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The National CCAA Puerto Rico Recruitment Program

With a Catholic population of 85 percent (CIA World Factbook), many families in Puerto Rico value Catholic education, making this an ideal place to connect with potential students interested in a values-based education.

About the tour

Since 2008, the National CCAA has led the highly successful recruitment tour to Puerto Rico, and it has become a signature recruitment opportunity for Catholic colleges and universities.  On average, admission representatives from 40 Catholic member colleges and universities take part annually.

Each year, the tour includes:

  • 15-20 high school visits over five days;
  • a secondary school counselor dinner;
  • a college fair featuring only participating member colleges; and
  • an organized bilingual financial aid presentation for students, parents and secondary school counselors

The 2016 tour will take place from October 3 to 7, 2016, with high school visits throughout the week and a public college fair on Thursday, October 6, at the San Juan Marriott from 7-9 p.m.

Click here for the week's tour schedule >>

Click here for the list of National CCAA member institutions participating in the 2016 tour >>

*All college representatives participating in the Puerto Rico Recruitment Program must attend every CCAA-sponsored event: all high school visits and counselor dinner and public college fair on Oct. 6 (the exception being the optional Virgin Islands day on October 5).  The program is promoted with the understanding that all participating schools will be at each event.*

If you have any questions about the tour, please contact Karen Vargas, Associate Dean of Admission at Providence College (RI), at, or Joyce Masek, Executive Director, at

What past participants are saying 

"The National CCAA Puerto Rico trip has provided Saint Joseph's University with the opportunity to build strong relationships with guidance counselors and prospective families. As a result, we have seen the number of applications and enrolling students increase significantly over the past three years.” – Maureen Mathis, Saint Joseph’s University (PA).

"Well organized – amazed things were all on time and seemed to run very smoothly! Very much enjoyed the week and thought it was very productive, too." – Robin Rhodes Astor, Saint Michael's College (VT)

I thought the program was really well organized and not overwhelming. Thank you for all you do!

 – Gabriela Martinez, University of Dallas (TX)

"Overall GREAT tour! The tour coordinators did a fantastic job planning and keeping everyone informed. It's not easy to plan events with 40 college participants, but they did a great job!" – Brennan McDevitt, Saint Joseph's University

About National CCAA Recruitment Tours

Participants often indicate that National CCAA recruitment tours stand apart from other organized recruitment tours. Many representatives return each year because they find that the affinity with other Catholic colleges and universities broadens interest from students considering a Catholic college or university. They also enjoy the unique camaraderie, building stronger professional networks with admission colleagues and secondary school counselors.

Participants appreciate that the tour details – including school visits, fairs, and transportation – are well organized by National CCAA staff, leaving representatives more time before and during the trip to develop relationships with schools and students.

In general, group travel is cost effective, and our recruitment programs tend to be even less expensive than similar recruitment tours offered by other organizations.