12 Best Private Universities in Brazil

Brazil has several well-regarded universities when we think about 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 be in your city?

Studying an undergraduate course at one of the best private universities in Brazil is the wish of many people. To access one of these, there are two possibilities: either the student pays tuition every month or is approved in the University for All Program (Prouni).

But, in addition to these two forms, there are alternatives regarding monthly fees. There are several student grants, which guarantee good discounts on payments every month. Anyone who thought it was not possible to study at a private institution is mistaken. 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, at that time as Faculty of Political and Economic Sciences. Nowadays 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 according to the University Ranking of Folha de São Paulo in 2019 was very similar to the institution from Rio Grande do Sul, with 83.68 points against 84.31 from the southern university.

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


The Mackenzie Presbyterian University has its undergraduate and graduate campuses in São Paulo, Campinas and Barueri. It is the best higher education institution in the state of São Paulo, still appearing as one of the highlights in Brazilian education as a whole, without considering the type of educational institution.

It is noteworthy 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 study postgraduate, master’s and doctoral courses at the university.

  • Website: https://www.mackenzie.br/
  • Phone: (11) 2114-8000
  • Endereço: 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 took place in 1969, being maintained by Associação Antônio Vieira, linked to Companhia de Jesus. Thus, it is part of a network together 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 even in cities outside Rio Grande do Sul such as Florianópolis, Curitiba and São Paulo. In the Unisinos library there are more than 700 thousand volumes 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 education 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


Indeed, the universities bearing the name PUC are well-regarded, as is the case with the Minas Gerais unit. The foundation was in 1958, being one of the main higher education institutions in your state. Currently more than 70 thousand students study in its most varied courses, with emphasis on undergraduate and graduate courses.

Some notables studied there, 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 Coração Eucarístico – Belo Horizonte – MG.




The Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUCSP) appears among the best institutions in the state of São Paulo. Its foundation took place in 1946, and currently its teaching units are spread over five campuses, with four of them in the capital and one in Sorocaba.

Even today, it 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 has its headquarters in Taguatinga, in the Federal District. Its highlights are the courses in Medicine and Dentistry, which in some years achieved maximum marks in MEC.

It receives thousands of students, who study in several undergraduate courses, in the most varied 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 placed in the Northeast Region. It has more than 300 classrooms and several laboratories. Unifor has a material-rich arrangement 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, appearing 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, Portão 1, Prédio CCHSA. 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, it now 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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