Cebu Normal University

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Cebu Normal University
Cebu Normal University.png
CNU Logo
Former name
Cebu Normal School (CNS)
Cebu Normal College (CNC)
Cebu State College (CSC)
Cebu Normal University (CNU)
Motto Quality with Integrity
Type State university
Established 1902
President Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil
Vice-president Dr. Glen M. Pesole and Dr. Bibiana T. Isok
  • College of Teacher Education:
  • College of Arts and Sciences:
    Dr. Jiolito L. Benitez
  • College of Nursing:
    Dr. Marylou B. Ong
  • Integrated Laboratory School:
    Mr. Renan Elcullada
Students 40,000+
Address Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City, Philippines
Campus Urban
Colors Crimson and Gold
Nickname Normalite

Cebu Normal University is a state research university in the Philippines. It was established in 1902 as a provincial normal school and a branch of the Philippine Normal School. It became an independent institution in 1924, a chartered college in 1976, and a university in 1998. It is one of the oldest educational institutions in Cebu.

CNU has three campuses, the main campus in Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City and two extension campuses in Medellin and Balamban.


Cebu Normal University

The CNU was established in 1902 as a summer institute of the Philippine Normal University (then a normal school). It was then called as "Cebu Normal School". In 1915, the school became an adjunct to the then Cebu Provincial High School. In 1924, the school became independent of PNS.

It was once used as headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army, using its rooms as prison cells and torture chambers. The school was then renamed to "Cebu Normal College" in 1966, then to "Cebu State College" in 1976. The 1980s to the 1990s saw a rapid increase in the school’s population and new buildings. These structures now house the three big colleges of the school: College of Teacher Education (CTE), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), and the College of Nursing (CN), as well as the museum, the Integrated Laboratory School (ILS), the Graduate School (GS) and Balay Alumni.

On June 27, 1998, the school (then called Cebu State College) attained university status and was named Cebu Normal University (CNU) under Senate Bill 2320 signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos.

In 2008, CNU had two extension colleges in Medellin and Balamban, in Cebu. The university is Region 7's Center of Teacher Development and in August 2009 it became Region 7's right Nursing Excellence.

In February 2011, The College of Nursing and The College of Teacher Education were awarded the Level 4 Accreditation by the AACCUP (The Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines), being the first programs in the country to have been awarded such honors.

CNU during World War II[edit]

The CNU campus was used as headquarters of the Kempetai or Military Police of the Japanese Imperial Army during the second World War. Because of this, the administration building basement have been rumored to have ghosts of those who were killed by the Japanese.

Academic course offerings[edit]

Undergraduate studies[edit]

College of Nursing[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

College of Teacher Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education, majors in:
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Pre-Elementary Education (Ladderized Program)
  • General Education
  • Special Education
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education, majors in:
  • English
  • Filipino
  • Mathematics
  • Values Education
  • Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health
  • Physical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Social Science
  • Technology and Livelihood Education
  • Physical Education and Sports
  • Diploma in Professional Education

College of Arts & Sciences[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts major in Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts major in English-Language
  • Bachelor of Arts major in English-Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Filipino
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Science major in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science major in Chemistry-Physics
  • Bachelor of Science major in Mathematics

Balamban Campus[edit]

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in General Education
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management

Medellin Campus[edit]

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in General Education
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management
  • Certificate in Computer Programming and Servicing

Graduate studies[edit]

College of Nursing[edit]

College of Teacher Education[edit]

College of Arts & Sciences[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni include the late Philippine Undersecretary of Education Narciso Albarracin; Supreme Court Chief Justice and later Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations, Hilario Davide Sr. National Model Filipino awardee, and the late Senate President and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, presidential candidate, Marcelo Fernan.

More recent outstanding Normalites include:

  • Kristen Erika Hife Pino, who passed the NLE June–July 2012 exam with 11 other CNU topnotchers and ranked SECOND, is a distinguished alumna.
  • CNU College of Nursing has 100% passing rate and is currently on the top nursing schools with two others in the said board exam.
  • Hon. Michelle Mae J. Olvido, who passed the LET exam and ranked third.
  • Michael Acebedo Lopez, an appointee of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as National Youth Commissioner, and later, board member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, finished from CNU's Integrated Laboratory School high school in the year 2000. He was a delegate to the annual United Nations General Assembly at the UN's World Headquarters in New York. He was presented to Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan as one of The Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) in the world by Japan's Junior Chamber International (JCI). He was also the youngest Most Outstanding Alumnus conferee in the history of University of San Carlos.
  • From the entertainment industry, Cebuana singer and ABS-CBN "Star in a Million" first runner-up Sheryn Regis graduated in CNU with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, Major in English.
  • From the modelling industry, Fil-Italian guitarist and brother of Ms. K Montajes (catwalk model), Brandon Ardonia ( Johannes Breussio Montajes)studying in CNU with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, Major in Chem-Phy.
  • From pageant industry, Cebuana Reena Elena Malinao . A licensed nurse won her first title crown in the 26th Miss Cebu pageant.
  • Reena Elena Malinao, 21, was declared Miss Cebu 2010
  • Leah P. Miñoza a licensed teacher who ranked 7th in the teacher's board examination
  • Bernard Vonn Kyle Rafols Icamen, who passed the May 2014 Nursing Board Exam (NLE) and ranked THIRD, with Karen Torregosa Celetaria and Claire Princess Ypil Quiñones both in rank TEN
  • Glaiza Mae S. Atuel was adjudged The Most Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Student of the Philippines of 2006 by the JRMSP Search Committee of the Order of the Knights of Rizal during the term of Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr as Supreme Commander.

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