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University of Santo Tomas
Unibersidad ng Santo Tomás
Latin: Regalis et Pontificia Sancti Thomæ Aquinatis
Universitas Manilana
Motto Veritas In Caritate
Motto in English Truth in Charity
Established 28 April 1611
Type Pontifical, Royal , Private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic, Dominican
Chancellor Very Rev. Fr. Carlos Azpiroz Costa, OP, JCD
Vice-Chancellor Very Rev. Fr. Quirico T. Pedregosa, OP, S.Th.D.
Rector Very Rev. Fr. Rolando V. dela Rosa, OP, S.Th.D.
Secretary General Rev. Fr. Florentino A. Bolo Jr., OP, JCL
Students 43,000+
Undergraduates 31,179
Location Philippines Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Campus 21.5 hectares, Urban
Hymn "The UST Hymn"
Colors UST colors.svg Gold and white
Nickname Growling Tigers (formerly "Glowing Goldies")
Mascot Growling Tiger
Affiliations ICUSTA, IAU, ASAIHL UAAP, among others.
UST Quadricentennial Logo

The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines (or simply UST or affectionately, "Ustê". Filipino: Unibersidad ng Santo Tomás), is a private Roman Catholic university run by the Order of Preachers in Manila. Founded on April 28, 1611 by archbishop Miguel de Benavides, it has the oldest extant university charter in the Philippines and in Asia.[1][2] and is one of the world's largest Catholic universities in terms of enrollment found on one campus.[3][4] UST is also the largest university in the city of Manila. Having the distinction as the only Pontifical University in Asia,[5][6] UST is the only university, Catholic or not, to have been visited by two popes three times: once by Pope Paul VI on Nov. 28, 1970, and twice by Pope John Paul II on Feb. 18, 1981 and January 13, 1995.[7]

The University is composed of several autonomous faculties, colleges, schools and institutes, each conferring undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees, and the basic education units. Several degrees have been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development.

The Patron of the University is St. Thomas Aquinas, while St. Catherine of Alexandria is the Patroness.[8]

Prominent Thomasians include saints, Philippine presidents, heroes, artists, scientists, professionals and religious figures, who have figured prominently in the history of the Philippines. The athletic teams are the Growling Tigers, members of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and are consistent winners of the Overall Championship.



The foundation of the University is ascribed to the Most Reverend Miguel de Benavides, O.P., the third Archbishop of Manila. He came to the Philippines with the first Dominican mission in 1587. He went on to become bishop of Nueva Segovia, and was promoted archbishop of Manila in 1601. Upon Benavides’ death in July 1605, he bequeathed his library and personal property worth 1,500 pesos to be used as the seed fund for the establishment of an institution of higher learning. Fr. Bernardo de Santa Catalina carried out Benavides’ wishes and was able to secure a building near the Dominican church and convent in Intramuros for the College.

In 1609, permission to open the College was requested from King Philip III of Spain, which only reached Manila in 1611. On April 28, 1611, notary Juan Illian witnessed the signing of the act of foundation by Frs. Baltazar Fort, OP, Bernardo Navarro, OP, and Francisco Minayo, OP. Fr. Fort, appointed that year to the post of Father Provincial, was its first Rector. [9]

The Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario was established on April 28, 1611, from the library of the late Fray Miguel de Benavídes, O.P., then Archbishop of Manila. Later renamed Colegio de Santo Tomas, it was elevated by Pope Innocent X to a university on November 20, 1645 in his brief, In Supreminenti.[2]. This made the university the second royal and pontifical institution in the Philippines, after the Jesuit's Universidad de San Ignacio which was founded in 1590 but closed in the 1768 following the expulsion of the Society of Jesus from the Philippines.

Its complete name is the The Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines (Spanish: A La Real y Pontificia Universidad de Santo Tomás de Aquino Universidad Católica de Filipinas)[10]. It was given the title "Royal" by King Charles III of Spain on 1785; "Pontifical" by Pope Leo XIII on 1902 in his constitution, Quae Mari Sinico, and the appellative "The Catholic University of the Philippines" by Pope Pius XII on 1947. [2]

The university was located within the walled city of Intramuros in Manila. It was started by the Spanish Archbishop of Manila in the early 17th century as a seminary for aspiring young priests, taking its name and inspiration from Saint Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican theologian. The first courses offered by the Colegio de Santo Tomas were canon law, theology, philosophy, logic, grammar, the arts, and civil law. In 1871, it began offering degrees in Medicine and Pharmacy, the first in colonized Asia.[2]

