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Top Universities in Puerto Rico

Introduction

The Escuela de Gramática (Grammar School) was the very first school in Puerto Rico (Grammar School). It was founded in 1513 by Bishop Alonso Manso in the vicinity of the site where the Cathedral of San Juan would be built. Among the subjects taught at the school were Latin language and literature; history; science; art; philosophy; and religion. The school was completely free.

Educational levels in Puerto Rico are classified into three categories: primary (elementary school grades 1–6), secondary (intermediate and high school grades 7–12), and higher level (college and university courses) (undergraduate and graduate studies). As of 2002, 94.1 percent of the Puerto Rican population was literate, with men having a literacy rate of 93.9 percent and females having a literacy rate of 94.4 percent, respectively. According to the 2000 Census, 60.0 percent of the population has a high school diploma or higher level of education, and 18.3 percent has a bachelor’s degree or higher level of educational achievement.

It is mandatory for children between the ages of 5 and 18 to get primary school instruction. There are 1539 public schools and 806 private schools in the city as of 2010.

The public University of Puerto Rico (UPR), which has 11 campuses, is the biggest and oldest university system in the country. The Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez, which runs the Universidad del Turabo, Metropolitan University, and Universidad del Este, is the biggest private university system on the island, with a total enrollment of over 20,000 students. Other private institutions in Puerto Rico include the Inter American University, which has several campuses, the Pontifical Catholic University, the Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico, and the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. Puerto Rico is home to four medical schools and three law schools that are recognized by the American Bar Association.