Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí

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Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (UASLP)
Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Motto Siempre Autónoma por Mi Patria Educaré
Motto in English
"Always autonomous, for my fatherland's sake, I shall teach."
Type Public university
Established 1923
President Manuel Fermín Villar Rubio
Students 18,133 (2000)[citation needed]
Undergraduates 17,221 (2000)[citation needed]
Postgraduates 912 (2000)[citation needed]
Location San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Colors Blue and yellow         
Website www.uaslp.mx

The Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí (in Spanish: Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, UASLP) is a public university in Mexico. It is the largest university in the state of San Luis Potosí. Among other historic milestones, in 1923 UASLP was the first university in Mexico to have autonomy constitutionally granted.[1]


The oldest antecedent of UASLP is a Jesuit college founded in 1624 in the city of San Luis Potosí to teach literacy, secondary and high school studies. In 1825 governor Ildefonso Díaz de León was directly involved in the creation of the Colegio Guadalupano Josefino. Opening on 2 June 1826, the college initially included academic programs in Humanities, Philosophy, Theology and Law. A Medicine program was added six years later. The first rector was Manuel María de Gorriño y Arduengo. Unfortunately, teachers were not always available and due to political and civil unrest there were times, especially in the 19th century, the college had to suspend classes on a temporary basis. Also, in 1855 the Medicine program was closed.kml

During the Mexican Revolution, when some properties of the Roman Catholic Church were seized, the main college buildings (including the library and the astronomical observatory) were confiscated from the Church. However, the college continued working although only the Instituto Científico y Literario was able to grant degrees.

On 10 January 1923, governor Rafael Nieto issued Decree No. 106, which established the University of San Luis Potosí. The academic structure of the new institution included the faculties of Medicine, Law, Chemistry and Business. It also included the Civil Hospital, the San Luis Potosí Public Library, the State Meteorological Observatory, and the normal school for training teachers. The 1923 Decree granted autonomy to the University.

More recently, in 1949, the Decree Number 53, under Article 100 the Political Constitution of the State of San Luis Potosí, changed the name of the institution into its current one of Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí.


UASLP is organized in faculties, schools, coordinations, academic units and departments; it is divided into 12 faculties, 2 schools, 2 coordinations, 2 departments and 2 academic units for different and specific areas. Both undergraduate and graduate studies are available on each faculty. To date, UASLP has a student population of more than 32,000 people, and offers 73 undergraduate programs.[2]


  • Faculty of Accounting and Administration
  • Faculty of Agronomy
  • Faculty of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Faculty of Psychology
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Stomatology
  • Faculty of the Habitat (for architecture, design and building related studies)


  • School of Communication
  • School of Human Studies and Social Sciences
  • School of Library Science (JARC 2012)
  • School Preparatory of Matehuala


  • Academic Coordination, Altiplano Region (Matehuala)


  • University English Language Department (DUI)= Departamento Universitario de Inglés
  • Department of Mathematical Physics

Academic units[edit]

  • Multidisciplinary Academic Unit, Huastec Region (Ciudad Valles)
  • Multidisciplinary Academic Unit, Media Region (Rio Verde)

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Coordinates: 22°09′10″N 100°58′41″W / 22.1528°N 100.978°W / 22.1528; -100.978