Eighty years ago Federico Santa Maria's dream of having a world class engineering University became true. He is probably the greatest philanthropist the history of Chile has ever known, providing the country with a Higher Education Institution, that would open the possibility to outstanding low income youngsters to study, procuring an instrument of social mobility, and thus promoting equity in educational terms for all the inhabitants of his country.
The history of the University has been marked by a solid education in Engineering, Science and Technology, and by the promotion of an integral spirit through the development of culture, physical ans sports activities, solidarity activities and entrepreneurial skills.
Today its mission is to become world-recognised in the field of engineering, science and technology, while retaining its founder's commitment to access to all students.
USM is a private, not-for-profit university and belongs to the 25 traditional universities in the Chilean University Council of Rectors, CRUCH. We place special emphasis in attracting and retaining skilled-poor students from all over the country and Latin America.
University Santa Maria is one of the most academic selective universities in the country. We carry out our mission at the Main Campus in Valparaíso and also in other branches in Santiago, Viña del Mar and Concepción. We are fully accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
USM specialises in the following areas: Electronics, Mining, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Informatics, Business, Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics), Aeronautics, Architecture, Construction, and Environmental Sciences, among others.
We value the work, interest and enthusiasm of all our community members during more than eight decades, they have all contributed to make this dream a great reallity.
Darcy Fuenzalida O'shee