Federal University of Pernambuco: Statistics



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#624 of 14,131 In the World
#16 of 1,756 In Latin America
#10 of 198 In Brazil
#1 of 4 In Recife
#158 of 2,377 For Forestry
Top50% For 176 other topics
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Acceptance rate

* The Federal University of Pernambuco is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate and entrance examination
Academic CalendarMarch to December (March - June; August-December)

Research profile

Federal University of Pernambuco is a world-class research university with 55,340 scientific papers published and 464,948 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Biology, Philosophy, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Engineering, Medicine, Physics, Computer Science, and Geology.


Federal University of Pernambuco majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
29,822 / 167,084
25,032 / 317,964
20,699 / 72,578
Environmental Science
20,489 / 239,306
17,900 / 250,018
17,412 / 208,996
17,246 / 181,037
15,116 / 189,322
Computer Science
14,598 / 154,676
11,251 / 146,201
Political Science
11,049 / 54,009
Geography and Cartography
10,666 / 108,892
Quantum and Particle physics
10,536 / 134,960
10,057 / 144,754
9,963 / 140,145
9,495 / 136,229
Organic Chemistry
9,157 / 137,404
8,441 / 58,684
8,374 / 95,474
8,249 / 111,844
8,061 / 80,068
Materials Science
7,565 / 105,745
7,386 / 84,116
6,704 / 48,833
6,612 / 81,565
6,271 / 87,905
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
5,669 / 60,598
5,585 / 49,583
5,561 / 44,819
5,119 / 48,625
Optical Engineering
4,867 / 66,746
Machine Learning
4,094 / 54,674
3,872 / 38,404
3,712 / 50,949
3,694 / 39,734
3,516 / 27,166
Electrical Engineering
3,216 / 38,919
Public Health
3,215 / 39,128
3,208 / 31,924
Art & Design
3,194 / 19,202

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 132 485
1992 143 572
1993 150 610
1994 161 535
1995 167 648
1996 180 754
1997 234 771
1998 292 924
1999 306 938
2000 339 1193
2001 389 1456
2002 526 1935
2003 566 2044
2004 653 2580
2005 714 3428
2006 814 4115
2007 948 5114
2008 1074 6475
2009 1245 7527
2010 1388 9177
2011 1633 11502
2012 2016 13877
2013 2236 16380
2014 2416 18631
2015 2857 20891
2016 3071 22672
2017 3439 24496
2018 3535 28206
2019 3975 35060
2020 5007 42897
2021 4846 53669
2022 4345 54351
2023 3974 56703
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Federal University of Pernambuco gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program Tuition Cost (per semester)
Undergraduate (Brazilian students) Free
Undergraduate (international students) R$ 3,000
Graduate (Master's and PhD) R$ 1,500

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Federal University of Pernambuco.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bacharelado Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Administration, Anatomy, Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine, Biophysics, Botany, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communication Studies, Community Health, Computer Science, Dentistry, Design, Economics, Education, Educational Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Embryology and Reproduction Biology, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Food Technology, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Health Sciences, Histology, History, Industrial Chemistry, Industrial Engineering, Information Sciences, Journalism, Law, Marine Science and Oceanography, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Mining Engineering, Music, Musical Instruments, Natural Sciences, Neurology, Nuclear Engineering, Nursing, Nutrition, Pathology, Pedagogy, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physical Therapy, Physiology, Production Engineering, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Psychology, Secretarial Studies, Singing, Social and Preventive Medicine, Social Sciences, Social Work, Statistics, Surveying and Mapping, Systems Analysis, Technology, Telecommunications Engineering, Tourism, Town Planning, Tropical Medicine, Visual Arts, Zoology
Licenciatura Biological and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Dance, English, French, Geography, Mathematics, Music, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Portuguese, Social Sciences, Spanish, Theatre, Visual Arts
Especialização / Aperfeiçoamento Arts and Humanities, Biological and Life Sciences, Cardiology, Communication Studies, Educational Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Music, Natural Sciences, Neurosciences, Nutrition, Social Sciences, Stomatology, Taxation
Mestrado Accountancy, Administration, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Dentistry, Design, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Genetics, Geography, Gerontology, Health Sciences, History, Information Sciences, Law, Nuclear Engineering, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physical Therapy, Physiology, Political Sciences, Psychology, Science Education, Social and Community Services, Sociology, Statistics, Surgery, Surveying and Mapping, Urban Studies, Visual Arts
Doutorado Accountancy, Administration, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Dentistry, Design, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Genetics, Geography, Gerontology, Health Sciences, History, Information Sciences, Law, Nuclear Engineering, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physical Therapy, Physiology, Political Sciences, Psychology, Science Education, Social and Community Services, Sociology, Statistics, Surgery, Surveying and Mapping, Urban Studies, Visual Arts

