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Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

The Universidad del Sagrado Corazon, is the oldest private educational institution in Puerto Rico. Three of its buildings, The Main Administration Building, the Portico and Chapel, have also been listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. Located on 32 acres in the heart of San Juan, the university has both a distinctive campus and an urban environment. The smaller size of the USC creates an atmosphere in which students are able to build support systems and friendships within the tight knit campus community. As a selective, liberal arts institution, USC’s main focus is to educate individuals through an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary educational experience. In the classroom and on campus, students will have the opportunity to interact with their peers and to experience the culture of the university.


Originally founded in 1880 as an elementary and secondary boarding school for girls by the Catholic religious Order of the Society of the Sacred Heart, in 1935 they established the College of the Sacred Heart, a four-year liberal arts college for women. Since 1950, the Institution has been accredited by the Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools and locally by the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education. In 1972, it became coeducational, serving 797 students with 12 undergraduate majors and in 1976, was officially authorized to use the name Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. By 1986, the Institution served 8,274 students with 30 majors and 3 masters programs. During the period of l986-88 a new vision was defined to promote a more personalized education rightsizing the undergraduate enrollment to 4,753 by 1992, which has remained constant since then.


The health and security of students is paramount and USC is active in ensuring the welfare of its students. The dorms have 24-hour security to ensure the students safety. The Programa de Apoyo (PAE) provides with both academic and personal help, and there is also a 24-hour nurse on campus as well as psychological help available in both English and Spanish. Shuttles provide safe and reliable transport for the students, taking them from their dorms into town, where they are able to explore and experience island life.

Other features of USC include:

  • Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • Library
  • Language lab
  • Volunteer office
  • Exercise rooms
  • Mac lab, along with several other computer rooms


Students will live on the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon campus in single-sex dorms with Puerto Rican roommates. All dorms are double rooms, and come equipped with refrigerators, shared bathrooms and cooking facilities. Twenty-four hours security ensures the absolute safety of the students. Along with a main cafeteria and several snack bars, students will be able to take full advantage of the rich and delicious culinary culture in the town’s many restaurants and eateries.