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Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala

University of San Carlos of Guatemala
Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
Seal of the Universidad de San Carlos
Official seal
Motto Id y enseñad a todos
Motto in English Go forth and teach everyone
Established 1676
Type Public
Students 153,000 in 2012 [1]
Location Guatemala City, Guatemala
Campus Urban

The Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC, University of San Carlos of Guatemala) It is the biggest and oldest university of Guatemala, also it is the fourth founded in the Americas.

The transcendence of its students and itself has been seen in many important times, since the independence of Guatemala, Guatemalan Revolution, Guatemalan Civil War, and even today.

The main campus is located on University City, zone 12 of Guatemala City, being the biggest one of Central America. It also has several extension branches on every region of the country, and a metropolitan center where the Medicine and Psychology Faculties operate.


  • History 1
  • Academic Units 2
    • Faculties 2.1
    • Schools 2.2
  • Sports 3
  • Notable alumni 4
    • Humanities 4.1
    • Heads of State 4.2
      • Guatemala 4.2.1
      • El Salvador 4.2.2
      • Chile 4.2.3
  • Gallery 5
  • See also 6
  • External links 7
  • References 8


Founded on January 31, 1676 in the colonial capital of Antigua, Guatemala (originally named Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala) as La Real y Pontificia Universidad de San Carlos (The Royal and Pontifical University of San Carlos) by royal decree of King Charles II of Spain and consecrated by Pope Innocent XI on June 18, 1687.[2] The University grew out of the Colegio de Santo Tomás de Aquino (Saint Thomas Aquinas College) founded in 1562 by bishop Francisco Marroquín.[3] After a series of major earthquakes in 1773, which destroyed many parts of the city of Antigua, crown authorities ordered the evacuation of the city and the relocation of its government, religious and university functions to the new capitol Guatemala City, the university's present location.[4]

In the early years, from the 16th to 19th centuries, it offered studies in civil and liturgical law, theology, philosophy, medicine and indigenous languages.

During the Repression years (1962-1996) and the Guatemalan Civil War (early 1960s to 1995), the University was at the forefront of the fight of the people against military dictatorship.

The university offers courses in science and humanistic studies, at undergraduate and graduate levels. There are several USAC extensions in all the major cities of the country.

Academic Units

At present day, the University of San Carlos of Guatemala has 43 Academic Units:

  • 10 Faculties;
  • 12 Schools;
  • 19 Regional Centers;
  • 1 Mayan Technological Institute of Superior Education; and
  • 1 Department of Technological Transfer.


  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Agronomy
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Economic Sciences
  • Faculty of Juridic and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Veterinarian Medicine and Zootechnics
  • Faculty of Odontology


  • School of Physics and Mathematics
  • School of Linguistics
  • School of Politic Science
  • School of Communication Sciences
  • School of Psychological Sciences
  • School of teacher training of Middle Teaching (EFPEM)
  • School of History
  • School of Social Works
  • School of Science and Technology of Physical Activity and Sport (ECTAFIDE)
  • School of Nursing
  • Superior School of art
  • Centre for Marine Studies and Aquaculture (CEMA)


The school's football club Universidad de San Carlos (Guatemalan football club) of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol plays at Estadio Revolución located on campus grounds.

Notable alumni


Heads of State


El Salvador



See also

External links

  • Official webpage of the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala


  1. ^ Crece la oferta universitaria
  2. ^ (Paganini, 1947)
  3. ^ (Paganini, 1947)
  4. ^ Paganini, Ricardo (November 1947). Historia De La Real y Pontificia Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. Guatemala, C.A.: Tipogragrafia Nacional, Guatemala, C.A. pp. 49–197. 

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