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Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Escudo de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.svg
Latin: Universitas Catholica Chilensis
MottoIn Christi lumine pro mundi vita
TypePrivate (Traditional)
EstablishedJune 21, 1888
Religious affiliation
Catholic Church
Academic affiliations
Clover 2030 Engineering
ChancellorRicardo Ezzati Andrello
RectorIgnacio Sánchez Díaz
Academic staff
1,652 (full-time)[1]
Administrative staff
2,210 (full-time)[2]
Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins #340
, , ,
The headquarters of the UC.
The headquarters of the UC.
Inside Casa Central
Inside Casa Central
The "Siamese Towers", a workshop building at the School of Architecture, and winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
The "Siamese Towers", a workshop building at the School of Architecture, and winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC or UC) (Spanish: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) is one of the six Catholic Universities existing in the Chilean university system and one of the two pontifical universities in the country, along with the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso. Founded in 1888, it is also one of Chile's oldest universities and one of the most recognized educational institutions in Latin America.[3]

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile has a strong and long-standing rivalry with Universidad de Chile, as they are both widely recognized as the most traditional and prestigious in the country, and one is catholic and the other, secular. This rivalry also translates to sports, especially football.[4]


UC has four campuses in Santiago and one campus in Villarrica. The campuses in Santiago are:

These four campuses have a total of 223,326.06 m2 constructed in a 614,569.92 m2 area. The Villarrica campus has 1,664 m2 constructed in a 2,362.5 m2 area.


UC was founded on June 21, 1888, by the Santiago Archbishop, to offer training in traditional professions (law) and in technological and practical fields such as business, accounting, chemistry, and electricity. Its first chancellor was Monsignor Joaquín Larraín Gandarillas, and at the very beginning, the university only taught two subjects, law and mathematics. Since it is a Pontifical University, it has always had a strong and very close relationship with the Vatican. On February 11, 1930, Pope Pius XI declared it a pontifical university, and in 1931 it was granted full academic autonomy by the Chilean government.

UC is a private, urban, multi-campus university. It is one of the eleven Chilean Catholic universities, and one of the twenty-five institutions within the Rectors' Council (Consejo de Rectores), the Chilean state-sponsored university system. It is part of the Universities of the Rectors' Council of Chilean Universities, and although it is not state-owned, a substantial part of its budget is given by state transfers under different programs.

UC's 18 faculties are distributed through four campuses in Santiago and one regional campus located in southern Chile. The technical training centers affiliated with the university are: Duoc UC, the Rural Life Foundations, the Baviera Foundation, the Catechetical Home and the San Fidel Seminary. These centers carry out technical-academic extension activities in rural and agricultural areas. Other UC activities are a Sports Club, and a Clinical Hospital dependent on the Faculty of Medicine.

UC 's Graduates of the School of Architecture (one of the most prominent in Latin America) have also made important contributions to the country with such work as the Central Building ("Casa Central") of UC, and the National Library.

Two of its most important alumni are the Jesuit Saint Alberto Hurtado and Eduardo Frei Montalva, a Chilean president. Both of them studied in the School of Laws. Sebastián Piñera, current Chilean president, graduated from the university's School of Economics.

In 2017 the university faced what has been called a "wave of suicide" among its students. During 2017 a total of four students have taken their lives up to October, the previous year two students committed suicide.[5] Critics, including alumni, have written about the university's "lack of concern" for the suicide of students, an attitude they contrast to the university's staunch opposition to abortion.[6] The student union of the university issued a communique expressing feelings of guilt over the issue and the need to take charge.[6]


The Department of Industry and System Engineering is engaging Stanford Technology Venture Program of Stanford University on a collaboration on innovation and technology ventures.

In December 2011, the schools of engineering of PUC and the University of Notre Dame signed an agreement to establish a dual graduate degree in civil engineering and the geological sciences,[7] which now extends to other departments in both schools.

In April 2013, PUC and the University of Notre Dame also signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen scholarly engagement and expand their long-standing relationships.[8] The agreement establishes an exchange program in which faculty, doctoral students and university representatives from each institution will visit, work, study and collaborate with the other institution.

World rankings

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[9]501-600 (2020)
CWUR World[10]372 (2020-2021)
CWTS World[11]537 (2020)
QS World[12]=121 (2021)
THE World[13]501–600 (2021)
USNWR Global[14]290 (2021)
Regional – Overall
QS Latin America[15]1 (2021)
THE Latin America[16]1 (2020)
USNWR Latin America[17]3 (2021)

UC ranks among the first 10 Latin-American Universities according to the Shanghai ranking,[18] UC appears top in two subject rankings: it ranks around 101–150 in Economics and Management and around 151–200 in Mathematics[19]

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile has been ranked as the best university in Latin America by two of the world's most prestigious University rankings, the QS World University Rankings (in 2018, 2019 and 2020) [20] and the Times Higher Education University Rankings (2019 and 2020).[21]

Faculties, institutes, centers and subjects offered

Notable institutes and centers

Notable alumni


Art and literature




Both studied law at the university.


Knowledge transfer, service and consultancy


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  2. ^ Administrator. "Información General - Drai UC". Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
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  4. ^ "¿Por qué el clásico U-UC es tan importante en el fútbol chileno?". AS Chile (in Spanish). 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2021-04-05.
  5. ^ García Lorca, Macarena (October 9, 2017). "El suicidio que remece a la PUC: El fin del sueño universitario de Joselyn Lavados". The Clinic (in Spanish). Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Alumnos critican a la PUC tras suicidio de compañera de Ingeniería Comercial". Radio Cooperativa. September 15, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  7. ^ CJO // AgencyND // University of Notre Dame. "Notre Dame Signs Historic Agreement For Graduate Studies in Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences". Retrieved 3 July 2015.
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  10. ^ "CWUR World University Rankings - 2020-2021". CWUR. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  11. ^ "CWTS Leiden Ranking – 2020". Leiden University. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  12. ^ "QS World University Rankings - 2021". Top Universities. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
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  16. ^ "2020 Latin America University Rankings". Times Higher Education. 19 October 2020. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  17. ^ "2021 Best Global Universities in Latin America". US News & World Report. 19 October 2020. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
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  21. ^ "Latin America Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). 2020-06-29. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
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  23. ^ "ESUU". Retrieved 2 November 2017.
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