Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan

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Xavier University
Ateneo de Cagayan
Pamantasang Xavier – Ateneo de Cagayan
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The Jesuit University in Northern Mindanao, Philippines
Latin: Universitas Xaverius Athenaea Cagayanus
Former names
Ateneo de Cagayan (1933–1958)
Motto Veritas Liberabit Vos
Motto in English
"The Truth Shall Set You Free" (John 8:32)
Type Private, Research
Established June 7, 1933; 82 years ago (June 7, 1933)
Affiliation Catholic Church (Jesuit)
Chairman Engr. Elpidio M. Paras
President Fr. Roberto Yap, SJ, PhD
Principal Fr. Joaquin Sumpaico, SJ
(high school)
Emmanuel G. Gomez (grade school)
Undergraduates 10,467 (2012)
Postgraduates 526 (2012)
Location Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental,  Philippines
Campus Main 8-ha. - Corrales Ave., Divisoria (undergraduate/graduate & professional)
Pueblo de Oro 13-ha. (grade school annex & high school)
Macasandig (grade school)
Manresa - 50-ha., (agriculture & integrated technologies)
Maria Reyna – Xavier University Hospital
Hymn "Xavier, Alma Mater"
Colors Blue      and      White
Nickname Xavier Crusaders
Mascot University-wide- Crusader Knight
Highschool- Squires
Gradeschool- Pages
Affiliations PAASCU, CEAP
Website ADCU

Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan (ADCU) is a private, Catholic university run by the Society of Jesus in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Founded in 1933 as the Ateneo de Cagayan, it became a university in 1958, when it was given its present name in honor of the Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier.



Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan was founded on June 7, 1933 as the Ateneo de Cagayan by an American Jesuit missionary, Fr. James T. G. Hayes, S.J., who later became the first Bishop and Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro. It was first located at Burgos Street, where the former St. Augustine Parochial School was also located, and began with 17 first-year high school students. Cagayan de Oro, then Cagayan de Misamis, with a population of around 50,000, had the finest port in Mindanao and was a fast-growing town. The school grew with the community and opened college courses in June 1938 and Grades 5 to 7 in June 1940, to accommodate requests from parents throughout Mindanao and Visayas.

World War II[edit]

ADCU moved to its present location on Corrales Avenue and grew into a college, offering courses in Liberal Arts, Education, and Commerce. On December 9, 1941, with only 614 students, the school closed down and on May 2, 1942, became the headquarters of the Imperial Japanese Army in Mindanao. On September 9, 1944, planes from the United States Air Force bombed most of Cagayan de Misamis into piles of rubble, including the school. Fr. Edward J. Haggerty, S.J., then Rector and Military Vicar to the U.S. Armed Forces from Borneo to Okinawa, wrote in his diary: In 15 minutes, the American liberator bombers destroyed our labor of 15 years. Fr. Haggerty was awarded the U.S. Bronze Star medal on February 21, 1947, for his services as a volunteer chaplain of the Visayas-Mindanao Force during the war years. He also became an adviser to Fertig's Guerrilla Government. Haggerty and his successor, Fr. Andrew F. Cervini, S.J., worked to reconstruct the school and in 1946 regular classes resumed. There was one more interruption, after the eruption of Mt. Hibok-Hibok on August 30, 1947, when the campus housed refugees from Camiguin, and also sponsored a boxing bout in its gym to raise funds for victims.

University Status[edit]

In a bid for university status, Fr. Francisco Z. Araneta, S.J., then rector, had vowed to St. Francis Xavier that if Ateneo de Cagayan was granted university status before its commencement exercises on March 22, 1958, he would rename it after the saint. An hour before the commencement exercises, then-Secretary of Education Manuel Lim sent a telegram stating that Ateneo de Cagayan now had university status. On August 27, 1958, it was inaugurated as a university and officially became "Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan". It was the first university in Mindanao and first Jesuit institution in the Philippines to be given university status, a year before its sister school Ateneo de Manila. At the inauguration banquet Philippine President Carlos P. Garcia received the honorary degree Doctor of Laws, the first conferred by the university.[1]


