Urdaneta City University
Pushing for transformative and responsive education


From virtually nothing, an educational institution is now recognized as the first community college in the Philippines and as the first character school in the entire Region I. wThese distinctions belong to the Urdaneta City University.

Urdaneta City University (UCU) was first known as Urdaneta Community College (UCC) established in 1966. It was founded by Dr. Pedro T. Orata, a renowned educator and a Ramon Magsaysay awardee who recognized the need of every individual to be informed and educated.

The foundation of UCC was made possible through Mayor Amadeo R. Perez Jr. and the support of the Sangguniang Bayan of Urdaneta. Dr. Leoncio Ancheta, the first dean of UCC, assisted Dr. Orata in laying the college set-up, envisioning quality and affordable education that was continued by the next administrators: Dr. Soledad F. Caringal, Dr. Teofidez E. Calvero, Dr. Librada E. Tablada, former Kgd. Rufino Ramil Z. San Juan V, and Dr. Elizabeth A. Montero.

Following the model of the community colleges in the United States, UCC started with 144 students who came from the barrios. These students were mostly tricycle drivers, farm workers, part-time househelps and sales ladies who, due to poverty, would sometimes pay their tuition and other fees with vegetables and poultry products.

During the college’s early years, the facilities of the Urdaneta Community High School now known as Urdaneta City National High School were utilized for operation.

On February 4, 1966, the college was given by the then Secretary of Education the permit to offer a two-year general education course. The program for non-formal education and short-term courses in agriculture and retail business for adults followed. UCC then began offering degree courses in Nursing in 1975, Commerce and Accountancy in 1976. It also offered short-term courses in Midwifery in 1973, Computer Education in 1990 and Caregiver training program in 2002.

In May 2006, the college was declared a university, proving its worth as a tertiary institution whose foundation is firmly rooted in academic excellence.


UCU is located in San Vicente West, Urdaneta City on a two-and-a-half hectare of land with 16 academic buildings, plus another one under construction catering to various curricular programs of the five colleges, a newly refurbished library, student centers, multi-media library and renovated rooms. The western part of the university is being prepared for future expansions.

The University stands firm on its ultimate vision as a transformative, self-reliant, and dynamic university with globally competitive professionals and with distinctive capabilities in research, extension and production.

It is further guided by its mission to provide advanced instruction in the fields of the arts, sciences, teacher education, technical skills and entrepreneurship, and to establish a strong research culture with active involvement in extension and production activities.

The goal of the University is to contribute to the attainment of national developmental aspirations through character building, academic excellence, cultural heritage, and preservation of environment.

In keeping with the concept of transformative education, the objectives of the University could be summarized by the acronym TRANSFORMED.

• Train the faculty and staff for professional advancement through study grants and trainings

• Restructure development programs which cater to the holistic transformation of students, faculty, staff and administration through curriculum enrichment, human resource development and character building

• Apply the research findings to address problems and issues affecting the individual and the community in order to improve the quality of life

• Nurture the conservation and preservation of the environment, arts and culture

• Serve the people through the conduct of relevant outreach programs, and the establishment of linkages

• Formulate academic programs that cater to the demands of the market and the changing needs of the times

• Offer scholarship opportunities for poor but deserving students

• Revise periodically the curricular offerings to respond to the needs of the community for global competitiveness

• Mobilize the faculty, students and staff to conduct relevant researches and studies

• Equip individuals with professional competence, scientific and technological skills, and ethical and spiritual values to enable them the needed leadership in industry, government and the professions

• Develop the innate talents and skills of students to become self-directing, productive and competent professionals in order to meet global demands and standards.

The University has now nearly 6,000 students, who make up the different organizations such as the University Scribe, the Presidential Committee for Culture and the Arts, Yoga Science Club, Junior Philippines Institute of Accountants, Baguntao Theater Arts Guild, Every Nation Campus Ministries, Catholic Youth Campus Ministry, Kristiyanong Kabataan Para sa Bayan, Table Tennis Club, Lawn Tennis Club, Chess Club, and the Student Government Organization. Through these religious, academic and non-academic organizations, UCU primarily serves as the training ground for individuals who will be the next leaders of our society, leaders who are motivated to help change the world into a better place.


For graduate and post-graduate programs, UCU offers degrees in doctor of Education, major in Educational Management; master of Arts in Education, major in Educational Management, Early Childhood and Special Education; master in Business Administration, Nursing, Public Administration, and Public Health.

Undergraduate programs include Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accountancy; Commerce which includes Management, Management Accounting, and Financial Management; Office Administration; Nursing; Midwifery; Pharmacy; Psychology, Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Criminology, Library and Information Science, Social Work, Information Technology, Engineering which includes Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, Political Science, Philosophy, Economics and Mass Communication; Bachelor in Secondary Education which includes English, Math Minor in Computer Technology, General Science, Social Studies, Filipino and Physical Education Health and Music (PEHM); Bachelor in Elementary Education which includes Generalist, Early Childhood and Special Education.

Non-degree programs include diploma in Midwifery, Pharmacy Aide, Medical Transcription; certificate in Health Care Services, Caregiver Training, 2D Animation, Call Center Training; associate in Health Science Education, Computer Technology which includes Networking, Web Development and Programming; Hotel and Restaurant Services, and Computer Secretarial.

To ensure the quality of education of the programs offered in UCU, the university underwent the rigorous process of accreditation under the Commission on Accreditation, Association of Local Colleges and Universities.

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