Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Pontifical Catholic University Of Puerto Rico

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Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

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The Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico is a Roman Catholic university located in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It provides courses in the areas of education, business administration, arts and human studies and science, leading to Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate Degrees. Its campus is also home to a Law School as well as a new (August 2010) School of Architecture. was changed in 1968 to Catholic University of Puerto Rico with the opening of campuses in Mayagüez and Arecibo. In 1984 the name was again changed to its current name, to commemorate the visit to Puerto Rico of Pontiff Pope John Paul II.


The university was founded in spring of 1948 by James E. McManus, C.S.S.R., Bishop of the Diocese of Ponce, and James Peter Davis, Bishop of the Diocese of San Juan. It was originally founded as the Catholic University of Santa Maria. The original campus consisted of a few classrooms provided by the Padres Capuchinos and the Hermanas Josefinas, catholic clergymen and nuns, respectively, in the Colegio San Conrado in Ponce, a catholic primary educational school. This continued until 1949, when the university obtained from the Puerto Rico government. It has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools since...
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