At the beginning of the 20th century, with the growing student population, the Dominicans bought land at the Sulucan Hills in Sampaloc, Manila and built its 215,000 square meter campus there in 1927 with the inauguration of its Main Building. Also that year, it began accepting female enrollees. In the last four decades, the university grew into a full-fledged institution of higher learning, conferring degrees in law, medicine and various academic letters. The university has graduated Philippine national heroes, presidents, and even saints.[2]

During World War II, the Japanese converted the campus into a concentration camp for civilians, foreigners and POWs. Some of the most brutal war crimes against American soldiers (Filipino soldiers were granted amnesty) and civilians living abroad occurred in Santo Tomas.[11]

Since its establishment in 1611, the University's academic life was interrupted only twice: from 1898 to 1899, during the Philippine Revolution against Spain, and from 1942 to 1945, during the Japanese occupation of the country. In its long history, the university has been under the leadership of more than 90 Rectors. UST's first Filipino rector was Fr. Leonardo Legaspi, O.P. who served UST from 1971-1977. Its current rector is Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P. [2]

In recognition of its achievements, a number of important dignitaries have officially visited the university, among them, during the last three decades: His Holiness Pope Paul VI on November 28, 1970; His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain in 1974 and 1995; Mother Teresa of Calcutta in January 1977 and again in November 1984; Pope John Paul II on February 18, 1981 and January 13, 1995 (as part of the World Youth Day 1995).[2]

Today UST has a total enrollment of approximately 43,000 students, 37,000 undergraduates and 6,000 students in Medicine, Law and the Graduate School. The University admits about 11,500 new students out of 55,000 applicants per year, roughly 20%.[citation needed]

The University Seal

The seal of the University of Santo Tomás is a shield quartered by the Dominican Cross. Superimposed on the cross is the sun of Saint Thomas Aquinas, patron of Catholic schools, after whom the university is named. The sun is actually made similar to the Sun of May.

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Some of the elements present in the University Seal:
Left to right: Emblem of the papacy, crowned by the Papal Tiara, seal of the Spanish Kingdom of Leon showing the lion rampant, and the seal of Manila showing the sea lion.

Encircling the Dominican cross are:

  • On the upper left is the papal tiara, indicating that the UST is a pontifical university.
  • The upper right shows the lion derived from the seal of Spain, indicative of royal patronage throughout the greater part of the university's centuries-old existence.
  • The lower left is occupied by the sea lion taken from the seal of the City of Manila, the national capital, symbolizing the Republic of the Philippines.
  • The rose on the lower right is a symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary under whose patronage the university was placed from its very beginnings.

The symbols are rendered in gold (except for the Dominican cross which is black and white), and are set on a field of light blue, the Marian color.[12]

The Tongues of Fire is the official logo for the Quadricentennial celebration of the university. This logo features the outline of the UST Main Building Tower as a concrete symbol of the stability, integrity and 400 years of existence that UST is proud of.

From the cross of the Main Building emanates four tongues of fire, serving as a beacon and a guiding light for the University as it makes its way to its fourth century. Taken apart, one could discern that the flame actually spells out U, S, and T. Each of the tongues of fire stoke leaders, fuels nationalism, inflames Catholicism, and charges knowledge. Taken as a whole, strips of fire also recall the stripes of the Tiger – whose endurance represents the spirit of UST.

The Quadricentennial logo was designed by Dopy Doplon, a Thomasian. [13]


University of Santo Tomas in España, Manila

The University sits on an almost perfect square of 21.5 hectares bounded by España Boulevard, P.Noval, A.H. Lacson and Dapitan St, in Sampaloc, Manila. The University transferred to its present campus in 1927 when the Dominicans deemed the Intramuros Campus Inadequate for the University's growing population. The First Structures in the campus were the imposing Main Building, the Santisimo Rosario Parish, the UST Gym (once the largest gym in the country), and the Arch of the Centuries.

The Campus, at present boasts a mixture of old and new architecture with the inclusion of the UST Multi-Deck carpark which houses the Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy, and the proposed UST Sports Complex, the 2nd Modern Sports facility to be constructed by a UAAP member school. Other new structures include the Beato Angelico Building which houses the College of Architecture and College of Fine Arts and Design, the Plaza Mayor, the UST Quadricentennial Square and Alumni Park, Thomas Aquinas Research Complex and the UST - Tan Yan Kee Student Center.

UST Quadricentennial Square

The University has started to develop upcoming campuses in Santa Rosa City (44 hectares), General Santos City (80 hectares), and Negombo, Sri Lanka, (5 hectares).[14] The University is also in the process of establishing a presence in Mongolia. [15] In 2011, the University will be celebrating its 400th founding anniversary, and it is projected that the new campuses will be operational by then.[16]

Fountain of Wisdom
The Plaza Mayor in the foreground, the Beato Angelico Bldg, Football Field and Grandstand in the background.

