University of Puerto Rico

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The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) is the state university system of Puerto Rico. The system consists of 11 campuses and has approximately 64,511 students and 5,300 faculty members.[3] UPR has the largest and most diverse academic offerings in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, with 472 academic programs and 32 doctoral programs.[4]



In 1900, at Fajardo, the "Escuela Normal Industrial" (normal school) was established as the first higher education center in Puerto Rico. Its initial enrollment was only 20 students and 5 professors.[5] The following year it was moved to Rio Piedras. On March 12, 1903, a law was passed which officially created the University of Puerto Rico. That same day, the "Escuela Normal" was proclaimed as the first department of the University of Puerto Rico.

In 1908, the United States government extended financial aid to the University of Puerto Rico as part of the Morill Act, thus making UPR a land-grant university. From these new funds, another campus, "El Colegio de Agricultura," was established in 1911 at Mayagüez. One year later, its name was changed to College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts or "Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecánicas" (CAAM).

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