List of 54 best universities in Costa Rica

We ranked 54 best universities in Costa Rica based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 273K citations received by 38.2K publications made by 54 universities in Costa Rica, measured the popularity of 63 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

#1 in Costa Rica
#740 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
30,436
Founded
1940
#2 in Costa Rica
#2543 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
19,415
Founded
1973
#3 in Costa Rica
#2859 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Enrollment
6,500
Founded
1971
#4 in Costa Rica
#4263 in the World
Acceptance Rate
40%
Enrollment
375
Founded
1964
#5 in Costa Rica
#6326 in the World
Enrollment
2,559
Founded
1987
#6 in Costa Rica
#6516 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
30,000
Founded
1989
#7 in Costa Rica
#6638 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Enrollment
375
Founded
1990
#8 in Costa Rica
#6824 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Founded
1999
#9 in Costa Rica
#6839 in the World
Enrollment
3,500
Founded
1976
#10 in Costa Rica
#8029 in the World
Enrollment
3,000
Founded
1994
#12 in Costa Rica
#8680 in the World
Founded
1992
#13 in Costa Rica
#9426 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
2000
#14 in Costa Rica
#9620 in the World
Acceptance Rate
78%
Founded
1994
#15 in Costa Rica
#9671 in the World
Acceptance Rate
91%
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1976
#16 in Costa Rica
#9991 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Founded
1995
#18 in Costa Rica
#10182 in the World
Enrollment
6,500
Founded
1980
#19 in Costa Rica
#10242 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Founded
1993
#20 in Costa Rica
#1055 in Latin America
#10651 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Founded
1992
#21 in Costa Rica
#1104 in Latin America
#10931 in the World
Enrollment
1,962
Male:Female
44:56
Founded
2000
#22 in Costa Rica
#1113 in Latin America
#11002 in the World
Founded
1996
#25 in Costa Rica
#1176 in Latin America
#11385 in the World
Founded
1994
#26 in Costa Rica
#1181 in Latin America
#11417 in the World
Founded
1999
#27 in Costa Rica
#1214 in Latin America
#11610 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Founded
1997
#28 in Costa Rica
#1250 in Latin America
#11726 in the World
Acceptance Rate
59%
Founded
1996
#29 in Costa Rica
#1264 in Latin America
#11793 in the World
Founded
1993
#30 in Costa Rica
#1277 in Latin America
#11834 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Founded
1990
#31 in Costa Rica
#1307 in Latin America
#11942 in the World
Founded
1996
#32 in Costa Rica
#1348 in Latin America
#12155 in the World
Founded
1996
#34 in Costa Rica
#1429 in Latin America
#12531 in the World
Acceptance Rate
73%
Founded
1996
#35 in Costa Rica
#1439 in Latin America
#12564 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
#37 in Costa Rica
#1461 in Latin America
#12664 in the World
Acceptance Rate
68%
#38 in Costa Rica
#1496 in Latin America
#12833 in the World
Acceptance Rate
100%
Enrollment
750
Founded
1992
#39 in Costa Rica
#1506 in Latin America
#12910 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Founded
1996
#40 in Costa Rica
#1548 in Latin America
#13146 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Founded
1994
#43 in Costa Rica
#1573 in Latin America
#13331 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Founded
1999
#44 in Costa Rica
#1574 in Latin America
#13338 in the World
Founded
1988
#46 in Costa Rica
#1611 in Latin America
#13483 in the World
Acceptance Rate
81%
Founded
1998
#47 in Costa Rica
#1621 in Latin America
#13519 in the World
Acceptance Rate
64%
Founded
1992
#48 in Costa Rica
#1625 in Latin America
#13538 in the World
Founded
1995
#49 in Costa Rica
#1627 in Latin America
#13552 in the World
Acceptance Rate
41%
Founded
1996
#50 in Costa Rica
#1676 in Latin America
#13709 in the World
Founded
1994
#51 in Costa Rica
#1689 in Latin America
#13764 in the World
Founded
1997
#52 in Costa Rica
#1696 in Latin America
#13810 in the World
Founded
1996
#54 in Costa Rica
#1710 in Latin America
#13871 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Founded
1996

The best cities to study in Costa Rica based on the number of universities and their ranks are San Jose, Heredia, Cartago, and Alajuela.

Average cost of living for students in Costa Rica is $480 + $52-373 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).