University of Puerto Rico at Cayey

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University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
UPR at Cayey Seal.svg
Type Public
Established 1967
Rector Dr. Mario Medina
Academic staff
Undergraduates 4,128
Location Cayey, Puerto Rico
Campus 145 acres (0.59 km2), Urban

The University of Puerto Rico in Cayey (UPR-Cayey) is a state university located in the municipality of Cayey, Puerto Rico.

The University of Puerto Rico in Cayey is an autonomous or independent unit of the University of Puerto Rico. It was initially founded as a regional school in 1967 and became a college in 1969. It was awarded autonomy in April 1982.


UPR Cayey offers courses in various fields (including Liberal Arts) and a wide range of academic programs in multiple disciplines.

It serves as a starting point for students interested in applying to programs in the Medical Sciences Campus or at Mayagüez Campus through what is known as articulated transfer.

Natural sciences[edit]

The Natural Sciences department stands out from other UPR Cayey departments, granting the most bachelor degrees among the fifty U.S. universities that are Minority Serving Institutions.

It ranks at number thirty In the United States for students pursuing a PH.D. in Natural Sciences.


UPR-Cayey has undergraduate research programs such as Howard Hughes Project, the NIH MBRS-RISE program[1] and the PR-AMP program. These programs provide research experience for students of the Natural Sciences, promoting student participation in scientific research. These programs provide funding and facilitate the experiences of science undergraduate students to do research either locally, at other campuses of Puerto Rico, or in Universities in the U.S.

The University houses the Environmental Education Center. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, supports students and teachers in colleges of neighboring municipalities in research projects. The Project for the Study of Women seeks to advance women's rights through education, research and community service. These programs are offered to students such as those taking college courses before completing their secondary education or professionals who wish to take continuing education courses.

Campus population[edit]

  • Students: 3,659 (Fall 2007)
  • Faculty: 261; 70% Instructional Faculty

Academic Departments[edit]


  • Department of Humanities
  • Department of Hispanic Studies
  • Department of English
  • Department of Social Sciences

Natural Sciences[edit]

  • Natural Sciences Program
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Mathematics-Physics

Professional Schools[edit]

  • Department of Education
  • Physical Education Program
  • Department of Business Administration
  • Technology and Office Administration Program

Alumni Association[edit]

  • Association of the University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA)[2]

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