Federal University of Pernambuco alumni

  1. Paulo Freire

    Paulo Freire
    Born in
    Brazil Flag Brazil
    1921-1997 (aged 76)

    Paulo Reglus Neves Freire was a Brazilian educator and philosopher who was a leading advocate of critical pedagogy. His influential work Pedagogy of the Oppressed is generally considered one of the foundational texts of the critical pedagogy movement, and was the third most cited book in the social sciences as of 2016 according to Google Scholar.

  2. Ariano Suassuna

    Ariano Suassuna
    Born in
    Brazil Flag Brazil
    1927-2014 (aged 87)

    Ariano Vilar Suassuna was a Brazilian playwright and author. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Movimento Armorial. He founded the Student Theater at Federal University of Pernambuco. Four of his plays have been filmed, and he was considered one of Brazil's greatest living playwrights of his time. He was also an important regional writer, doing various novels set in the Northeast of Brazil. He received an honorary doctorate at a ceremony performed at a circus. He was the author of, among other works, the Auto da Compadecida and A Pedra do Reino. He was a staunch defender of the culture of the Northeast, and his works dealt with the popular culture of the Northeast.

  3. Ruy Barbosa

    Ruy Barbosa
    Born in
    Brazil Flag Brazil
    1849-1923 (aged 74)
    writerdiplomatlegal counselorpoliticiantranslator

    Ruy Barbosa de Oliveira, also known as Rui Barbosa, was a Brazilian polymath, diplomat, writer, jurist, and politician.

  4. Antônio Frederico de Castro Alves

    Antônio Frederico de Castro Alves
    Born in
    Brazil Flag Brazil
    1847-1871 (aged 24)

    Antônio Frederico de Castro Alves was a Brazilian poet and playwright famous for his abolitionist and republican poems. One of the most famous poets of the Condorist movement, he wrote classics such as Espumas Flutuantes and Hinos do Equador, which elevated him to the position of greatest among his contemporaries, as well as verses from poems such as "Os Escravos" and "A Cachoeira de Paulo Afonso", in addition to the play Gonzaga, which earned him epithets such as "O Poeta dos Escravos" (The Poet of the Slaves) and "republican poet" by Machado de Assis, or descriptions of being "a national poet, if not more, nationalist, social, human and humanitarian poet", in the words of Joaquim Nabuco, of being "the greatest Brazilian poet, lyric and epic", in the words of Afrânio Peixoto, or even of being the "walking apostle of Condorism" and "a volcanic talent, the most enraptured of all Brazilian poets", in the words of José Marques da Cruz. He was part of the romantic movement, being part of what scholars call the "third romantic generation" in Brazil.

All 71 notable alumni

Federal University of Pernambuco faculties and divisions

Campus : Caruaru Administration, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communication Studies, Design, Economics, Mathematics, Medicine, Pedagogy, Physics, Production Engineering
Campus : Centro Law
Campus : Victoria Biology, Community Health, Nursing, Nutrition, Physical Education
Centre : Applied Social Sciences Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Administration, Economics, Secretarial Studies, Social Sciences, Social Work, Tourism
Centre : Arts and Communication Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Communication Studies, Design, Fine Arts, Information Sciences, Journalism, Music, Town Planning
Centre : Biology Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Botany, Embryology and Reproduction Biology, Genetics, Histology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Zoology
Centre : Computer Science Computer Science
Centre : Education Education, Educational Sciences, Philosophy of Education, Psychology
Centre : Exact and Natural Sciences Chemistry, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Natural Sciences, Physics, Statistics
Centre : Health Sciences Dentistry, Health Sciences, Neurology, Nursing, Nutrition, Pathology, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Social and Preventive Medicine, Tropical Medicine
Centre : Juridical Sciences Law
Centre : Medicine Medicine
Centre : Philosophy and Human Sciences Arts and Humanities, Geography, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Sciences
Centre : Technology and Geosciences Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Geology, Industrial Engineering, Marine Science and Oceanography, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Surveying and Mapping, Systems Analysis, Technology

General information

Alternative names UFPE
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Founded 1946
Accreditation Ministry of Education
Motto Virtus Impavida
Fearless Virtue
Colors crimson, cream

Location and contacts

Address Avenida Professor Moraes Rego 1235 Cidade Universitária
Recife, Pernambuco, 50670-901
City population 1,661,000

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