Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

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University of the Sacred Heart
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
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Seal of the University of the Sacred Heart
MottoLatin: Danti Mihi Sapientiam Dabo Gloriam
Motto in English
I will give glory to Him who gives me wisdom
TypePrivate, not-for-profit
PresidentGilberto Marxuach Torrós
Academic staff
Cll Sagrado Corazón De Jesús, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00912
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18°26′33″N 66°03′31″W / 18.4425°N 66.0586°W / 18.4425; -66.0586Coordinates: 18°26′33″N 66°03′31″W / 18.4425°N 66.0586°W / 18.4425; -66.0586
CampusBoth urban and suburban
AffiliationsLiga Atlética Interuniversitaria
WebsiteOfficial website
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Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (English: University of the Sacred Heart), abbreviated "USC" and often called simply Sagrado, is an educational institution of higher learning located in Santurce, Puerto Rico. It is one of the oldest and largest educational institutions in Puerto Rico.

Its origins date back to 1880 with the establishment of an elementary school by, the religious order of the Catholic Church known as "Religiosas del Sagrado Corazón" (See also Society of the Sacred Heart) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The university is situated in an area which was urbanized in the first decades of the twentieth century with great residences that belonged to the privileged families of the time and is rich in architectural styles. Renowned architect Antonín Nechodoma located his residence in Monteflores and some residences designed by him are still in the area. Including buildings with the unique French-style neoclassic architectural characteristics of the residence of Pablo Ubarri, Count of Santurce, which is now the center of the university's main campus. Such buildings abound along with Puerto Rican adaptations of Victorian architecture. There are also homes in the "tropical" U.S influenced Mission Revival, French-gothic, Spanish Colonial Revival, Prairie School, and several apartment structures of the "Art Deco" periods in Bouret street.[1]


Colegio del Sagrado Corazón, first building at Miramar

At the beginning of the 20th century the institution acquired the Count of Santurce Estate and established the foundations of what makes-up today's campus.

In 1935, the local government issued the Letter Foundation, whereby it established the College of the Sacred Heart. Four years later, in 1939, the institution granted its first academic degrees. The original founding purpose was as an educational center for women in Puerto Rico to achieve ample knowledge, not only for their personal enrichment, but for the benefit of the territory.

In 1970, the religious order opted to transfer ownership and governance of the institution to the Board of Trustees (composed of some religious, but mostly lay members). This transition allowed for the notable expansion of academic offerings and student body.

In February 1972, a change in the institution's original vision took place. The Board of Trustees approved the establishment of an entirely co-ed institution. In December 1976, the Board of Trustees authorized the use of the new official name: "Universidad del Sagrado Corazon" (USC) or University of the Sacred Heart (USH). In 1985, the University established the first three graduate programs in: Education, Communications, and Business Administration.

In 1990, the university began to limit the number of undergraduate students accepted, in order to raise academic standards.

In October, 1984, Pope John Paul II held a mass at the university during the first and only Papal visit to Puerto Rico.


Emilio S. Belaval Theater (2012)

The campus of the University of the Sacred Heart is composed of 33 acres (130,000 m2) of undulating terrain and shading, from whose height can see panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding urban areas. In its abundant vegetation, highlighting forest of tropical plants that contribute to the freshness and beauty of the land University.

For the development of its activities, the University has the following facilities: the broad main building architecture classical, lifted at the beginning of the twentieth century, which today accommodates the administrative offices and in whose center is home to the Chapel of the Institution, which was declared a National Monument in 1983, the residence of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, the Information and Resource Center Modern facilities of the Library. Then followed the student Residences, modern style, and south of the earlier, a complex structures consisting of classrooms, administrative and faculty offices, and an amphitheater.

The Mother Maria Teresa Guevara Library , one of the vital units of the University for his significant educational role, offers services to teachers, students, administrators and others members of the university community.

The Emilio S. Belaval Theater serves the development of a comprehensive program of artistic, cultural and academic development. A modern student center and sports complex to accommodate several service offices and fitness facilities, indoor stadium, tennis court, Olympic pool, meeting rooms and cafeteria.

Among the major academic resources at the disposal of the University, can be singled out the library, laboratories, Communication and technology education, science laboratories, languages, nursing and television studios and recordings.

Accreditation and affiliations[edit]

The University of the Sacred Heart is accredited by the following regional institutions:

The school is affiliated with the following organizations:

  • Alliance Franscaise
  • American Library Association
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • American Association for Higher Education
  • American Medical Association
  • American Association of University Administration
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology
  • Association of Private Colleges and Universities
  • Manufacturers' Association of Puerto Rico
  • Association of University Presidents of Puerto Rico
  • Association of Universities and Research Institutes in the Caribbean
  • Association of American Colleges
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Colleges and Universities Auditors
  • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
  • Chamber of Commerce of Puerto Rico
  • College Entrance Examination Board
  • Council of International Education
  • International Federation of Catholic Universities
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid
  • National Student Exchange.

Presidents and rectors[edit]

  • 1951: Madre Dolores Sarre, RSCJ
  • 1951 - 1954: Madre Consuelo Herrera
  • 1954 - 1955: Madre Raquel Pérez
  • 1955 - 1967: Madre Rosa Aurora Arsuaga
  • 1968 - 1969: Madre Eleonor O'Byrne
  • 1969 - 1970: Madre María Milagros Carbonell
  • 1970 - 1972: Rafael García Bottari
  • 1972 - 1986: Pedro González Ramos
  • 1986 - 1992: José Alberto Morales
  • 1992 - 2014: José Jaime Rivera
  • 2014–Present: Gilberto Marxuach Torrós

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ (in Spanish) Cangrejos - Santurce - Authors; Aníbal Sepúlveda, Jorge Carbonell, Centro de Investigaciones CARIMAR, Oficina Estatal de Preservación Histórica, (1988) (Spanish)
  2. ^ http://www.elnuevodia.com/entretenimiento/farandula/nota/sedejanescucharlosgallart-1516215/

External links[edit]


  • (in English) Puerto Rican Houses in Sociohistorical Perspective Author; Carol F. Jopling - (1988)The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. ISBN 0-87049-543-7 / ISBN 0-87049-763-4