UCN was born thanks to the initiative of a group of priests from the Society of Jesus and their benefactor, Mrs. Berta González de Astorga. The university came into operation formally on May 31st, 1956, therefore becoming the eighth University to be founded in Chile and the third involving a Catholic vocation.
It currently has a roll of more than 12 thousand students. In the last few years the University has made important efforts to bring a varied offer of Postgraduate Courses, Master’s Degree and PhDs to fruition in different areas of knowledge.
Atacama Immersion Highlights
Accredited by the National Accreditation Committee (CNA) with campuses in the Antofagasta and Coquimbo Regions, the Catholic University of the North accepts students from different parts of the world thanks to their exchange programs and international alliances. Additionally, the University has their own investigation centers and museums, such as the “R.P. Gustavo Le Paige de Walque S.J. Archaeological Museum” located in San Pedro de Atacama.