National University, Costa Rica: Statistics



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#1910 of 14,131 In the World
#101 of 1,756 In Latin America
#2 of 54 In Costa Rica
#648 of 2,377 For Forestry
Top50% For 33 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate79%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (bachillerato) and entrance examination
Academic CalendarFebruary to November (Two semesters divided into: February - June and August-November)

We've calculated the 79% acceptance rate for National University, Costa Rica based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

National University, Costa Rica has published 6,312 scientific papers with 52,407 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Philosophy, Biology, Geography and Cartography, Ecology, Medicine, Political Science, Geology, and Chemistry.


National University, Costa Rica majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
4,221 / 19,839
Environmental Science
3,442 / 41,281
3,145 / 6,328
2,861 / 42,888
Geography and Cartography
2,259 / 19,337
1,856 / 28,442
1,651 / 28,338
Political Science
1,649 / 5,674
1,543 / 25,989
1,410 / 28,512
1,279 / 17,197
1,170 / 20,446
1,027 / 10,111
Computer Science
999 / 9,688
992 / 20,352
945 / 12,217
932 / 14,174
814 / 17,196
760 / 8,700
690 / 5,144
661 / 8,317
596 / 9,889
Organic Chemistry
581 / 10,660
581 / 7,159
548 / 6,595
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation
507 / 7,679
507 / 4,514
Public Health
506 / 9,065
Quantum and Particle physics
489 / 6,315
Agricultural Science
461 / 8,050
452 / 7,104
439 / 11,181
404 / 6,043
401 / 4,011
Materials Science
395 / 6,781
362 / 4,716
361 / 3,766
347 / 6,227
323 / 2,119
308 / 3,332

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 17 52
1992 38 63
1993 48 81
1994 41 87
1995 34 85
1996 51 127
1997 39 141
1998 45 148
1999 49 175
2000 55 291
2001 63 311
2002 85 339
2003 66 454
2004 75 546
2005 76 601
2006 76 790
2007 114 856
2008 93 968
2009 160 1232
2010 156 1264
2011 211 1343
2012 259 1689
2013 276 1949
2014 293 2150
2015 301 2459
2016 358 2570
2017 324 2530
2018 381 2990
2019 379 3745
2020 397 4302
2021 447 5181
2022 459 5662
2023 402 5725
Academic rankings


The tuition table for National University, Costa Rica 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 Cost per semester (in CRC)
Bachelor's degree in Environmental Management ₡ 200,000
Master's degree in Environmental Management ₡ 250,000
Doctorate in Environmental Sciences ₡ 300,000

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 National University, Costa Rica.

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 No No No
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business No No No
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science No No No
Economics No No No
Engineering No No No
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences No No No
Mathematics No No No
Medicine No No No
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology No No No
Bachillerato Universitario Acting, Administration, Agricultural Engineering, Art Education, Bioengineering, Biology, Biotechnology, Business Education, Communication Arts, Dance, Economics, Educational and Student Counselling, English, Environmental Engineering, Foreign Languages Education, Forestry, French, Geography, Hydraulic Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Information Technology, International Business, International Relations and Diplomacy, Library Science, Linguistics, Marine Biology, Mathematics Education, Music, Music Education, Native Language Education, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Psychology, Religious Education, Science Education, Singing, Sociology, Special Education, Surveying and Mapping, Theology, Tourism
Licenciatura Acting, Administration, Agricultural Engineering, Applied Linguistics, Art Education, Biology, Biotechnology, Business Education, Communication Arts, Economics, Educational Administration, Educational and Student Counselling, Environmental Engineering, Forestry, Geography, Humanities and Social Science Education, Hydraulic Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Information Technology, International Business, International Relations and Diplomacy, Library Science, Linguistics, Mathematics Education, Music, Music Education, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Psychology, Religious Education, Science Education, Secretarial Studies, Singing, Sociology, Special Education, Sports, Surveying and Mapping, Veterinary Science
Maestría Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Apiculture, Applied Linguistics, Economics, Educational Technology, Entomology, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Epidemiology, Finance, Forest Management, History, Human Resources, Human Rights, Information Management, Information Technology, International Relations and Diplomacy, Justice Administration, Latin American Studies, Literature, Management, Marine Science and Oceanography, Marketing, Natural Resources, Occupational Health, Physics, Religious Studies, Sports, Surveying and Mapping, Theology, Toxicology, Translation and Interpretation, Transport Management, Tropical Medicine
Doctorado Académico Economics, Latin American Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Sociology, Sports

Notable alumni

  1. Fernando Carrera

    Fernando Carrera
    Born in
    Guatemala Flag Guatemala
    1966-.. (age 58)

    Ambassador Luis Fernando Carrera Castro is a Guatemalan economist, political analyst and diplomat. He served as Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the United Nations during the presidency of Otto Perez Molina. Before that, he was the Minister for Foreign Affairs, during the same administration. He is a Guatemalan economist, specializing in fiscal policies, and also a political analyst. He obtained his bachelor's degree in economics from Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica in 1990. Then, he obtained an M. Phil. in Economics and Politics of Development, at Cambridge University in 1992.

  2. Guadalupe Urbina

    Guadalupe Urbina
    Born in
    Costa Rica Flag Costa Rica
    1959-.. (age 65)

    Guadalupe Urbina is a Costa Rican singer-songwriter, poet, and activist. Urbina is a folk musician whose compositions reflect the oral tradition of Guanacaste, her birthplace. She has performed in both Europe and the United States and has won various awards for her work domestically and internationally.

  3. Mónica Araya

    Mónica Araya
    Born in
    Costa Rica Flag Costa Rica
    Enrolled in National University, Costa Rica
    Studied economic policy

    Mónica Araya is a Costa Rican emissions-free transportation advocate. She has been influential in making her country a leader in fossil free energy. She was considered one of the BBC's most influential and inspiring women in 2021.

National University, Costa Rica faculties and divisions

Faculty : Exact and Natural Sciences Biology, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Industrial Chemistry, Information Technology, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Science Education, Surveying and Mapping
Faculty : Health Sciences Epidemiology, Health Sciences, Parks and Recreation, Physical Education, Sports, Sports Medicine, Toxicology, Veterinary Science
Faculty : Land and Sea Sciences Agricultural Engineering, Earth Sciences, Environmental Management, Forestry, Geography, Marine Science and Oceanography, Surveying and Mapping, Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Medicine
Faculty : Philosophy and Letters Applied Linguistics, English, French, Gender Studies, Human Rights, Information Sciences, Justice Administration, Latin American Studies, Library Science, Literature, Philosophy, Publishing and Book Trade, Spanish, Theology, Translation and Interpretation
Faculty : Social Sciences Business Education, Economics, History, International Business, International Relations and Diplomacy, Leadership, Management, Psychology, Social Policy, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology

General information

Alternative names UNA
Universidad Nacional
Founded 1973
Accreditation Consejo Nacional de Rectores (CONARE); Sistema Nacional de Acreditación de la Educación Superior (SINAES)
Motto La verdad nos hace libres
The truth makes us free
Colors red, white

Location and contacts

Address Avenida 1, Calle 1
Heredia, Heredia, 86-3000
Costa Rica
City population 19,000

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