Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,160
4.88% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$10,283
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
4.57%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
94.7%
2,622 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
5,776
80% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
42.8%
395 Graduates

About

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is a higher education institution located in Ponce Municipio, PR. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce were General Biomedical Sciences (173 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (110 degrees), and General Psychology (62 degrees).

In 2022, 1,178 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce. 67.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (1,169 degrees), 1.17k times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is $5,160, which is $−24,990 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is $5,160, which is $−24,990 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,283.

In 2022, 99% of undergraduate students attending Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 26% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$5,160
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce was $5,160. The cost of tuition at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is $−24,990 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$10,283
2022 Value
7.86%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,283. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce grew by 7.86%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,091
Room and Board
$1,786
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce was of $6,091 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.15% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,786. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.3% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

99%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
26%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

99% of undergraduate students at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 7.61% with respect to 2021, when 92% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
4.57%
2019 Default Rate
100
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce was 4.57%, which represents 100 out of the 2188 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce received 2,622 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 43% annual growth. Out of those 2,622 applicants, 2,484 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 94.7% acceptance rate.

There were 5,776 students enrolled at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce in 2022.

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce has an overall enrollment yield of 31.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

94.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
2,484
Accepted Out of 2,622

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce was 94.7% (2,484 admissions from 2,622 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 85.3%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 43%, while admissions grew by 58.8%..

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Enrollment

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce had a total enrollment of 5,776 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is 4,623 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,153. This means that 80% of students enrolled at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce, both undergraduate and graduate, is 97.5% Hispanic or Latino, 0.0519% White, and 0.0346% Black or African American.

Students enrolled at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (64.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (34.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (62.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (27.9%) and Black or African American Male (0.0935%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

80%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,776 students. The full-time enrollment at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is 4,623 and the part-time enrollment is 1,153. This means that 80% of students enrolled at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce was 79%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    5,634 enrolled students
  2. White
    3 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    2 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is 97.5% Hispanic or Latino, 0.0519% White, and 0.0346% Black or African American. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 126 students (2.18%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 402 more women than men received degrees from Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is hispanic or latino (1,169 degrees awarded). There were 1.17k times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is General Biomedical Sciences (173 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (110 degrees) and General Psychology (62 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Legal (126 degrees awarded), Biology (219 degrees), and Psychology (118 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce are Physicians (439,533 people), Social workers, all other (252,833 people), Other managers (233,099 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (210,370 people), and Postsecondary teachers (174,253 people).

The most specialized majors at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce in 2022 are Legal (126 degrees awarded), Biology (219 degrees), Psychology (118 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (54 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (26 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Physicians, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce are Legal (126 degrees awarded), Biology (219 degrees), Psychology (118 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (54 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (26 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (701,320 people), Elementary & secondary schools (616,674 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (469,409 people), Outpatient care centers (308,870 people), and Offices of physicians (246,165 people).

The most specialized majors at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce are Legal (126 degrees awarded), Biology (219 degrees), Psychology (118 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (54 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (26 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 173 degrees awarded
  2. 110 degrees awarded
  3. 62 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce was General Biomedical Sciences with 173 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

388
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
790
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 388 degrees were awarded to men at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce, which is 0.491 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (790).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 47 degrees were awarded to men at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce in General Biomedical Sciences, which is 0.373 times less than the 126 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 126 degrees were awarded to men at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce in General Biomedical Sciences, which is 2.68 times more than the 47 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

12%
100% Completion Time
46%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 12% of students graduating from Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 46% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 52% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is Female and White (50% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    1,169 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    1 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is hispanic or latino (1,169 degrees awarded). There were 1.17k times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1 degrees).

0.594% of degree recipients (7 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    785 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    384 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Male
    1 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce is hispanic or latino female (785 degrees awarded). There were 2.04 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (384 degrees).

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Operations

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce has an endowment valued at nearly $16M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−60.7%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce had a total salary expenditure of 82.4M. Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce employs 69 Assistant professors, 60 Associate professors and 43 Professors. Most academics at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce are Female Assistant professor (39), Female Associate professor (32), and Male Assistant professor (30).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce are: Office and Administrative Support, with 180 employees, Management, with 100 employees, and Service with 50 employees.

Endowment

$16M
2022 Endowment
19.6%
decline from 2021

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce has an endowment valued at about $16M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce declined 19.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $357M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$33.5M
2022 Salaries
2.89%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce paid a median of $33.5M in salaries, which represents 40.6% of their overall expenditure ($82.4M) and a 2.89% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$10.1M
Instructional Salaries
191
Number of Employees

In 2022, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce paid a total of $10.1M to 191 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
69 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
180 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce were Assistant professor with 69 employees, Associate professor with 60 employees, and Professor with 43 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce were Office and Administrative Support with 180 employees, Management with 100 employees, and Service with 50 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce was Female Assistant professor with 39 employees, Female Associate professor with 32 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 30 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce.

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