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Universidad de Sonora

Location

Hermosillo Campus, Hermosillo Mexico

Ranking

# 1401+QS World University Rankings

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54Undergraduate programs

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32Postgraduate programs

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About Universidad de Sonora

Founded in 1942, Universidad de Sonora (UNISON) is a world-class university situated in the north west of Mexico. It offers 55 bachelor’s programs, 33 master’s degrees, 7 certificates and 14 PhDs taught in Spanish in the following subject areas:

  • Exact and Natural sciences
  • Health and Biological Sciences
  • Economics and Administrative Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities and Fine Arts


Hermosillo, where UNISON is based, is an absolute gem. Known in Mexico as “The Sunny City” because of the devastating beauty of its twinkling sunsets, Hermosillo has been blessed with an incredibly rich variety of flora and wildlife (which you can admire at Ecological Center of Sonora). Find out more about the region here.


One of the best and largest universities in the region

UNISON ranks 25 among the best universities in Mexico in the QS Mexico University Rankings 2019.

With more than 32,000 students, UNISON amounts for as much as 40% of all university enrollment in the country.

At the moment, about 92% of UNISON’s teaching staff hold a graduate degree, including 66% with a PhD. The quality of its research output is one of the university’s strong points.


… And an excellent track record in employability

More than 94% of students in the 2015 cohort found a job within 12 months of graduation, 84.9% of whom found a job within six months. According to the same survey, students rated the relevance of their training an average score of 6.2 out of 7.


... And opportunities to study abroad
To encourage intercultural exchange, UNISON has links with over 200 institutions abroad, to give students the chance to spend a semester or two abroad in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, United States, France, Italy, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, or Switzerland.

About Universidad de Sonora

Founded in 1942, Universidad de Sonora (UNISON) is a world-class university situated in the north west of Mexico. It offers 55 bachelor’s programs, 33 master’s degrees, 7 certificates and 14 PhDs taught in Spanish in the following subject areas:

  • Exact and Natural sciences
  • Health and Biological Sciences
  • Economics and Administrative Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities and Fine Arts


Hermosillo, where UNISON is based, is an absolute gem. Known in Mexico as “The Sunny City” because of the devastating beauty of its twinkling sunsets, Hermosillo has been blessed with an incredibly rich variety of flora and wildlife (which you can admire at Ecological Center of Sonora). Find out more about the region here.


One of the best and largest universities in the region

UNISON ranks 25 among the best universities in Mexico in the QS Mexico University Rankings 2019.

With more than 32,000 students, UNISON amounts for as much as 40% of all university enrollment in the country.

At the moment, about 92% of UNISON’s teaching staff hold a graduate degree, including 66% with a PhD. The quality of its research output is one of the university’s strong points.


… And an excellent track record in employability

More than 94% of students in the 2015 cohort found a job within 12 months of graduation, 84.9% of whom found a job within six months. According to the same survey, students rated the relevance of their training an average score of 6.2 out of 7.


... And opportunities to study abroad
To encourage intercultural exchange, UNISON has links with over 200 institutions abroad, to give students the chance to spend a semester or two abroad in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, United States, France, Italy, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, or Switzerland.

Available programs

A wide range of undergraduate courses

At undergraduate level, the Mexican Universidad de Sonora (UNISON) offers 55 bachelor’s degrees, including:

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Geology
  • Computer science
  • Dentistry
  • Sociology
  • Social work
  • Marketing
  • Graphic design


Admissions and costs

Undergraduate entry requirements include a high school diploma, a filled in application form, passing the admissions tests and proof of your proficiency in English. Keep in mind, you’ll also need a passport, student visa and health insurance to enter the country.

Tuition fees at undergraduate level include a MX$1,860 enrollment fee (≈US$89) and tuition is based on the number of courses a student takes per semester and their average grade from their previous semester, starting at MX$1,520 (≈US$72) per course. Depending on your grades, though, you may be eligible for a tuition fee reduction of up to 100%.

The cost of living in Hermosillo, where the university is situated, should be no more than US$700 a month, including accommodation, groceries, and transportation, though of course this figure can vary depending on the type of the accommodation you seek (whether a hotel or flatshare). 

A good mix of postgraduate courses

Based in Hermosillo, Mexico, the Universidad de Sonora (UNISON) offers 14 PhD programs, 33 master’s degrees and 7 certificates, including:

  • Biosciences
  • Materials science
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Engineering systems and technology
  • Hispanic American literature
  • Sustainable development
  • Foreign trade and customs


Costs, scholarships and admissions

To be eligible for postgraduate study, you would need a bachelor's degree, a GPA of 8.0, proof of your proficiency in Spanish and English (with a TOEFL score of 450), the GRE subject test (depending on the course), two letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a research proposal (only for PhDs).

UNISON offers all students with an average grade of somewhere between 80 and 85 a tuition fee reduction of 50% in their second semester.  This figure can rise up to 100% depending on their grade.

Students can also apply for a CONACYT scholarship for a monthly stipend of approximately MX$13,769 (≈US$770), provided they have a GPA of 8.0. 

University information

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Tuition fee and scholarships

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Rankings & ratings

Universidad de Sonora is one of the top universities in Hermosillo, Mexico. It is ranked #1401+ in QS World University Rankings 2025.

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