Universidad Nacional

country rank  2
world rank  2274

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University Overview

Founded in 1973, Universidad Nacional (National University, Costa Rica) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Heredia (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants). Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministerio de Educación Pública, Costa Rica (Ministry of Public Education, Costa Rica), Universidad Nacional (UNA) is a large (EduListing enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Universidad Nacional (UNA) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. See the EduListing degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 47 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 70-80% making this Costa Rican higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Name National University, Costa Rica
Acronym UNA
Founded 1973
Motto La verdad nos hace libres
The truth makes us free
Colours Red and white

University Location

Address Avenida 1, Calle 9. Apartado Postal 86-3000
Heredia (population range: 50,000-249,999)
Costa Rica
T +506 2261 0101
F +506 2237 7032

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
0-1,000 US$
(0-750 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
0-1,000 US$
(0-750 Euro)
5,000-7,500 US$
(3,700-5,500 Euro)

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
Admission Rate 70-80%
Admission Office Avenida 1, Calle 9. Apartado Postal 86-3000
Heredia 40101
+506 2277 3000

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 15,000-19,999
Academic Staff 3,000-3,499
Control Type Public
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

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


Institutional Accreditation

Ministerio de Educación Pública, Costa Rica

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Sistema Nacional de Acreditacion de la Educacion Superior SINAES

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Consejo Nacional de Rectores (CONARE)

Academic Structure


Social Media


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Online Courses

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Errors and Update

Site last updated: Monday, 18 May 2020