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Universidad del Sagrado Corazon

San Juan, PR

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About This Campus

Universidad del Sagrado Corazon (USC), the oldest private educational institution in Puerto Rico, was established in 1880. USC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education, Council on Social Work and the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. USC incorporated undergraduate research experiences in most programs. USC is the only Puerto Rican university recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in their "Community Engagement" and "Outreach and Partnerships" categories. Include a unique Service Learning Program that impact all academic programs, a Center for the Entrepreneurial Development of Women, an Educational Television Channel, and an Institute for the Development of the Non-Profit Sector. USC is well-known for its intercollegiate sports achievements. Dual-degree program offerings,BS/MD,BA/MS. Residential facilities.

Location Information

Sagrado is located at the heart of the metropolitan area and also we have easy access to the beach touristic area (15-20 minutes-walking distance), malls, train stations, theaters, pharmacies, hospitals, etc.

Helpful Information

The language of instruction is Spanish.

2019/2020 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Fast Facts

Location | San Juan
Population | 395,326
Enrollment | 5,297
Language | Spanish
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/19-12/17
Spring | 01/19-05/19

Campus Diversity

White | 0%
Black | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 99%
Asian | 0%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 0%
Other | 1%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Notable Academic Programs
  • Mass Communication - The Ferré Rangel Department of Communication (ECFR) is the most important location for academic growth in this discipline in Puerto Rico. Among its alumni are well-known professionals that hold leadership positions in media and communication companies in and outside the island. The school is home to modern facilities, such as the Teleradial Unit, with two radio stations – Radio Activa and Radiorama Universitario – and a virtual television channel – sagrado.tv -. The school effectively combines theory fundamentals with practical experience. Focusing on the future of communications, the Department of Communication pursues new opportunities to uphold its prestige and recognition.
  • Business Administration - The Business Administration Department is where business professionals are formed to make a difference in the business world. As part of its entrepreneurship vision, it strives to expand students’ horizons by preparing them to be multi-faceted in the business setting. The department sets itself apart by its teaching methodology in which the students are involved, from the beginning of their studies, in projects with real clients and in identifying business opportunities at national and international levels.
  • Natural Sciences - The Department of Natural Sciences prepares students to meet the demands as science and health professionals with an emphasis on research activities and community service. The Biology, Chemistry and General Natural Science curricula meet the entry requirements to the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences, and Pharmacy, among others. In addition, the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing is accredited by the “Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education”. These programs have modern facilities, laboratory equipment and instruments used in General Biology, Zoology, Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Instrumental Chemistry, Analytic Chemistry, Computer Science, and General Physics. The Nursing program has a Simulations and Skills Laboratory, which is one of the most advanced in the Caribbean. Many of the graduates work as systems analysts, doctors, dentists, biotechnologists, nurses, and scientific researchers, among others.
  • Educational Studies - The Education Department provides professional training of excellence within the principles of peace and liberty in education, as well as, in educational research. It is accredited with the “Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation” (CAEP, previously known as, NCATE). Students complete their training in different school and community environments, which has led its graduates to obtain excellent scores in the Puerto Rico Teacher Certification Assessment (PCMAS).
  • Film Studies

Unique Academic Programs

  • Public Relations - First and only Bachelor and Master degree in Puerto Rico.
  • Digital Arts
  • Dance - First and only Bachelor degree in Puerto Rico.
  • Photography

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Area Studies: Art Studies, Cinema and Cultural Studies, International Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Computer Graphics, Digital Arts, Graphic Design, Photography, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Adapted Physical Education, Exercise Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Applied Biology, Biology/Life Science, Biotechnology

Business: Accounting, Advertising, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, Public Relations

Chemistry: Chemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Electronic Media News, Film, Integrated Marketing, Journalism, Mass Communication, Photo Journalism, Radio and Television Studies, Telecommunications, Television, Television Arts, Visual Design/Web Media

Criminal Justice: Systems of Justice

Education: Communications, Early Childhood, Educational Studies, Elementary Education, Kindergarten Education, Physical Education, Preschool Education

English: Film Studies

Foreign Language: Chinese (some courses), Languages, Spanish

Forestry: Biotechnology

General Studies: Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Health and Safety Sciences: Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Nursing

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Travel Administration, Tourism and Travel, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Systems

International Studies: International Studies

Mathematics: Computation Science

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Acting, Ballet, Choral Music, Dance, Directing, Modern Dance, Music, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Humanistic Studies

Political Science: International Affairs/Relations, International Studies

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Social Science, Social Work

Technology: Graphic Communications Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from other NSE members within my own U.S. territory
  • 2.5 GPA
  • The language of instruction is Spanish. Students must demonstrate Spanish language proficiency on their home campus prior to placement.LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REPORT/FORM IS REQUIRED.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 03/30/19.
  • Estimated cost: $3600.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): None.
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 03/30/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $15 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $25 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Activity Fee $500 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Insurance $500 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Library Fee $50 Semester Plan A Mandatory
ID Card $10 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Labs/workshops Fee $180 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
General Fee $300 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Other Fee $250 Semester Plan A Mandatory

Important Notes: FEES LABS/WORKSHOPS: $30 TO $180 -This special charge will depend on the courses that finally the student enrolls. These charges are specified each semester at our Class Schedule at https://www.sagrado.edu/en/class-schedules-and-academic-calendars/ HEALTH INSURANCE: The student must present evidence of her/his medical coverage in Puerto Rico, otherwise Sagrado's insurance will be charged automatically.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $500 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003937

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 03/30/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 9% living on campus
  • Double: $1550
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus:
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal plans are not available.
Notes About Meal Plans
Students can prepare their own meals in housing kitchens or use the campus cafeterias. We have a shuttle service to a Walmart store near the campus. Also, in the area of San Juan we have Uber service, so the student can move easily through the area to supermarkets, department stores or pharmacies.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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