Mindanao State University – General Santos

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Mindanao State University - General Santos City
Pamantasang Mindanao ng Lungsod ng Heneral Santos
MSU - Gensan logo.png
Official Seal
Motto Learn, Achieve, Excel.
Type Public, State University
Established September 1967
Chancellor Abdurrahman T. Canacan
President Macapado Abaton Muslim[1]
Vice-Chancellor Mary Lynn S. Abiera
Virgilio Ramos
Location Fatima, General Santos City, Philippines

Fatima Campus, 156 hectares

Downtown Campus, 3.3 hectares
Hymn Himno ng Pamantasang Mindanao
Colors Maroon and Gold         
Website www.msugensan.edu.ph

Mindanao State University-General Santos City is a state university based in General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines. The Mindanao State University-General Santos was created six years after the establishment of the Mindanao State University Main Campus Marawi City on September 1, 1961. It is one of the state universities of the Philippines with the aim of providing education for the different strategic locations across the island of Mindanao. It is a member of the Mindanao State University System

The MSU is the only state university in the Philippines with the special mandate of integrating the cultural communities in Mindanao into the mainstream of the nation's socio-cultural and political life by providing them with opportunities for quality and relevant public education for their self-development and providing trained manpower skills and technical know-how for the economic development of the region.


Starting as a Community High School in 1967, MSU-GSC grew into a junior college in 1971, but was then just limited to a two-year collegiate General Education Program. With a strong clamor from the studentry and the community and all-out support from its constituents for the offering of complete degree programs, the Board of Regents was prompted to study the potential of the College for academic expansion especially when the "feeder" concept was challenged. By virtue of BOR Resolution No. 822, MSU Community College became a full-fledged unit and integral part of the MSU System.[2]

The campus underwent series of transfers as part of its continuing growth and expansion. As a Community High School, it was a "squatter" at an area inside the Dadiangas West Elementary School campus. Engr. Abedin Limpao Osop, the first Chancellor (who was then the Director) of the campus was able to acquire a 3.3-hectare lot as a donation from city government. It gave the impetus for the offering of various College degree programs. Later, the acquisition of a 156-hectare area in Tambler (now in Bgy. Fatima) enabled MSU-GSC to strengthen its functions in instruction research and extension, subsequently affirming the significant role it plays within its areas of coverage. Concrete proofs of this are the establishment of its Research and Development Center & Office of Extension Services, and in the growth of its various colleges: Agriculture, Fisheries, Business Administration & Accountancy, Engineering, Education, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Social Science and Humanities and its College of Law (extension classes of the main campus). Moreover, it has also opened two advanced education degree programs, the Master in Public Administration and Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) as a response to a popular demand articulated by Socsksargen public administrators and academicians.[3]

Present MSU Gen. Santos[edit]

In 2008, MSU General Santos' College of Engineering was in the spotlight for grabbing the top three places in the 2008 Mechanical Engineering Licensure Examinations, and showing a perfect performance in the same examinations by maintaining a 100% passing rate (15 of 15 takers), making it the number one mechanical engineering school in the country.[4]

The university recently became a new member of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) with its programs in Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Secondary Education in candidate status for accreditation as of December 31, 2014.[5]


MSU Gensan is composed of eight colleges, the College of Law, College of Agriculture, College of Business Administration and Accountancy, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Fisheries, and the College of Arts and Sciences now divided into College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and College of Social Sciences and Humanities; a graduate school (School of Graduate Studies) and a laboratory high school (College of Education Training Department). The university also hosts extension programs in Malungon, Sarangani in benefit of B’laan and Tagakaolo residents in the said area. This is part of the university's mission to integrate the cultural minorities into public education.

Recently, the Commission on Higher Education recognized the university as a Center of Excellence in Fisheries; as Provincial Institute for Agriculture; and as Center of Training in Education.[6]


All freshmen applicants should take and pass the Mindanao State University System Admission and Scholarship Examination (SASE).

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