Puerto Rico Recruitment Program

With a Catholic population of 85%, 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; 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
  • an organized bilingual financial aid presentation for students, parents and secondary school counselors

The Puerto Rico Recruitment Program in fall 2020 has been cancelled. Please check back for more information about future tours as it becomes available. Details about the previous Puerto Rico Recruitment Program can be found below.


Puerto Rico 2019


Monday, September 9 to Friday, September 13, 2019


San Juan 


View the tour schedule.* 

The tour includes a college fair, counselor dinner and bilingual financial aid program during one evening of the week, in addition to school visits. Hotel space will be available for college representatives to conduct interviews with prospective students and their parents.

All college representatives participating in the Puerto Rico Recruitment Program must attend every National CCAA-sponsored visit during the tour. The program is promoted with the understanding that all participating schools will be at each event.


$700 per participant

Program cost includes bus transportation for the week; promotion to students via local newspapers; promotion to all school counselors in Puerto Rico; counselor dinner; public college fair; reserved space for student interviews; and counselor gifts. While airfare, hotel and meals are not included, special hotel rates are arranged for participants. 

Tour Team

The tour will be led by Zuleyka Rios, Marquette University, and Jose Ramos, St. John Fisher College. Contact Zuleyka Rios or Jose Ramos with questions about the tour.


Deadline: Registration for this program is now closed.

Registration is open only to National CCAA member institutions.

Registration is now closed.

*subject to change


What past participants are saying

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"The trip provided 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)

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"Every year, the program is well organized and the tour runs smoothly throughout the week. It is a wonderful way to create and foster connections with prospective students and counselors."

– Jose Ramos, St. John Fisher College (NY)

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

– Gabriela Martinez, University of Dallas (TX)

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"Overall GREAT tour! The tour coordinators did a fantastic job planning and keeping everyone informed."

– Brennan McDevitt, Saint Joseph's University (PA)