Centro Escolar University

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Centro Escolar University
Founder Doña Librada Avelino and Doña Carmen de Luna
Address 9 Mendiola Street San Miguel, Manila
Website www.ceu.edu.ph

Centro Escolar University (or Pamantasang Centro Escolar) is a private university that was founded on June 3, 1907. The university caters the instruction and training of the Filipino youth in studies that focus on the arts, humanities, sciences, and allied medicine. CEU is also known for its Dentistry and Pharmacy graduates. All of the academic programs that the university offers are accredited Levels 2 and 3 by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines.

At present, the university has three campuses known as the Mendiola Campus along Mendiola Street in Manila, the Malolos Campus established in 1978 is in the northern suburb of Malolos City in Bulacan province, and the newly established Makati Campus in 2005, located in the Makati Central Business District. Originally, its Parañaque Campus was part of the university's system until it was phased out in the early 1990s.



Centro Escolar University was established on June 3, 1907 by Doña Librada Avelino and Doña Carmen de Luna for the instruction and training of the youth in all branches of the arts and sciences. The school started with some benches, a single blackboard and a few books which the two educators used to nurture the minds of their students. What started out as a dream eventually became a reality when the women finally established a nationalistic center of learning for Filipino women. The first college that was founded was the College of Pharmacy in 1921. The College of Liberal Arts, Education and Dentistry followed one after the other. Three years later, the College of Optometry was established.

Beginning as the Centro Escolar de Señoritas, the school was granted university status by the Philippine government in 1932. It has then steadily grown as an institution under the leadership of noted educators who have contributed much to the development of their respective professions.

Programs and Services

Integrated School (1907-2004)

The original academic program of the university, its elementary and high school programs opened in 1907. It served students until it was phased out in the mid-1990s from the Mendiola Campus. It was also removed later from the Malolos campus in 2004 thus having its last batch of elementary and high school students graduating in the years 2004 and 2001 respectively.

Pharmacy (1921)

It is the first tertiary academic program offered by the university. Today, the college is known as the [[[School of Pharmacy]], which has produced successful passers and top notchers in the country's pharmacy board exams. It currently offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in Pharmacy

Liberal Arts (1924), Education (1924), Music (1907) and Social Work (1954)

The School of Education, Liberal Arts, Music and Social Work (SELAMS) merged in the late 1990s to integrate the four major departments of the university. The Education Department offers bachelor's degrees in Secondary and Elementary Education with nine majors. The Liberal Arts department offers degrees in Mass Communication, Language Arts, Economics and Political Science. The Conservatory of Music offers Bachelor of Music degrees in seven majors namely Music Education and Applied Music in Composition, Conducting, Guitar or String, Piano, Voice, and Wind instruments. Meanwhile the school's Social Work department offers a bachelor's degree in Social Work.

Dentistry (1925)

The College of Dentistry offers the four year program leading to the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and two-year non-degree certification as a Dental Technician. The college maintains high standards of education and facilities, proved in high rankings and passing percentages in the national dentistry board examinations.

Optometry (1928)

The College of Optometry offers a six year program leading to the Doctor of Optometry degree. It is the premier college of Optometry in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia.

Science (1928)

The School of Science offers bachelor's and master's degrees in Biology, Psychology and Cosmetology. It is the first school in the Philippines to offer a degree in Cosmetology. While it offers masteral degrees in Psychology, Guidance, Mathematics and Science Educations.

Tourism (1989), Family Economics (1967), Nutrition (1958), HRM (2004)

The School of Tourism, Family Economics, Nutrition and HRM (STourFEN-HRM), pioneered the first College of Foods and Nutrition in the Philippines in 1958, the school now offers bachelor's degrees in Tourism, Family or Home Economics and Nutrition and Dietetics. The school also offers a bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

Medical Technology (1960)

The College of Medical Technology offers the bachelor's degree in Medical Technology. It is the first school in the Philippines to integrate the Emergency Medical Technician program in its curriculum. The school is also the first and only school in the Philippines to be accredited as a Drug-Testing facility.

Nursing (1975)

Founded in 1975, the College of Nursing offers bachelor's and master's degrees in Nursing.

Accountancy, Management and Technology (1928)

The [[[School of Accountancy, Management and Technology]] is the largest college in terms of student population in the university system. It offers bachelor's degrees in Accountancy, Business Administration, E-Commerce Technology, Secretarial Administration, Computer Science and Information Systems, Management Engineering, and Computer Engineering.

Graduate School (1926)

The Graduate School was established under the leadership of Dr. Concepcion Aguila as its first dean. Today, it offers master's and doctorate programs in the fields of Education, Liberal Arts,Business Administration, Sciences, Philosophy, Pharmacy, Dental Education, and Public Administration. CEU is the only school in the Philippines that offers a post-doctoral degree on Total Quality Management on Higher Education.


  • It is the first university in the Philippines to be given an ISO:9001 certification on its campuses, showing the high level of services it provides its students.
  • The university was granted full autonomy status by the Commission on Higher Education.
  • The university is listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange with the stock symbol, CEU.
  • The school is one of the founding members of the ‘’Philippine Association of the Colleges of Pharmacy’’ and the ‘’Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy’’.




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