University of Costa Rica: Statistics



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#750 of 14,131 In the World
#26 of 1,756 In Latin America
#1 of 54 In Costa Rica
#1 of 40 In San Jose
#239 of 2,152 For Animal Science
Top50% For 112 other topics
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Acceptance rate
Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate40%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (bachillerato) or foreign equivalent, and entrance examination
Academic CalendarFebruary to December (February - July; August-December)

We've calculated the 40% acceptance rate for University of 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

University of Costa Rica is a world-class research university with 30,450 scientific papers published and 219,435 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Environmental Science, Biology, Political Science, Geography and Cartography, Chemistry, Medicine, Ecology, and Engineering.


University of Costa Rica majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
21,136 / 86,380
16,964 / 29,264
Environmental Science
12,809 / 147,595
11,499 / 171,058
Political Science
7,626 / 28,105
Geography and Cartography
7,607 / 56,915
6,691 / 131,807
6,632 / 103,189
6,542 / 109,376
5,632 / 68,155
5,494 / 74,208
Computer Science
4,792 / 47,726
4,625 / 69,079
4,434 / 103,898
4,415 / 46,020
4,413 / 91,416
3,855 / 53,299
3,748 / 48,615
3,105 / 24,924
Organic Chemistry
3,101 / 69,106
3,088 / 25,432
Quantum and Particle physics
2,570 / 37,926
2,556 / 34,015
2,520 / 23,133
2,382 / 34,829
2,211 / 23,864
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation
2,037 / 46,186
2,031 / 27,996
Public Health
1,876 / 38,143
1,858 / 15,964
1,795 / 35,268
Materials Science
1,785 / 28,843
1,739 / 13,494
1,734 / 20,560
Art & Design
1,685 / 9,969
1,611 / 15,806
Agricultural Science
1,505 / 19,825
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
1,485 / 12,431
1,405 / 22,487
1,403 / 14,052

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 124 420
1992 220 431
1993 233 462
1994 264 532
1995 274 608
1996 253 694
1997 258 900
1998 267 1042
1999 274 1062
2000 313 1407
2001 360 1679
2002 464 1933
2003 409 2718
2004 437 2557
2005 470 2854
2006 556 3509
2007 564 3977
2008 635 4564
2009 843 5706
2010 748 5953
2011 1794 6606
2012 1124 7385
2013 1338 8174
2014 1358 9656
2015 1847 10177
2016 1996 10395
2017 1605 10760
2018 1376 11938
2019 1565 13436
2020 1764 16770
2021 1788 20378
2022 1493 21272
2023 1384 21204
Academic rankings


Local studetns 3,250 per credit (CRC)

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 University of 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 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
Bachillerato Universitario Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Administration, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Animal Husbandry, Anthropology, Archiving, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, Foreign Languages Education, French, Geography, Geology, Graphic Design, History, Humanities and Social Science Education, Law, Library Science, Mathematics Education, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Auxiliaries, Medical Technology, Medicine, Meteorology, Music, Music Education, Native Language Education, Nutrition, Philology, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Physics, Political Sciences, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Science Education, Social Work, Sociology, Special Education, Statistics, Surveying and Mapping, Theatre
Licenciatura Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Animal Husbandry, Anthropology, Architecture, Archiving, Biology, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Dentistry, Design, Education, Educational Administration, Educational and Student Counselling, Electrical Engineering, Food Science, Food Technology, Geography, Geology, Graphic Design, History, Industrial Engineering, Law, Library Science, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Meteorology, Microbiology, Music, Nursing, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Philology, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Political Sciences, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Surveying and Mapping, Theatre
Especialidad Profesional Forensic Medicine and Dentistry, Meteorology
Maestría Agricultural Business, Agriculture, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Architecture, Astrophysics, Biology, Biomedicine, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Curriculum, Dentistry, Economics, Educational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Management, Film, Food Science, Foreign Languages Education, Geography, Geological Engineering, Gerontology, Higher Education, History, Hotel Management, Hydraulic Engineering, Immunology, Industrial Chemistry, Industrial Engineering, Law, Library Science, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Meteorology, Microbiology, Music, Native Language Education, Nursing, Nutrition, Parasitology, Parks and Recreation, Pharmacy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology, Sports, Statistics, Surgery, Tourism, Transport Engineering, Visual Arts, Women's Studies
Doctorado Académico Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Biomedicine, Business Administration, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Government, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Theatre

University of Costa Rica alumni

  1. Ben Fogle

    Ben Fogle
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    1973-.. (age 51)
    writertelevision directorexplorertelevision presenterbroadcaster

    Benjamin Myer Fogle, is an English broadcaster, writer and adventurer, best known for his presenting roles with British television channels Channel 5, BBC and ITV.

  2. Carlos Andrés Pérez

    Carlos Andrés Pérez
    Born in
    Venezuela Flag Venezuela
    1922-2010 (aged 88)

    Carlos Andrés Pérez Rodríguez also known as CAP and often referred to as El Gocho (due to his Andean origins), was a Venezuelan politician and the president of Venezuela from 12 March 1974 to 12 March 1979 and again from 2 February 1989 to 21 May 1993. He was one of the founders of Acción Democrática, the dominant political party in Venezuela during the second half of the twentieth century.

