Universidad Santa María (Caracas)

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Saint Mary University
Universidad Santa María
Logo USM.gif
Motto "A challenge to excellence" '
Type Private
Established 1953
Rector José Ceballos Gamardo
Students 20.000 approximately
Location Venezuela Caracas, Distrito Capital (Capital of Venezuela), Venezuela
Campus Urban Approximately 450,000 square meters
Colors Blue and White
Nickname USM
Website www.usm.edu.ve/usmccs

Saint Mary University (Spanish: Universidad Santa María) (USM) is a private university in Venezuela. USM has campuses in several cities, such as Caracas (where the main campus is located), Puerto La Cruz, Barinas and Puerto Ayacucho.

The university was founded on October 13, 1953 by Lola de Fuenmayor in El Paraíso neighborhood (Southwestern Caracas), then in 1983 the main campus of the university was built in La Florencia (East Caracas).

La florencia 1.jpg



Saint Mary Shield

In his inscription reads: Saint Mary University (Spanish: Universidad Santa María) founded in 1953, with the words God, Country and Home.


It is light blue with the shield engraved in the center, usually placed in the central square with the national flag.


Saint Mary University Mascot[edit]

It was a lion named Ibrahim, and a lioness named Luna, both died. After, the Saint Mary University brought another lion called Friguela, who reigned for many years in the University. Nowadays, the University doesn't have any lion alive at the campus.


  • Law college:
    • Law
    • International Studies
  • College of Social and Humanistic Sciences:
    • Social communication
    • Business Administration
    • Economics
    • Public Accounting
  • College of Engineering:
    • Civil Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Telecommunications Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • Architecture
  • Odontology
  • Pharmacy


Headquarter, The Florence (Spanish: La Florencia)[edit]

It is built on an area of 450,000 square meters, of which 200,000 are infrastructure including buildings (15 in total, where the various faculties and administrative offices are located), internal circulation roads and green areas. In this place all races work: Administration, Accounting, Economics, Social Communication, Law, International Studies, Pharmacy, Civil Engineering, Industrial, Systems and Telecommunications; Architecture and Odontology.

Campus Saint Mary University

Student groups, The Florence At the headquarters of the Florence they are constituted multiple student teams that promote university life in the institution, among them are:

  • C.R.E.O: commitment, responsibility, excellence and organization.
  • ConseUSM
  • Action Usemista
  • Eimun MUN School of International Studies at the Saint Mary University
  • USM delegation

Currently in management University Student Government the following facilities:

  • Student Center School of Law (CED USM)
  • Student Center School of International Studies (CEEI USM)
  • Student Center of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (CEFIA USM)
  • Student Center of the School of Social Communication (CECOSSMA USM)
  • Student Center Schools Administration and Accounting (ECAC USM)
  • Student Center School of Economics (EEC USM)
  • Student Center of the Faculty of Pharmacy (CEF USM)
  • Student Center of the School of Dentistry (CEO USM)

Postgraduate Headquarter[edit]

The original headquarters is located in The Paradise (Spanish:El Paraiso), keeping its historical interest was completely remodeled to become the great Center of Postgraduate Studies. Currently it is appropriate and central building, with classrooms and amphitheaters designed for these studies. Library, parking and other services that make up a set of comprehensive quality development of academic activities, where extension courses, specialization and master's degrees as well as doctorates are held. Studies in this office takes a practical, functional, innovative concept and perfectly connected to the national reality

Postgraduate Headquarter

Headquarter East-Puerto La Cruz[edit]

Among the projects decentralization in 1994 Saint Mary University is established with its own headquarters in Barcelona, Anzoategui, based on a modern building set in 28,000 square meters of land located in the intercommunal Avenue Barcelona.

This important site starts working on January 23, 1995 and has classrooms acclimated to the area design; library, also adapted to the environment, modern computer labs with sophisticated equipment and programs in different areas. It is an educational complex with ample parking, all services and modern café located in a small shopping center surrounded by green areas.

Amazon Headquarter-Puerto Ayacucho[edit]

Saint Mary University founded in 1999 in the Amazon a university nucleus where students study Law, Economics, Accounting and Business Administration State. This office works in two shifts: morning and night.

The core features spacious and comfortable classrooms, library, computer lab and cafeteria whose facilities are located in a nice air-conditioned hut. The whole atmosphere is carefully adapted to the environment of the Venezuelan Amazon region and to the needs of the community. It is a great constitutional effort that contributes to family unity and cultural development of the region.

In this seat racing Law, Social Communication, Accounting, Administration, Pharmacy, Civil Engineering, Industrial and Systems work.

Headquarter Barinas[edit]

Headquarters Barinas

This core began operations in 2004 and emerged as an academic option to capture a large student population eager to train in social sciences, scientific and administrative area.

In this place students study law, Social Communication, Accounting, Civil Engineering, Industrial and Systems.

Saint Mary Firefighters[edit]

The Volunteer Fire Department University is a nonprofit organization founded on May 10, 2010, in order to create an institution within the campus to provide protection to the student and working population; while it is offering to anyone who wishes to be part of this body the opportunity to become a professional firefighter University.

Firefighters Shield

Remarkable Alumni[edit]

Coordinates: 10°29′32″N 66°46′48″W / 10.49222°N 66.78000°W / 10.49222; -66.78000