) property[1] in Guácimo includes educational facilities, a library specializing in agricultural and environmental topics, laboratories, a rainforest reserve with primary and secondary forests, and a farm dedicated to agricultural and cattle production. The second campus, EARTH-La Flor, was donated to the university in 2005 by the family of Daniel Oduber Quirós, a previous president of Costa Rica. EARTH-La Flor is 3,700 acres (15 km2).[4]

Tree planting[edit]

EARTH Plants the Future was a tree planting project organized by the university and its graduates as part of its twentieth anniversary celebration. They planned to plant at least 200,000 trees[clarification needed What kinds of trees?] in more than 26 countries where its alumni reside for World Environment Day on 5 June 2010.[6]


  1. ^ Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda EARTH, December 1999. (Spanish)
  2. ^ EARTH University. "EARTH Facts: Timeline". EARTH University. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b EARTH University. "About EARTH: EARTH Facts". EARTH University. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  4. ^ The good Earth The Gainesville Sun, 2009-04-23.
  5. ^ Sembrarán más de 200.000 árboles Prensa Libre, 2010-03-06. (Spanish)

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Coordinates: 10°12′04.48″N 83°36′21.60″W / 10.2012444°N 83.6060000°W / 10.2012444; -83.6060000