Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso: Statistics



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#3047 of 14,131 In the World
#186 of 1,756 In Latin America
#18 of 60 In Chile
#3 of 4 In Valparaiso
#2145 of 6,416 For Philosophy
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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 1,592 scientific papers with 2,192 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Political Science, Environmental Science, Geography and Cartography, Biology, Sociology, Engineering, Law, and Physics.


Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
1,240 / 1,149
1,033 / 661
Political Science
546 / 280
Environmental Science
471 / 1,370
Geography and Cartography
324 / 527
308 / 1,263
291 / 301
279 / 1,087
249 / 172
244 / 954
Computer Science
240 / 381
212 / 780
172 / 167
164 / 870
164 / 295
162 / 391
161 / 550
Quantum and Particle physics
156 / 443
150 / 589
133 / 330
130 / 292
109 / 483
107 / 206
Art & Design
100 / 94
100 / 300
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
99 / 118
Materials Science
88 / 488
Education Majors
88 / 81
Mechanical Engineering
83 / 241
Organic Chemistry
79 / 446
76 / 229
75 / 475
74 / 126
Math Teachers
72 / 60
68 / 462
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
63 / 15
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation
63 / 264
Social Psychology
63 / 74
62 / 454
53 / 54

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 10 0
1991 1 0
1992 4 0
1993 5 1
1994 9 0
1995 10 4
1996 14 2
1997 8 0
1998 9 3
1999 16 6
2000 15 7
2001 5 8
2002 18 5
2003 25 10
2004 26 20
2005 40 18
2006 33 18
2007 38 32
2008 44 35
2009 67 65
2010 68 81
2011 104 69
2012 55 108
2013 91 97
2014 95 111
2015 70 113
2016 97 106
2017 92 85
2018 92 132
2019 124 172
2020 110 206
2021 73 300
2022 6 231
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 59)
    actortelevision actor

    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 54)
    Enrolled in the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso
    Studied architecture
    writerpoliticiangraphic designer

    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 56)
    association football player

    Mario Alfredo Salas Saieg is a former Chilean football midfielder and current manager. He earned five caps for the Chile national team, scoring no goals between 1993 and 1997.

  4. Alejandro Navarro

    Alejandro Navarro
    Born in
    Chile Flag Chile
    1958-.. (age 65)
    Enrolled in the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso
    Studied geography

    Alejandro Navarro Brain is a Chilean politician who has served as a member of Parliament for the Bío-Bío Region since 1994. First as Deputy and since 2006 as Senator, in 2009 founded the Broad Social Movement (MAS in Spanish), same year that he ran for the President of the Republic post. His partner is Ana Garcia Sciaraffia and has five children. He later left MAS to form País.

All 56 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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