12 best private universities in Brazil

Brazil has several reputable universities when we think of South America and even comparing it with other educational institutions in other parts of the world. Now you will know which are the 12 best private universities in Brazil, will any of them stay in your city?

Taking an undergraduate course at one of the best private universities in Brazil is the wish of many people. To access one of them, there are two possibilities: either the student pays the monthly fee or is approved by the University for All Program (Prouni).

But, in addition to these two forms, there are alternatives regarding monthly fees. There are several scholarships, which guarantee good discounts on tuition. It is wrong to think that it was not possible to study in a private institution. See which are the best 12.



The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) appears in the first position among the best private universities in Brazil. Its foundation took place in 1931, then as Faculty of Political and Economic Sciences. Today it has grown and has more than 35 thousand students.

PUCRS offers more than 50 options for undergraduate courses, several alternatives for master’s and doctoral degrees, in addition to more than 100 specializations. Throughout its history, PUCRS has trained 170 thousand students, considering all levels of education.

  • Website: http://www.pucrs.br/
  • Phone: (51) 3320.3500
  • Address: Av. Ipiranga, 6681 – Partenon, Porto Alegre – RS, 90619-900.

2 – PUC Rio


The second position also belongs to PUC, but from Rio de Janeiro. The score of the 2019 Folha de São Paulo University Ranking was very similar to that of the Rio Grande do Sul institution, with 83.68 points against 84.31 at the southern university.

PUC Rio was founded in 1940 as a Catholic University and in 1947 it received the title of Pontifical, by Pope Pius XII. It is a non-profit, philanthropic community higher education institution. In a few years, it was ranked among the top 10 universities in Latin America.

The institution has several departments, with emphasis on Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Informatics and mathematics are also worth mentioning.

  • Website: https://www.puc-rio.br/
  • Phone: (21) 3527-1001
  • Address: R. Marquês de São Vicente, 225 – Gávea, Rio de Janeiro – RJ.



PUC is really a reference in higher education in Brazil, and its unit in Paraná is the third best among all private companies. The institution was created in 1959, and for some years it appeared in rankings that list the 50 best educational institutions in Latin America.

There are more than 60 undergraduate courses at the educational institution, with some graduate programs and more than 150 Lato Sensu graduate alternatives. In addition, it has an agreement with more than 200 higher education institutions in 13 countries.

  • Website: https://www.pucpr.br/
  • Phone: (41) 3271-1555
  • Address: R. Imac. Conceição, 1155 – Prado Velho, Curitiba – PR, 80215-901.

4 – Mackenzie


Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie has undergraduate and graduate campuses in São Paulo, Campinas and Barueri. It is the best higher education institution in the state of São Paulo, still presenting itself as one of the highlights of Brazilian education as a whole, without considering the type of educational institution.

It is worth mentioning that the entity has Editora Mackenzie, launched in 1999, with the objective of assisting in academic production, since then, knowledge and culture have made significant advances. It is also possible to take graduate, master and doctoral courses at the university.

  • Website: https://www.mackenzie.br/
  • Phone: (11) 2114-8000
  • Address: R. da Consolação, 930 – Consolação, São Paulo – SP, 01302-907.

5 – Unisinos



The University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos) is located in São Leopoldo, in Rio Grande do Sul, in the Metropolitan Region of Porto Alegre. Its foundation occurred in 1969, being maintained by Associação Antônio Vieira, linked to Companhia de Jesus. Thus, it is part of an integrated network with more than 200 higher education institutions worldwide.

In addition to the main campus in São Leopoldo, it has a unit in Porto Alegre and distance education centers in Caxias do Sul, Bento Gonçalves, Santa Maria, Canoas and also in cities outside Rio Grande do Sul such as Florianópolis, Curitiba and São Paulo. In the Unisinos library, more than 700 thousand volumes are available to its students.

  • Website: http://www.unisinos.br/
  • Phone: (51) 3591-1122
  • Address: Av. Unisinos, 950 – Cristo Rei, São Leopoldo – RS, 93022-750.

6 – UCS



The University of Caxias do Sul (UCS) is another representative of Rio Grande do Sul on our list. It has units in cities such as Bento Gonçalves, Vacaria, Canela, Farroupilha, Guaporé, Nova Prata and São Sebastião do Caí. There are more than 150 entry options in nine areas of knowledge.

In recent years, it has been listed as one of the best private teaching universities in Brazil. Its foundation happened in 1969 and today it is one of the most students in Rio Grande do Sul, there are more than 37 thousand.

  • Website: https://www.ucs.br/
  • Phone: (54) 3218-2100
  • Address: Rua Francisco Getúlio Vargas, 1130. Caxias do Sul – RS.

7 – PUC Minas

PUC Minas


In fact, the universities that bear the name PUC are well regarded, as is the case with the mining unit. The foundation was in 1958, being one of the main higher education institutions in your state. Currently more than 70 thousand students take the most diverse courses, with emphasis on undergraduate and graduate courses.

There, some notables studied, such as the Minister of the Supreme Federal Court (STF) Carmén Lúcia, the politician Aécio Neves and the journalist at Record, Adriana Araújo.

  • Website: http://portal.pucminas.br
  • Phone: (31) 3319-4444
  • Address:  Av: Dom José Gaspar, 500 Eucharistic Heart – Belo Horizonte – MG.




The Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUCSP) is among the best institutions in the state of São Paulo. Its foundation occurred in 1946 and, currently, its teaching units are distributed on five campuses, four in the capital and one in Sorocaba.

Even today, he maintains a strong relationship with the Catholic Church, so much so that its rectors are priests.

  • Website: https://www.pucsp.br/
  • Phone: (11) 3670-8000
  • Address: R. Monte Alegre, 984 – Perdizes, São Paulo – SP.

9 – UCB DF



The Catholic University of Brasilia (UDB) is the best placed in the Midwest in the ranking of the best private universities in Brazil. It was created in 1974 and is headquartered in Taguatinga, in the Federal District. Its highlights are the courses in Medicine and Dentistry, which in some years achieved maximum scores in MEC.

It receives thousands of students, who take several undergraduate courses, in the most diverse areas of knowledge.

  • Website: https://ucb.catolica.edu.br/
  • Phone: (61) 3356-9000
  • Address: QS 07 – Lote 01, EPCT – Taguatinga, Brasília – DF.

10 – Unifor



The University of Fortaleza (Unifor) was created in 1973, being the best located in the Northeast Region. It has more than 300 classrooms and several laboratories. Unifor has an arrangement rich in materials in its libraries, so that all students can learn from quality materials.

  • Website: https://www.unifor.br/
  • Phone: (85) 3477.3000
  • Address: Av. Washington Soares, 1321 – Edson Queiroz. Fortaleza – CE.

11 – PUC Campinas

PUC Campinas


PUC Campinas was opened in 1941 and has already trained thousands of students. It is considered the oldest university in the interior of São Paulo, being among the best alternatives in the country in relation to private higher education.

In the last decade it was considered the best private university in São Paulo, now it has fallen a little, but it remains among the best in the state.

  • Website: https://www.puc-campinas.edu.br/
  • Phone: (19) 3343-7000
  • Address: Rodovia Dom Pedro I, Km 135, Gate 1, CCHSA Building. Campinas, sp.

12 – Uninove



The ranking with the 12 best private universities in Brazil ends with the Nove de Julho University (Uninove), based in São Paulo, with a campus in some neighborhoods of the capital. Founded in 1972, today it has more than 150 thousand students.

  • Website: https://www.uninove.br/
  • Phone: (11) 4293-9000
  • Address: R. Álvares Machado, 48 – Vila Bocaina, Mauá – SP.

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