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Bicol University
Pamantasan ng Bikol
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Motto Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service
Type State and Research university
Established June 21, 1969
Endowment PH₱ 569,596,000 ($ 12,828,902) (2014)[1]
Budget PH₱ 2.5 billion ($ 56,307,025) (2014)[2]
President Hon. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, Ph.D
Students 27,224 (2015)[3]
Location Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines
Campus Legazpi City (Main and East Campuses), Daraga, Guinobatan, Polangui, Tabaco City and Gubat
Hymn Bicol University Hymn
Colors              Aqua Blue, Orange and Grey
Athletics State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association
Nickname Bueños and Iskolar ng Bayan
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Bicol University (translated in Filipino: Pamantasan ng Bikol and commonly abbreviated as BU) is a regional state and research university in Bicol Region, the Philippines. BU is an ISO 9001:2008 certified public university in the region with Certificate No. TUV 100 05 1782.[5] Administered from Legazpi City,[6] an institution promoting scholarship, leadership, character, and service as its core values, Bicol University remains to be the premier state university in the Bicol Region, founded in 1969, it has risen to SUC Level IV status, a prestige it has enjoyed since 1998. It is home to topnotch in the fields of Accountancy, Engineering, Midwifery, Nursing, and Social Work. As a comprehensive university, it caters to the needs of the society in the following fields of Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Sciences; Arts and Letters, Culture, Recreation and Sports; Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Business and Entrepreneurship; Health and Medicine; Social Sciences; and Education.[7]

BU is a university which is partly subsidized by the Philippine government. Students of the university and its graduates are referred to as “Mga Iskolar ng Bayan” (“Scholars of the Nation”) but they are commonly called as BUeños. This makes admission extremely competitive. Students who wish to study in the university must pass the Bicol University College Entrance Test (BUCET).[8]


  • ISO 9001:2008 Certified Institution with Certificate No. TUV 100 05 1782[5]
  • State Universities and Colleges (SUC) Level IV since 1998 by DBM Standards[7]
  • 9th biggest among SUCs in enrolment and 5th in GAA Budget[7]
  • One of the 22 leading SUCs in the country[7]
  • CHED's Center for Development in Nursing Education (College of Nursing)[7]
  • CHED's Center for Development in Fisheries Education (Tabaco Campus)[7]
  • CHED's Center for Teaching Excellence (College of Education)[7]
  • CHED's Center for Higher Education Research[7]
  • Host of Palarong Pambansa 2016
  • Host institution for Bicol Consortium for Agriculture Resources Research and Development (BCARRD)
  • Top performing school in Social Work (National), Accountancy (National), Nursing and Midwifery
  • Top placers in Engineering and Education licensure examinations
  • Regional lead agency for Science and Mathematics education, it is DOST identified e-training center for Science and Mathematics teachers;
  • SEAMEO INNOTECH-identified implementor of Flexible Learning Courses (EXCELS on Excellence in School Leadership for Southeast Asia);
  • DepEd identified TTI to implement the project upgrading High School Science and Mathematics Teachers Competence Program;
  • Has 56% of its academic programs accredited from Level I to III.
  • 2008 National Awardee for the Best National Service Training Program
  • 2007–2015 Best ROTC Unit in Bicol
  • 2008 Awardee of the 1st Raul Roco Youth Achievement Awards
  • Recognized by the National Youth Commission with one of the Top Five Best Environmental Programs in the country.


Brief History[edit]

Bicol University was founded on June 21, 1969 by virtue of Republic Act 5521 and was formally organized on September 22, 1970. It evolved out of six reputable educational institutions integrated to form the first state university in Region V:

  • Bicol Teachers College (BTC) with its Laboratory School in Daraga, Albay, now the BU College of Education (BUCE) with its Integrated Laboratory School (ILS)
  • Daraga East Central School (DECS) also in Daraga, Albay, initially renamed as Bicol University Pilot Elementary School (BUPES), now integrated with the BUCE-ILS as its Elementary Department
  • Albay High School in Legazpi City, now the BUCE-ILS High School Department
  • Bicol Regional School for Arts and Trades (BRSAT) in Legazpi City, converted from the Albay Trade School by virtue of Republic Act 1129 on June 16, 1954, now the College of Industrial Technology and the College of Engineering.
  • Roxas Memorial Agricultural School (RMAS) in Guinobatan, Albay, which became the College of Agriculture, now renamed as the College of Agriculture and Forestry.
  • School of Fisheries in Tabaco, Albay, turned into the College of Fisheries, now the Bicol University Tabaco Campus.

