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Admission requirements: the introduction of the student in an exercise of disciplinary excellence within a highly competitive academia.

It is a full compromise towards the profession and towards the forging of a superior architect, capable of bettering our citizens’ quality of life, Puerto Rico’s Pontifical Catholic University at Ponce Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture Program, sets up a rigorous process of selection of its academic enrollment. This will respond to the level of difficulty, complexity and obligation, inherent to the practicing of the discipline and to the teaching on a higher education level. An admission Committee, chosen from the administrative personnel, will be appointed to undertake the admission application evaluation and the interviews with the candidates in an impartial and professional manner.

The reason for this admission rigidity is due to the limited space available (120 acceptances per year) and in part because applications will be processed only once a year (towards the fall semester). Also, the existing demand to undergo studies in architecture exceeds the actual offer, what reigns the need of undergoing a scrutiny when selecting the candidates to join the program. Here we present the requirements towards the admission to the Architecture program.

New Students

It will be considered as a new student all who has obtained a high school diploma and/or that who has attempted less than twenty-four (24) credits at a higher education accredited institution.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Filling out an admission application using the official document provided by the office of Admissions of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
  • Submit an official high school credit transcript and a transcript form each higher education institution previously attended (if applicable), that should reflect a cumulative academic average not less than 2.50 on a 4.00 scale
  • Evidence of having taken the administrative test offered by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) and having obtained a score of not less than 500 points on each area of the exam. If the scores are not enough the applicant must take the additional courses corresponding to the subject which the minimum score was not achieved)
  • Provide an essay exposing the reasons for its interest in pursuing studies in architecture
  • Provide two letters of recommendations addressed to the School of Architecture. These shall be from previous professors and/or administrators from the institution(s) previously attended.
  • Successfully completing an interview  with the School of Architecture’s Admissions Committee

Transfer Students

All applicants with twenty-four credits or more form an accredited higher education institution will be considered Transfer Students. The requirements are as follow:

  • Filling out an admission application using the official document provided by the office of Admissions of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
  • Presenting the academic progress status form the previous institution. Students suspended from any institution due to academic deficiencies do not qualify as transfer students until the probation period has expired. Students with disciplinary suspension will not be qualified
  • Submit an official credit transcript from the university previously attended (if applicable), that should reflect a cumulative academic average not less than 2.50 on a 4.00 scale
  • Provide an essay exposing the reasons for its interest in pursuing studies in architecture
  • Obtain a recommendation from the Dean of Students from the previous institution using the form provided by the institution for these purposes.
  • Provide two letters of recommendations addressed to the School of Architecture. These shall be from previous professors and/or administrators from the institution(s) previously attended.
  • Successfully completing an interview  with the School of Architecture’s Admissions Committee

Graduate Students

All applicants who have obtained a university degree from a higher education duly accredited institution will be considered Graduate students. The requirements are as follow:

  • Filling out an admission application using the official document provided by the office of Admissions of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
  • Submit an official credit transcript from the university previously attended (if applicable), that should reflect a cumulative academic average not less than 2.50 on a 4.00 scale
  • Provide an essay exposing the reasons for its interest in pursuing studies in architecture
  • Provide two letters of recommendations addressed to the School of Architecture. These shall be from previous professors and/or administrators from the institution(s) previously attended.
  • Successfully completing an interview  with the School of Architecture’s Admissions Committee

International Students

The School of Architecture welcomes all foreign students interested in becoming part of our innovative academic program. Due to political status and citizenship, the PCUPR and the School of Architecture are required by the U.S. Federal government to meet specific criteria for non-citizens of the United States of America. The School of Architecture and the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico is available to facilitate any process and/or documentation required for admission and student visa.

In order to be considered for admission, ALL non-citizen and/or non-resident students must:

  • Submit an application for admission.
  • Submit an official transcript for secondary school if applying as a freshman student.
  • Submit two official transcripts from a university or college attended if applying as a transfer or graduate student.
  • Submit official results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test offered by the C.E.E.B. or SAT.
  • Pay $15.00 dollars non refundable fee.

