Education is a very important driver of progress, in a flourishing and a constantly growing urban community like Cagayan de Oro. This does not solely focus on colleges alone but also in schools in every level starting from primary, secondary, to tertiary because they are all drivers to the city’s huge success. In total, the city approximately has 120 private schools at all levels and the number of public schools is tripled to the one above mentioned. These private schools are all registered with the Department of Education.
As the city capital of Northern Mindanao, its colleges and universities have their share of students coming from various cities to enroll. They are mainly from other provinces outside of Region 10 as well as from the towns all over Misamis Oriental. In its humble beginnings, the city started with around 3 colleges in the year 1950. These schools have been operating until now and are currently serving all educational levels. Presently, the City of Golden Friendship is proud to have 4 major universities and around 6 great colleges.
Below are 4 of the greatest universities in the city that you should check out if you are planning on studying in the City of Golden Friendship:
Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan
In its humble beginnings, this school started as a two-storey wooden building way back in the year 1933. In fact, this makes the Ateneo de Cagayan the oldest university and school in Cagayan de Oro. Formerly, it was an academy exclusively for boys which is one of the pioneering schools that the Jesuit Order has established. It currently hosts more than 11,000 students, faculty, and staff each year. Fr. James TG. Hayes, SJ was the founder of Xavier University. He is also the first bishop and archbishop of Cagayan de Oro during those years. From its establishment in 1933, the size of the school immensely grew until the time of world war to in which it was nearly destroyed.
In the latter years, post world war, reconstruction, and rebuilding of some buildings were then initiated by the year 1945. Fr. Edward Haggerty, SJ. headed the restoration project and it had made Ateneo de Cagayan grew bigger than how it was originally made. The school was granted university status in the year 1958, naming it as the first university in the whole island of Mindanao. All in all, the university features five campuses aside from its main campus to tertiary level located in Divisoria Corrales Avenue.
These campuses are Manresa Agriculture extension, the Center for Industrial Technology (CIT), Pueblo de Oro High School Annex, and the Grade School Annex in upper Carmen, and the Macasandig Grade School campus.
Aside from the primary and secondary education the school offers, Xavier also offers courses in various fields from its School of Education, School of Business and Management, College of Agriculture, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Computer Studies, School of Medicine, College of Nursing, Graduate School, and College of Law. Lastly, the Center for Industrial Technology (CIT) also offers two-year and three-year courses.
Liceo de Cagayan University
One of the non-sectarian colleges in the city is the Liceo de Cagayan. It is one of the four major schools to receive university status in the year 1998. It was founded by Atty. Rodolfo N. Pelaez, a Cagayan native way back in 1955.
The school operates as a family corporation in which its main campus is situated in Pelaez Boulevard in Kauswagan.
59 years after it was founded, the university has grown into two campuses. It presently serves as a major university with the main campus and a separate elementary and high school campus in Carmen.
Currently, the university offers various significant courses from 14 different schools and colleges. These colleges are Business and Accountancy, Arts and Sciences, Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering, Information Technology, Music, Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Radio Technology, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Sciences, Law, and Graduate Studies.
The Capitol University was known formerly as the Cagayan de Oro Capitol College. The school has received its university status in the year 2003 in which it became a renown non-sectarian private university during that year.
The university was founded in the year 1971 and has grown as a school with its own improved main campus that is located along Corrales Avenue Extension. It also features advanced medical facilities together with various medical courses in Capitol University Medical Center (CUMC) in Gusa. In addition, the university also has its training ship for maritime courses which is a 650-ton freighter named the M/V Capitol.
At present, the university serves various courses in undergraduate colleges such as Engineering, Computer Studies, Education, Maritime Education, Nursing, Midwifery, and even Graduate School.
University of Science and Technology in the Philippines
The University of Science and Technology in the Philippines (USTP) was formerly known as the Mindanao Polytechnic State College. The school is the first public non-sectarian college to receive university status way back in 2009.
The college started as a small trade school that is government operated. At present, the university features the main campus that is located along C.M. Recto Avenue in Lapasan. Along with this, it also has its own satellite campuses that are located in Oroquieta City and Panaon, Misamis Occidental and Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. It was actually because of the American Commonwealth Act 3377, that the school was named Mindanao School of Arts and Trade in 1952. As time passed, way back in 1978 it was again changed to Don Mariano Marcos Memorial Polytechnic State College. In 1991 it was again changed to Mindanao Polytechnic State College.
After these series of changes, the Philippine Senate has approved to change the school’s name to University of Science and Technology in the Philippines. The school offers major courses through different colleges such as the College of Engineering and Architecture, College Arts, and Sciences, College of Policy Studies, Education and Management, College of Industrial and Information Technology, College of Arts and Sciences, Certificate Professional Programs, and Vocational Training Programs, and Doctoral Degree Programs.