Top Universities in Central America for 2018

The top schools in Central America are dominated by the Mexican institutions in North America, several of which have cracked the top spots on the Times Higher Education top 1,000 list.

However, there are plenty of great schools to choose from throughout the region.

We’ve put together a list of our favorite universities in Central America for the next school year.

1.   National Autonomous University of Mexico

The National Autonomous University of Mexico is a public research university based in Mexico City. Its urban campus is a sight to behold and is so unique that it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

UNAM is a highly selective school, admitting only 8% of all applicants. It’s also an important research school in many areas. In fact, every Mexican Nobel laureate has either been alumni of or a faculty member at the school.

UNAM’s student body is incredible. It’s home to 187,195 undergraduates and 26,169 postgraduates. Not all students attend the main Mexico City campus; there are also other campuses across the metropolitan area as well as in other cities catering to graduate studies and research across Mexico.

2.   Central American University Jose Simeon Canas

Central American University, commonly known as UCA El Salvador is a private university based in the El Salvadorian capital of San Salvador. The university is run by the Society of Jesus and is one of many Central and South American universities run by the Jesuits.

The school is small – it’s home to just under 9,000 students and only around 400 staff. Yet, despite its size, the school has played a role in Central American politics. Today, it provides undergraduate and postgraduate programs across many subjects ranging from science to humanities to professional degrees.

3.   University of Panama

Located in Panama City, the University of Panama is a public university with satellite campuses across the country.

It was founded in 1935 with four disciplines and 175 students. Today, the school is home to nearly 75,000 students who have the opportunity to attend an institution that takes its role in global research seriously. The university participates in international research agreements and information exchanges as professors and staff visit institutions around the world.

Are you looking for a school in Central America? Have these three institutions made your list? Let us know in the comments below.



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