  3. Marilo Montero

    Marilo Montero
    Born in
    Spain Flag Spain
    1965-.. (age 59)
    Enrolled in the University of Costa Rica
    Studied in 1985-1990
    television presenterjournalist

    María Dolores Leonor "Mariló" Montero Abárzuza, is a Spanish journalist and television presenter. She was a presenter of La mañana de La 1 of TVE from 2009 to 2016.

  4. Carlos Alvarado Quesada

    Carlos Alvarado Quesada
    Born in
    Costa Rica Flag Costa Rica
    1980-.. (age 44)
    journalistwriterinternational forum participant

    Carlos Andrés Alvarado Quesada is a Costa Rican politician, writer, journalist, and political scientist who served as the 48th president of Costa Rica from 8 May 2018 to 8 May 2022. A member of the Citizens' Action Party (PAC), Alvarado previously served as Minister of Labor and Social Security during the presidency of Luis Guillermo Solís.

All 74 notable alumni

University of Costa Rica faculties and divisions

Campus : Atlantico Agriculture, Business Administration, Education, Environmental Engineering, Public Health, Rehabilitation and Therapy
Campus : Guanacaste Accountancy, Administration, Education, Engineering, English, Law, Tourism
Campus : Occidente Design, Education, Environmental Management, Law, Psychology, Social Work
Campus : Pacifico Accountancy, Administration, Engineering, Information Technology
Campus : Sur Agricultural Economics, Education, English, International Business, Tourism
Faculty : Agronomy Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Animal Husbandry, Food Technology, Zoology
Faculty : Arts Acting, Art History, Conducting, Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, Graphic Design, Music, Musical Instruments, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Singing, Theatre
Faculty : Economics Accountancy, Business Administration, Economics, Health Administration, Public Administration, Statistics, Taxation
Faculty : Education Civics, Education, Educational Administration, Foreign Languages Education, Higher Education, Humanities and Social Science Education, Library Science, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Physical Education, Primary Education, Science Education, Special Education
Faculty : Engineering Agricultural Engineering, Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Surveying and Mapping
Faculty : Law Law
Faculty : Letters English, Foreign Languages Education, Literature, Modern Languages, Native Language Education, Philology, Philosophy, Spanish
Faculty : Medicine Dentistry, Medical Auxiliaries, Medical Technology, Medicine, Microbiology, Nursing, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Surgery
Faculty : Science Actuarial Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Meteorology, Natural Sciences, Physics, Statistics
Faculty : Social Sciences Anthropology, Archiving, Communication Studies, Geography, History, Mass Communication, Political Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology
Research Division : Abnormal Haemoglobin and Related Disorders Pathology
Research Division : Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Agricultural Business
Research Division : Agriculture Agriculture
Research Division : Agronomy Agronomy
Research Division : Animal Nutrition Animal Husbandry
Research Division : Atomic, Molecular and Nuclear Sciences Atomic and Molecular Physics, Nuclear Physics
Research Division : Cellular and Molecular Biology Cell Biology, Molecular Biology
Research Division : Central American History History, Latin American Studies
Research Division : Crop Protection Crop Production
Research Division : Economics Economics
Research Division : Education Education
Research Division : Electro-Chemistry and Chemical Energy Chemistry
Research Division : Engineering Engineering
Research Division : Environmental Pollution Environmental Studies
Research Division : Food Science and Technology Food Science, Food Technology
Research Division : Geology Geology
Research Division : Geophysics Geophysics, Seismology
Research Division : Grains and Seeds Plant Pathology
Research Division : Health Sciences Health Sciences
Research Division : Latin American Identity and Culture Cultural Studies, Latin American Studies
Research Division : Law Law
Research Division : Linguistics Linguistics
Research Division : Materials Engineering Materials Engineering
Research Division : Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Applied Mathematics, Mathematics
Research Division : Mathematics and Meta-Mathematics Mathematics
Research Division : Microstructures Microelectronics
Research Division : Natural Products Natural Resources
Research Division : Pharmacy Pharmacy
Research Division : Philosophy Philosophy
Research Division : Population Studies Demography and Population
Research Division : Psychology Psychology
Research Division : Public Administration Public Administration
Research Division : Sea Sciences and Limnology Limnology, Marine Science and Oceanography
Research Division : Social Studies Social Studies
Research Division : Tropical Diseases Tropical Medicine
Research Division : Women's Studies Women's Studies

General information

Alternative names UCR
Universidad de Costa Rica
Founded 1940
Accreditation Consejo Nacional de Rectores (CONARE); Sistema Nacional de Acreditación de la Educación Superior (SINAES)
Motto Lucem Aspicio
In search for the light

Location and contacts

Address Apartado 2060 Ciudad Universitaria Rodrígo Facio
San José, 11501-2060
Costa Rica
City population 342,000

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