Dumaguete City: University Town of the South

The University Town of Dumaguete City Photo from Golden Gate Suites
The University Town of Dumaguete City Photo from Golden Gate Suites

Dumaguete city has evolved into a melting pot of students, professionals, artists, and scholars from all over the country and the world. With the presence of four universities and colleges that have made their mark locally and internationally, the city has earned the title of “the center of learning in Southern Philippines.” 

Dumaguete’s high-quality education is widely known because of Silliman University, Foundation University, Negros Oriental State University, and a branch of Saint Paul University. The best education and lifestyle are here in Dumaguete City. Let’s learn more about these four prestigious Universities here in this province. 

Silliman University

Silliman University in Dumaguete City Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Silliman University in Dumaguete City Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Location: Hibbard Avenue, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6200

The main institution of higher learning in Dumaguete is Silliman University. Silliman University is the oldest Protestant institution in the nation and the first American-founded university in Asia, founded in 1901 by American Protestant missionaries. 

It started as an elementary school but quickly became a university in 1938. Since then, Dumaguete has become the home for students worldwide as they pursue their degrees. The city’s central business sector is close by and blended with the campus’s 610,000 square meters.

Located downtown, the Silliman campus is surrounded by over 300 acacia trees. It is nestled between views of the Cuernos de Negros mountains in the background and the Visayan Sea in front.

The 62-hectare campus features patches of green where personal relationships are fostered, spiritual nourishment is provided, and the concept of quality student life is redefined.

Granted Full Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education, Silliman offers over 140 certificate, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs in 19 academic units.


  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Computer Studies
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Design
  • College of Law
  • College of Mass Communication
  • College of Nursing 
  • College of Performing and Visual Arts
  • Divinity School
  • Graduate Programs 
  • Institute of Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
  • Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences
  • Institute of Rehabilitative Sciences
  • Institute of Service Learning
  • Medical School 
  • School of Agro-Industrial and Technical Education
  • School of Public Affairs and Governance

Negros Oriental State University (NORSU)

Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) Photo from NORSUnian Facebook Page
Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) Photo from NORSUnian Facebook Page

Locations: Kagawasan Ave., Dumaguete City (Main Campus) / Bajumpandan, Dumaguete City (Bajumpandan Campus) 

The Negros Oriental State University (NORSU), like all other universities and schools in Dumaguete, had humble beginnings. The forerunner school of the Negros Oriental State University was founded in 1907. The school was known as the Negros Oriental Provincial School at the time and specialized in trade classes. 

From 1907 to 2004, the school undergoes many changes from its name to the courses it offers. On June 25, 2004, the school officially became a university under Republic Act No. 9299, integrating three other colleges in the province; namely, Genaro Goňi Memorial College in the City of Bais, the Siaton Community College in the Municipality of Siaton, and the Mabinay Institute of Technology in the Municipality of Mabinay. 

Currently, NORSU has seven satellite campuses all over Negros Oriental.


  • College of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Criminal Justice Education
  • College of Teacher Education
  • College of Engineering and Architecture
  • College of Industrial Technology
  • College of Nursing, Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Law -Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Graduate School 

Foundation University 

Foundation University in Dumaguete Photo from Proudly Dumagute
Foundation University in Dumaguete Photo from Proudly Dumagute

Location: Dr. Meciano Road, Dumaguete City 6200, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Foundation University is an institution in Dumaguete dedicated to excellently developing an individual’s body, mind, and character in pursuing freedom and truth. 

Foundation University (formerly known as Foundation College) was founded on July 4, 1949. The college committed to a three-fold function when it was based in Dumaguete, and these are research, instruction, and community action. 

The success of the school’s commitment was recognized in 1963 when Foundation College received international recognition. And in the same year, Foundation College joined the world-renowned International Association of Universities. It was the first institution in the Visayas-Mindanao region of the Philippines to receive this recognition.

The Foundation College was granted a university charter on January 28, 1969, due to the school’s outstanding achievement and performance as an institution. It has been sincere in its mission and purpose.


  • Agriculture
  • Architecture & Fine Arts
  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business & Administration
  • Nursing
  • Computer Studies
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Hospitality Management
  • Law & Jurisprudence
  • Graduate Programs
  • Postgraduate Programs
  • Non-Baccalaureate Programs

St. Paul University – Dumaguete

St. Paul University – Dumaguete Photo from Negros Oriental
St. Paul University – Dumaguete Photo from Negros Oriental

Location: North National Highway, Bantayan, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

Saint Paul University – Dumaguete (SPUD) is a private Roman Catholic research non-profit co-educational essential and higher education institution in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines, run by the sisters of Saint Paul of Chartres. The Paulinian Sisters established the university on October 29, 1904.

The college was granted university status in 2004 alongside its celebration of its centennial year, becoming one of the four universities in Dumaguete.

Aside from academics, Saint Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD) has created a campus environment that fosters and nurtures Paulinians’ art, creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. Clubs that cater to these needs are formed to develop students’ aesthetic and artistic abilities.


  • Basic Education Programs (pre-school to Senior High School)Technical Vocational and Livelihood Track 
  • College of Business and Information Technology
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Arts and Education 
  • Postgraduate programs 

Where to live in Dumaguete City?

House and Lot for Sale in Dumaguete- Camella Negros Oriental
House and Lot for Sale in Dumaguete- Camella Negros Oriental

As the city of Dumaguete is continuously growing, having a safe place near these Universities is necessary. Aside from having some of the best universities, Dumaguete is a place also known for having a low cost of living and good people.

Camella, the country’s number one homebuilder already established a master-planned community near these prestigious universities.  

Camella Negros Oriental, the second project of Vistaland and Lifescapes in Dumaguete, is only 10-12 minutes away from this institution, making it more convenient for students and professionals. The community provides a wide array of home selections ranging from 2 to 5-bedroom units. This master-planned community is located along Diversion Rd., Brgy. Cantil-E, Dumaguete City.

Education is a right and if you can have the best of it, you are one step away from having an incredible future. If you have kids, settling down in Dumaguete is an excellent choice because you are setting them up for greatness.

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