◈ CPU General Information

CPU (Central Philippine University)is one of the TOP10 universities in the Philippines, the most prestigious university in Western Visayas Philippines.
In 1905, founder William O. Valentine established Jaro Industrial School(JS), focused on elementary vocational education for poor boys with supporting from American Baptist Foreign Mission Society. It opened to girls in 1913, then established junior college in 1923, which became the Central Philippine College, a senior college with 5 bachelor programs in 1940. Now, 13,000 students are studying in CPU, aside from over 100 Korean students including the soccer team there are also many foreign students from various countries.
24-hectare campus with 35 buildings, located in Haro, Iloilo, which is the largest scale in Iloilo and it is designated as a tourist spot.

Motto Knowledge and Faith
Established 1905 Jaro Industrial School; 1923 Central Philippine College; April 1, 1953 Central Philippine University
Type Private
Religious affiliation Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches
President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles
Students 13000
Location Jaro, Iloilo City
Campus Urban, 240,000 m²; Farm, CPU Zarraga Farm/CPU Farm, approximately 140,000 m²
Colors Gold and Blue
Website cpu.edu.ph

◈ CPU Ranking

Central Philippine University (CPU) is the ninth place in all 2016 university rankings, except for the capital Manila, This university is intensive and the high-ranked in southern universities.

CPU is one of the 20 universities recognized by the Ministry of Education of China, conducted a training program with the Northwest University, Envoy University, Beijing University of Foreign Studies, and Jilin Normal University.

CPU is having training programs with Crescendo University of Malaysia, Nagoya, Miyazaki, Fukuoka, Meijo, Baiko, and Okagakuen University in Japan. Together with MK, we are having short and long term and internship programs with these universities including Korea universities.


◈ History of Central Philippine University

CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY is a non-stock, non-profit Institution of higher learning, where a well-rounded program of education is offered under influences that strengthen faith and build up character.

It was founded in 1905 as the Jaro Industrial School by missionaries of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society.
It started as an Elementary Vocational School for poor boys who worked for their board and tuition.
Perhaps it was the first school in the Philippines to teach that labor is honor.
The school also had the distinction of having organized the first student government in the country the Jaro Industrial School Republic, and one of the oldest student’s newspapers – the Central Echo.

Dr. William 0. Valentine, the first principal, worked hard to have the school incorporated and recognized by the government.
His objectives were reached in 1913, the year when the school began to admit female students also.
In 1915, the first two years of high school were opened. In 1920, the third and fourth year classes were added and the following year the first batch of high School graduates were turned out.

To satisfy the growing desire of young people for education, a junior college was opened in 1923 and the name of the school was changed to Central Philippine College. The senior college was established in 1936 and by 1940 five degrees were offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, achelor of Education, Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Religious Education.

The war broke, out and with it came destruction and death. The college buildings were destroyed. Eleven American missionaries were massacred by the enemy. Central students, faculty and staff members and alumni joined the guerrilla movement or the Civil Resistance Government. Many of them laid down their lives for democracy and freedom.

The “Central Spirit” however did not die in the night that was World War II. As soon as war ended the college was reopened by loyal faculty members and returning missionaries who were caught by the war in America. Destroyed buildings were reconstructed and new ones were built with funds from friends at home and abroad. Postwar reconstruction resulted in a well-laid, attractive campus.

April 1, 1953, was an important landmark in the whole CPU story. On that day the ardent dream of thousands of alumni and the long line of American and Filipino pioneers became a reality: Central Philippine College gained university status and became Central Philippine University.
From the founding of the school, Filipinos were gradually given larger responsibilities in its administration. In 1966 the first Filipino president, Dr. Rex D. Drilon, was elected; and in 1968 the entire university property – land, buildings, and equipment – was turned over by the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society to the Filipino corporation of CPU. Since 1973, all members of the Board of Trustees and administrative officials of the university have been Filipinos.

In 106 years, CPU has grown from an elementary school with 17 pupils to a widely known university with an enrollment of over 12,000. The 24-hectare campus, which was originally chosen for its quiet and relative isolation, is now a veritable community by itself, with more than 30 buildings used for classrooms and support facilities.
CPU has grown much in physical plant and in educational programs, but it has remained true to its mission as a Christian institution whose motto is Scientia et Fides (Knowledge and Faith). It is affiliated with the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches and maintains fraternal ties with the International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches (known before as the American Foreign Mission Society) and the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. The university is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities (ACSCU) and the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA).

◈ Vision – Mission


A University committed to Exemplary Christian Education for Life (EXCEL) and responsive to the needs of the total person and the world.


The mission of Central Philippine University is to carry out a program of spiritual, intellectual, moral, scientific, technological, and cultural training, and allied studies under influences which strengthen Christian faith, build up character and promote scholarship, research and community service.

Quality Policy

To fulfill the mission and realize the vision of Central Philippine University, we commit to consistently provide superior quality services by integrating Christian values, academic excellence, highest level of professionalism, and quality considerations in every aspect of our operations. We maintain a quality management system that complies with international quality standards. We continually improve to achieve global excellence that satisfies the expectations of the university community, partner institutions, and the general public.

Quality Policy

◈ Programs & Course

College of Agriculture(Accredited by PAASCU, Level III)
♦ Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
♦ Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering
♦ Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management
College of Arts and Sciences(Accredited by ACSCU-AAI, Level III)
♦ Bachelor of Arts
♦ Bachelor of Science in Biology
♦ Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
♦ Bachelor in Medical Laboratory Science
♦ Bachelor of Science in Social Work
College of Business and Accountancy(Accredited by ACSCU-AAI, Level III)
♦ Bachelor of Science in Commerce
♦ Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
♦ Bachelor of Science in Advertising
♦ Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
♦ Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Management
♦ Bachelor of Science in Management Accounting
College of Computer Studies
♦ Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
♦ Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
♦ Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
College of Education(Accredited by ACSCU-AAI, Level III)
♦ Bachelor of Secondary Education
♦ Bachelor of Elementary Education
♦ Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
♦ Bachelor of Science in Health, Fitness and Lifestyle Management
♦ Bachelor of Library and Information Science
College of Nursing(Accredited by PAASCU, Level III)
♦ Bachelor of Science in Nursing
♦ Associate in Health Science Education
College of Theology(Accredited by ATESEA)
♦ Bachelor of Theology
Institute of HRM and Tourism
♦ Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management
♦ Bachelor of Science in Tourism
College of Engineering(DOST/ESEP School for Western Visayas; accredited by PAASCU, Level III)
♦ Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
♦ Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
♦ Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
♦ Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering
♦ Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
♦ Bachelor of Science in Packaging Engineering
♦ Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering
College of Law ♦ Bachelor of Laws
College of Medicine ♦ Doctor of Medicine
School of Graduate Studies
(Accredited by ACSCU-AAI, Level III ) * (Accredited by ACSCU-AAI, Level II ) **
♦ Master of Arts in Education *
♦ Master of Arts in English
♦ Master in Business Administration *
♦ Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling
♦ Master of Arts in Nursing
♦ Master in Nursing *
♦ Master of Science in Social Work
♦ Master of Arts in Teaching Agriculture
♦ Master of Science in Agronomy
♦ Master of Divinity
♦ Master of Ministry
♦ Master in Engineering, major in Engineering Education
♦ Master of Engineering
♦ Master of Arts in Sociology
♦ Master in Agricultural Economics
♦ Master in Business Education
♦ Master in Public Administration **
♦ Master of Science in Computer Science
♦ Master in Computer Science
♦ Master in Library and Information Science
♦ Doctor of Education *
♦ Doctor of Management

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