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The oldest school in the Philippines is the University of San Carlos - Main which is located in P. Del Rosario St., Cebu City. It offers pre-elementary and basic education as well as undergraduate and graduate courses, and a broad spectrum of academic programs through its eight colleges.

It consists of four campuses in different areas of Cebu – the Main Campus along P. del Rosario St., the Talamban Campus (a.k.a TC – Technological Center) along Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., the North Campus (formerly the Boys High) along Gen. Maxilom Ave., and the South Campus (formerly the Girls High) along corners J. Alcantara St. (P. del Rosario Ext.) and V. Rama Avenue.




University of San Carlos - the oldest university in the Philippines


Basic Facts About University of San Carlos


Who Founded the University of San Carlos?
  • by the Spanish Jesuits fathers Antonio Sedeno, Pedro Chirino and Antonio Pereira

When was the University of San Carlos Established?
  • it was founded on August 1, 1595 and formerly called Colegio de San Ildefonso

What are the former names of the University of San Carlos?
  • Colegio de San Ildefonso - named by the Spanish Jesuits fathers Antonio Sedeno, Pedro Chirino and Antonio Pereira in 1595
  • Colegio-Seminario de San Carlos - initiated by Bishop Mateo Joaquin de Arevalo in 1783
  • University of San Carlos - present name since it was granted it university charter in 1948

Did you know that the University of San Carlos' claim to be the oldest school in Asia but is being disputed?

University of San Carlos' claim to being the oldest school in Asia, however, is disputed. Historians point out that it cannot trace its origin to the Colegio de San Ildefonso because this school (a grammar school as described by Fr. Ernesto M. Lagura, SVD, president of the University of San Carlos during the Centennial Congress on Higher Education held on May 28–29, 1998) was shut down in 1769 with the expulsion of the Jesuits. In 1783, the Colegio-Seminario de San Carlos opened under new owners. The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in Manila has been in existence since 1611 and was interrupted only by World War II. It was elevated to university status in 1645.

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