Presidents and Rectors of
Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan
Most Rev. James T. G. Hayes, S.J., D.D., 1933
Fr. Joseph L. Lucas, S.J., 1933 – 1934
Fr. Vincent L. Kenally, S.J., 1934 – 1935
Fr. George J. Kitchgessner, S.J., 1935 – 1937
Fr. Edward F. Haggerty, S.J., 1937 – 1949
Fr. Andrew F. Cervini, S.J., 1949 – 1956
Fr. Francisco Z. Araneta, S.J., 1958 – 1959
Fr. James J. McMahon, S.J., 1959 – 1964
Fr. Cornelius J. Quirkes, S.J., 1964 – 1967
Fr. Luis F. Torralba, S.J., 1967 – 1973
Fr. Federico O. Escaler, S.J., 1973 – 1976
Fr. Ernesto O. Javier, S.J., 1976 – 1990
Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J., PhD, 1990 – 1993
Fr. Antonio S. Samson, S.J., 1993 – 2005
Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, S.J., PhD, 2005 – 2011
Fr. Roberto C. Yap, S.J., PhD, 2011 – present

The University is governed by a Board of Trustees with Mr. Elpidio M. Paras, President and CEO of Parasat Cable, Inc., as Chair, and Fr. Roberto C. Yap, S.J., PhD, as University President since June 2011.[2] One of five Jesuit colleges and universities in the Philippines, Xavier University works in consortium with Ateneo de Davao University and Ateneo de Zamboanga University.


Professional schools[edit]

Graduate School[edit]

The Graduate School houses the university's post-baccalaureate programs, ranging from master's degrees to doctorates. Its council is the Graduate School Student Council (GSSC).

College of Law[edit]

The College of Law offers a Bachelor of Laws program. Its student council is the Association of Law Students (ALS). Its team is called Legis and its mascot is the goddess Dike (Lady Justice).

On November 11, 2011, the college was named an "Outstanding Law School" by the Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, during the second anniversary of the board held at the Manila Pavilion. It was recognized as being one of the ten best-performing law schools in the Philippines from 2001 to 2011. Likewise, a plaque was presented to its dean, Atty. Raul R. Villanueva, as outstanding law dean.[3]

Dr. Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine[edit]

When University President Fr. Ernesto O. Javier, S.J., founded the School of Medicine in 1983, he fully intended that it be a top producer of medical practitioners. It has been granted Level 1 Accredited Status and was recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Development in Medical Education after its graduates consistently scored 100% in licensure examinations over a number of years. It was likewise recognized by the Professional Regulations Commission and the Board of Medicine for having ranked second in the national Physician Licensure Examination in a span of 11 consecutive exams. Consequent on these honors, the school was chosen by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development as a satellite medical institution for its project on the development of research capabilities. In collaboration with the XU Community Health Care Center, the school was also the pilot site in Mindanao for the Cervical Cancer Prevention Network Program in 2008.

The School of Medicine prepares graduates to address especially the needs of Northern Mindanao, with health care services that are accessible and affordable for all.

Undergraduate schools[edit]

Find below the many commendations the university has received from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).

College of Agriculture[edit]

The College of Agriculture was founded in 1954. Its student council is the Agriculture or Aggies Student Council (ASC). They are known by the monikers Aggies and Bullriders, and its mascot is the bull.

On February 27, 2009, CHED declared Xavier a Center of Development (COD) in Agriculture for a period of three years,[4] the first private institution given this designation.[5] In November 2009, (CHED) declared Xavier a National Center of Excellence, specifically a Provincial Institute for Agriculture (PIA) under the National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System.[6] As a PIA, Xavier is among the priority partners of CHED in implementing development projects in agriculture. Xavier also qualifies for a ₱500,000 grant to fund scholarships, continuing agriculture education programs, instructional materials development, and upgrading of facilities including research laboratories, among other priority projects supported by CHED.[7] In April 2010, the College of Agriculture was awarded Level II re-accreditation for a period of five years by PAASCU,[8] and one year later Level III accreditation.[9]

College of Arts & Sciences[edit]

The College of Arts and Sciences offers most of the university's core subjects, e.g., Filipino, English. Its student council is the United Arts and Sciences Student Council (UNITASS). Its mascot is the Tiger.[10]

College of Computer Studies[edit]

The College of Computer Studies was founded after the others, in 2011. Its council is the Computer Studies Student Council (CSSC) and its mascot the Wizard.

The College of Computer Studies was included in the first batch of Centers of Development for Excellence in Information Technology Education (CODE-IT) by CHED and its flagship BS in Computer Science is one of the first outside Metro Manila with Level II accreditation from PAASCU.[11]

College of Engineering[edit]

The College of Engineering student council is the Association of the College of Engineering Students (ACES). Its mascot is the Warrior symbolized by Lapu-Lapu.

