As the only state university, it is exclusively responsible for directing, organizing, and developing state higher education and state education, as well as the dissemination of culture in all its manifestations. It will promote by all means within its reach research in all spheres of human knowledge and will cooperate in the study and solution of national problems.
Its fundamental purpose is to raise the spiritual level of the inhabitants of the Republic, preserving, promoting, and disseminating culture and scientific knowledge. It will contribute to the realization of the union of Central America and for this purpose, it will seek the exchange of academics, students, and everything that tends to the spiritual bonding of the peoples of the isthmus.
The University of San Carlos de Guatemala is the state higher education institution, autonomous, with a democratic culture, with a multi and intercultural approach, linked and committed to scientific, social, humanistic and environmental development with an updated, dynamic, effective management and with resources optimally used to achieve its aims and objectives, educator of professionals with ethical principles and academic excellence.