Oldest School in the Philippines


The University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City is considered as the oldest school in the country and in Asia. Formerly known as the Colegio de San Ildefonso, it was founded by the Spanish Jesuits on August 1, 1595. This makes the Cebu-based university older than the University of Santo Tomas (1611) in Manila and Harvard University (1636) in the United States.

The University of Santo Tomas, however, contests this title. Formerly known as the Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, UST was the first school, which got a university status in 1645. USC became a university in 1948. UST also claimed that the original USC was closed in 1769 as a result of the expulsion of the Jesuits. It reopened in 1783 under a new name and ownership. But the USC officials stick to their claim. The university observed its 400th foundation day on August 21, 1995.


6 responses »

  1. USC cannot claim to be the oldest university in the Philippines since its origins was terminated during the explusion of the Jesuits in the 1700th century. A mango tree can’t be called an Acacia just because it grew on the same spot where the mango tree was previously located!

  2. hey i feel you then oh so bland I kala is also less able to be ugly school ugly that I kidding how about you that you do not have much school you makatukso ah eh yun love the school I have to do I asarin this school that i that i need to repeat because the Yang school with the school to which you kidding kulunagan just like chicken

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