Once admitted, the student must comply with the requisites of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service Office:

  • Submit an affidavit of Support (evidence of income and resources).
  • Submit a statement from an officer of the bank or other financial institution.
  • Have a local residence address
  • Complete the I-20 form of Immigration and Naturalization Service at the Registrar’s Office. This is required to obtain the student visa. The procedure to obtain the student visa from the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service Office could last up to six (6) months. It is recommended that this procedure be initiated at least one semester before the period of studies.

Re-Admission

All applicants who have previously attended the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico will be considered Re-admission students. This is applicable to students applying for a change of major and for those who have completed a professional degree and wish to pursue studies with a new degree. The requirements are as follow:

  • Filling out a readmission application using the official document provided by the office of Admissions of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
  • Credit transcript must reveal a cumulative academic average not less than 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Provide an essay exposing the reasons for its interest in pursuing studies in architecture
  • Provide two letters of recommendations addressed to the School of Architecture. These shall be from previous professors and/or administrators from the institution(s) previously attended.
  • Successfully completing an interview  with the School of Architecture’s Admissions Committee

Transfer Credits

The Dean of the School of Architecture will evaluate all transfer and new admissions applications with approved university credits to determine the courses that can be accredited.

  • All general courses and major related courses approved with a grade of C or greater, which the Dean understands are equivalent or could or that could substitute one or several of the requisites of our institution.
  • Courses will not be eligible for accreditation if more than ten years have passed since they were taken.
  • The Dean will determine the exact number of credits required for the degree. Nonetheless, the last thirty-six (36) credits required for the completion of the degree shall be undertaken at the Pontifical Catholic University. The Dean will determine which of those shall be requisites form the program or the specialty.
  • Some courses taken at other institutions that do not have an equivalent at the Pontifical Catholic University could be accounted for as electives, subject to the Dean’s approval.
  • Any student could, before enrollment, submit a written appeal at the Vicepresident of Academic Affairs to reconsider any accreditation of transfer credits.

These classifications and/or requirements correspond to that established in the Institutional Catalogue of the Pontifical Catholic University, except the following:

  • The accumulated academic average for transfer students and graduate students changes from 2.00 to 2.50 in a 4.00 scale.
  • Regarding credit accreditation, it will be required that the last credits required for the degree shall be 36 instead of 30.
Administración
Experimental Unit Coordinators
Facultad
Localización

PONCE: Regional Empathy and the City Laboratory

With a population of approximately 200,000, Ponce is the largest city in southern Puerto Rico, and second largest city in the island. It is known as “La Perla del Sur” (pearl of the south) due to it’s impact and its protagonical influence on the region. As the economic and cultural bastion of southern Puerto Rico, Ponce has had to adopt a leading role in the regions development. In recent years, Ponce’s prominence within the region has once again brought forth great potential for further development. The advent of the creation of the Port of the Americas has empowered Ponce and the southern region with potential beyond the typical. Capitalizing on the global aperture that offers the Port of The Americas requires an all access strategy to the principal players of the Southern Region.  From the academic perspective and of a School of Architecture, this strategy shall be propelled in an innovative way, looking to establish multisectorial praxis, where the Academy, the Industry, the Government and civilian society shall collaborate in its implementation, evaluation and calibration.  Pontifical Catholic University has as its goal to establish an academic paradigm that allows reaching the cultural pith undertaking the social transformation of the region, in other words, a paradigm that will take us from the Port to the Network of Global Access.

The School of Architecture adopts the concept of Regional Empathy as the ethical backbone of its academic, social, cultural and economic proposal for the southern region of Puerto Rico.  Asserting Regional Empathy will be the vertebrae of economic growth for global markets and networks that will be developed through the Port of The Americas, one of the biggest projects within Puerto Rico, and a potential catalyst for economy, culture and regional development.  Encouraging Regional Empathy will assure the healthy evolution of our culture in a global exchange context. Culture conceived as the civic and epistemic organizer of the society, like the quarry of wealth, heap of experiences and knowledge.