These public schools and colleges, now part of Bicol University, had served the people of the region for more than half a century prior to their forming Bicol University.

From the early seventies and onwards, the College of Arts and Sciences (BUCAS), Nursing (BUCN), the Institute of Computer Science (BUCSI), Local Government (BUILG), Physical Education, Sports and Recreation (BUIPESR), and Peace and Security Studies (BUIPSS) came one after another, as degree granting colleges and institutes, along with the Regional Science Teaching Center (RSTC).

At the apex of the academic colleges and institutes is the Graduate School (BUGS) that offers advanced degrees at the master’s and doctorate levels in various disciplines and fields of studies.

To bring the academic programs of Bicol University nearer its clientele, its curricular programs were extended to Gubat, Sorsogon and Camp Crame, Quezon City.

The Comprehensive Medium-Term Development Plan conceived during the term of the immediate past President, Dr. Emiliano A. Aberin, came into force providing a framework for all development activities in the University. To fast track development, organizational restructuring as proposed and approved, started to be implemented in 2004. Operationally, the organizational restructuring “includes the merging of related academic programs to provide the required organizational units, which will promote and nurture the development of curricular programs critical to regional and national development and, adhering to one-faculty, one-fund concept, the organizational structure [also] aims to establish academically strong colleges focused on developing Centers of Excellence in specific disciplines and for specific sectors”.

The year 2004 was a defining moment for Bicol University, having been the year when much of the structural and academic changes had been initiated. The full implementation of the vertical articulation of the course programs in accord with the university’s academic plan contained in the Bicol University Comprehensive Development Plan: 2003-2013 was effected in SY 2004-2005.

The school year 2004-2005 saw the emergence of the College of Science (CS), College of Arts and Letters (CAL), College of Social Science and Philosophy (CSSP) and the College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM) mainly as service colleges for general education courses and professional colleges, too. Simultaneously, the same school year saw the full implementation of the decentralization of the graduate programs and the integration of institutes and centers to relevant colleges.

The College of Arts and Letters (CAL) enrolled in June, 2004 the first year students in Bachelor in Communication Arts, a course program offered in the institute of Communication and Cultural Studies (ICCS), with three major fields of specialization. It also enrolled the first year students in Bachelor of Arts in English, a course program previously offered in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

The College of Science (CS), enrolled the first year students in Bachelor in Computer Science, a course program previously offered in the Institute of Computer Science (ICS); the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, used to be offered in the Regional Science Teaching Center (RSTC) now merged with the Colleg eof Education; and the Bachelor of Science in Biology, previously offered in CAS.

The College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM) enrolled the first year students of Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, Bachelor of science in Business Administration (BSBA) – Entrepreneurship, BSBA - Management and Bachelor of Arts in Economics. All these course programs were previously offered in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

The College of Social Science and Philosophy (CSSP) enrolled the first year students of AB in Political Science, Sociology, Peace and Security Studies and Bachelor of Science in Social Work, all previously with the College of Arts and Sciences.

The graduate programs were also decentralized to these emergent colleges, thus the PhD. in Filipino; Master in Filipino and Master of Arts in Literature to the College of Arts and Letters (CAL); the PhD. in Development Management, PhD. in Public Administration, Master in Management, Master in Public Administration, and the Master in Economics to the College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM); the PhD. in Peace and Security Administration and MA in Peace and Security Studies to the College of Social Science and Philosophy (CSS). All other graduate programs were decentralized to the College of Education, College of Industrial Technology, College of Agriculture and Forestry and Tabaco Campus in 2003.

