National University
Pamantasang Pambansa (Filipino)
Former names
  • Colegio Filipino (1900‑1905)
  • Colegio Mercantil (1905‑1916)
  • National Academy (1916‑1921)
MottoEducation that works
TypePrivate nonsectarian Coeducational higher education institution
EstablishedAugust 1, 1900
FounderMariano Fortunato Jhocson, Sr.
Academic affiliations
ChairmanHans Sy, Sr.
PresidentDr. Renato Carlos H. Ermita Jr.
Studentsc. 10,000 (A.Y. 2021-22)[citation needed]
551 M.F. Jhocson Street, Sampaloc, Manila

14°36′15″N 120°59′39″E / 14.60417°N 120.99417°E / 14.60417; 120.99417
CampusMain Campus
NU Manila
(Sampaloc, Manila)
Satellite Campuses
Alma mater songAdieu Alma Mater!
Colors Blue  and  Gold 
NicknameNU Bulldogs
Sporting affiliations
National University (Philippines) is located in Manila
National University (Philippines)
Location in Manila
National University (Philippines) is located in Metro Manila
National University (Philippines)
Location in Metro Manila
National University (Philippines) is located in Luzon
National University (Philippines)
Location in Luzon
National University (Philippines) is located in Philippines
National University (Philippines)
Location in the Philippines

National University (NU), colloquially National U, is a private non–sectarian coeducational university located in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines. The founder of the university, Mariano F. Jhocson Sr., established the institution on August 1, 1900, as Colegio Filipino in Quiapo, Manila. It is considered as the first private nonsectarian and coeducational institution in the Philippines and also, the first university to use English as its medium of instruction, replacing Spanish.[1]

With its main campus in Sampaloc, Manila, the university has been expanding by setting secondary campuses. Other campuses of NU includes: NU Nazareth School, NU Laguna (Sports Academy), NU Fairview, NU Mall of Asia, NU Baliwag, NU Dasmariñas, NU Lipa, NU Clark, and NU Bacolod, among others. Additionally, the institution leased a part of the lot and buildings of the former College of the Holy Spirit Manila in Mendiola, Manila and will be known as the upcoming NU Manila College of Business and Accountancy, Mendiola.

Approved by the Department Public Instruction on June 17, 1921, the university received its university status, changing the name from National Academy to National University. Senator Camilo Osías, two-time Senate President of the Philippines, served as the first University President (1921-1936). The current university president is Renato C. Ermita, Jr. (2008–present) and its current majority owner is the SM Group.

NU is one of the pioneer members of National Collegiate Athletic Association- Philippines (NCAA) and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), and also a pioneer member of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU). Its international affiliations and memberships include the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAHIL) and the International Association of Universities (IAU).[1]


National University's school seal from 2010 to 2017

Mariano F. Jhocson Sr. founded Colegio Filipino on August 1, 1900, Jhocson Residence in Palma Street, Quiapo, Manila.[2] Only a handful of students at that time were enrolled in the fledgling school and they were in the elementary and secondary levels. Mariano Sr. served as the college director, instructor, and janitor. He began business courses in bookkeeping and accounting. This prompted a name change as it became known as Colegio Mercantil, awarding the diploma of Perito Mercantil.[2] A short time later, Jhocson Sr. collaborated with attorneys Simeon C. Lacson and Ricardo C. Lacson and established the Philippine Law School.[2] From Colegio Mercantil, the Board of Trustees changed the name of the institution to National Academy in 1916. Due to continuous growth of the academy, liberal arts courses were offered.

After 21 years of service in the field of education, the Board of Trustees applied for university status to the Department of Public Instruction. Thus the school became known as National University on June 17, 1921. The university installed, on that same day, Senator Camilo Osías, a Filipino educator, as the first President of the university.[2] The Colleges of Education and Commerce were opened in the same year. During the following years, the Colleges of Pharmacy and Dentistry were opened in 1922. The College of Engineering, initially offering Civil Engineering opened in 1925, and the Normal School in 1930. Sanitary Engineering was offered in 1930.[2] Bachelor's degrees in Chemical, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical Engineering and Architecture and Arts were opened. Master in Sanitary Engineering was also organized.[2] Computer Science was opened in 1990, Marine Engineering, Computer Engineering and Electronics and Communications Engineering in 1994. College of Nursing was offered in 2004, Hotel and Restaurant Management in 2008 and Information Technology in 2009.[2]

NU Manila facade

A fire broke out on January 1, 1998, and razed four buildings of the university which are the old Main Building, Law and Commerce Building, Elementary Building, and Graduate School Building. The university was able to re-open its doors after three weeks of restoration work and used Mariano F. Jhocson Memorial Building.[2] The College of Dentistry Building, built in the 1920s, was the only building in the NU campus that remained unscathed in the fire.[3]

In 2008, the SM Group of Companies acquired majority ownership of National University.[4]

A new logo for National University was unveiled on October 17, 2017. The new brand features the school's colors and a shield which was inspired from the old university logo.

