From the author’s introduction:
One of the main objectives of this study is to see the extent to which the opportunities for higher education in Puerto Rico have changed. For this purpose the social composition of the student body at the University of Puerto Rico from 1940 to 1960 is analyzed. Recruitment in terms of sex, rural-urban residence and school of origin is another important aspect for consideration. Thus, this study will attempt to define the social characteristics of those segments of the population which are availing themselves of the new and expanded educational facilities offered at the University. It will also seek to locate the shift, if any, in the social status of the students throughout the period chosen for this inquiry.