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University of San Jose - Recoletos
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University of San Jose - Recoletos

Address : Corner Magallanes and P. Lopez Streets , Pardo , Cebu
Phone : +63 (32) 253 7900
Fax : +63 (32) 254 1720
Zip Code : 6000 

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University of San Jose-Recoletos
Unibersidad ng San Jose - Recoletos

Motto: Quality Christian Community-Oriented Education
Caritas et Scientia (Charity and Science)
Established: 1947
Type: Catholic, private, Recollect
President: Rev. Fr. Anthony A. Morillo, OAR
Location: Cebu City, Cebu,  Philippines
Campus: Basak Campus, Main Campus, Balamban Campus (Proposed)
Former names: Colegio de San Jose - Recoletos (1947-1984)
Hymn: "The USJ-R Alma Mater Hymn", "The Forward (Adelante), USJ-R Josenian Jingle"
Sports: Shakey's V-League
Colors: Blue, Green and White
Nickname: Josenians, USJ-R Jaguars
Mascot: Jaguar

The University of San Jose - Recoletos is a Catholic private university founded on 1947 in Cebu City, Philippines by the Order of Augustinian Recollects, then Colegio de San Jose-Recoletos developed from a small institution of learning to one of the excellent schools in the country. From classes held in an old building and a portion of the convent, the school built modern structures while retaining classic features.

It consists of two campuses located in different areas of metropolitan Cebu – the main campus along Corner P. Lopez and Magallanes Sts. and the Basak Campus at Cebu South Road, Basak Pardo. Meanwhile the newest campus is located outside the city which is the Balamban Campus in Arpili, Balamban, Cebu.



USJ-R Main Campus Facade
A top view image of USJ-R main campus

It started with only elementary and secondary education in 1947. Classes were then held in a portion of the convent as well as in classrooms housed in an old building along Magallanes St. was built. In an unprecedent spirit of expansion, the year 1965 witnessed the tearing down of the time-honored Recoletos Church and was demolished after thorough and emotionally-changed deliberations as the conservatives of the church fought for its preservation.

However, tradition had given way to progress. In 1968, the six-storey edifice built along P. Lopez St. was erected to accommodate more students and expand the school's facilities and instructional resources. Far and wide, the years after 1970 and onward found the University of San Jose - Recoletos (then CSJ-R) in a period of consistent growth and development.

The Recoletos Coliseum in Basak Campus

In 1980, CSJ-R bought a new site in Basak-Pardo, Cebu City, then built the new building for the grade and high schools, the Recoletos Coliseum, Open Gymnasium and the Pope Paul II Retreat House. In 1996, the Talavera House of Prayer was built in the scenic hills of Quiot, Cebu City.

The Talavera House of Prayer (Recoletos Hills, Greenbelt Drive, Quiot Pardo, Cebu City)

On September 21, 1984, then CSJ-R attained the UNIVERSITY STATUS. Spanning years of accreditation and re-accreditation, USJ-R, Level 3, PAASCU, was granted AUTONOMOUS STATUS by CHED in 2001.

The curricular programs of USJ-R evolved from traditional to innovative course offerings. Arts and Sciences (started as liberal arts in 1947); Commerce and Education (founded in 1948); Engineering (1961); Bachelor of Laws (1957); and the Graduate School (1962). In 2003, the College of Information, Computer and Communications Technology was created. The Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) followed in the same year. On April 1, 2004, the Vertical Alignment of the undergraduate and graduate schools took effect which established five graduate schools: Graduate School of Business and Management, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Information Technology and Computer Studies, Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Engineering.

In June 2004, the B.S. in Nursing started its first operation due to the rampant demand of nurses nowadays. The university's pioneering students of the College of Nursing held its 1st Capping, Badge Investiture and Candle Lighting Ceremony on June 2006 at the Recoletos Coliseum, Basak Campus. They have recently graduated last April 2008 and as of July 2008, the College of Nursing students passed 100% on the board exam thus the university's highly-expecting much and will be looking forward on them.

The colonnaded arched facade of the University of San Jose - Recoletos Main Campus gives it a strong Romanesque appeal

Part of USJ-R’s campaign to provide good education is the provision of infrastructures and facilities to aid learning. Thus the rise of many school buildings like the Nursing Skills Laboratory, the St. Ezekiel Moreno Building, the International Language Center, the Recoletos Law Center, and the LET and CPA Review Centers.

Recently, the new St. Ezekiel Moreno Building was established in the Basak Campus exclusive for the College of Information, Computer and Communications Technology (CICCT) and the College of Education (COE).