Correspondingly, preparation for the restructuring of the administrative support staff, as “a built-in mechanism for promoting responsible, effective and efficient service” was also started in 2004.[9]

University Presidents[edit]

Presidents of the
Bicol University
Dr. Ricardo A. Arcilla (1969–1980)
Judge Aquilino P. Bonto (1980–1988)
Dr. Patria G. Lorenzo (1988–1992)
Dr. Lylia Corporal-Sena (1992–1999)
Dr. Emiliano A. Aberin (1999–2003)
Dr. Susana C. Cabredo, (2003–2007)
Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya (2007 - 2015)
Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas (2015–present)

Dr. Ricardo A. Arcilla (1969–1980)[edit]

Born April 3, 1910 at Calolbon, Catanduanes, historian and lawyer. Doctorate from the University of Santo Tomas


  • Charted the BU developmental path based on Republic Act 5221.
  • Spearheaded the construction of the Administration Building.
  • Organized the College of Engineering in 1971. Opened B.Sc. courses in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
  • Offered Master of Arts in Education Program at the Graduate School in June 1972.
  • Established the College of Arts and Sciences in 1972. Opened B.Sc. Political Science course.
  • Opened the College of Nursing in 1973.

Judge Aquilino P. Bonto (1980–1988)[edit]

[10] Law professor, religious leader. Born December 24, 1923 in Legazpi City. Bachelor of Laws (Ll.B) from UP College of Law Focus:[10] Research and Extension


  • Construction of the Multi-Purpose Building (now the Graduate School and College of Arts and Letters Building).
  • Established the Center for Cultural Studies.
  • Decentralized administrative and financial management.
  • Plotted medium-term development plan of BU.
  • Hosted a World Bank-funded Regional Institute of Fishery Technology in the College of Fisheries (1981–88) to strengthen Diploma in Fisheries Technology program.
  • Pushed the College of Agriculture in 1987 as a pilot provincial Technological Institute in Agriculture, financed by an Asian Development Bank loan, under the auspices of Department of Education, Culture and Sports.
  • Opened BSc Agribusiness and BSc Agricultural Technology courses in the College of Agriculture.
  • Added AB major in English, BSc Social Work, BSBA major in Entrepreneurship, BSBA major in Management courses in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Opened BSc Architecture and BSc Electrical Engineering courses in the College of Engineering.
  • Opened Master in Economics course in Graduate School.

Dr. Patria G. Lorenzo (1988–1992)[edit]

Educator and leader. Born in Tabaco, Albay, grew up in Malinao, Albay. B.S. in Education at University of the Philippines, major in English and minor in Guidance. Master of Arts in Education and Doctor of Philosophy both from the same university.


  • Established BU Institute of Communication and Cultural Studies (BUICCS) offering Bachelor of Communication Arts in 1992
  • Hosted the Regional Science Teaching Center, managed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region V .
  • Added Ph.D. in Development Management; Ph.D. in Educational Foundation, Ph.D. in Public Administration, and M.S. in Fishery Technology curricula in the Graduate School.
  • Added BSc Forestry in College of Agriculture
  • Added BSc Accountancy and B.S. in Communication Arts courses in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Added B.S.E.D. major in Fish Arts in the College of Fisheries.
  • Supported the Masaraga Agroforestry Project carried out by the College of Agriculture.
  • Set up the BU Development Foundation Inc., and the BU Trust Fund.
  • Strengthened the Management Information System (MIS).[10]

Dr. Lylia Corporal-Sena (1992–1999)[edit]

Biography: Previously President of Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges[11]


  • Established BSc Forestry Program in 1993; renamed the College of Agriculture as the College of Agriculture and Forestry.
  • Restructured the College of Fisheries to become the BU Tabaco Campus.
  • Through a petition led by Gubat Mayor Deogracias Ramos Jr., established BU Gubat Campus on June 13, 1996; later converted into BU Extension Programs to pave the way for Sorsogon State College and the local government of Gubat to take over.
  • Established Computer Science Institute in 1995; renamed the School of Arts and Trades as College of Industrial Technology, and the Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation to manage PE classes and Sports and Recreation programs of the University.
  • Launched the Bicol University Internet Service Project in 1997
  • Doctorate in Development Management, Public Administration and Masters in Management offered at Graduate School.
  • BUCAF opened classes for the Diploma in Agricultural Technology at the Extension Campus in Pantao, Libon, Albay.
  • Pushed extension activities: University-on-the-Air, publication of the Outreach, BU Bulletin, and the Technology Sourcebook.
  • Hosted the PASUC National Convention
  • Upgraded Science Teaching Center sponsored by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Implemented NCC 68 Conversion and the NCC 69 PASUC evaluation
  • Designated as the Coordinating Center of PATLEPAM (Philippine Association of Tertiary Level Educational Institution in Environmental Protection and Management) for Region V
  • Spearheaded the construction of the edifice that will house BUREPC (Regional Entrepreneurship and Productivity Center) through the P5 million assistance of President Fidel V. Ramos
  • Implemented Municipal Science and Technology Advisory Program (MSTAP) jointly by BU and DOST on selected LGUs
  • Adopted the (BIDANI) Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement Project in Oas, Albay
  • Set up the review center for the Nursing Licensure Examination and launched the Ladderized Nursing Curriculum.
  • Held Extension classes of the Graduate School in Gubat and Bulan.
  • Presented Bicol University Saturday-Sunday University (BU-SSU) held in Cabasan, Bacacay, Albay, to Congressman Lagman, which was favorably accepted by the latter.
  • BU was accorded the honor in 1995 as the Center for Peace Education by the United Nations Commission on Disarmament Education. The Board of Regents authorized the creation of the Center for Peace and Security Studies and offered academic programs: B.A. in Peace and Security Studies, M.A. in Peace and Security Studies and Ph.D. in Peace and Security Administration by virtue of Resolution No. 27 s. 1996.
  • Forged a twinning relationship with the Sripatum University in Bangkok in 1996 to develop programs, seminars, exchange and visits that could promote the educational, social and economic well being of students, faculty and the people they serve.
  • Launched the Pili Post Production Program in region 5 with the National Post Harvest Institute for Research and Extension (NAPHIRE).
  • Switched ON in 1997 the Radyo ng Bayan (DZBU), which became the government's broadcast medium and served as a laboratory of students specializing in Communication Arts and Electronics.
  • Linked with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) through the Philippine National Volunteer Service coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) to enhance the mechanical engineering curriculum offered in the University.
  • Set up a consortium up between the University and the Camarines Sur Polytechnic College to enhance the teaching competency of the faculty and upgrade their educational qualifications.[10]

Dr. Emiliano A. Aberin (1999–2003)[edit]

Educator, administrator, civic/community servant. Born in Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija. Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering (Major in Soils and Water engineering) from the University of the Philippines Los Baños and Ph.D. in Educational Management from University of Saint Anthony in 1985. Formerly, Assistant to the Dean of BUCA, Dean of the BU College of Agriculture, Assistant to the President for External Affairs, Acting Director of the Research and Statistics Center, University Vice President, Officer-in-Charge of the BU College of Fisheries, Officer-in-Charge of Bicol University, Acting Director of the BU Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS).[10] Highlights:

  • Decentralized BU Administrative and Fiscal Systems
  • Pushed for Information and Technology programs
  • Facilitated funds for the Open University.
  • Drafted the BU Comprehensive Development (ComDev) Plan.
  • Integrated the School of Philippine Craftsmen in Polangui, Albay as BU Polangui Campus in 2000.[10]

Dr. Susana C. Cabredo (2003–2007)[edit]


  • Spearheaded the development of the Comprehensive Development Plan
  • Restructured academic units and programs by reconstituting The Institute of Communication and Cultural Studies as the College of Arts and Letters (CAL); and established the College of Science (CS), the College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM), and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) in 2003.[10]

Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya (2007 - 2015)[edit]

Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, the 7th President of the University

Biography: B.S in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from the Aquinas University of Legazpi in 1980. American Field Scholar in Glendive in Montana, USA in 1975. Ph.D. in Development Management from Bicol University in 1998. Previously, Department Head for the Entrepreneurship Program (1988 to 2001); Vice President for Production and Head of the BU Auxiliary Services; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2001–2003).


