Saint Louis University (Philippines)

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Saint Louis University
Pamantasan ng San Luis
Saint Louis University (Baguio) logo.jpg
Latin: Universitas Sancti Ludovici
Motto Sapientia Aedificat (Latin)
Motto in English
"Wisdom Builds"
Type Private University
Established 1911
Affiliation CICM Roman Catholic
President Rev. Fr. Gilbert B. Sales , CICM, Ph.D
Principal Melchor Pablico, (Grade School)
Rev. Fr. Macwayne Maniwang, CICM, (OIC, Junior High School)
Mr. Romeo Javier (Senior High School)
Students 30,000++ (elementary, secondary, and tertiary)
Location Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines
16.4140° N, 120.5987° E
Campus Main Campus (6 has.)
Maryheights Campus (8 has.)
Gonzaga Campus (5 has.)
Navy Base Campus (5 has.)
Alma Mater song "Saint Louis Hymn"
Colors White      and      Blue
Affiliations Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning
International Federation of Catholic Universities
International Federation of Catholic Universities
International Association of University Presidents
Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities

Saint Louis University is a private Catholic university located in the city of Baguio, Philippines.

Saint Louis University is the largest university north of Manila with more than 30,000 students (not counting the elementary and high school) as of academic year 2016-2017. It is centrally situated in a six-hectare campus in the heart of Baguio City and has more than 30 buildings.

The university offers programs at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels. The university comprises eight schools or colleges with campuses throughout the Baguio metropolitan area. SLU's main campus is on A. Bonifacio Street where the seven schools or colleges are housed while the Maryheights Campus houses the School of Accountancy, Management, Computing and Information Studies.


SLU - Devesse Building, Maryheights Campus

In 1907, the CICM missionaries arrived in the Philippines, mandated by the Vatican to Christianize the northern part of the country.[1] They settled in Baguio because of its proximity to Manila and the mountain province of Benguet beyond the Cordillera mountain range, which was home to numerous indigenous tribes. In 1911, Rev. Fr. Séraphin Devesse, CICM, founded a one-room elementary school in Baguio for ten local boys, naming it the Saint Louis School.

In 1915, the St. Louis School expanded, becoming a vocational and trade school. In 1915 it opened a secondary branch. In 1952, the combined efforts of Msgr. William Brasseur and Rev. Fr. Rafael Desmedt founded Saint Louis College, then consisting of three departments: Education, Liberal Arts, and Commerce and Secretarial.[2]

In 1955, the graduate-level programs of Saint Louis College were granted recognition. The real turning point came on 13 May 1963, when Saint Louis College was conferred university status by the Philippine government. The school started with only 75 students with Gerard Decaestecker, CICM, as the first rector. Other courses and developments soon followed under the guidance of the following rectors/presidents:

Dates Rectors/Presidents
1952-54 Gerard Decaestecker
1954-62 Albert Van Overbeke
1962-64 Gerard Linssen
1964-76 Paul Zwaenepoel
1976-83 Ghisleen De Vos
1983-96 Joseph Van den Daelen
1996–2005 Paul Van Parijs
2005–2015 Jessie M. Hechanova
2015–present Gilbert B. Sales

University seal and motto[edit]

The color of the seal of Saint Louis University are white and blue, with a big golden cross in the middle of a shield. The year 1911 shows the foundation date while the motto on the lower part of the seal, "Sapientia Aedificat", expresses the belief of its founders that "wisdom builds."[3]

High school education[edit]

Saint Louis University - Laboratory High School (SLU-LHS) was formerly Saint Louis University - Boys' High School is located at Navy Base, Baguio City. SLU-LHS became coeducational in 2003. Although administered freely from the SLU system, there are some private high schools that link themselves with the university through academic and research exchanges. These are Saint Louis High School - Philex (SLHS-Px), Saint Louis School of Aurora Hill (SLAH), Saint Louis School of Pacdal (SLP), and Saint Louis School Center High School Department (Girls' High).

Elementary education[edit]

Saint Louis University - Laboratory Elementary School (SLU-LES) is located at Gen. Luna Street, Baguio City with the Aloysius de Gonzaga Building (Grades 4 to 6) and the Fr. Ghisleen De Vos Building (Grades 1-3).

Student publications[edit]

White & Blue is SLU's official student publication. It is named after the colors representing the Blessed Virgin Mary, with which the CICM is associated. It is run by college students and is under the supervision of the publication adviser from the SLU administration.

There are two annual publications: Sapientia, a black-and-white themed magazine tackling current and relevant events, and a literary folio, Kuwaderno.


Saint Louis University has always been one of the top performing universities in the Philippines for its excellence in research and passing rates in board exams. SLU is on the top ten universities for their performance in Teacher Education, Law, Medicine, Medical Technology (Medical Laboratory Science), Pharmacy, Engineering, Nursing, Architecture. SLU is concurrently awarded by the Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines as the top performing school in Pharmacy and Medical Technology (Medical Laboratory Science) for its passing rate ranging from 90 to 100%.


SLU's research units are as follows: Business Research Extension and Development (BREAD), Engineering Urban Planning Laboratory (EUPL), Environmental Research Laboratory (ERL), Information and Communications Technology Research Laboratory (ICTRL), Natural Sciences Research Unit (NSRU) and SLU Cordillera Research and Development Foundation (SLU-CRDF).[4]

CICM system of schools[edit]

Other school campus include:

  • Saint Louis College, San Fernando City, La Union
  • University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City
  • Saint Mary's University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
  • Saint Louis School College- Cebu, Mandaue City, Cebu
  • Maryhurst Seminary, Baguio City
  • Maryhill School of Theology, Quezon City
  • Maryshore Seminary, Bacolod City
  • Saint Louis College of Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga

Notable alumni[edit]