USJ-R Basak Campus (St. Ezekiel Moreno Building)

Continuing with its zeal education par excellence, USJ-R opens the latest programs: Doctor of Philosophy in English, Master of Arts in Education major in Guidance and Counseling, Master of Media Studies with specialization in Broadcast Media and Journalism, Diploma in advance program in Special Education and the English Language Program for foreign and Filipino students.

The years that followed gave the school opportunities to expand, all the time developing Quality Christian Community-Oriented Education. On November 28, 1998, the 52nd General Chapter held in Granada, Spain, voted for the creation of a new Religious Province in the Philippines dedicated to St. Ezekiel Moreno, OAR. The Recollect Philippine Province, where USJ-R belongs, now stands as the eighth regional cluster of communities of the ORDER of AUGUSTINIAN RECOLLECT worldwide. [1]

Miscellaneous Facts

  • The University of San Jose-Recoletos is awarded by CHED the singular privilege of “full autonomy status for meritorious achievement in higher education" in the provision of instruction and in the conduct of research and community extension services, high performance of graduates in licensure examinations and for maintaining a tradition of integrity and an untarnished reputation in the educational service.
  • USJ-R is recognized by CHED as a center of development in Information Technology and Business and Management Education, center of excellence for teacher education and the best Expanded Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program implementor for 2006-2007.

The New USJ-R School Seal

University of San Jose-Recoletos
  • Caritas et Scientia

This crowning inscription, Charity and Science, reflects the origin and the goal of the University. To be the channel of love and truth is to lead towards God, who is Himself Love and Truth, the Absolute Good.

The ribbon depicts service.

  • The Book and The Flaming Pierced Heart

The book symbolizes the Sacred Scriptures and the teaching authority of the Church which the University strictly adheres to. The flame illustrates restlessness which, according to Saint Augustine, can be stopped only when the heart has found its rest in God. Together, these symbols portray the Christian dimension of Caritas et Scientia.

  • Rope / Cord

The rope surrounding the seal represents discipline and teamwork.

Discipline forms character; character fosters teamwork, a value which the Josenian community stands for.

  • Bamboo Cross, Book, Heart, Rays of the Sun, Belt

These identify the institution as belonging to the Province of Saint Ezekiel Moreno of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. These also evoke the missionary and global thrust of the Recoleto brand of education.

  • Cross of Magellan

This represents the City of Cebu, the cradle of Christianity in the Far East, where the University is located. This prompts us to center and be rooted in Christ and His Church as we journey in faith.

  • Building

This represents the City of Cebu, the cradle of Christianity in the Far East, where the University is located. This prompts us to center and be rooted in Christ and His Church as we journey in faith

  • Lily and the Scapular of Mount Carmel

Both items are at the center of the seal, these represent the two models of the Catholic faith, namely: Saint Joseph and the Blessed Mother. They inspire each Josenian to emulate their virtues of moral integrity, attentiveness and obedience to God’s will, and self-effacing and generous service to fellowmen.

  • Books, Leaves, Ink and Pen, CD, and others

These typify the many course offerings through which USJ-R equips the youth with the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to face the challenge of transforming the world.

  • Star

Symbolical of the Mother Province of San Nicolas de Tolentino, this star reminds us of our humble beginnings and calls us to be continually grateful and loyal to our past.



  • Rev.Fr.Anthony Morillo O.A.R (University President)
  • Rev.Fr. Ferdinand Fornillos O.A.R (V-P Academics)
  • Rev.Fr. Charlito Orobia O.A.R (V-P students welfare)
  • Rev.Fr. Joseph Dexter Palagtiosa O.A.R (CMO Director)
Inside USJ-R Main Campus showing the San Jose Bldg. (left) and San Nicolas Bldg. (right)
Inside the main campus showing the mini parking lot

Main Campus

Address: Corner P. Lopez and Magallanes Sts., Cebu City, Philippines

  • San Jose Building
  • San Agustin Building
  • San Nicolas Building
  • Mt. Carmel Building
Students competing for a Basketball game at the USJ-R Basak Campus
Our Lady of Consolation Building (Grade School - High School)
USJ-R Basak Amphitheater

Basak Campus

Address: Cebu South Road, Basak Pardo, Cebu City, Philippines

  • Our Lady of Consolation Building
  • St. Ezekiel Moreno Building
  • The Recoletos Coliseum

Balamban Campus

Address: Arpili, Balamban, Cebu, Philippines

[The Balamban Campus will sport a gymnasium, a separate building for the chapel and another for the auditorium. A swimming pool and open gym would also be constructed. In addition to this, an exclusive dormitory named The Nicopolis will be constructed in the Balamban Campus. Buildings for the high school, grade school and college departments would also be constructed.]


