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The University of San Carlos is a Catholic institution of learning that embodies the principles of academic discipline of San Carlos Borromeo and the missionary charism of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD).
We aim to develop competent and socially responsible professionals and life-long learners in an environment that fosters excellence in the academic core processes of teaching learning, research, and community extension service.
Our mission is to provide timely, relevant and transformative academic programs responsive to the needs of the local, national and global communities in a rapidly changing world.
1595 Foundation of first school in Cebu by Fathers Antonio Sedeno, S.J. Pedro Chirino, S.J. and Antonio Pereira, S.J.
1606 Naming of school as Colegio de San Ildefonso
1725 Completion of Martires Street Building
1769 Closing of school as a result of the expulsion of the Jesuits from the Philippines
1783 Reopening of school by Bishop Mateo Joaquin de Arevalo with secular priests in charge under a new name, Colegio-Seminario de San Carlos
1852 Turning over of the school to Dominican Fathers
1867 Taking over by Vincentian Fathers
1927 Closing of Collegiate Section
1930 Transferring of Colegio de San Carlos to the new P. del Rosario Building (Seminario de San Carlos remained in Martires Street)
1934 Reopening of College of Liberal Arts
1935 Turning over of Colegio de San Carlos to the Society of the Divine Word (SVD -Societas Verbi Divini)
1937 Opening of College of Law and College of Commerce
1939 Opening of College of Engineering
1940 Opening of Junior Normal School (Women were first admitted to the Colegio de San Carlos.)
1941 Interruption of classes due to World War II
1944 Destruction of P. del Rosario Building by bombs
1945 Reopening of High School and College of Liberal Arts
1946 Rebuilding of Cathedral Convent and Little Flower Academy as training department for Education and Junior Normal students
Reopening of the following colleges: Normal, Education, Commerce, Law and Engineering
1948 Granting of university status (Colegio de San Carlos is now named University of San Carlos.)
1949 Construction of Main Building
1950 Construction of Administration Building
1951 Opening of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Architecture courses
1952 Opening of Bachelor of Science (curriculum with major in Chemistry and Zoology)
1953 Opening of the following courses: Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA); Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE); Bachelor of Science (BS) major in Physics; Bachelor of Arts (AB) major in Philosophy; Pre-Dentistry; and Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEEd)
1955 Opening of three-year combined course (Junior Normal Home Economics with the title of Elementary Teacher's Certificate in Home Economics ETC-HE combined)
1983 USC recipient of Award for Outstanding Private Institution in Education, Culture and the Arts category during the 46th Charter Day Anniversary of Cebu City
1984 Opening of College of Architecture and Fine Arts
1985 USC recipient of Award for Most Outstanding Institution in Science and Technology in Regional VII from the National Science and Technology Authority (NSTA)
1986 Offering of Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Construction of Fine Arts Photography Laboratory and Dark Room as the start of CAFA Outreach Program
1987 Awarding of Level II Accreditation Status to College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Commerce, Teachers College and College of Engineering
1988 Organization of College Parents Association on February 7
Participation in the Institutional Development Programs
1989 PAASCU Preliminary Survey of Graduate School
1992 PAASCU Re-Survey of Boys High School
Offering of Diploma Course in Teaching on the Tertiary Level at the Graduate School
Blessing and Inauguration of USC Water Laboratory Environmental Analysis Section
1994 Offering of new majors in the Graduate School: Montessori Education; Physical Education; Environmental Science; Theater Arts; Speech and Drama; Research and Evaluation (doctoral) and Educational Management (doctoral)
Offering of BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Associate in Hotel and Restaurant Management; and Certificate in Food Service at the Teachers College
1995 USC as Partner Institution in the Joint Financing Programme administered by the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education
1996 PAASCU Re-Survey of Graduate School, Colleges of Nursing, Arts and Sciences, Commerce, Teachers College, South Grade School, Girls High School and Boys Grade School
1997 Offering of new majors by the Graduate School: PhD Education major in Research and Evaluation; MA in Education major in Montessori Education; and MA in Education major in Special Education
1998 Celebration of Bulawanong Pulong: USC Golden Jubilee as a University
1999 PAASCU Interim Visit of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Commerce and Education
2000 Approval of the University's Indicative Plan for the Second Phase under the Joint Financing Programme administered by the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education
2001 Model Centennial Law Library Award given to the Law Library by the Supreme Court of the Philippines during its centenary celebration in June
2002 Faculty and Student Exchange Program between the University of San Carlos College of Law and the University of the Stockholm Law Department begun
2003 South Grade School, Boys Grade School and Girls High School granted PAASCU accreditation for another 5 years Putting up of the first Smart Wireless Laboratory in the Visayas by Smart Wireless Communications, Inc., on the 3rd floor of the Bunzel Building at the University of San Carlos-Technological Center on July 30 under the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP).
Vision and Mission:
The University of San Carlos sees:
A WORLD where the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace
A SOCIETY where citizens are competent, have nobility of character and nurture a sense of community
What they know, they apply justly and honestly...
What they do not know, they seek to learn...
What they do not have, they endeavor to acquire.
What they have, they share.