01 Jul Top Schools and Universities in Cagayan de Oro – Educational Facilities that Can Provide the Best Education for Your Children
Education is an essential part of life, and in a progressive and steadily growing metropolis like Cagayan de Oro, schools at all levels from primary, secondary, to tertiary are ever present and growing to provide this education. All in all, the city has 120 private schools at all levels registered with the Department of Education. If the count were to include all public schools, the number would more than triple.
Being the major flagship city of Northern Mindanao, its colleges and universities have their share of students coming to enroll from the other provinces in Region 10 as well as from the towns all over Misamis Oriental. From a mere 3 colleges in the 1950’s serving all levels, Cagayan de Oro can now boast of having 4 major universities and at least 6 major colleges. Featured here are the major universities and colleges only in Cagayan de Oro.
Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan
From a humble start of a two-floor wooden building in 1933 as an all-boys school, Xavier University celebrated its Diamond Jubilee year in 2008. This makes the Ateneo de Cagayan the oldest university and school in Cagayan de Oro.
Today, one of the oldest schools in the Jesuit Order’s education system now houses more than 11,000 students, faculty, and staff annually. Xavier was founded by Fr. James TG. Hayes, SJ, who would later on become Cagayan de Oro’s first bishop and archbishop. From 1933 the school steadily grew in size until it was almost destroyed by bombers in World War II.
Rebuilding and reconstruction was begun in 1945 by Fr. Edward Haggerty, SJ. As the Ateneo de Cagayan steadily grew once again, it was granted university status in 1958, making it the first university in Mindanao. The university actually has five campuses aside from the main tertiary campus in Divisoria along Corrales Avenue.
There is the Manresa Agriculture extension, the Center for Industrial Technology (CIT), the High School Annex, and the Grade School Annex in Pueblo de Oro in upper Carmen, and the Grade School campus in Macasandig.
Along with its primary and secondary schools, Xavier also offers courses from its School of Business and Management, School of Education, College of Agriculture, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Computer Studies, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, School of Medicine, Graduate School, and College of Law. It also has two- and three-year courses at the Center for Industrial Technology.
Liceo de Cagayan University
The Liceo de Cagayan is the second non-sectarian college in the city to receive university status in 1998. The school was founded in 1955 by a native Cagayanon, Atty. Rodolfo N. Pelaez.
It has since become a lean and close family corporation with its campus along Pelaez Boulevard in Kauswagan.
After 59 years the university now serves the region from its main campus and a separate elementary and high school campus in Carmen.
It now offers major courses from its 14 colleges and schools such as Arts and Sciences, Business and Accountancy, Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering, Information Technology, Medical Laboratory Science, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Sciences, Radiologic Technology, Law, and Graduate Studies.
The former Cagayan de Oro Capitol College is a non-sectarian and private university, and the second school in the city to receive university status in 2003.
The school first opened in CDO in 1971 and slowly but steadily grew to now have its enlarged main campus along Corrales Avenue Extension, with its medical programs at the Capitol University Medical Center in Gusa, and the M/V Capitol, a 650-ton freighter serving as training ship for its maritime courses.
There was a bit of controversy when the school was granted university status since it was going to use Cagayan de Oro University for its inaugural name. The Cagayan de Oro College complained about this since it claimed to carry the rights to this name if ever it would gain university status in the future. Hence the name Capitol University.
Today, the university serves major courses from its undergraduate colleges in Computer Studies, Education, Engineering, Maritime Education, Nursing, Midwifery, and Graduate School.
Mindanao University of Science and Technology
Formerly known as the Mindanao Polytechnic State College, the school is the fourth in Cagayan de Oro and the first public non-sectarian college to receive university status only in 2009.
A great leap onwards from a small government trade school that opened back in 1927, it now has its main campus along C.M. Recto Avenue in Lapasan, with its satellite campuses in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, and Oroquieta City and Panaon, Misamis Occidental.
Due to the American Commonwealth Act 3377, the Misamis Oriental Trade School was established in 1927, changing its name to Mindanao School of Arts and Trade in 1952, again in 1978 to Don Mariano Marcos Memorial Polytechnic State College, and again in 1991 to Mindanao Polytechnic State College.
There is presently a pending bill in the senate to once again change the school’s name to the University of Science and Technology in the Philippines. Its major courses are offered under the Doctoral Degree Programs, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Policy Studies, Education and Management, College of Engineering and Architecture, College of Industrial and Information Technology, College of Arts and Sciences, Certificate Professional Programs, and Vocational Training Programs.
Cagayan de Oro College (COC-PHINMA)
COC is a private non-sectarian established in the city in 1947, making it the second oldest school and college in Cagayan de Oro.
It now stands in its new campus location along Max Suniel Street in Carmen. Formerly a family corporation under the Damasing Family, the college is now under the PHINMA Investment Group that runs businesses all over the country in property, energy, education, and business process outsourcing.
In 1947 up to 1955 the college had separated campuses on Apolinar Velez Street and Tiano Bros. Street. In 1955 the college transferred to its present location, though the original campus was only a two-floor building.
Through the years COC has slowly grown and expanded its campus to serve its growing number of courses. Its major courses are served in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Education, Management and Accountancy, Engineering and Architecture, Information Technology, Nursing, Graduate School, as well as its elementary and secondary departments.
There are other colleges in Cagayan de Oro like the Lourdes College, Southern Philippines College, STI College, Pilgrim Christian College, and AMA Computer College. These may be featured in a future article. For now, seeing this initial lineup of schools gives the impression of a city that has progressed from a “one-horse town” in the 20th century to a major city player for Northern Mindanao.