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#8179 of 14,131 In the World
#567 of 1,756 In Latin America
#3 of 48 In Nicaragua
#2 of 36 In Managua

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Christian-Catholic Jesuit
Acceptance rate
Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate39%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (bachillerato); Entrance examination required for some majors
Academic CalendarFebruary to December (February - April; May-August; September-December)
Full time employee621
Student:staff ratio14:1


Local studetns 60-100 per subject per term, depending on each subject (USD)

Programs and Degrees

Programs Associate's degree Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Design | Arts | Humanities +
Business | Politics | Social Sciences +
Languages | Culture | Linguistics
Nursing | Health | Pharmacy | Medicine
Engineering | IT +
Maths | Natural Sciences +
Arquitecto Architecture
Ingeniero Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology
Licenciatura Accountancy, Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Computer Networks, Development Studies, Economics, Finance, Foreign Languages Education, Graphic Design, Law, Marketing, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Telecommunications Engineering, Tourism
Especialidad Profesional/ Especialidad Médica Leadership, Management
Maestría Business Administration, Criminal Law, Cultural Studies, Law
Doctorado Law

Central American University alumni

  1. Daniel Ortega

    Daniel Ortega
    Born in
    Nicaragua Flag Nicaragua
    1945-.. (age 78)

    José Daniel Ortega Saavedra is a Nicaraguan revolutionary and politician serving as President of Nicaragua since 2007. Previously, he was leader of Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990, first as coordinator of the Junta of National Reconstruction (1979–1985) and then as President of Nicaragua (1985–1990). In the 1984 Nicaraguan general election, Ortega won Nicaragua's presidential election as the FSLN's candidate. A Marxist–Leninist, Ortega pursued a program of nationalization, land reform, wealth redistribution, and the Nicaraguan Literacy Campaign during his first period in office. A leader in the Sandinista National Liberation Front (Spanish: Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional, FSLN), he implemented policies to achieve leftist reforms across Nicaragua. In later years, Ortega's previously left-wing radical politics moderated more and more, pursuing pro-business policies and even rapprochement with the Catholic Church, with the adoption of strong anti-abortion policies by his government in the 2000s, and adoption of strong religious rhetoric by the previously atheist Ortega. After the retirement of Fidel Castro in 2008, Ortega is one of the longest-serving non-royal rulers in the world and the longest serving non-royal leader in the Americas.

  2. Nora Astorga

    Nora Astorga
    Born in
    Nicaragua Flag Nicaragua
    1944-1988 (aged 44)

    Nora Josefina Astorga Gadea de Jenkins was a Nicaraguan guerrilla fighter in the Nicaraguan Revolution, a lawyer, politician, judge and the Nicaraguan ambassador to the United Nations from 1986 to 1988.

  3. Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo

    Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo
    Born in
    Nicaragua Flag Nicaragua
    1967-.. (age 56)
    LGBTQI+ rights activistpolitician

    Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo is a consultant for Comunidad Casabierta, an LGBTI rights organisation in Costa Rica. She is also a former member of the National Assembly of Nicaragua.

  4. Joaquín Cuadra

    Joaquín Cuadra
    Born in
    Nicaragua Flag Nicaragua
    1951-.. (age 72)

    Joaquín Cuadra Lacayo, a scion of Nicaragua's elite, joined the rebel Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in late 1972. After their victory in 1979, he became army chief of staff.

All 11 notable alumni

General info

Alternative names UCA
Universidad Centroamericana
Founded 1960
Accreditation Consejo Nacional de Evaluación y Acreditación (CNEA)
Motto Somos UCA
We're UCA
Affiliations and memberships Consejo Nacional de Universidades (CNU)
International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)
Asociación de Universidades Confiadas a la Compañía de Jesús en América Latina (AUSJAL)

Location and Contacts

Address Avenida Universitaria
Managua, Managua
City population 937,000
Phone +505 (2) 278 3923
Fax +505 (2) 670 106

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