Prominent landmarks:[17]

College Buildings:

  • Albertus Magnus Building
  • Alfredo M. Velayo Building
  • Beato Angelico Building
  • Benavides Building
  • Roque Ruaño Building
  • Saint Martin de Porres Building
  • Saint Raymund de Peñafort Building


  • Plaza Intramuros, which houses the Arch of the Centuries, the Fountain of Wisdom, and the Fountain of Knowledge.
  • Plaza Benavides, which houses the Statue of Miguel de Benavides.
  • Plaza Calderon, which used to be as long as the width of the UST Gymnasium until most of it was converted into a basketball court and now a covered court.
  • Plaza Mayor, a concreted plaza in front of the Main Building. It used to be a street and parking spaces.
  • The Alumni Walkway
  • Tinoco Park, which used to be known as Peñafort Mall. The old Tinoco park is located in the site of the Central Library.

Medical Buildings:

  • UST Health Service
  • UST Hospital
  • USTH Clinical Division
  • USTH-Miguel de Benavides Cancer Institute
  • USTH Angelo King Auditorium
  • UST Medical Arts Building
  • UST Medicine Cinematorium


Other Landmarks:

  • UST-Multi-deck Carpark and Food Center
  • UST Botanical Garden
  • UST Buildings and Grounds Office
  • UST Central Seminary
  • UST Grandstand and Parade Grounds
  • UST Gymnasium
  • UST Publishing House
  • Santissimo Rosario Parish
  • UST Sports Complex (under construction)
  • UST-Tan Yan Kee Student Center
  • Thomas Aquinas Research Complex (TARC)


The Arch of the Centuries

Aside from the basic and major subjects, all undergraduate students are required to take 15 units of Theology classes. The students are also required to attend 4 physical education classes, and a choice from among ROTC, civil welfare training service, and literacy training service.


Basic education

The UST Elementary School offers primary education for children in the K-12 levels. [18]

UST has two secondary institutions: The UST High School, and the UST Education High School which serves as a laboratory for the College of Education.[19][20]

All students of these institutions undergo Citizenship Advancement Training. This training aims to introduce students to the National Service Training Program that college students undergo.

Undergraduate studies

UST Main building Façade

The different faculties, colleges and institutes of the University were created at different times in the University's history. The "Faculties" were founded before the American occupation of the early 20th century, while the "Colleges" were founded during and after American rule. The "Institutes" and "Departments" are found within their mother faculties/colleges. Some Institutes that attained enough enrollment were separated from their mother faculties/colleges and were made into colleges in their own right.

Centers of Excellence

Centers of Development


The degree programs for undergraduate studies were first offered in 1611, where the Faculties of Sacred Theology and Philosophy were founded.[21][22] The Faculty of Canon Law was founded in 1733.[23] These three original faculties are now known as the Ecclesiastical Faculties, to distinguish them from the Secular Faculties and Colleges that were founded later. The Eccesiastical Faculties are housed at the Seminary and at the Santisimo Rosario Parish.

The Faculty of Medicine & Surgery together with the Faculty of Pharmacy were founded on the same year in 1871. The Faculty of Pharmacy offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry, Medical Technology, and Pharmacy. The Faculty of Medicine & Surgery is located at the St. Martin de Porres building, while the Faculty of Pharmacy is located at the Main Building. [24]

The Faculty of Philosophy and Letters was founded in 1896. It was merged with some programs of the College of Liberal Arts in 1965 hence renaming the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters as the Faculty of Arts and Letters (the College of Liberal Arts was renamed the College of Science). The Faculty of Arts and Letters offers the Bachelor of Arts (AB) degrees, in Asian Studies, Behavioral Science, Communication Arts, Economics, Journalism, Legal Management, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology. The Faculty of Arts and Letters is located in the St. Raymond de Peñafort building. Its students are known as "Artlets" (previously "Philets"). The departments of Literature and Philosophy are Centers of Excellence.[25]

In 1907, the Faculty of Engineering was founded. Currently it offers the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Computer Science, Information Management, and Information Technology degrees were transferred to it from the College of Science. In 2007, Bachelor of Science in Information Systems was offered replacing the Information Management program. The department of Electronics and Communications Engineering is named as one of the Centers of Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education. The Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering programs, on the other hand, are the Centers of Development. Engineering is located at the Roque Ruaño building, named after the priest-engineer Roque Ruaño, O.P. For practical purposes, the building is called the "Engineering building."[26]


