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 1952
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic, Lasallian
President Br. Manuel R. Pajarillo FSC
Administrative staff
Students 12,657[1]
Location La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City, Philippines
  • Urban
    10 ha (25 acres) (La Salle Avenue campus)
  • Rural
    55 ha (140 acres) (Granada campus)
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 university run by the De La Salle Brothers, a Catholic religious congregation of men, located in La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City, Philippines. Established in 1952 as La Salle College - Bacolod, it is the second oldest campus originally 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 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 Ruland 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.

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 Honorable Secretary of Education Lourdes Quisumbing.

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, as well as its high school and grade school (collectively, the Integrated School). 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.

Integrated School Campus[edit]

The University allotted PHP200 Million for the construction of a new Integrated School Campus in Brgy. Mandalagan.[3] The current Integrated School, which is home to 2,000 I.S. Students, is already congested. The new campus features two four-storey buildings and can accommodate up to 4,000 students. Construction is expected to be completed by 2015.

Patron saint[edit]

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 elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate level programs. Lasalle offers academic programs under Business, Law, the Social Sciences, Medicine, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Nursing, Education, and Hospitality Management. Lasalle 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]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b DLSP September 2008 Statistics. Accessed May 26, 2009
  2. ^ "History - University of St. La Salle". Center for International and External Linkages, University of St. La Salle. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  3. ^ USLS allots P200 Million for New Integrated School

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