  • Created the Institute of Local Governance (ILG).
  • Established the Regional Science Teaching Center (RSTC).
  • Opened the Sentro ng Wika.
  • Opened BS Mining Engineering course at the College of Engineering in 2008.
  • Construction of Bicol University Torch of Wisdom
  • Established the College of Medicine (CM) (2013)
  • Established the Institute of Architecture (2014)

Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas (2015 - present)[edit]

Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, the 8th President of the Bicol University

Mascariñas is the former Director of the BU Research and Development Center, and the Director of the CHED Higher Education Regional Research Center (HERRC). He also served as dean of the Graduate School and he holds the rank of Professor VI before becoming the president.[12]


  • Renovation and Construction of Bicol University - Albay Provincial Sports Complex
  • Construction of Bicol University Student Dormitory
  • Construction of Bicol University Student Union Center
  • Construction of Bicol University, University Library Building
  • Opened BS Meteorology course at College of Science

Board of Regents[edit]

The governance of the university is vested in the Board of Regents, abbreviated as BOR. The board, with its 12 members, is the highest decision-making body of the university.

The Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) serves as the Board's Chairperson while the President of the Bicol University is the Vice-Chairperson. The Chairpersons of the Committees of Higher Education of the Senate and the House of Representatives are also members of the Board of Regents which are concurrent with their functions as committee chairpersons.

The students of the Bicol University is represented by a Student Regent, which is also the chairperson of the University Student Council. While the Faculty Regent is likewise nominated by the faculty members of the whole University. Alumni are represented by the President of the BU Alumni Association.

As of 2016, the members of the Board of Regents of the Bicol University are:[13]

Board member
Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education
Vice-Chairperson Dr. Anulfo M. Mascariñas SUC President IV, Bicol University
Member SEN. FRANCIS JOSEPH G. ESCUDERO Chairperson, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture
Member CONG. ANN K. HOFER Chairperson, House Committee on Higher and Technical Education
Member Engr. Joseph B. Esplana Alumni Regent & President, BU Alumni Association
Member Mr. Noel R. Rafer President BUUFA
Member Dir. Tomas B. Briñas Regional Director, DOST Region V
Member DIR. AGNES M. ESPINAS - TOLENTINO OIC-Regional Director, NEDA Region V
Member DR. ELENA B. DELOS SANTOS Regional Director, Regional Executive Director, Department of Agriculture Region V
Member Atty. Hardy B. Aquende, CPA, Esq. Private Sector Representative
Member Engr. Clemente A. Ibo Private Sector Representative
Member MR. EARL VINCENT H. VISTA Student Regent, USC Chairperson; A.Y. 2017-2018

Student political parties[edit]

  • League of Liberal Reformists; Reporma Coalition (REPORMA)
  • Bicol University; League of Democrats (BULeaders)


