University of the Cordilleras

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University of the Cordilleras
Unibersidad ng Kordillera
University of the Cordilleras crest.png
Former names
Baguio Colleges
Baguio Colleges Foundation
Motto A Beacon of Higher Education Beaming from these Majestic Mountain Highlands...
Type Non-profit, Non-sectarian Private, University
Established June 19, 1946
Chairman Jesus Benjamin Salvosa[1]
President Ray Dean Salvosa[2]
Students 21,000 (estimated)
Location Baguio, Benguet, Philippines
Hymn The UC-BCF Hymn by Dr. Rodolfo Cornejo
Colors War Green.JPG Forest Green
Nickname UC Jaguars
(formerly BCF Shields)
Mascot Jaguars

The University of the Cordilleras is a private university in Baguio City, Philippines. The school is in the heart of the city, near Our Lady of Atonement Church (the Baguio Cathedral), hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls. It has Autonomous status and is an ISO certified university, formerly known as Baguio Colleges Foundation (BCF).


The Baguio Colleges Foundation

Baguio Colleges was founded on June 19, 1946 by Atty. Benjamin R. Salvosa and his wife Evangelina D. Salvosa. BC was the first higher learning institution in this highland city after World War II. This milestone inspired the creation of Baguio City as the education center of the north. The college started with 156 students in teacher training and liberal arts at rented spaces in the Arevalo and the Antipolo buildings along Session Road.

The founders converted the college into a foundation as Baguio Colleges Foundation in 1967, providing access to more students in the region and the whole country.

In 2003, the school became the University of the Cordilleras (UC), extending its services in three core areas — to teach, to research, and to give back. The university has grown to a complex of 10 colleges, collectively offering over 40 certificate, tertiary, graduate, and post-graduate programs, including a laboratory school for pre-school, grade school and high school, catering to around 2 students from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and other regions of the country and overseas.[3]

Present status[edit]

University of the Cordilleras

The University of the Cordilleras has over 21,000 students.

  • Granted the "Autonomous Status" by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Some of the programs offered by the university were accredited by CHED as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development.
  • ISO 9001: 2008 Certified by TÜV Rheinland
  • A Teaching University: IQuAME Assessment & Certification
  • 3 Centers of Excellence: Information Technology, Teacher Education & Criminology
  • 2 Bar first placers
  • 226 Topnotchers across the board
  • Burnham Park Master Development Plan


University of the Cordilleras is an accredited member of national and international organizations:

  • Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU)
  • Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA)
  • Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)
  • Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP)
  • Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU)
  • Baguio-Benguet Athletes League (BBEAL)[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

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