UFSCar has an enrollment of approximately 16,000 students and 1,000 professors and researchers. Its researchers are Brazil’s the fourth most productive in terms of articles published in indexed international journals of science. It is highlighted by the high qualifications of its teaching staff: 99.9% are PhDs or Masters.
UFSCar offers 57 undergraduate degrees and 57 graduate degrees. According to the last CAPES evaluation of the Brazilian Graduate System, more than half of all of UFSCar’s Graduate Programs were considered nationally or internationally excellent. Among those programs are special education, physiotherapy, psychology and sociology.
The University has three campuses. The main campus, in São Carlos, is located 234 kilometers (145 mi) from the capital, and occupies 645 hectares (1,590 acres). Approximately 94 kilometers (58 mi) from São Carlos is the 230 hectares (570 acres) Araras campus, containing the agricultural engineer centre, with research in the Biotechnology area. In 2005, the Sorocaba campus opened and offers 14 undergrad 5 graduate courses. In November, 2010, the University Council approved the creation of the rural campus Lagoa do Sino in a 643 hectares (1,590 acres) farm donated by writer Raduan Nassar. It will be a campus focused on courses about food security, family agriculture, and sustainable development.
The university hosts more than 321 laboratories, a community library, 2 theaters, 3 amphitheaters, 3 auditoriums, a sports gym, a sport park with 8 courts and 2 pools, 2 university restaurants, 5 snack bars and 129 classrooms.
The 33 academic departments are divided in four centers: Biological Sciences and Health Center (Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde, CCBS), Exact Sciences and Technology Center (Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia, CCET), Education and Humans Sciences Center (Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas, CECH) and Agrarian Sciences Center (Centro de Ciências Agrárias, CCA)