Bachelor's degrees Master's degree Doctor's degree
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (Daraga Campus)
  • AB Political Science
  • AB Sociology
  • BS Social Work
  • AB Peace and Security Studies
  • AB Philosophy
College of Business, Economics and Management (Daraga Campus)
  • BS Accountancy
  • AB Economics
  • BS Entrepreneurship
  • BS Management
  • BSBA in Marketing Management
  • BSBA in Financial Management
  • BSBA in Human Resource Development Management
  • BSBA in Operation & Service Management
  • BSBA in Microfinance
College of Education (Main Campus)
  • Bachelor in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education
College of Arts and Letters (Main Campus)
  • AB Speech & Theater Arts
  • AB Journalism
  • BA Communication
  • AB English
  • AB Broadcasting
College of Nursing (Main Campus)
  • BS Nursing
College of Engineering (East Campus)
  • BS Chemical Engineering
  • BS Civil Engineering
  • BS Electrical Engineering
  • BS Mechanical Engineering
  • BS Mining Engineering
  • BS Geodetic Engineering
College of Industrial Technology (East Campus)
  • BS Food Technology
  • BS Automotive Technology
  • BS Electronics Technology
  • BSIE Food Service Management
  • BSIE Garments, Fashion & Design
  • BSIE Drafting Technology
  • BSIE Electrical Technology
  • BS Civil Technology
  • BS Mechanical Technology
  • BS Electrical Technology
  • B in Industrial Design
Institute of Architecture (East Campus)
  • BS Architecture
Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation (Main Campus)
  • Bachelor in Physical Education
College of Science (Main Campus)
  • BS Computer Science
  • BS Chemistry
  • BS Biology
  • BS Information Technology
  • BS Meteorology
College of Agriculture and Forestry (Guinobatan Campus)
  • BS Agribusiness
  • BS Agricultural Engineering
  • BS Forestry
  • BS in Agriculture
  • Bachelor in Agricultural Technology
  • Bachelor in Agricultural Technology Education
College of Medicine (Main Campus)
  • Medicine, Master in Public Administration Major in Health Emergency and Disaster Management
Tabaco Campus
  • BS Social Work
  • BS Entrepreneurship
  • B in Secondary Education (Biology and Mathematics)
  • BS Nursing
  • BS Food Technology
  • BS Fisheries
Gubat Campus
  • AB Peace & Security Studies
  • BS Entrepreneurship
  • B in Elementary Education
  • B in Secondary Education
  • BS Computer Science
  • Bachelor in Agricultural Technology
  • BSBA in Microfinance
Polangui Campus
  • BS Entrepreneurship
  • B in Elementary Education
  • B in Secondary Education
  • BS Nursing
  • BS Food Technology
  • BS Automotive Technology
  • BS Electronics Technology
  • BS Mechanical Technology
  • BS Electrical Technology
  • BS Computer Science
  • BS Information Technology
  • BS Information Technology (Animation)
  • BS in Electronics Engineering
  • BS in Computer Engineering
  • BS in Information System
Graduate School (Main Campus)
  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Physical Education
  • Master in Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Nursing
  • Master of Arts in Industrial Education
  • Master of Arts in Literature
  • Master of Arts in Filipino
  • Master of Arts in Peace Security Studies
  • Master of Science in Architecture
  • Master of Science in Agriculture
  • Master of Science in Fisheries
  • Master of Science in Biology
  • Master in Information Systems
  • Master in Management
  • Master in Economics
  • Master in Entrepreneurship
  • Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Management
  • Ph.D in Educational Foundations
  • Ph.D in Mathematics Education
  • Ph.D in Filipino
  • Ph.D in Public Administration
  • Ph.D in Development Management
  • Ph.D in Peace & Security Administration



The Torch of Wisdom and the Four Pillars of the University is the traditional landmark of BU
College of Arts and Letters, MP Building

Main campus[edit]

Located on the boundary of Daraga, Albay and Legazpi City along the national highway, Rizal St. Aside from the Administration Building, the campus hosts the College of Education (BUCE), College of Nursing (BUCN), College of Arts and Letters (BUCAL), College of Science (BUCS), Graduate School (BUGS), Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation (IPESR), College of Medicine (BUCM), Bicol University College of Education Integrated Laboratory School-Elementary Department and Bicol University College of Education Integrated Laboratory School-High School Department (BUCEILS-HS). The Bicol University Research Extension Program Center (BUREPC), the Amphitheatre and the Little Theater are also found in this campus.[16]

East campus[edit]

Located in Enlisted Men's Barrio (EM Barrio), Barangay 1 also in Legazpi City, the campus[17] hosts the College of Engineering (BUCENG), College of Industrial Technology (BUCIT) and the Institute of Architecture (BUIA).