The College of Education, which was founded in 1926, offers the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education major in Pre-School or Special Education, Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with majors in Computer Technology,Biology-Chemistry, Biology-General Science, Social Studies, English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Health and Music, Religious Education, or Social Guidance, the Bachelor of Library and Information Science, the Bachelor of Science in Food Technology, and Nutrition and Dietetics. Education is one of Centers of Excellence in the University. The college is located at the Albertus Magnus building.[27]

The College of Science, which was founded in 1926, offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics major in Instrumentation, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics major in Actuarial Science, Microbiology (the only such program in the Philippines), and Psychology. Chemistry is a Center of Excellence, while Biology is a Center of Development. The College also offered a degree in Zoology, but was later abolished. The College of Science is located at the UST Main Building.[28]

The College of Architecture, which was founded in 1930, offers the Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Later on, after adding a fine arts program the college was called College of Architecture and Fine Arts. By the year 2000, the Fine Arts program was elevated to a separate college. The College of Architecture is housed at the Beato Angelico building. It is one of two Centers of Excellence in Architecture.

In 1933, the College of Commerce and Business Administration was created. College of Commerce offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in Marketing Management, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, and Business Economics (not to be confused with the AB Economics being offered by Arts and Letters) as well as Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Entrepreneurship. On 2004, the accountancy program was transferred to the new Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy (see below). It is housed in the St. Raymund de Penafort building together with the Faculty of Arts and Letters. The Business Administration program is a Center of Development.[29]

The Conservatory of Music, founded in 1945, offers the Bachelor of Music degree, with majors in Keyboard (Piano, Harpsichord, Organ), Music Education, Voice, Strings and Guitar, Woodwind, Brasswind, Percussion, Composition Theory, and Conducting. Its facilities are located at the Albertus Magnus building. The Conservatory is one of the two Centers of Excellence in Music in the Philippines.[30]

The College of Nursing was founded in 1946. It currently offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which is a Center of Excellence. The college is housed in the St. Martin de Porres building.[31]

The College of Rehabilitation Sciences, founded in 1974, offers the Bachelor of Science degrees in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech–Language Therapy, and the Bachelor in Sports Science degree. Like Nursing, CRS is at the St. Martin de Porres building. [32]

The College of Fine Arts and Design was separated from the College of Architecture in 2000. It offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in Advertising, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Painting. It shares the Beato Angelico Building with the College of Architecture.[33]

The Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy was separated from the College of Commerce on November 2004. Named after one of its renowned alumnus, Alfredo M. Velayo, one of the three founding members of the auditing firm known as SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co., the college houses students who are enrolled in the Accountancy and Management Accounting programs. With the aid of its alumni foundation, the college is now housed in its own building that was inaugurated on June 2006.

The College of Tourism and Hospitality Management was separated from the College of Education on April 26, 2006. From an institute, the University has raised its level to a college in December 2008. It offers both the degrees; Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management and the Bachelor of Science in Travel Management[34].

Institutes and departments

The Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) is an independent college intended for the elevation of sports and athleticism in the university. Situated at the UST Gym.

The Department of Military Science & Tactics (DMST) was later on integrated to the NSTP (National Service Training Corps) program of the University. It provides adequate learning in the military arts in preparation for Thomasians in entering into military Service. The ROTC Department is under the DMST.

The Institute of Religion (IR), since its foundation in 1933, has been the theology-teaching department of the University for the civil sciences. As one of the offices under the Vice Rector for Religious Affairs, the IR has been a prime mover in campus evangelization primarily through classroom instruction. Located at the heart of the UST Main Building, the site of IR's office symbolizes the directive of the Church that theology should be the core of the curriculum in Catholic institutions.

Postgraduate studies

As early as the 17th century post-graduate programs have been offered in the University of Santo Tomas through its various Faculties and Colleges.

Faculty of Civil Law

The UST Faculty of Civil Law was the first secular faculty, and hence the oldest law school in the Philippines. Although the Faculty offers the Bachelor of Laws degree, it is considered as a post baccalaureate degree, as it requires applicants to either have a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Civil Law resides in the UST Main Building.[35] The Faculty of Civil Law has produced four Philippine Presidents and six Chief Justices of the Philippines. It also has a Legal Aid clinic named after one of its illustrious alumni, Chief Justice Roberto Concepcion.

Aspiring law students need to finish at least a bachelor's degree before being admitted to the Faculty. They must then maintain an average of at least 78 in their freshman year to be readmitted the succeeding year. The required minimum grade increases as the year level progresses (79 for the second year, 80 for the third year and 81 for fourth year). During the third year of stay in the Faculty and after finishing all the law subjects, the student is required to engage in an internship program of at least 200 hours before being admitted to the fourth year, wherein he will then be required to undergo an oral examination or revalida and at least two major examinations to be able to complete the whole program. Upon graduation, the student will be qualified to become a bar candidate that will be eligible to take the bar examinations in the Philippines.[35]

The Faculty is one of the top performing schools in the history of the Philippine bar examinations.[36] It has produced four Philippine Presidents, three Philippine Vice Presidents, six Supreme Court Chief Justices, and several law deans in the country.[37]

Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

The UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery was founded in 1871. Medicine and Surgery offers the Doctor of Medicine degree which is a post baccalaureate degree.

