Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

country rank  11
world rank  2205

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Established in 1937, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Pontificia Bolivariana University) is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Medellín (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Antioquia. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Montería, Palmira. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministerio de Educación Nacional, Colombia (Ministry of National Education, Colombia), Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) is a large (EduListing enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic religion. Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the EduListing degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 83 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Name Pontificia Bolivariana University
Acronym UPB
Founded 1937
Motto Formación integral para la transformación social y humana
Integral education for social and human transformation
Colours Red, yellow and black

University Location

Address Circular 1 No. 70-01
Medellín (population range: 1,000,000-5,000,000)
56006 Antioquia
T +57 (4) 354 4546
F +57 (4) 250 2080
Other locations Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Montería, Palmira

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
1,000-2,500 US$
(750-1,800 Euro)
Not reported
0-1,000 US$
(0-750 Euro)
Not reported

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate Not reported
Admission Office Circular 1 #70-01
Medellín 56006
+57 (4) 354 4546

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 20,000-24,999
Academic Staff 700-799
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation Christian-Catholic Christian-Catholic

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana's Library
Housing Yes
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Not reported
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes


Institutional Accreditation

Ministerio de Educación Nacional, Colombia

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Consejo Nacional de Acreditacion CNA
  • Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA

Memberships and Affiliations

  • International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)
  • Asociación Colombiana de Universidades (ASCUN)
  • Asociación Universitaria Iberoamericana de Postgrado (AUIP)
  • European Association for International Education (EAIE)
  • Asociación Iberoamericana de Instituciones de Enseñanza de la Ingeniería (ASIBEI)
  • Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO)
  • Asociación Red de Educación Continua de Latinoamérica y Europa (RECLA)

Academic Structure

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