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Puerto Rico (/ˌpɔrtə ˈriːkoʊ/ or /ˌpwɛərtə ˈriːkoʊ/),[note 1] officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Spanish: "Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico", [esˈtaðo ˈlibɾe asoˈsjaðo ðe ˈpweɾto ˈriko]—literally Associated Free State of Puerto Rico), is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port") comprises an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra, and Mona. The main island of Puerto Rico is the smallest by land area of the Greater Antilles. It, however, ranks third in population among that group of four islands, which also include Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica. Due to its location, Puerto Rico enjoys a tropical climate and also experiences the Atlantic hurricane season.

Originally populated for centuries by indigenous aboriginal peoples known as Taínos, the island was claimed by Christopher Columbus for Spain during his second voyage to the Americas on November 19, 1493. Under Spanish rule, the island was colonized and the indigenous population was forced into slavery and nearly wiped out due to, among other things, European infectious diseases. The remaining population was emancipated by King Carlos I in 1520. Spain possessed Puerto Rico for over 400 years, despite attempts at capture of the island by France, the Netherlands, and England.

The relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States has its origins dating back to the Spanish-American War, in which Spain, under the terms of the Treaty of Paris of 1898, ceded the island to the United States. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens and the United States Congress legislates many aspects of Puerto Rican life. However, the islanders may not vote in U.S. presidential elections. Since 1947, Puerto Ricans have been able to elect their own governor. Its official languages are Spanish and English, with Spanish being the primary language. The island's current political status, including the possibility of statehood or independence, is widely debated in Puerto Rico.

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Matching Puerto Rico Colleges

Name
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
Four or more years; Public; $3,336 average out-state tuition; $1,802 average in-state tuition
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
Four or more years; Public; $3,348 average out-state tuition; $1,327 average in-state tuition
Atlantic University College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $5,580 average out-state tuition; $5,580 average in-state tuition
Universidad Del Turabo
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $4,344 average out-state tuition; $4,344 average in-state tuition
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $4,760 average out-state tuition; $4,760 average in-state tuition
Century College
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private for profit; $6,800 average out-state tuition; $6,800 average in-state tuition
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Metro
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $6,120 average out-state tuition; $6,120 average in-state tuition