The national hero of the Philippines, José Rizal, studied here before moving to Madrid Central University to complete his studies. Graduates of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery rank among the top scorers in the medical licensure exams, and the Faculty boasts a high passing rate overall.

In 2001, the Faculty adopted the problem-based learning method for use in the curriculum. This was highly controversial, as many professors complained that students were not learning the basic sciences adequately.[38] Eventually, in 2003 the curriculum was changed again, this time to an innovate format which combined elements of both traditional (lecture-based) and problem-based methods.

The Faculty is known for giving its fourth-year students a series of written and oral exams known as the "revalida". In the oral exams, groups of three students each are questioned by panels composed of three professors on basic, clinical, and emergency medical sciences. Passing the revalida is a prerequisite to graduation.

The Faculty is a Center of Excellence.[39] It has been consistently producing topnotchers in the annual national licensure exams for Filipino physicians.[40] It is also the alma mater of numerous Secretaries of Health of the Philippines,[41] as well as several Presidents of the Philippine Medical Association, the national organization of medical doctors in the country.[42]

Graduate School

As early as the 17th century postgraduate degrees were offered and granted by the various faculties in the University. In 1938, the UST Graduate School was established to administer and coordinate all the graduate programs in the University. The Graduate School academic programs have grown to 90 course offerings, spanning about seven clusters of disciplines. Today the UST Graduate School is recognized as a Center of Excellence in several fields of the Arts and Humanities, Allied Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Engineering by the Commission on Higher Education. [43] Its programs in business, public management, and education were also recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Fund for Assistance of Private Education (FAPE)- Evaluation of Graduate Education Programs (EGEP).

Student life and culture

Events and traditions

The UST Main Building illuminating the nights of December 2007
"VERITAS": the university supporting the "Search for Truth"
  • Misa de Apertura (The Opening Mass for the Academic Year)
  • The Thomasian Welcome Walk - (formerly The Rites of Passage) Freshmen pass under the historic Arch of the Centuries as welcome to the university life. The Highlight of the TWW, aside from the symbolic passing, is the Eucharistic Celebration. Established in 2003. [44]
  • The USTv Students' Choice Awards on Television - Established in 2005, is an award-giving body by Thomasians for Philippine Television that upholds Christian moral and ideals.
  • UST Paskuhan - Primered by the Eucharistic Celebration, the Paskuhan is the Thomasian way of celebrating Christmas. It is one of the most awaited events of the year showcasing different performances from different student organizations, and live bands, which is complemented with an extravagant show of pyrotechny. It was December 19, 1991 when the first Paskuhan came about. Dubbed "Paskong Tomasino, Paskong Filipino '91," the event intended to reflect the Filipino tradition of "panunuluyan" through a procession from different colleges and faculties in the campus. It also featured a Holy Mass and an inter-collegiate lantern-making contest. The main highlight, however, was gift giving. A 14-foot Christmas tree was erected at the UST Grandstand where Thomasians placed their donations for the victims of Typhoon Uring. [45]
  • UST Baccalaureate Mass, Ceremony of the Light, and The Sending off Rites
  • UST annual Goodwill Tournaments for various sports for all colleges. (Football, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball, etc.)

Student organizations

  • Alpha Kappa Rho ("AKRHO")
  • ALPHA PHI OMEGA - Pi Chapter[4]
  • Dominican Network (DOMNET)
  • Batas Tomasino
  • Tomasino Web "TomWeb"
  • Becarios de Santo Tomas
  • YFC-Youth for Christ
  • Christ Youth in Action
  • Environmental Advocates Reaching Towards Humanity (EARTH-UST)
  • Lingkod E.R.
  • JZone UST
  • Marian Evangelization Community
  • Musikang Sikat ng mga Tomasino (MUSIKAT)
  • People Undertaking Reforms for Excellence (P.U.R.E.)
  • Red Cross Youth Council (RCYC)
  • Rotaract Club of UST
  • Thomasian Debaters Council
  • UNESCO Club of UST
  • UST Amateur Radio Club - (USTARC,Inc.) "DX1UST"
  • UST Circulo Hispano Tomasino- Spanish language organization
  • UST Community Achievers Association (COMACH)
  • UST Football Club
  • UST International Students Association
  • UST Lingkod E.R.
  • UST Medical Missions Inc.[5]
  • UST Mountaineering Club
  • UST Pax Romana Central Coordinating Council
  • UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe
  • UST Scarlet - Filipino-Chinese Organization
  • UST Singers
  • UST Student Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC)
  • UST Tiger Dragons Rowing Crew
  • TOMCAT- Tomasian Cable Television
  • UST Unicef Volunteers
  • UST Yellow Jackets
  • UST CAT Golden Corps of Cadets


