Universidad del Sagrado Corazón [USC], is the oldest private educational institution in Puerto Rico. It was established in 1880 by the religious order of the Society of the Sacred Heart as an all-girls school. In 1935, the government recognized its higher education offerings and the Colegio Universitario del Sagrado Corazón was established. In 1970, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart transferred the governance of the Institution to a lay Board of Trustees. In 1972 it became coeducational. USC is located on thirty two (32) acres, in Santurce, the heart of metropolitan San Juan. The 1907 Main Administration Building, the Portico and Chapel are listed in the National Register of Historic Sites.
A Unique Educational Experience
As a selective, liberal arts institution, USC’s main focus is to educate individuals holistically, through an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary educational experience, complemented with a major field, a double major, a major and a minor, or three minors in three different disciplines. The University offers Associate, Bachelor, Professional Post-Bachelor Certificate and Master’s degree programs in: Business Administration, Communication, Education, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and a bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies. It also offers Continuing Education Programs, short-term courses, workshops and training opportunities tailored to the needs of individuals, agencies and businesses.
The University promotes a participatory, active, personalized education that is relevant to current social realities and to expected transformations. It emphasizes the humanistic, scientific, technological, and professional formation of its students and helps them develop a strong language competency in Spanish and in English as a Second Language, the capacity for team work and the ability to recognize, distinguish, and practice ethical values. The curriculum assures the development of critical and creative thinking skills, a multicultural perspective and the integration of theory and practice through internships and Service Learning.
USC offers a unique combination of educational projects and experiences. The following initiatives available at USC are considered among the best practices for undergraduate education by the US News & World Report:
First Year Experience;
Writing Across the Disciplines;
Undergraduate Research / Creative Projects;
Internships and Senior Capstones.
USC encourages students to pursue graduate degrees, and for that purpose, has incorporated undergraduate research experiences in most programs. It promotes an entrepreneurial vision among all students who may complete a minor in entrepreneurship, regardless of their major field.
As a result of its multiple community service initiatives, USC is the only Puerto Rican university recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in their “Community Engagement” and “Outreach and Partnerships” categories. These initiatives include a unique Service Learning Program that impacts all academic majors, a Center for the Entrepreneurial Development of Women, an Educational Television Channel, two Educational Digital Radio Stations, an Institute for the Development of the Non-Profit Sector, the Educational Policy Institute for Community Development [IPEDCo], the Center for Freedom of the Press, the Mediation, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights Institute, the Alliance for Economic and Personal Financial Literacy, The Institute for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Citizenship [ILEC] and the Puerto Rico Center for the Development of Volunteers, among others. Students at USC actively participate actively in these initiatives as part of our experiential learning and civic engagement pedagogy.