Federal University of Pernambuco: Statistics



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#609 of 14,131 In the World
#16 of 1,756 In Latin America
#10 of 198 In Brazil
#1 of 4 In Recife
#132 of 2,165 For Forestry
Top50% For 170 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 49,179 scientific papers published and 405,374 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Biology, Philosophy, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Medicine, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, and Political Science.


Federal University of Pernambuco majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
26,094 / 136,310
22,153 / 271,985
18,303 / 60,985
Environmental Science
17,944 / 204,513
15,596 / 209,354
15,249 / 152,742
15,015 / 169,954
13,015 / 153,301
Computer Science
12,587 / 125,688
Political Science
9,750 / 40,840
9,644 / 124,442
Geography and Cartography
9,412 / 93,363
Quantum and Particle physics
9,034 / 108,141
8,744 / 120,072
8,738 / 117,709
8,342 / 113,791
Organic Chemistry
7,933 / 111,558
7,719 / 49,915
7,173 / 64,080
7,063 / 78,293
6,996 / 95,230
Materials Science
6,500 / 86,938
6,410 / 71,849
5,949 / 36,123
5,504 / 66,424
5,459 / 72,585
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
4,822 / 45,309
4,807 / 37,599
4,787 / 39,993
4,365 / 39,251
Optical Engineering
4,057 / 50,922
3,380 / 29,111
Machine Learning
3,353 / 39,444
3,340 / 43,355
3,279 / 32,380
3,157 / 22,867
2,866 / 26,271
Art & Design
2,864 / 15,188
Public Health
2,802 / 33,353
2,639 / 31,810

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 93 298
1991 135 406
1992 139 509
1993 138 557
1994 137 503
1995 161 569
1996 163 655
1997 234 692
1998 283 851
1999 284 841
2000 325 1072
2001 384 1294
2002 446 1709
2003 498 1831
2004 601 2371
2005 674 3171
2006 741 3829
2007 904 4873
2008 990 6172
2009 1175 7335
2010 1343 8814
2011 1562 10835
2012 1881 13023
2013 2048 15343
2014 2318 17521
2015 2667 19180
2016 2915 21190
2017 3311 23914
2018 3322 26098
2019 3725 32994
2020 4717 40704
2021 4826 55445
2022 3890 52058
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)
    teacherphilosopherpedagoguepoet lawyereconomist

    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)

    Ruy Barbosa de Oliveira, also known as Rui Barbosa, was a Brazilian polymath, diplomat, writer, jurist, and politician. Born in Salvador, Bahia, and a distinguished and staunch defender of civil liberties and the abolition of slavery in Brazil, Barbosa would go on to represent Brazil in the second Hague convention, argued for Brazil's participation in World War I on the side of the Allies, and personally ordered the destruction of all government records pertaining to slavery while he was Minister of Finance. He was forced into exile during the presidency of Floriano Peixoto, as his economic policies while he was finance minister paved the way for a disaster in the Brazilian economy. After exile, Barbosa would run an extremely memorable campaign for the presidency, though it ultimately failed.

  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 "Condorism", he won the epithet of "O Poeta dos Escravos" ("The Poet of the Slaves").

All 67 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 1,653,000

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