The Ponce Historical Center has provided the School of Architecture with an ideal venue for the postulation of its vision and the contextual basis for the advancement of its innovative academic program. The Forteza building, located within Ponce’s main plaza (Plaza Las Delicias), provides students and faculty with a true grasp of the urban condition that makes Ponce aunique place. The School of Architecture is bound by historical buildings and a myriad of governmental, cultural, social, economic and social structures that are capable of providing our students with a wealth of intellectual, professional, and intellectual capability. It will also exhacerbate our faculty’s ability to provide accesible and contextual information within the School’s physical context.

The School of Architecture is conceived as an Urban Laboratory where the meticulous study of the city, the territory, the ecosystem is part of the academic and research agenda.  The pragmatic knowledge of the city and the region as an ecosystem in which economic, socio-cultural and political complexities are intertwined is essential in order to obtain the data and intelligence necessary to evaluate the effort and compete.  It is an eco-systemic knowledge of all the components of the territory, natural, infrastructural, legal, social, politic and economic; in short, a pragmatic knowledge.

The pragmatic knowledge of the city and the region has to occur in a new academic stage.  An Urban Laboratory that derives new methodologies, new technologies, new models and visions to develop the Southern Region is necessary to provoke the pertinent changes and orthodox mentality that dominates the State and the traditional Academy.  In going into competing globally, it is necessary to instill in the territory new characteristics, attitudes and models of operating locally and internationally.

  • ¿Qué debes saber?

    Hemos recibido el Premio de Honor por excelencia en diseño otorgado por el American Institute of Architects, Capítulo de Puerto Rico (AIA-PR) por  la rehabilitación del Edifi­cio Forteza  

    Nuestros estudiantes han logrado liderar organizaciones  la Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Estudiantes de Arquitectura organización, sin fines de lucro, que reúne estudiantes de Arquitectura de 16 países en Latinoamérica.

    Los logros de nuestros estudiantes han sido reconocidos internacionalmente.  La propuesta para un sistema para crear edificios inteligentes capaces de adaptarse a los patrones del tiempo fue incluido en la Librería de Materiales Emergentes asociada a ETH Zurich, en Suiza, una de las instituciones universitarias más prestigiosas del mundo en áreas de tecnología y ciencias naturales.

Estamos
acreditados por la National Architecture Accrediting Board

 

  • Contacto

    Physical/Mailing Address

    School of Architecture
    Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
    9237 Calle Marina
    Ponce, Puerto Rico 00730                                                                   

    Administration & Satff

    Front Desk
    arquitectura@pucpr.edu
    (787) 841-2000 Ext. 1310,1364

    Arq. Luis V. Badillo-Lozano, AIA, Dean
    luis_badillo@pucpr.edu
    (787) 841-2000 Ext. 1362

    Lizbeth Anglada-Feliciano, Administrative Assistant to the Dean
    lizbeth_anglada@pucpr.edu
    (787) 841-2000 Ext. 1362

    Pedro A. Rosario-Torres, Program Director
    pedro_rosario@pucpr.edu
    (787) 841-2000 Ext. 1353

    Jeanette Sepulveda- , Receptionist/ Director’s Assistan
    pedro_rosario@pucpr.edu
    (787) 841-2000 Ext. 1353

    Arq. Juan Emmanuelli-Benvenutti, NCARB, Operations Manager
    juan_emmanuelli@pucpr.edu
    (787) 841-2000 Ext. 1347

    Lorna Baez-Amely, International Affairs, Development & Community Outreach Coordinator
    lorna_baez@pucpr.edu
    (787) 841-2000 Ext.1365

    Job K. Bonilla Rosas, Student Affairs, Events & Recruitment Coordinator
    job_bonilla@pucpr.edu
    (787) 841-2000 Ext.1348

    Juanita Peña-Nicolau, CARIBET Library Director
    jpena@pucpr.edu
    (787) 841-2000 Ext. 1341

    Ricardo Miranda, Fabrication Laboratory Supervisor
    ricardo_miranda@pucpr.edu
    (787) 841-2000 Ext. 1342

    Carlos Bula-Morales, IT & Multimedia Supervisor 
    carlos_bula@pucpr.edu
    (787) 841-2000 Ext. 1344

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