Gold and White are UST's school colors.
UST Growling Tigers

UST is a founding member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.[46] The varsity team, originally the "Glowing Goldies" but has since been renamed the Growling Tigers beginning the 1992-93 season, have won the men's basketball title 18 times since 1938. The University also has representatives for all the UAAP events.

The women's teams are called the Tigresses, while the Juniors (high school) teams are the Tiger Cubs.

The University has won the UAAP Seniors Overall Championship a record 35 times, and are currently holding the title for the last ten years.

The official dance troupe, the Salinggawi Dance Troupe with the official pep squad, UST Yellow Jackets, has won the UAAP Cheerdance Competition for five consecutive seasons already.[47]

In the UAAP 69th (2006-2007) season, the men's team captured the seniors basketball crown defeating the Ateneo Blue Eagles in two of the three games held.[48] In women's basketball, the Lady Tigresses defeated the FEU Lady Tamaraws for the title.[49] With the championship, the UST Growling Tigers ties the UE Red Warriors with 18 UAAP senior men's basketball titles, behind the league-leading FEU Tamaraws with 19. UST also won a senior NCAA championship, to bring the total to 19 men's championships.


The main venue of research in UST is the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex. The massive edifice named after the patron saint of the University is a semi-centralized system for the productive exchange of ideas among researchers in the fields of arts, humanities, science, technology, social sciences, and education. The following research centers can be found in the TARC: [50]

  • Center for Applied Ethics – established on July 1, 2002 under the administration of Rev. Fr. Tamerlane R. Lana, O.P., The Center was the flagship project of the University towards achieving its vision of becoming the “Center for Contextualized Theology in Asia by 2011.”
  • Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics – envisions to be a leading center and prime mover in the promotion of Cultural Heritage in the Philippines by providing and developing professional and academic expertise in conservation and heritage management of cultural properties in the tropics.
  • Center for Educational Research and Development – was established in June 1979, by Rev. Fr. Paul P. Zwanepoel. Through the years, the Center has evolved from being an academic arm of the various colleges in the university providing educational, research and consultancy services to a research-intensified unit thus, redefining the concept of the university faculty as producers of knowledge and information.
  • Center for Intercultural Studies – was opened as the Chiang Ching-kuo Centre for Intercultural Studies in 1993 in the Main Building during the term of Rev. Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P. as Rector of the University with Dr. Alfredo Co as the first Director of the Centre.
  • Center for Research on Movement Science – naugurated on February 21, 2003,The Center for Research on Movement Science envisions itself to become an acknowledged expert in the country, in the field of research on exercise and human movement through the Human Performance Laboratory and the Biomechanics Laboratory.
  • Research Center for the Natural Sciences – the venue for science and technology research in the University of Santo Tomas. Established in 1962, it was originally conceived as the University Research Center, encompassing both the cultural and the experimental sciences. However, in the succeeding years, it gradually assumed an orientation towards the natural sciences.
  • Social Research Center – Established on December 1, 1979, Social Research Center (SRC) is the university’s research arm for the social sciences.
  • UST Psychotrauma Clinic

Other research centers

  • Archivo de la Universidad de Santo Tomas (UST Archives)
  • Benavides Review and Training Center
  • Center for Audiological Sciences
  • Center for Creative Writing and Studies – aims to conserve, enrich and reaffirm the fertile foundation of Thomasian letters by nurturing the proper creative ecology that is meant to contribute to faculty development and excellence in literary and humanistic studies.
  • Center for Drug Research, Evaluation and Studies
  • Center for Professional Development and Consultancy
  • Educational Technology Center
  • Health Sciences Research Management Group
  • John Paul II Center for Ecclesiastical Studies – the JPIIRCES defines research as “a creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge of humanity, culture and society—and the use of this knowledge to devise new applications.” For the Ecclesiastical Sciences, “to increase the stock of knowledge” particularly means “to understand better, further develop and more effectively communicate the meaning of Christian Revelation as transmitted in Scripture and Tradition and in the Church’s Magisterium” as well as to “shed light on specific questions raised by contemporary culture
  • Miguel de Benavides Cancer Institute – envisioned to offer a multi-disciplinary professional medical service for patients needing cancer care. This will be from prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up aspects of cancer patients.[51]
  • Research Center for the Health Sciences – The Research Center for the Health Sciences (RCHS) is the University’s flagship unit for the health sciences. It is the research arm of the Faculty of Medicine & Surgery (FMS). Its ultimate aim is to build research competency in the FMS to enhance its research competitiveness in addressing immediate national and global health problems and making a difference in promoting health and health equity.

