Arecibo, PR Colleges

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Arecibo

Arecibo (Spanish pronunciation: [a?e?si?o]) is a municipality in the northern midwest coast of Puerto Rico and located by the Atlantic Ocean, north of Utuado and Ciales; east of Hatillo; and west of Barceloneta, and Florida. Arecibo is spread over 18 wards and Arecibo Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). Its population in 2010 was 96,440.

Located on the north coast about 50 miles (80 km) west of San Juan, Arecibo is approximately a 1-hour trip by car. It is the largest municipality by area in Puerto Rico and is part of the San Juan, Caguas and Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Arecibo is known as El Diamante Del Norte (The Diamond of the North) as well as La Ribera del Arecibo (The shore of Arecibo). Arecibo is also known as La Villa del Capitán Correa (Captain Correa's Villa) after the Puerto Rican hero Captain Antonio de los Reyes Correa, who as a member of the Spanish Army defended Arecibo from a British invasion led by rear-admiral William Whetstone on August 5, 1702. With 2 British Navy ships and 40 men, Whetstone tried to take control of the city; so Cpt. Antonio Correa ambushed him, killing 22 British seamen. The Spanish defenders only had one soldier killed in action (KIA) and 3 soldiers wounded in action (WIA).

The nearby Arecibo Observatory is known for housing the world's largest radio telescope. Arecibo is also the base of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arecibo.

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Schools in and around Arecibo, PR

Name
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $4,080 average out-state tuition; $4,080 average in-state tuition
University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo
Four or more years; Public; $3,824 average out-state tuition; $1,802 average in-state tuition
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $4,420 average out-state tuition; $4,420 average in-state tuition
National University College-Arecibo
Four or more years; Private for profit; $9,900 average out-state tuition; $6,120 average in-state tuition
ICPR Junior College-Arecibo
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit; $6,330 average out-state tuition; $6,330 average in-state tuition
ICPR Junior College–Manatн
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private for profit; $6,330 average out-state tuition; $6,330 average in-state tuition
Centro de Capacitacion y Asesoramiento Vetelba
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private not for profit