The UPR-RP is the largest campus in terms of student population of the University of Puerto Rico System, and is the first public university in the history of Puerto Rico. The Campus serves more than 18,000 students, 20% graduate, and grants an average of over 3,000 degrees a year. From 2005 up to 2010 doctorate degrees conferred have maintained an upward trend. It must be noted that UPR‐RP has consistently granted the largest number of doctorate degrees to Hispanics in the US. As a public comprehensive doctoral institution, its academic offerings range from the baccalaureate to the doctoral degree, through 70 undergraduate programs and 19 graduate degrees with 71 specializations in the basic disciplines and professional fields. The School of Architecture of the UPR is the oldest and most established school in the island. The use of the installations and resources (Rapid Prototyping and Fabrication tools) are essential for the development of this project. As a housing sponsor, the campus provides housing in three residence halls: Torre del Norte, ResiCampus and the Plaza Universitaria Residence hall.
The UPRRP is considered the heart of the commercial and cultural area of Río Piedras, located in the central region of the capital city of San Juan. It is easily accessible via public transportation, including the Urban Train arriving to the vicinity of the enclosure that is easily identified at a distance by its landmark tower. The campus combines sidewalks, and landscaping between old and modern buildings that serve as evidence of architectural development of the past 107 years in Puerto Rican architecture.Left Photo Credit: F&N Air Photo – www.fnairphoto.com