Statement of Accreditation Status

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

  • CEO: Dr. Jorge Velez Arocho, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Maritza Rivera
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Melissa Hardin, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity » Four-year, medium, primarily nonresidential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Catholic University of Puerto Rico (1/25/1991), Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Ponce (7/15/2011)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1953
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2014
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2028

Contact Information

2250 Boulevard Luis A. Ferre Aguayo Suite 564
Ponce, PR 00717-9997

(787) 841-2000

www.pucpr.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • June 24, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • March 4, 2021
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted and no further evidence is required at this time. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 9, 2020
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report due March 1, 2021, addressing recent action by the American Bar Association (ABA) which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard III (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience), Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience), Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment), and Requirement of Affiliation 6.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that a follow-up visit will not be conducted. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • March 15, 2018
    To accept the Supplemental Information report. To request a Supplemental Information report, due August 1, 2018, regarding the status of the institution. A small team visit may follow submission of the report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • January 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note that the institution has closed its additional locations at (1) Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal W, 5821 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35210; and (2) Seminario Santa Maria de los Angeles, Apartado 11714, San Juan, PR 00922-1714 and to remove these additional locations from the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • October 19, 2017
    To request a supplemental information report due December 1, 2017, regarding the status of the institution.
  • June 29, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional location at the Veterans Hospital, 10 Calle Casia, San Juan, PR 00921 and to remove the location from the institution's accreditation. To note that this action is not retroactive. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.
  • January 5, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.
  • June 26, 2014
    To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • October 28, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note that the institution has closed its additional locations at (1) Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Carr. 3, Km 142.1, Guayama, PR 00785; and (2) Baxter Pharmaceutical, Carr. 3, Km 142.5, Guayama, PR 00784. To remove these additional locations from the institution’s accreditation. To note that the supplemental information report, due September 19, 2013, has been received and will be acted on by the Commission at its November meeting. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • August 20, 2013
    To request a supplemental information report, due September 19, 2013, addressing the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accreditation action of July 11-12, 2013. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • May 1, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request, to note the institution’s decision to close its additional location at the Guayama Extension, Calle Palmer 5 Sur, Guayama, PR 00784, and to remove the location from the scope of the institution’s accreditation.
  • May 1, 2012
    To include the additional location at the Biotechnology and Agrobiotechnology Learning and Research Center (CEIBA), Lot #25 Sabanetas Industrial Park, Ponce, PR 00717, within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • November 17, 2011
    To accept the monitoring report. To note that the relationship of the Ponce campus with the Arecibo and Mayaguez campuses was clarified through the Substantive Change action by the Commission on June 28, 2011. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:
  • Branch Campus
    Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo Campus
    Bo. Santana Carr. 662 Km. 2.3
    Arecibo, PR 00614-4045
    Opened: 06/28/2011
  • Branch Campus
    Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez Campus
    482 Sur Calle Dr. Ramon E. Betances
    Mayaguez, PR 00680-0000
    Opened: 06/28/2011
  • Additional Location
    Bayamon Central University
    Ave. Zaya Verde Reparto Milagrosa Hato Tejas
    Bayamon, PR 00960-1725
  • Additional Location
    Biotechnology and Agrobiotechnology Learning and Research Center (CEIBA)
    Lot #25 Sabanetas industrial Park
    Ponce, PR 00717
    Opened: 05/01/2012
  • Additional Location
    School of Architecture
    2250 Avenida Las Américas Suite 545
    Ponce, PR 00717-9997
    Opened: 09/02/2009
  • Additional Location
    Seminario Mayor Interdiocesano
    PO Box 32110
    Ponce, PR 00732

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