Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

Coordinates: 18°25′21″N 66°03′20″W / 18.42250°N 66.05556°W / 18.42250; -66.05556
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Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
Universidad Politecnica de Puerto Rico
TypePrivate university
Established1966; 57 years ago (1966)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$15.9 million (2020)[1]
PresidentErnesto Vázquez Barquet
ColorsBlue and Yellow    
NicknameLa Poli (Poly)
MascotCastor (Beaver)

The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) (commonly referred as Poly or La Poly in Spanish) is a private university in San Juan, Puerto Rico. PUPR offers technical degrees with a special focus on engineering professions.


Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) is a private non-profit institution specializing in Engineering, Architecture, Land Surveying and Geomatics, and Business Administration.[3] The main campus is located in the island's financial district which is the very core of metropolitan San Juan.[3] The university also has a virtual campus that offers online degrees as well as two satellite locations in Florida, a campus in Miami and another in Orlando.


Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) is a private non-profit institution granting degrees in engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, land surveying and geomatics, and business administration.[3] It is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico's largest city.[3] Among institutions of higher learning in the United States and its territories, the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico graduates the second largest number of Hispanic engineers.[4] Today, more than 40% of the graduating engineers in Puerto Rico are alumni of the Polytechnic University.[citation needed] Currently, there are nearly 6,000 students at the San Juan campus.[3][failed verification]

PUPR is accredited by the Council of Higher Education of Puerto Rico, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). In addition, several of PUPR's engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Engineering college description and special characteristics[edit]

PUPR is the largest private Hispanic engineering school in all of the United States and Puerto Rico and the only engineering school in the metropolitan area of San Juan. Since its inception, PUPR has graduated approximately 4,500 Hispanic engineers and surveyors.

Currently, the College of Engineering is 80% of the total PUPR undergraduate enrollment with 4,566 students. This enrollment will rank PUPR on the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) enrollment in engineering survey as the 20th largest engineering college in the U.S. and its territories. [5]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "Publications American Society for Engineering Education".
  3. ^ a b c d e "Welcome to PUPR". Archived from the original on November 13, 2002.
  4. ^ "Schools". Archived from the original on 2010-03-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
  5. ^ ASEE Engineering Information

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