University of Costa Rica

public university in Costa Rica

The University of Costa Rica (Spanish: Universidad de Costa Rica) is a public university in the Republic of Costa Rica, in Central America. Its main campus is Ciudad Universitaria Rodrigo Facio. It is located in San Pedro Montes de Oca, in the province of San José. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious university in Costa Rica. It is also the most important research university in Central America. About 39,000 students attend UCR each year.

University of Costa Rica
Universidad de Costa Rica
MottoLucem Aspicio (Latin, "In search for the light")
TypePublic, undergraduate, graduate.
RectorDr. Henning Jensen-Pennington
Students41.642 (2011)[1]
Location, ,
CampusBoth Urban and Rural
Campus size77.5 ha, 775.000 m²

The University of Costa Rica is currently in the top 500 best universities worldwide, ranking at #1826 world-wide, and at #81 Latin America-wise.[2]


  1. "Hechos y Cifras". Archived from the original on 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  2. "Latin America - Ranking Web of Universities: More than 28000 institutions ranked".