Daraga Campus[edit]

Located in Sagpon, Daraga, Albay,[18] and is less than a kilometer from the main campus, the campus consists of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM) and the Bicol University International House. This campus was formerly called College of Arts and Science (CAS).

Tabaco campus[edit]

Located in Tayhi, Tabaco, Albay.[19] Courses offered in this campus[20] are Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Food Technology, Social Work, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Marine Fisheries, Fish Technology, Coastal Resource Management, Secondary Education, and Entrepreneurship.

Guinobatan campus[edit]

Located in Pan-Philippine Highway in the town of Guinobatan, Albay,[21] formerly known as Guinobatan Rural High School in 1927; Roxas Memorial Agricultural School in 1950; Bicol University College of Agriculture (BUCA) in 1969 through RA 5521; with the offering of Bachelor of Science in Forestry starting in 1991, is now known as Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF).[22] BUCAF is a member of Philippine Agroforestry Education and Research Network (PAFERN)[23]

Polangui campus[edit]

Located in Centro Occidental, Polangui, Albay,[24] this was formerly known as the School for Philippine Craftsmen[25] and offered vocational courses. It was integrated into Bicol University,[26] through R.A. 7722, R.A. 8292 & R.A. 8769, on December 14, 2000 and renamed as Bicol University Polangui Campus. From the five courses offered in 2000, it now offers fifteen courses including BSc in Nursing, BSc in Computer Engineering and BSc in Electronics and Communications Engineering.

Gubat campus[edit]

Located in Gubat, Sorsogon,[27] this campus offers bachelor's degrees in Agricultural Technology, Secondary and Elementary Education, Fisheries, Food Technology, Entrepreneurship, Peace and Security Studies and Computer Science are offered in this campus. This is the only BU campus outside the province of Albay.

Facilities and services[edit]

Guidance and Counseling Center[edit]

Internet Services[edit]

Library System[edit]

The University Library System is for the use of students and other researchers. It has a collection of books in different fields of knowledge and all the published undergraduate and graduate researches. It is composed of eleven sub-libraries, namely:

  • The University Library
  • College of Education Library
  • College of Nursing Library
  • College of Agriculture and Forestry Library
  • ILS-Elementary Library
  • ILS-High School Library
  • East Campus Library
  • Daraga Campus Library
  • Polangui Campus Library
  • Tabaco Campus Library
  • Gubat Campus Library

Health services[edit]

The health services of the university is maintained by clinics on the campuses.

Campus safety and security[edit]

The Civil Security Office is responsible for campus security. It is assisted by security officers from a private security agency.


The center offers students activities to enhance their physical well being as well as their social lives. It organizes and facilitates the conduct of intercollegiate sports and University's participation in sports events. It runs wellness and fitness programs.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Al Orolfo (BUCAF; BSAg, 1989): OIC-Regional Technical Director, Protected Area, Wildlife Conservation Zone and Management Services (PAWCZMS), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 7 (Central Visayas)[28]
  • Venus Raj (BUCAL; ComArts, Major in Journalism[29]) was Miss Philippines Earth 2008 (Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2008), Binibining Pilipinas 2010 (Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2010), Miss Universe 2010 (4th Runner-Up)
  • Dr. Zeus A Salazar (BUHS 1951) is a historian, an anthropologist and the proponent of the Pantayong Pananaw.
  • Rolando Abaquin (BSAg) Harvard Faculty Club, Executive Chef.[30]
  • Yvethe Marie Santiago (BUCBEM; BS Accountancy) is Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Supranational
  • Janeth T. Nunez-Javier (BUCAS; BS Accountancy) is an assurance partner of SGV & Co. She placed fourth in the CPA board examinations.[31]
  • Chrysthelyn Siena Quides (BUCAL [former ICCS]; AB Broadcasting) who is from Albay and was awarded top honors for her video, “Anna’s Village,” during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Video Contest in conjunction with the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week held in Manila, Philippines.[32]
  • Jim R. Macatingrao (BUCAS; BS Accountancy) is a tax partner of SGV & Co. She placed thirteenth in the CPA board examinations [33]


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