General basic education is mandatory and free. The attendance of school is practically 100%, while High school is only 70%. The literacy rate in the country is 96%. It has four public universities which are: The University of Costa Rica, The National University, the UNED and the Technological Institute of Costa Rica.
On June 4, 2008 President Oscar Arias Sanchez signed The Organic Agriculture Law, creating the 5th public university with its campus in the city of Alajuela, named The National Technology University.
There also exists a National Training Institute responsible for the education of the working class and the disadvantaged, training them in technical areas in order to generate new businesses and the continuity of their studies at advanced levels. These schools are located in San José, Naranjo, San Carlos, Moin, Liberia, Perez Zeledon and Barranca.
Also, there are more than 50 universities that have excellent academic standards like Incae, the number one business school in Latin America.