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; 83 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[permanent dead link]"
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).

  • Programs offered are:
    • Master's Degree
      • Master of Science in Health and Hospital Management
      • Master in Public Administration (Plan A & B) Program
      • Master in Public Administration - Local Scholarship Program
      • Master of Engineering
      • Master of Arts in Economics
      • Master of Arts in English Language
      • Master of Arts in History
      • Master of Arts in Literature
      • Master of Arts in Nursing
      • Master of Arts in Professions Education
      • Master of Arts in Psychology
      • Master of Arts in Sociology
      • Master of Arts in Sociology with Special Concentration in Development Leadership
      • Master in Information Technology
      • Master in Biology
      • Master in English Language
      • Master in English Language and Literature
      • Master in History
      • Master in Literature
      • Master in Psychology
    • Post-Graduate/Doctorate Degree
      • PhD Sociology
      • Doctor of Public Administration Program

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]

From the 10th top performing school nationwide during the past 3 years (2012 - 2014), XU emerged as the 7th top performing among law schools with at least 20 examinees for the 2015 BAR Exam; it also produced an 8th placer.[4]

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,[5] the first private institution given this designation, and on December 2015, it was declared as a Center of Excellence (COE) in Agriculture in its CMO No. 38, s. 2015.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] In April 2010, the College of Agriculture was awarded Level II re-accreditation for a period of five years by PAASCU,[9] and one year later Level III accreditation; it was again re-accredited for another 5 years in 2016, valid until May 2020.[10][11]

The college is home to 5 topnotchers and over 50 top 10 finishers of the agriculture licensure examination and is also included in the list of recognized qualifications for immigration by the New Zealand Embassy.

  • Program offerings include:
    • Agribusiness
    • Agriculture (major in: Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Crop Science)
    • Agricultural Engineering
    • Food Technology
    • Development Communication

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.[12]

The Arts and Sciences programs of the university are PAASCU Level IV accredited with its Literature and Biology programs declared as a CHED Center of Development.[13][14]

  • Program offerings include:
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • Filipino
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology-Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology

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.[15]

The CCS maintains partnerships and linkages with other institutions in academe, industry and government to augment its instruction, research and social outreach capabilities and enhance the delivery of its curricular offerings. For instance, the CCS has been a long time partner and training provider of the SMART Schools/Microsoft Partners in Learning Program, a collaborative project of SMART, Microsoft, PBSP, DepEd that provides service to the community through IT training programs for public schools.

  • Programs offered are:
    • Computer Science
    • Information Systems

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, November 2015 – 12 out of 14 or 85.71% (53.32% nationally);[16] Civil Engineering, May 2016 – 15 out of 20 or 75% (38.17% nationally).[17] Mechanical Engineering, 2010 – all 7 or 100% (65% nationally), with Roselle Victor C. Lague, in second place.[18] Electrical Engineering, 2010 - 8 out of 11 or 73% (34% nationally).[19] Electronics Engineering, April 2016 - 13 out of 16 or 81.25% (36.95% nationally)[20]

All of the college's programs are PAASCU Level II accredited and five of them are declared as Center of Development by CHED namely: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.[21]

  • Programs offered are:
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electronics Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering

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 the latest Nursing Licensure Exam last June 2016, the college garnered yet another 100% passing rate making it the fourth time in a row that it had a perfect passing; furthermore, there are two placers in that exam making it a total of 13 topnotchers in those 4 exams alone.[22]

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.[23] Its student council is the School of Business and Management Student Council (SBMSC). Its mascot is the Eagle. SBM is the most populous college unit in the university.

Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan soars high as one of the top performing accountancy schools in the Philippines, based on the May 2016 board exam results. After 28 out of the 37 examinees successfully passed the recent Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination, XU landed on the 6th spot with a passing rate of 75.68%.[24]

Out of the 21of 39 successful examinees nationwide, 17 were from Xavier. They were the first-ever graduates of Xavier’s Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management in March 2016. XU garnered a passing rate of 89.47% (17 out of 19) above the national passing rate of 53.85%.[25]

Its Accountancy and Business & Administration programs are PAASCU Level IV re-accredited, valid until May 2019.

  • Programs offered are:
    • Accountancy
    • Business Administration (major in: Business Economics, Financial Management, Marketing Management)
    • Real Estate Management

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.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has recognized Xavier University’s School of Education as Center of Excellence (COE) in its memorandum order number 17, series of 2016, released Thursday, March 31. SOE's elementary and secondary education programs are both PAASCU Level IV re-accredited.[26][27]

SOE is one of the top performing schools in the Licensure Examination for Teachers nationwide consistently garnering high passing rates and producing several board placers over the years in both elementary education and secondary education.

  • Programs offered are:
    • Elementary Education (major in: General Education, Pre-School Education, and Special Education)
    • Secondary Education (major in: Biological Sciences, English, Filipino, Mathematics, Social Studies, Values Education, and Technology and Livelihood Education)
Master of Arts in Education[edit]
  • School Management
  • Teaching Communications Arts English
  • Teaching Communications Arts Filipino
  • Guidance & Counseling
  • Teaching Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Educational Management (IDEA)
Post-Graduate/Doctorate Degree[edit]
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Besides offering a Diploma in Special Education Teaching Program, the SOE faculty also provides training for Science, Math and English teachers and conducts INSET for public school teachers and tutorials for students.

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.[28] 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.

Presently, it is gearing to be the home of the Technical-Vocational Track of the Senior High School.

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).[29]

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


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