Aside from being known as the “City of Gentle People,” Dumaguete is recognized as the seat of learning in Southern Philippines due to its seven universities and colleges, where students from Negros Oriental and nearby regions, enroll for their college education. There are about 30,000 students who are living in this city.
Dumaguete’s atmosphere as well as its peaceful living makes it ideal for learning and venturing into intellectual activities. Here is a breakdown of some of the popular Dumaguete City colleges and universities.
Silliman University is one of the more renowned Dumaguete City colleges and universities. It is considered as the first American and Protestant school in the country. By plane, it is an hour away from the Philippine capital of Manila and one day by boat. It provides a scenic view of the Cuernos de Negros. Perched on a 65 hectare land, Silliman University plays a vital role in the formation of the society, economy, religion, and culture of the community.
Another institution belonging in Dumaguete City colleges and universities is the Negros Oriental State University (NORSU). It has two principal campuses in the city of Dumaguete and seven other branches in the entire Negros Oriental province. Its main thrust is to provide its students with quality tertiary education while instilling in them the value of excellence and service.
Negros Oriental State University is regarded as an institution that caters to poor but deserving students due to its reduced cost in tuition and miscellaneous fees while aiming to produce board passers and quality students every year.
Foundation University is another popular school in Dumaguete. The institution is not only recognized by Filipino accrediting agencies like PAASCU and PACU-COA, but also by foreign accrediting agencies like the IAU. This means that students in this school can have a chance to be recognized and gain further education in any school worldwide.
The school is likewise known for its excellence in tournaments in the regional and national level. Students belonging to the school’s varsity team are called Greyhounds. The school became popular throughout the country after its team bagged the top prize in the National Beach Volley University Challenge, and when its basketball team placed 4th overall in the National University Games (UNIGAMES).
Other colleges and universities in Dumaguete include AMA Computer College, Colegio de Sta. Catalina, STI College, St. Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD), Negros Maritime College Foundation, and Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT).