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Universidad Nacional

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Founded in 1973, the Universidad Nacional (National University, Costa Rica) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Heredia (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants). Officially recognized by the Ministerio de Educación Pública, Costa Rica (Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica), Universidad Nacional (UNA) is a large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational Costa Rican higher education institution. Universidad Nacional (UNA) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 50-year-old Costa Rican higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The acceptance rate range is 70-79% making this Costa Rican higher education organization a moderately selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. UNA also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sports facilities, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot


Universidad Nacional's Control Typepublic


Universidad Nacional's Entity Typenon-profit


Universidad Nacional' Size by Total Enrollmentlarge-sized


Universidad Nacional's Selectivity by Acceptance Ratemoderately selective

University Identity

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

n.a.; please submit an official Universidad Nacional general video presentation.

University Location

Address Avenida 1, Calle 9. Apartado Postal 86-3000
Costa Rica
Universidad Nacional's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View
Universidad Nacional Phone Number +506 2261 0101
Universidad Nacional Fax Number +506 2237 7032

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Fields of Study / Degree Levels


What is the difference between comprehensive/generalist and specialized universities in terms of the range of fields of study they offer, degree levels available and academic and carreer paths pros and cons? Read our guide article about generalist and specialized universities to learn more.

Fields of Study and Degree Levels Matrix

The following Universidad Nacional's Fields of Study/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main fields of study and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This matrix aims to help quickly identify Universidad Nacional's academic range and degree level offering.

Programs and Courses

Courses and Programs

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Tuition Fees


Yearly tuition fees refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. Read our guide article about tuition fees and financial aid options to learn more.

Yearly Tuition Fees Range Matrix

This Universidad Nacional's Tuition Fees Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students, local and international students, and 2 degree levels, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at Universidad Nacional.

Universidad Nacional: Tuition Fees Range Matrix

Undergraduate Postgraduate
0-999 US$
(0-910 Euro)
2,500-4,999 US$
(2,280-4,555 Euro)
0-999 US$
(0-910 Euro)
5,000-7,499 US$
(4,555-6,830 Euro)

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Admission Information

uniRank publishes below some basic Universidad Nacional's admission information.

Universidad Nacional's Gender Admission Policy Gender Admission

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

Universidad Nacional's Admission Selection Admission Selection

Has Universidad Nacional a selective admission policy? Yes, based on entrance examinations.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

Universidad Nacional's acceptance rate range is 70-79% making this institution a moderately selective higher education institution.

Universidad Nacional's International Students Admission International Students Admission

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

Universidad Nacional's Admission Office Admission Office

Avenida 1, Calle 9. Apartado Postal 86-3000
Heredia 40101
2277 3000

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Size and Profile


University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university. Here are some potential reasons why University size and profile can affect students when choosing a university.

Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for Universidad Nacional.

Universidad Nacional's Total Student Enrollment Student Enrollment

Universidad Nacional has an enrollment range of 15,000-19,999 students making it a large-sized institution.

Universidad Nacional's Total Faculty/Academic staff Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 3,000-3,499 academic employees (Faculty).

Universidad Nacional's Control Type Control Type

Universidad Nacional is a public higher education institution.

Universidad Nacional's Entity Type Entity Type

Universidad Nacional is a non-profit higher education institution.

Universidad Nacional's Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Urban setting.

Universidad Nacional's Academic Calendar Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Semesters type of academic calendar.

Religious Affiliation

Universidad Nacional does not have any religious affiliation.

Facilities and Services


What are the most common University facilities and services? Read our two guide articles about University Facilities and University Services to learn more.

University Facilities

uniRank provides below an overview of Universidad Nacional's main facilities:

Universidad Nacional's Library University Library

This institution has a physical Library. Visit Universidad Nacional's Library

Universidad Nacional's Housing University Housing

Not reported

Universidad Nacional's Sport Facilities/Activities Sport Facilities/Activities

This institution features sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

University Services

uniRank provides below an overview of Universidad Nacional's main services:

Universidad Nacional's Financial Aid Financial Aid

Not reported

Universidad Nacional's Study Abroad Study Abroad

Not reported

Universidad Nacional's Distance Learning Distance Learning

Not reported

Universidad Nacional's Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

Not reported

Universidad Nacional's Career Services Career Services

Not reported

Recognition and Accreditation


There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system... read our article about university accreditation and recognition to learn more.

Universidad Nacional's Recognition or Accreditation Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

Universidad Nacional is legally recognized and/or institutionally accredited by: Ministerio de Educación Pública, Costa Rica

Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Universidad Nacional's programmatic accreditations; feel free to submit any relevant missing specialized accreditations.

  • Sistema Nacional de Acreditación de la Educación Superior (SINAES)

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Memberships and Affiliations


University memberships and affiliations to external organizations can be important for several reasons... read our article about university affiliations and memberships to learn more.

Affiliations and Memberships

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Universidad Nacional's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.

  • Consejo Nacional de Rectores (CONARE)

Academic Structure


Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of fields of study and disciplines a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Comprehensive or Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure. Read our guide article "Understanding Academic Divisions in Universities - Colleges, Faculties, Schools" to learn more about academic divisions and typical university organizational structures.

Academic Structure

uniRank shows a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the Universidad Nacional 's organizational structure; feel free to submit any relevant missing division.


Social Media


Social media can be a powerful tool for Universities to communicate with current students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider community. But how can social media be important for prospective students? Read our article about the importance of Social Media for universities and prospective students to learn more.

Social Media

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Facebook Facebook

Universidad Nacional's Facebook page Universidad Nacional's official Facebook page

Twitter X (Twitter)

Universidad Nacional's X (formerly Twitter) page Universidad Nacional's official Twitter page

YouTube YouTube

Universidad Nacional's YouTube channel Universidad Nacional's official YouTube channel

Instagram Instagram

Universidad Nacional's Instagram page Universidad Nacional's official Instagram channel

LinkedIn LinkedIn

Universidad Nacional's main LinkedIn profile

TikTok TikTok


Free Online Courses

Open Education Global Open Education Global

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