University Research Office

  • UST Office of Research and Development

College-affiliated research offices/units

  • Marcelo G. Casillan Sr. Quadricentennial Research Office (at the Faculty of Arts and Letters)
  • Dr. Hubert Wong, Learning Resource Unit (at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery)
  • Nursing Learning Resource Unit (at the College of Nursing)
  • Graduate School Learning Resource Unit (at the Graduate School)
  • Office of Graduate Research (at the Graduate School)
  • Beato Angelico Gallery (at the Beato Angelico Building)

Proposed research units

  • Tubugan Research Post
  • Center for Journalism Excellence
  • Rapid Eye Disensitization Center – UST Psychotrauma Clinic


UST Publishing House and UST Press

The USTPH was established in 1996. While it takes its inspiration from the four-century-old UST Press (founded in 1593), it is an entirely different entity. The USTPH, with the former UST Printing Office as its printing arm, is responsible for the publication of scholarly books, outstanding faculty researches and monographs, quality textbooks in all levels, artworks and designs, as well as other educational printed materials. Equipped with state-of-the-art printing machines from Germany and top-of-the-line computers from the United States, Japan, and other countries, the USTPH is envisioned to purvey extensively the creative and innovative outputs of the academe, not only within, but also outside the University's 21.5-hectare campus. [52]

Academic and research journals

  • Acta Manilana, a journal for the natural and applied sciences
  • Ad Veritatem, a multi-disciplinary research journal of the UST Graduate School
  • Boletin Ecclesiastico, the Official Interdiocesian Journal of UST
  • Journal for the Arts, Culture and Humanities, a journal of the Center for Intercultural Studies
  • Karunungan: A Journal of Philosophy
  • Philippiniana Sacra, a publication of the Ecclesiastical Faculties
  • Res Socialis, a journal of the Social Research Center
  • Santo Tomas Journal of Medicine, a publication of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (ISSN: 0115-1126)
  • Tomas, literary journal of the Center for Creative Writing and Studies
  • Unitas, a scholarly publication for the arts and the sciences
  • UST Law Review, a journal of the Faculty of Civil Law
  • Philippine Journal of Allied Health Sciences, a research journal of the UST Center for Research on Movement Science (ISSN 1908-5044)
  • The Currency, the Official Compilation of the College of Commerce and Business Administration
  • UST College of Science Journal Book of Abstracts, journal for natural and applied sciences and proceedings of the UST College of Science (ISSN: 2012-354X)


  • Academia, the official international bulletin of the University of Santo Tomas
  • Thomasian Sunscope, the official alumni newsletter of the University of Santo Tomas

Student publications

University-wide publications

  • The Varsitarian, the University-wide official student publication. (Lampooned by The Vuisitarian)
  • Montage, the official literary folio of Varsitarian
  • Breaktime, the official magazine of the Varsitarian (comes out every summer)

College-based publications

  • The Rosarian - the official student publication of the UST Education High School
  • Accountancy Journal - the official student publication of the Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy
  • The Flame - the official student publication of the Faculty of Arts and Letters
  • Thomasian Engineer Journal - the official student publication of the Faculty of Engineering
  • The Compendium - the official student research publication of the Faculty of Engineering
  • E-Cube - the newsletter of the Faculty of Engineering
  • UST College of Science Journal (UST-CSJ) - the official student publication of the College of Science
  • The Aquinian - the official student publication of the UST High School
  • The Little Thomasians - the official student publication of the UST Grade School
  • The Education Journal - the official student publication of the College of Education
  • The Nursing Journal - the official student publication of the College of Nursing
  • Purple Gazette - the official student publication of the Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Vision - the official student publication of the College of Architecture
  • Visionary - the official plates and theses portfolio of the College of Architecture
  • The Column - the official newsletter of the College of Architecture Student Council
  • The Commerce Journal - the official student publication of the College of Commerce and Business Administration
  • The Owl - the official student publication of the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Philosophy
  • Inter Nos - the official publication of the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology
  • Therapeutic Currents - the official student publication of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • The Voyage - the official student publication of the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management


Persons affiliated to the university, either as students, faculty members, or administrators, are known as "Thomasians". The University has produced four Presidents of the Philippines, namely Manuel L. Quezon,[53] Sergio Osmeña,[54] José P. Laurel and Diosdado Macapagal. It has also produced three Philippine Vice Presidents and six Chief Justices of the Philippine Supreme Court.

Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon and José Rizal the Philippine national hero, are honored by the University as they are displayed on the pillars of the Arch of the Centuries.

Foreign cooperation and consortia

Membership in organizations




  1. ^ Lim-Pe, Josefina (1973). The University of Santo Tomás in the Twentieth Century. University of Santo Tomas Press, Manila. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g History of UST Accessed December 21, 2008
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  4. ^| Source: Manila Bulletin
  5. ^| Royal and Pontifical by Ambeth Ocampo
  6. ^
  7. ^| University of Santo Tomas : 400 years of Unending Grace by Dr.Jaime I. Romero
  8. ^ Lim-Pe, Josefina. 2000. The University of Santo Tomás in the Twentieth Century. University of Santo Tomás Press, Manila.
  9. ^ De Ramos, N.V., 2000. I Walked with Twelve UST Rectors.
  10. ^ UST Museum of Arts and Sciences - University Rector's academic insignias
  11. ^ Santo Tomas Internment Camp
  12. ^ University of Santo Tomas Student Handbook, 2002 edition
  13. ^ Tongues of Fire. Accessed February 22, 2008
  14. ^ UST eyes Sri Lanka campus The Varsitarian. Published July 2004
  15. ^ Presence in Mongolia, Accessed August 8, 2008
  16. ^ Fr. Lana’s term (1998-2006) The Varsitarian website. Accessed August 6, 2006.
  17. ^ UST Campus Accessed August 6, 2006.
  18. ^ - Elementary
  19. ^ UST High School Accessed August 6, 2006
  20. ^ UST Education High School Accessed August 6, 2006
  21. ^ Faculty of Sacred Theology Accessed August 6, 2006
  22. ^ Faculty of Philosophy Accessed August 6, 2006
  23. ^ Faculty of Civil Law and Faculty of Canon Law Accessed August 6, 2006
  24. ^ Faculty of Pharmacy Accessed August 6, 2006
  25. ^ Faculty of Arts and Letters Accessed August 6, 2006
  26. ^ Faculty of Engineering Accessed August 6, 2006
  27. ^ College of Education Accessed August 6, 2006
  28. ^ College of Science Accessed August 6, 2006
  29. ^ College of Commerce Accessed August 6, 2006
  30. ^ Conservatory of Music Accessed August 6, 2006
  31. ^ College of Nursing Accessed August 6, 2006
  32. ^ College of Rehabilitation Sciences Accessed August 6, 2006
  33. ^ College of Fine Arts and Design Accessed August 6, 2006
  34. ^ Bachelor of Science in Travel Management
  35. ^ a b Faculty of Civil Law Accessed August 6, 2006
  36. ^ Statistical Data of Bar Examination Passing Rates, Office of the Bar Confidant, Supreme Court of the Philippines, 2000-2006.
  37. ^ Faculty and alumni list, University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law, 2007.
  38. ^ Med students now approve PBL The Varsitarian. Vol. LXXIV, No. 2 • July 10, 2002
  39. ^ List of Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Republic of the Philippines, 2007.
  40. ^ Statistical Data of Board Examination Passing Rates, Physician Licensure Examinations, Professional Regulation Commission, 1997-2006.
  41. ^ History, Department of Health (DOH), Republic of the Philippines, 2007.
  42. ^ History, Philippine Medical Association, 2007.
  43. ^ Graduate School Accessed August 6, 2006
  44. ^ [1] Accessed July 4, 2008.
  45. ^ Christmas in our hearts The Varsitarian Vol. LXXIV, No. 8 • December 15, 2004
  46. ^ The UAAP A Historical Account Accessed August 6, 2006
  47. ^ UST Claims 4th Straight Cheer Crown Accessed August 6, 2006
  48. ^ UST Tigers grab 19th UAAP title in overtime Accessed October 3, 2006.
  49. ^ Tigers maul Eagles, forge rubber match; Deciding Game 3 set tomorrow Accessed October 1, 2006.
  50. ^ [2]
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  52. ^ [3] Accessed February 22, 2008
  53. ^ President Manuel L. Quezon 128th Birth Anniversary Manila Bulletin (Google archive). Published August 19, 2006
  54. ^ Osmeña, Sergio World War II Database. Accessed August 22, 2006

External links

Coordinates: 14°36′35.5″N 120°59′21.5″E / 14.609861°N 120.989306°E / 14.609861; 120.989306

Simple English

University of Santo Tomas is a private Roman Catholic university in Manila, Philippines.


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