As the institution grows so as their demand for a bigger campus increases which led to the birth NU Main Building Expansion. The expansion is built to cater approximately 10,000 students in the coming years. The expansion will be a 12-storey building which is physically connected to the existing 8-storey building. The whole development will have a gross floor area of approximately 40,000sm. Additional facilities will be an indoor swimming pool, indoor futsal, basketball court, pe center, and fitness room.[5]


National University Manila offers twenty-four undergraduate degrees in its eight colleges. It also offers basic education via the NU Nazareth School. National University's basic education unit and Nazareth School merged in 2013. During the 2020–2021 school year, NU Nazareth had a student population of 13,729.[6]


Laguna campus

National University has a satellite campus in Calamba, Laguna. The abandoned site of St. James College of Calamba was purchased by NU and it is now occupied by National University as a satellite campus. It is the first NU campus outside Metro Manila. The university opened its doors to students in the 2018–2019 school year.

Bacolod campus

The National University Bacolod (NU Bacolod or NUB) in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental will be the school's first satelitte campus in the Visayas-Mindanao region and also the first one outside Luzon. It is located beside SM City Bacolod and its first operations will start from school year 2024 to 2025. It offers Senior High School and college courses. Senior High School programs include: Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS). Its college programs include Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management.

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NU Laguna
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NU Baliwag
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NU Dasmariñas
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NU Lipa
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NU Bacolod
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NU Clark
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NU Campuses around the Philippines

List of campuses

NU Laguna
NU Baliwag
NU Nazareth School
National University
Campus Academics Location Opened Designation
NU Manila
  • NU Manila College of Architecture
  • NU Manila College of Allied Health
  • NU Manila College of Computing, Information and technologies
  • NU Manila College of Dentistry
  • NU Manila College of Education, Arts, And Sciences
  • NU Manila College of Engineering
  • NU Manila College of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Sampaloc, Manila 1900 Main Campus
NU Mendiola
  • College of Business and Accountancy
Mendiola 2024 NU Manila Annex
NU Nazareth School
  • Preschool
  • Grade school
  • Junior High School
  • Senior High School
Sampaloc, Manila 1900 Basic Education
  • Senior High School
  • School of Optometry
  • College of Dentistry
  • School of Management and Accountancy
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Information Technology
  • School of Health Sciences
Pasay 2019 Allied Health Campus
(Manila Extension)
NU Laguna & INSPIRE Sports Academy
  • Senior High School
  • NU Laguna College of Engineering & Architecture
  • NU Laguna College of Computing, Information and technologies
  • NU Laguna College of Education, Arts, And Sciences
  • NU Laguna College of Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Graduate School
Calamba, Laguna 2019 First overall satellite campus
NU Fairview
  • Senior High School
  • NU Fairview College of Architecture
  • NU Fairview College of Engineering
  • NU Fairview College of Business and Accountancy
  • NU Fairview College of Computing, Information and technologies
  • NU Fairview College of Education, Arts, And Sciences
  • NU Fairview College of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Quezon City 2019
NU Baliwag
  • NU Baliwag College of Engineering and Technology
  • NU Baliwag College of Business and Accountancy
Baliuag, Bulacan 2019
NU Dasmariñas
  • Senior High School
  • NU Dasmariñas College of Engineering
  • NU Dasmariñas College of Business and Accountancy
  • NU Dasmariñas College of Computing, Information and technologies
  • NU Dasmariñas College of Education, Arts, And Sciences
  • NU Dasmariñas College of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Dasmariñas, Cavite 2021
NU Lipa
  • NU Lipa College of Engineering
  • NU Lipa College of Business and Accountancy
  • NU Lipa College of Computing, Information and technologies
  • NU Lipa College of Allied Health
  • NU Lipa College of Education, Arts, And Sciences
Lipa, Batangas 2022
NU Clark to be determined Angeles City 2023
NU Bacolod
  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management
  • Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM) strand
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand
Bacolod July 2024 First satellite campus outside Luzon
NU East Ortigas to be determined Cainta, Rizal 2024
NU Cebu to be determined Cebu City 2025
NU Las Piñas to be determined Las Piñas 2025
NU Davao to be determined Davao City to be determined in 2025 One of the first satellite campuses in Mindanao
NU Alabang to be determined Muntinlupa to be determined in 2026
NU Iloilo to be determined Iloilo City to be determined in 2027
Asia Pacific College
  • Senior High School
  • School of Computing and Information Technologies
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Management
  • School of Multimedia and Arts
  • Graduate School
Makati 1991 NU Makati

Accreditations and affiliations

National University is an accredited member of various National and International Organizations:


Main article: NU Bulldogs

Blue and gold

NU Bulldogs

National University was one of the schools that founded the Philippine National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1924. It was one of the three schools that left the NCAA in 1932 and formed a new athletic association named the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) in 1938.

In the UAAP, NU has teams participating in twelve sports out of fifteen, namely; cheerleading, basketball, indoor volleyball, beach volleyball, football, baseball, softball, tennis, table tennis, badminton, fencing, taekwondo and chess.

The university's collegiate men's and women's varsity teams are called the National University Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs, respectively. The high school varsity teams are called the Bullpups and Lady Bullpups.

Notable alumni

Government and public service





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