Universidad de Sta. Isabel

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Universidad de Santa Isabel
Universidad de Sta.Isabel.jpg
Former names
Escuela-Colegio Diocesano de Sta. Isabel (April 12, 1867)
Escuela Normal de Maesras of Colegio de Sta. Isabel (Sept. 18, 1875)
Colegio de Sta. Isabel
Motto in English
Where Love is Service
Type Private
Established April 12, 1868
(149 years and 165 days)
Affiliation Roman Catholic
(Daughters of Charity)
President Sr. Lourdes L. Albis, DC
Basic Education
Simonet A. Barrosa, MA Ed
Students (High School)
Location Camarines Sur,  Philippines
13°37′44″N 123°11′19″E / 13.62902°N 123.18861°E / 13.62902; 123.18861Coordinates: 13°37′44″N 123°11′19″E / 13.62902°N 123.18861°E / 13.62902; 123.18861
Campus Main campus - Bagumbayan Sur, Naga
Annex campus - Panganiban Drive, Naga City
Pili campus - Pili
Alma Mater Song "The University Hymn"
Colors Yellow USI colors.PNG Green
Nickname Vincentians
Affiliations CEAP
Website www.usi.edu.ph

The Universidad de Sta. Isabel (USI) is a private Catholic Vincentian university owned and run by the Daughters of Charity in Naga, Camarines Sur, Philippines. It was established by six Daughters of Charity sisters who arrived in the Bicol region (Philippines) on April 4, 1868 with Bishop of Caceres, Most Rev. Francisco Gainza, O.P., founder of Colegio de Sta. Isabel. A Royal Decree of Queen Isabella II of Spain dated 5 November 1867 granted to the Lord Don Fray Francisco Gainza, Bishop of Nueva Caceres, the creation of a school for girls (escuela de niñas) which will be under the care of the Hijas de Caridad (Daughters of Charity).

The school was opened on April 12, 1868. In Sept. 18, 1875, Colegio de Sta. Isabel became the first normal school for women in the Philippines and Southeast Asia under the name Escuela Normal de Maestras of Colegio de Sta. Isabel.

Colegio de Sta. Isabel achieved its university status in August 2001, and was renamed Universidad de Sta. Isabel.


The main campus of the Universidad de Sta. Isabel is campus is located at Elias Angeles St., Bagumbayan Sur, Naga City. An annex campus is located at Panganiban Drive, Naga City and a satellite campus in Pili, Camarines Sur.

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