Mindanao State University

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Mindanao State University
Pamantasang Mindanao
Mindanao State University (crest).gif
Type Public, State university
Established September 1, 1961
Endowment PHP1.195 Billion[1]
President Dr. Habib W. Macaayong[2]
Academic staff
Undergraduates 45,990
Postgraduates 3,955
Location Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, Philippines
Hymn Himno ng Pamantasang Mindanao
Colors Maroon and Gold         
Mascot Sarimanok
Affiliations ASAIHL
Website Official Website

Mindanao State University (commonly referred to as MSU Main) is a public coeducational institution of higher education and research located in the Islamic City of Marawi, Philippines. Founded in 1961 it is the flagship and the largest campus of the Mindanao State University System.[3]


Mindanao State University (MSU)was established on September 1, 1961 through RA 1387, as amended, was the brain child of the late Senator Domocao A. Alonto, as one of the government’s responses to the so-called “Mindanao Problem”.

The original mission of the university was anchored on instruction, research and extension. The 1954 Congressional Committee conceptualized it as a social laboratory for national integration.

For the main campus in Marawi City starting with 282 students and 12 faculty members in its pioneering classes in 1962, it has grown to a multi-campus supra-regional university system, serving over 69,000 students in all levels with nearly 3,100 faculty members.

It is also the only university directly charged by the government to advance the cause of national unity and actively pursue integration through education.

Today, MSU has various units in areas which cut across the Mindanao regions. From a one campus university in Marawi City. MSU has grown to a multi-campus university of eight autonomous campuses, which include: MSU-Main in Marawi City, MSU-IIT in Iligan City, MSU-TCTO in Tawi-Tawi, MSU-Naawan in Misamis Oriental, MSU-Maguindanao, MSU-General Santos, MSU-Sulu in Jolo and MSU Buug in Zamboanga Sibugay.[4]

The mandates of the University are, namely: (1) To perform the traditional functions of a university namely: instruction, research and extension service; (2) To help accelerate the program of the integration among the peoples of Southern Philippines, particularly the Muslims and other cultural minorities, and (3) To provide trained manpower skills and technical know how for the economic development of the Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA) region in Bangsamoro.

The initial batch of students to enroll in the University on June 13, 1962 passed the scholarship examination administered by the National Science Development Board. They comprised two-hundred and eighty-two (282) freshmen students who were top 5% of their respective high schools in the MINSUPALA region in Bangsamoro. Their teachers were: twelve (12) regular Filipino faculty members and a number of volunteers from the British Voluntary Service Overseas, Volunteers in Asia, Ford Foundation, Fulbright Foundation and others. Baccalaureate courses were offered at that time by the pioneering colleges: Liberal Arts, Education and Community Development to which four more were added in the subsequent school year 1964-65 – Agriculture, Fisheries, Business Administration and Engineering. In July 1969, one more college was added – the College of Forestry.

Hitherto, in order to meet the growing demands of the region, twelve major colleges/units were created/restructured.

On January 10, 2001, three CHED-Supervised Institutions, Lanao Norte Agricultural College (LNAC), Lanao National College of Arts & Trade (LNCAT) and Maigo School of Arts and Trade (MSAT) were integrated into the MSU System by virtue of CHED Order No. 27 S. 2000, per Republic Act No. 8760.

MSU Marawi Campus has distinctions as the Regional Science Training Center, the Regional Carabao Center and one of the country’s Center of Excellence in Teacher Education and one of the country’s COE in Teacher Education and Chemistry and COD for Information Technology.


1.) The MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, superseding the Lanao Technical School of Iligan City, which was founded on January 1, 1969 under RA No. 5363.

2.) The Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography (formerly Sulu College of Technology and Oceanography) in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi which was created by RA no. 6060;

3.) The King Faisal Institute of Asian and Islamic (Arabic) Studies (est. academic year of 1973/74)

4.) College of Hotel and Restaurant Management (est. academic year of 1973/74)

5.) By 1974, the Science Training Center was founded in the Marawi City Campus to cater to Science and Mathematics teachers in the Marawi City and nearby Lanao provinces, as well as offer a Science High School curriculum. The latter was started in 1980 as approved by a 1975 BOR Resolution;

6.) The College of Health Sciences, which was founded in 1977-78, offers a regular Nursing program. Its two-year Midwifery course which was initially offered is currently put on hold.

7.) The College of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (CSPEAR) which was created through BOR Resolution No. 2113, approved on March 21, 1980, offers a Bachelor of Physical Education and a professional diploma in Physical Education;

8.) The College of Law, created through BOR Resolution No. 12 of January 8, 1981, offers a Bachelor of Laws degree beginning AY 1987-88;

9.) The College of Medicine was founded through BOR Resolution of March 9, 1981 and started its course offerings during the AY 1984-85;

10.) The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the,

11.) College of Social Sciences and Humanities were created through a BOR Resolution No. 247 of October 31, 1984 superseding the former College of Arts and Sciences;

12.) The MSU-WINT (MSU-Wisdom International), which was created on February 24, 2003 through BOR Resolution No. 10 Series of 2003 and BOR Resolution No. 14 Series of 2003 and BOR Resolution No. 14 Series of 2004, offers on-line courses through World Wide Web beginning year 2004, and finally the Board of Regents during its meeting held on February 18, 2005 upgraded the former School of Information Technology into a collegiate unit through BOR Resolution No. 19, S. 2005.


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Coordinates: 7°59′56″N 124°15′31″E / 7.99889°N 124.25861°E / 7.99889; 124.25861