Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso: Statistics



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#1423 of 14,131 In the World
#63 of 1,756 In Latin America
#6 of 60 In Chile
#1 of 4 In Valparaiso
#461 of 2,119 For Theoretical Physics
Top50% For 83 other topics
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Highest Degree
Acceptance rate

* The Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso 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 RequirementsHigh School Diploma (Licencia de Educación Media) or foreign equivalent, and entrance examination
Academic CalendarMarch to December (March - July; August-December)

Research profile

Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso has published 13,660 scientific papers with 130,152 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Biology, Philosophy, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Quantum and Particle physics, and Geology.


Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
7,636 / 45,461
Environmental Science
5,794 / 68,113
5,751 / 79,906
5,334 / 19,847
5,276 / 71,871
4,989 / 72,825
4,694 / 69,573
Computer Science
3,788 / 41,849
Quantum and Particle physics
3,564 / 55,747
3,403 / 42,606
Political Science
3,068 / 16,811
Geography and Cartography
2,900 / 27,703
Organic Chemistry
2,856 / 46,422
2,796 / 33,095
2,779 / 37,366
2,630 / 43,001
2,228 / 34,219
Materials Science
2,227 / 30,446
2,172 / 22,339
2,125 / 27,684
2,023 / 14,076
1,851 / 15,051
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
1,693 / 15,071
1,667 / 16,387
1,500 / 15,554
1,494 / 11,424
1,473 / 15,922
1,438 / 18,464
1,391 / 15,289
1,199 / 13,283
Metallurgical Engineering
1,197 / 18,607
Optical Engineering
1,189 / 19,398
Astrophysics and Astronomy
1,126 / 23,638
1,117 / 16,363
Mechanical Engineering
1,052 / 10,040
Machine Learning
1,024 / 10,407
948 / 6,850
Art & Design
939 / 8,658
869 / 11,312
Physical chemistry
817 / 12,822

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 19 64
1992 36 75
1993 29 75
1994 41 86
1995 39 110
1996 51 109
1997 50 122
1998 60 160
1999 72 190
2000 89 223
2001 56 227
2002 114 287
2003 112 365
2004 131 436
2005 160 538
2006 189 692
2007 256 1008
2008 265 1236
2009 386 1518
2010 349 1837
2011 452 2240
2012 404 2644
2013 516 3433
2014 605 4068
2015 703 5038
2016 873 5574
2017 866 6604
2018 942 8195
2019 1053 10121
2020 1163 14136
2021 1137 17473
2022 1066 19063
2023 1028 19529
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso 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 Annual Tuition (CLP)
Architecture 5,040,000
Business Administration 4,800,000
Chemical Engineering 5,040,000
Civil Engineering 5,040,000
Computer Science 4,800,000
Dentistry 9,600,000
Education 3,840,000
Electrical Engineering 5,040,000
Industrial Engineering 4,800,000
Journalism 4,800,000
Law 6,720,000
Mathematics 4,800,000
Medicine 12,000,000
Nursing 4,800,000
Philosophy 3,840,000
Physics 4,800,000
Psychology 4,800,000
Social Work 3,840,000
Sociology 3,840,000

The Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso has financial aid programs and on-campus housing.

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 Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso.

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
Bachiller Design, Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, Religious Studies
Licenciatura Accountancy, Administration, Agronomy, Applied Linguistics, Aquaculture, Architecture, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Christian Religious Studies, Civil Engineering, Computer Education, Computer Engineering, Computer Networks, Construction Engineering, Curriculum, Design, Economics, Education, Education of the Handicapped, Educational Administration, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, Ethics, Fishery, Food Science, Food Technology, Geography, Graphic Design, History, Industrial Chemistry, Industrial Design, Industrial Engineering, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literacy Education, Literature, Management, Marine Engineering, Marine Science and Oceanography, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Technology, Metallurgical Engineering, Music, Music Education, Native Language, Natural Resources, Optics, Pastoral Studies, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physical Therapy, Physics, Preschool Education, Production Engineering, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science Education, Social and Community Services, Social Sciences, Social Work, Spanish, Special Education, Statistics, Theology, Town Planning, Translation and Interpretation, Transport Engineering, Writing
Post-título/Diploma Accountancy, Administration, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, Electrical Engineering, English, Finance, Industrial Engineering, International Relations and Diplomacy, Justice Administration, Mathematics Education, Metallurgical Engineering, Physics, Public Administration, Science Education, Taxation, Transport Engineering, Writing
Magister Accountancy, Agriculture, Applied Linguistics, Architecture, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Engineering, Construction Engineering, Criminal Law, Design, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Finance, Food Technology, History, Industrial Engineering, International Relations and Diplomacy, Law, Leadership, Literature, Management, Marine Science and Oceanography, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Microbiology, Philosophy, Physics, Science Education, Social Work, Spanish, Statistics, Transport Engineering, Transport Management, Water Management
Doctorado Aquaculture, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, History, Industrial Engineering, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology

Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso alumni

  1. Álvaro Rudolphy

    Álvaro Rudolphy
    Born in
    Chile Flag Chile
    1964-.. (age 60)
    television actoractor

    Álvaro Gonzalo Rudolphy Fontaine is a Chilean actor who works in theater, soap operas and film. He has obtained numerous awards, among them the Apes Prize in 2001 to the best Actor in his role in Amores de mercado and the Altazor Prize in 2008 for his role in Alguien te mira.

  2. Jorge Baradit

    Jorge Baradit
    Born in
    Chile Flag Chile
    1969-.. (age 55)
    Enrolled in the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso
    Studied architecture
    graphic designerpoliticianwriter

    Jorge Marcos Baradit Morales is a Chilean writer, politician and podcaster. He is the author of the bestselling popular history trilogy Historia secreta de Chile.

  3. Mario Salas

    Mario Salas
    Born in
    Chile Flag Chile
    1967-.. (age 57)
    association football player

    Mario Alfredo Salas Saieg is a Chilean football manager and former player who played as a midfielder. He is the current manager of Ñublense.

  4. Jorge Sharp

    Jorge Sharp
    Born in
    Chile Flag Chile
    1985-.. (age 39)

    Jorge Esteban Sharp Fajardo is a Chilean lawyer and politician. He is the current Mayor of Valparaíso.

All 62 notable alumni

Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso faculties and divisions

Faculty : Agronomy and Food Science Agronomy, Food Science
Faculty : Architecture and Town Planning Architecture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Town Planning
Faculty : Economics and Administration Accountancy, Administration, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Economics, Journalism, Management, Social and Community Services, Social Work
Faculty : Engineering Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Networks, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, Industrial Engineering, Marine Engineering, Marine Science and Oceanography, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Production Engineering, Transport Engineering
Faculty : Marine Science and Geography Aquaculture, Food Science, Geography, Marine Science and Oceanography, Natural Resources
Faculty : Philosophy and Education Applied Linguistics, Computer Education, Curriculum, Education, Education of the Handicapped, Educational Administration, History, Linguistics, Literacy Education, Literature, Music Education, Native Language, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Psychology, Social Sciences, Spanish, Special Education, Translation and Interpretation, Writing
Faculty : Science Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Optics, Physical Therapy, Physics, Statistics
School : Law Law, Social Sciences
School : Theology Christian Religious Studies, Ethics, Religious Studies, Theology

General information

Alternative names PUCV
Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Founded 1928
Accreditation National Accreditation Commission (CNA)
Motto Fides et Labor
Faith and Work
Colors dark blue, dark red, golden

Location and contacts

Address Avenida Brasil 2950 Casilla 4059
Valparaíso, Valparaíso
City population 297,000

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