Universidad de los Andes was founded on September 8, 1989 as a non-profit private foundation, total owner of its infrastructure, established in accordance with the current Chilean higher education legislation and governed by its own statutes. Its institutional project, of Christian inspiration, is based on the cultivation of cutting edge superior knowledge, a comprehensive education for students, dissemination of knowledge to the society and a vocation of permanence in time.
The university campus of San Carlos de Apoquindo is a geographic space specifically designed to support the academic model of this house of studies, whose architectural design seeks to be the material concretion of its Mission and Vision, reflecting the concept of a multifaceted university, focused on the person and at the service of the country. On its 52 hectares, it has 12 buildings, where 28 undergraduate courses are taught, 11 bachelor programs and more than 400 postgraduate and continued education programs. Students in the health field (Medical School Dentistry, Nursing, Obstetrics, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Speech Therapy and Psychology) represent more than 40% of the 8,000 undergraduate students of the University.
Since 1999, the institution also has the Universidad de los Andes Health Center, a 5,000 m2 building located in the district of San Bernardo. Its objective is to satisfy the educational needs of the different health related schools and offer coverage in more than 30 medical, dental and mental health specialties to the beneficiaries of the public health system in the southern sector of Santiago, reaching 100,000 annual visits.
Clínica Universidad de los Andes was inaugurated in 2014 as an individual facility and became part of the network of clinical facilities in agreement with the University. It is a non-profit teaching institution part of Universidad de los Andes, with all profits reinvested to improve and enhance the services provided by the Clinic; this includes investments in infrastructure, equipment, research, and continued education training grants.