The University of Puerto Rico
Founded in 1903, The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) is the oldest university education system in Puerto Rico. Nowadays, the UPR consists of 11 precincts accredited by the “Council of Higher Education” of Puerto Rico and the “Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools”. It offers the most complete undergraduate and graduate curricula in Puerto Rico, with three campuses (Rio Piedras, Ciencias Médicas and Mayagüez) offering doctoral programs and the opportunity to conduct research. The UPR is one of the most dynamic and cultural academic centers in Latin America.
The University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez
The University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez (UPRM) was established in 1911. It has four academic units: The Faculties of Business Administration, Arts & Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and Engineering. Our campus includes the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Agricultural Extension Service, which is a service unit to the community. In addition, it has a Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies.
The City of Mayagüez
The city of Mayagüez was founded in 1760 and is located on the west coast of Puerto Rico. The city has approximately 150,000 inhabitants. Its climate is moderate during the year, with a temperature of 82°F (28°C). In cold seasons temperatures can reach 68°F (23°C) and days in summer 93°F (32°C). A lightweight “coat” is optional in winter and light clothing for the rest of the year.
Considered the “capital” of the west coast, Mayagüez is the third largest city in Puerto Rico and is known as La Sultana del Oeste (“The Sultaness of the West,”) Ciudad de las Aguas Puras (“City of Pure Waters,”) and Ciudad del Mangó (“City of the Mango”).
Located in the geographical center of Puerto Rico’s west coast, Mayagüez lies between Aguada and Rincón to the north, Cabo Rojo and Hormigueros to the south, and Las Marías and Maricao to the east. The local terrain is quite diverse and includes coastal plains, marshland, hills, and mountains, as well as two river valleys carved by the Río Yagüez and the Río Guanajibo.
Driving here from SJU airport takes about 2.5 hours and about 1 hour from Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla.