Universidad Mayor

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Universidad Mayor
MottoPara Espíritus Emprendedores
Motto in English
For Entrepreneurial Spirits
ChairmanRicardo García
RectorRubén Covarrubias Giordano
Academic staff
CampusSantiago, Temuco
AffiliationsMiddle States Commission for Higher Education

Universidad Mayor is a private university in Santiago, Chile. It was founded in 1988.

Foundation, Growth and Development (1988-2015)[edit]

Universidad Mayor opened its first academic programs in 1988 with bachelor's degrees in Architecture and Engineering with 3 majors; Industrial Engineering, Computer Science and Electronics Engineering which were offered at its Main Campus in Américo Vespucio.

Within a few years, Universidad Mayor became the first private university in Chile to offer Agronomy and Forest Engineering (1989), Veterinary Medicine (1991), Dentistry (1997) and a Medical Residency Program (1998).

In the year 2000, Universidad Mayor also became the first private university in Chile to open a regional campus in the city of Temuco, with degrees in Finance & Accounting, Law, Journalism, Social Work and Psychology adding to a whole range of Baccalaureate Programs available in Santiago including Graphic, Industrial and Interior Design, Art, Business Administration, Nursing, Kinesiology, Obstetrics, Nutrition, Phonoaudiology, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education (1-6), Special Education, Physical Education and Spanish Language and Communications.

All academic programs were grouped into 7 schools and colleges:

  • Architecture Art and Design
  • Agricultural Science
  • Business and Economics
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Medicine

Continuing with its pioneering efforts, in 2013 Universidad Mayor opened a Center of Genomics and Bioinformatics which operates in cooperation with the School of Science, offering the first and only PhD program in Integrative Genomics in Chile [1]

Today, Universidad Mayor is an established educational institution offering 64 Baccalaureate and over 170 Graduate Programs including Master and Doctoral degrees as well as Non-degree programs (Diplomas, Certificates, Licenses, Short Courses and Online Learning) in regular Academic and Continuing Education throughout 11 campuses.

Schools and Campuses[edit]

Universidad Mayor offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees as well as non-degree programs in into 3 main schools plus a Music Conservatory:

  • School of Humanities: Law, Architecture, Business Administration, Public Accounting, Pedagogy, Psycho-pedagogy, Journalism, Public Administration and Sociology.
  • School of Science: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Obstetrics and Puericulture, Nutrition and Dietetics, Kinesiology, Medical Technology, Occupational Therapy, Phonoaudiology, Psychology, Biotechnology, Agronomy, Veterinary Medicine, Forest and Environmental Engineering, Industrial, Computer, Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Construction Management and Geology.
  • School of Arts: Theater, Filmmaking, Digital Computer Animation and Graphic Design.
  • Music Conservatory: Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Harp, Voice (Lyrical and Popular Singing) Musical Composition, Classical Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Musical Instrument Tuition, Double Bass, Viola, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Bassoon, Transverse Flute and Oboe.

The university is organized into 13 different locations, with 11 campuses in Santiago and 1 in Temuco

  • Casa Central (Main Campus)
  • Administrative Offices
  • Alameda
  • Alonso de Córdova
  • Av. Alemania (Temuco)
  • El Claustro
  • Estadio Mayor
  • Huechuraba
  • Manuel Montt
  • República
  • Santo Domingo
  • Music Conservatory
  • Oriente

Rankings and Faculty[edit]

Universidad Mayor ranks among the top 20 schools in Chile according to América Economía 2015 and within the top +201-250 in Latin America as per QS Top Universities Worldwide rankings.

The faculty at Universidad Mayor includes alumni from University of Chile, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, University of Santiago, University of Concepción and Federico Santa María Technical University among others.

National and International Accreditation[edit]

Universidad Mayor is fully accredited in Chile by the National Accreditation Commission (CNA) in Institutional Management and Undergraduate Faculty.

It is also the first university in Chile to be internationally accredited by the United States Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) which defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation activities for institutions of higher education in DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA, PR, and the US Virgin Islands.[2]

Office of International Relations[edit]

Currently, Universidad Mayor has 313 agreements with universities and institutions in 49 countries worldwide, including Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, Spain, Poland, Turkey and the United States.

The Office of International Relations also provides students with the opportunity to take English, French, German and Chinese language courses through special agreements with the British and French Cultural Institutes, the Goethe-Institut, the Confucius Institute and the Heidelberg Center for Latin America.


Universidad Mayor features soccer, hockey, volleyball, tennis, chess, table tennis, taekwondo, dance and basketball teams, competing within higher education leagues and championships.[3]


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