Pontificia Bolivariana University: Statistics

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#1602 of 14,131 In the World
#79 of 1,756 In Latin America
#7 of 190 In Colombia
#2 of 22 In Medellin
#737 of 6,416 For Philosophy
Top50% For 45 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate50%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (bachillerato) and state entrance examination. Entrance examination for Graphic and Industrial Design
Academic CalendarJanuary to November (January - June; July-November)

We've calculated the 50% acceptance rate for Pontificia Bolivariana University 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

Pontificia Bolivariana University has published 9,845 scientific papers with 35,015 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Political Science, Medicine, Biology, Environmental Science, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, and Chemistry.


Pontificia Bolivariana University majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
7,037 / 13,068
5,954 / 6,504
Political Science
2,642 / 3,462
2,535 / 15,332
2,529 / 20,627
Environmental Science
2,336 / 15,618
2,253 / 19,761
1,830 / 16,463
Computer Science
1,762 / 12,504
1,666 / 17,767
Geography and Cartography
1,471 / 7,840
1,297 / 4,185
1,245 / 8,408
1,140 / 2,559
Quantum and Particle physics
1,133 / 10,354
1,081 / 9,789
1,055 / 7,914
964 / 9,045
Materials Science
921 / 9,407
911 / 8,796
860 / 4,711
817 / 10,640
Organic Chemistry
786 / 10,181
763 / 3,057
753 / 5,162
714 / 6,476
695 / 5,485
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
686 / 5,145
677 / 2,965
646 / 6,467
Mechanical Engineering
636 / 5,040
635 / 5,011
557 / 2,564
519 / 2,412
Art & Design
494 / 1,057
491 / 4,540
Electrical Engineering
480 / 4,075
Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN)
475 / 744
Optical Engineering
459 / 3,524
412 / 2,982

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 16 8
1991 13 3
1992 24 6
1993 23 3
1994 13 4
1995 29 9
1996 19 9
1997 26 22
1998 29 21
1999 17 31
2000 31 30
2001 51 35
2002 45 61
2003 53 70
2004 78 101
2005 117 165
2006 122 229
2007 192 306
2008 211 402
2009 239 537
2010 359 684
2011 331 863
2012 432 1017
2013 612 1096
2014 560 1451
2015 536 1608
2016 694 1673
2017 907 2073
2018 712 2315
2019 648 3108
2020 688 3855
2021 605 5368
2022 500 5229
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Pontificia Bolivariana University 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 (COP)
Architecture 13,000,000
Business Administration 10,500,000
Communications 10,500,000
Computer Science 11,500,000
Dentistry 22,000,000
Education 8,500,000
Engineering 12,000,000
Law 14,000,000
Medicine 28,000,000
Nursing 10,500,000
Psychology 10,500,000

Currency: Colombian Peso (COP)

Pontificia Bolivariana University has 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 Pontificia Bolivariana University.

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
Profesional Universitario Advertising and Publicity, Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Architecture, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Graphics, Data Processing, Economics, Educational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Fashion Design, Foreign Languages Education, Graphic Design, History, Humanities and Social Science Education, Industrial Design, Industrial Engineering, International Business, Journalism, Law, Literature, Mass Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Nanotechnology, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Telecommunications Engineering, Theology
Especialización Administrative Law, Agricultural Business, Anaesthesiology, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Business Computing, Cardiology, Civil Law, Clinical Psychology, Commercial Law, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Law, Dermatology, Design, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Endocrinology, Energy Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Management, Family Studies, Finance, Fiscal Law, Foreign Languages Education, Health Administration, Health Sciences, Heritage Preservation, Human Resources, Information Technology, Interior Design, Journalism, Labour Law, Law, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mass Communication, Medicine, Midwifery, Natural Resources, Nephrology, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Private Law, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Public Administration, Radiology, Rheumatology, Robotics, Social Psychology, Surgery, Textile Technology, Treatment Techniques, Writing
Maestría Administration, Agricultural Business, Architecture, Art Management, Biological and Life Sciences, Cinema and Television, Communication Studies, Consumer Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Education, Educational Psychology, Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Foreign Languages Education, Health Administration, Human Resources, Industrial Design, Industrial Management, Information Technology, Landscape Architecture, Law, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Private Law, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Social Psychology, Theology, Urban Studies
Doctorado Communication Studies, Design, Education, Engineering, Engineering Management, Information Technology, Law, Medicine, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Theology

Pontificia Bolivariana University alumni

  1. Juanes

    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    1972-.. (age 51)
    composermusic arrangermusiciansingerguitarist

    Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez, known professionally as Juanes, is a Colombian musician who was a member of the rock band Ekhymosis and is now a solo artist. In 2000, his solo debut album Fíjate Bien won three Latin Grammy Awards. Juanes has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

  2. Belisario Betancur

    Belisario Betancur
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    1923-2018 (aged 95)

    Belisario Betancur Cuartas was a Colombian politician who served as the 26th President of Colombia from 1982 to 1986. He was a member of the Colombian Conservative Party. His presidency was noted for its attempted peace talks with several Colombian guerilla groups. He was also one of the few presidents to abstain from participating in politics after leaving office.

  3. Héctor Abad Faciolince

    Héctor Abad Faciolince
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    1958-.. (age 65)
    journalistwritertranslatorliterary critic

    Héctor Abad Faciolince is a Colombian novelist, essayist, journalist, and editor. Abad is considered one of the most talented post-Latin American Boom writers in Latin American literature. Abad is best known for his bestselling novel Angosta, and more recently, El Olvido que Seremos (t. Oblivion: A Memoir).

  4. Federico Gutiérrez

    Federico Gutiérrez
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    1974-.. (age 49)
    politicianinternational forum participant

    Federico Andrés Gutiérrez Zuluaga is a Colombian politician and civil engineer who served as the mayor of Medellín from 2016 to 2019 and was previously a member of the Medellín municipal council from 2004 to 2011. A member of the Creemos Colombia party, Gutiérrez was the candidate for the 2022 Colombian presidential election as the nominee for the conservative Team for Colombia coalition.

All 20 notable alumni

Pontificia Bolivariana University faculties and divisions

School : Architecture and Design Architecture, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design
School : Economics, Administration and Commerce Business Administration, Economics, International Business
School : Education and Pedagogy Art Education, Education, Foreign Languages Education, Native Language Education
School : Engineering Administration, Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Safety Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Textile Technology
School : Health Sciences Medicine, Nursing
School : Law and Political Science Law, Political Sciences
School : Social Sciences Advertising and Publicity, Journalism, Mass Communication, Psychology, Social Work
School : Theology, Philosophy and Humanities History, Humanities and Social Science Education, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Education, Theology

General information

Alternative names UPB
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
Founded 1937
Accreditation Ministerio de Educación Nacional; Ministerio de Gobierno
Motto Formación integral para la transformación social y humana
Integral education for social and human transformation
Colors red, yellow, black

Location and contacts

Address Campus Laureles Circular 1a 70-01
Medellín, Antioquia
City population 2,529,000

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