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Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Inter American University Seal
TypePrivate university
Established1912; 112 years ago (1912)
FounderRev. John Will Harris
Religious affiliation
Academic affiliations
PresidentRafael Ramírez
Students40,000+ (all 11 campuses)[1]
Colors    Green and yellow
Sporting affiliations
Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria, NCAA Division II

The Inter American University of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico; often abbreviated to UIPR or Inter) is a private Christian university with its main campus in San Germán, Puerto Rico. It also has campuses in Aguadilla, Arecibo, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Fajardo, Guayama, Ponce, and San Juan. The university also has three professional schools: School of Optometry, School of Law, and the School of Aeronautics. The Inter offers academic programs in 11 teaching units.[2] It was founded in San Germán in 1912. The San Germán campus is also the home to the Inter American School, a private co-educational college-preparatory school.


The Inter American University was founded as Polytechnic Institute of Puerto Rico in 1912 by Rev. John Will Harris and his brother Clarence Harris. It was founded as an elementary and high school in the Lomas de Santa Marta sector of the town of San Germán in land now occupied by the university's San Germán Campus. In 1927, the first high school class graduation took place. In 1944, the institute was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, thus becoming the first liberal arts college to receive such accreditation in Puerto Rico, as well as the first outside the continental United States. This accreditation has been maintained over the years.


The governing body of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico is its self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The faculty and administration of the Faculty of Law and School of Optometry determine their own programs and rules subject to approval by the president and trustees.

Religious life

The school Academia Sagrado Corazón became part of the Universidad Interamericana in 2016; the name changed to Academia Interamericana Metro.[citation needed]

Although Inter American University maintains a historic relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA), it does not adhere to any one particular theology or ecclesiastical body.


The eleven academic units of Inter American University of Puerto Rico are authorized by the Council on Education of Puerto Rico and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to offer university studies of the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels, as the case may be. Likewise, the university is committed to the professional accreditation of its academic programs. For this reason, some academic units have programs accredited by organizations, such as:



Inter American University offers pre-university, undergraduate, graduate and professional academic programs for obtaining certificates and Associate, Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in subject matters normally offered by institutions of higher education of a nature, educational mission and goals similar to those of this university. The School of Law of Inter American University grants the Juris Doctor degree and the School of Optometry, the Doctor of Optometry degree. Graduate courses may be taught in Spanish.

Notable alumni

See also


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  2. ^ By Inter American University of Puerto Rico. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "Self portrait | Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico".
  4. ^ "Luis Germán Cajiga | Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico".
  5. ^ "Yiye Ávila fallece a sus 87 años en Camuy-FOTOS". 28 June 2013.
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  7. ^ "Alejandro García Padilla Biography". Puerto Rico Senate. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Noemí Ruíz | Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico".
  9. ^ The National Dean's List: 1978-1979. International Communications, Inc. 1979. p. 608. ISBN 9780915130252.
  10. ^ London 2012:Luguelín Santos Archived 2012-08-22 at the Wayback Machine from; retrieved 7 August 2012
  11. ^ "Joan Smalls | SHOWstudio".
  12. ^ "Leyendas Boricuas del Básquet: Raymond Dalmau revela el momento en que entendió la importancia de los Piratas en Quebradillas". 25 July 2022.
  13. ^ "Se despide Rubén Colón Tarrats". 6 November 2013.