University of St. La Salle

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University of St. La Salle
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Seal of the University of St. La Salle
Former name
La Salle College – Bacolod
Motto Religio, Mores, Cultura (Latin)
Motto in English
Religion, Morals, Culture
Type Private
Established July 7, 1952
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic, Lasallian
President Br. Joaquin S. Martinez FSC
Administrative staff
Students 12,657[1]
Location La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City, Philippines
Campus Urban:
  • La Salle Avenue campus (main; includes Liceo de La Salle) (10 ha (25 acres))
  • USLS-Integrated School (IS) Montelibano Campus
  • USLS-Integrated School (IS) Alunan Campus
  • USLS Health Sciences Campus
  • Granada campus (55 ha (140 acres))
Hymn Alma Mater Hymn
Colors Green and White         
Nickname Stingers
Mascot Bee
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The University of St. La Salle (USLS) is a Catholic private research university run by the De La Salle Brothers, located in La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City, Philippines. Established in 1952 as La Salle College - Bacolod, it is the second oldest campus founded by the congregation in the country.[2] The university is a member of De La Salle Philippines, a network established in 2006 comprising 16 Lasallian educational institutions in the country. The university offers preschool, elementary, secondary (junior & senior high), undergraduate, and graduate programs. It has seven colleges namely: Business and Accountancy, Engineering and Technology, Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing, Law, and Medicine.


USLS was founded in 1952 by Br. Dennis Ruhland FSC, Br. Hugh Wester FSC, and Br. V. Felix Masson FSC. La Salle College-Bacolod opened with 175 male students from Prep to Grade 5, under seven faculty members. The school building was unimpressive, built amidst sprawling muddy grounds and bordered by cane fields of adjoining lands.[2]

In the 1960s La Salle College-Bacolod expanded from Grade School to College. This was made possible through donations by alumni, parents and benefactors. The school became co-educational in 1966.

On July 5, 1988, La Salle College-Bacolod was formally elevated to university status and christened University of St. La Salle during rites graced by then secretary of education Lourdes Quisumbing.[3]

It played host to the beach volleyball and boxing events during the 2005 Southeast Asian Games.


The school's 12-hectare main campus in La Salle Avenue houses the university's college and graduate school units. The USLS Health Sciences Campus, located at Lacson St., is an additional facility for students under its Nursing and Medicine program. Its other campus, the 55-hectare Granada Campus, is home to the Agribusiness Farm and the Science Ecological Park, which caters to its Agribusiness students.

Liceo de La Salle Senior High School[edit]

The Liceo de La Salle Senior High School is located within the USLS La Salle Avenue (main) campus and offers grades 11 and 12. The senior high school program started in 2016 in compliance with the K-12 program of the national government.[4]

Integrated School Campuses[edit]

The university allotted PHP200 million for the construction of a new campus for the Integrated School in Brgy. Mandalagan with lot donated by the Alunan family.[5] The original Integrated School in the Montelibano campus, which is home to 2,000 I.S. Students, was already congested. The new campus features two four-storey buildings and can accommodate up to 4,000 students. Construction of the first phase was completed in 2015.

Patron saint[edit]

Jean Baptiste de La Salle

The university's patron saint is St. John Baptist de La Salle, a French priest, educational reformer, and founder of an international educational movement who spent over forty years of his life dedicated to education for the children of the poor.


USLS offers preschool, elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate level programs. La Salle offers academic programs under Business, Law, the Social Sciences, Psychology, Medicine, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Nursing, Education, and Hospitality Management. La Salle has seven Academic colleges, namely College of Nursing, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Accountancy, College of Education, College of Law, College of Engineering and Technology, and College of Medicine.

Student life[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty and benefactors[edit]

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Coordinates: 10°40′44″N 122°57′45″E / 10.67889°N 122.96250°E / 10.67889; 122.96250