Licensure exam passes: Chemical Engineering, 2009 – 11 out of 17 or 65% (53% nationally);[12] Civil Engineering, 2009 – 12 out of 16 or 75% (46% nationally).[13] Mechanical Engineering, 2010 – all 7 or 100% (65% nationally), with Roselle Victor C. Lague, in second place.[14] Electrical Engineering, 2010 - 8 out of 11 or 73% (34% nationally).[15]

College of Nursing[edit]

The College of Nursing was founded in 1989. Its student council is the Council of Nursing Students (CONUS), and its mascot is the Python.

In November 2014 Xavier produced 157 new nurses with a 100% passing rate on the licensure exam. Based on the results of the December 2012 exam, among large nursing schools Xavier ranked No 2 in the country. In December 2010 Xavier placed two students in the top ten.[16]

School of Business & Management[edit]

The School of Business and Management (formerly College of Commerce) is a recognized center of excellence in accountancy, business, and management education in Mindanao.[17] Its student council is the School of Business and Management Student Council (SBMSC). Its mascot is the Eagle.

School of Education[edit]

The School of Education was founded in 1938 and reopened in 1947. Its student council is the Teachers' Guild (TG). Its mascot is the Phoenix.

Center for Integrated Technologies[edit]

Unlike the other colleges, the Center for Integrated Technologies (CIT -formerly Center for Industrial Technology) is a technical-vocational school. Its student council is the Center for Integrated Technologies Student Council (CITSC). Its mascot is the Knight.

The CIT was housed at the main campus at Corrales Avenue until 2012 when it moved to the Jose Ch. Alvarez Technology Complex in the Manresa campus.[18] The old CIT building was renamed Faber Hall (from St. Peter Faber, co-founder of the Society of Jesus) and is used by the Colleges of Nursing and of Computer Studies.

Basic education schools[edit]

Preparatory & Grade School[edit]

The preparatory and grade school campuses are located in Barangay Macasandig and in Pueblo de Oro.

High School[edit]

Aside from preparatory and grade school, ADCU offers secondary education. Formerly, the high school was located in the main campus at Corrales Avenue, but was relocated to a separate campus in Pueblo de Oro together with the grade school levels (though using SBM and Faber during renovations on the Pueblo campus in 2013-14).[19]

Notable people[edit]


Honoris causa[edit]



The university gymnasium in 2008.

Xavier University operates on five campuses:

  • The 8-hectare main campus in the heart of Cagayan de Oro City where the undergraduate and graduate academic units are located
  • The 50-hectare Manresa Complex on the way to the airport which is used as the experimental and demonstration farms and extension works of the College of Agriculture, and as headquarters for SEARSOLIN, an outreach unit of the university. It also houses the Jose Chavez Alvarez (JCA) Technology Complex of the Center for Integrated Technologies.
  • The 13-hectare campus in Pueblo de Oro where the grade school annex and the high school departments are located.
  • The grade school campus in Macasandig.
  • The Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital, the hospital of the College of Nursing and the Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 8°28′35.96″N 124°38′48.85″E / 8.4766556°N 124.6469028°E / 8.4766556; 124.6469028


  1. ^ "History of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan". XU Webteam. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  2. ^ "Fr. Roberto C. Yap, SJ is incoming Xavier University president". Ateneo de Manila University. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "College of Law honored with Outstanding Law School award". XU Webteam. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  4. ^ Memorandum Order No. 3.
  5. ^ "XUCA receives distinction as Center of Development". College of Agriculture website, February 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  6. ^ Memorandum Order no. 32 series of 2009.
  7. ^ "Xavier University named as 'Provincial Institute for Agriculture'". College of Agriculture website, November 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  8. ^ "XUCA gets 5-year PAASCU Re-accreditation". College of Agriculture website, May 30, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  9. ^ "Aggies awarded PAASCU Level III accreditation". XU Website, May 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  10. ^ X.U. College Student Handbook. Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. June 2009. p. 105. 
  11. ^ College of Computer Studies, Xavier University Website, November 11, 2012, retrieved 2013-11-29 
  12. ^ New Chemical Engineers (PDF), XU Website, November 12, 2008, retrieved 2011-01-15 
  13. ^ New Civil Engineers (PDF), XU Website, December 1, 2009, retrieved 2011-01-15 
  14. ^ New Mechanical Engineers (PDF), XU Website, October 1, 2010, retrieved 2011-01-15 
  15. ^ New Electrical Engineers (PDF), XU Website, October 1, 2010, retrieved 2011-01-15 
  16. ^ Nursing
  17. ^ X.U. College Student Handbook. Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. June 2009. p. 106. 
  18. ^ "New CIT campus opens in Manresa". XU Website. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  19. ^ "Work on XUHS Pueblo campus to start soon; new major sports facility also set to rise". CDOdev.com. 2013-02-21. 

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