Guided by the slogan, "Only the Best is Good Enough for San Jose", USJ-R places quality education first through offering diverse degree programs that imbue students with Christian values and enriched teaching-learning atmosphere. The quality of faculty and personnel is assured with the adoption of a comprehensive selection process and criteria.

USJ-R offers an academic environment equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities and technologies and conducive to the academic development in the spirit of justice, honesty and charity for the pursuit of knowledge and truth. Students are challenged to develop their social and ecological awareness, enhance their technological and global knowledge and nurture their love for the arts and humanities.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Value Integrated Subjects
  • Mainstreamed Christian-Community Orientation
  • Business-Industry Linkage
  • Regularly assessed subject contents by Alumni, Senior Students, Faculty, Administration and *Industry Partners

Program Offering

  • Complete Pre-School
  • Complete Elementary Education 1-6
  • Complete Secondary Education I-IV

Degree Programs

Graduate School
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Management in:
    • Human Resources Management
    • Educational Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in English major in:
    • Language
    • Literature
  • Doctor of Education major in:
    • Instructional System and Resource Management
  • Master of Arts in Development Communication
  • Master of Arts in English major in:
    • English Language
    • Literature
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Master of Arts in Psychology major in:
    • Social Psychology
    • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Master of Development Communication (non thesis)
  • Master of Media Studies (non thesis) with specialization in:
    • Broadcast Media
    • Journalism
  • Master in Library and Information Science (non thesis)
  • Master of Science in Management Engineering
  • Master in Engineering major in Industrial Engineering
  • Master of Arts in Education major in:
    • English
    • Educational Administration
    • Elementary Education
    • Guidance and Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Elementary Education with specialization in:
    • English
  • Master in Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching major in:
    • Mathematics Teaching
    • English Language Teaching
    • Filipino Language Teaching
    • Elementary Science Teaching
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Certificate in Information Technology Proficiency

College of Arts and Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts in:
    • English
    • Communication and Marketing (LIACOM)
    • Mass Communication
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • International Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in:
    • Biology
    • Economics
    • Psychology
  • Bachelor in Library & Information Science
  • English Language Program (ELP) -for foreign/Filipino students-
  • Other short-term non-degree programs (Nippongo, Chinese, and Spanish Languages)
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Religious Education
  • EFCOM (Effective Communication) 1 semester

College of Engineering
  • B.S. Civil Engineering
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering
  • B.S. Electronics & Communications Engineering
  • B.S. Industrial Engineering
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering

College of Information, Computer and Communications Technology (CICCT)
  • B.S. Computer Engineering
  • B.S. Computer Science
  • B.S. Information Technology
  • B.S. Information Systems
  • B.S. Office Administration (General Course)
  • B.S. Office Administration major in Medical Transcription
  • Associate in Computer Technology
  • Associate in Computer Office Administration
  • Medical Transcription NC II (One-year Program)

College of Law
  • Bachelor of Laws

College of Nursing
  • B.S. Nursing (BSN) – Base Hospital: Perpetual Succour Hospital
  • Associate in : Health Science Education

College of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Management Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (General Course)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in:
    • Human Resource Development Management
    • Financial Management
    • Marketing Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship
  • B.S. in Hospitality Management (formerly BS HRM) - General Course
  • B.S. in Hospitality Management (formerly BS HRM) major in:
    • Food and Beverage Management
  • Associate in Hospitality Management (formerly Associate in HRM)
  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism
  • Associate in Tourism
  • Small Business Management (SBM - One Year)

College of Education
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education in Special Education (SpEd)
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education in Pre-School Education
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education - General Course
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education major in:
    • English
    • Filipino
    • Mathematics
    • Biological Science
    • Music, Arts and Physical Education

Special Courses:

  • Diploma in Special Education (One-year course)
  • Diploma in Advance Special Education (DAPSPED)

Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP)
  • ETTEAP is an alternative educational scheme to obtain college degrees, for Filipinos, 22 years of age; who have graduated high school and have at least 5 years of work experience.
  • For all degree programs in the:
    • College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
    • College of Commerce
    • College of Education (COE)
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Information, Computer and Communications Technology (CICCT)

Student Organizations

These are groups of the bonafide students united for purposes not contrary to law or the rules of the university which recognizes them as channels of developing and improving the student's potentials, leadership formation, social involvement, apostolate and assistance to the university in carrying out its programs for student welfare. These may be co-curricular or departmental and academic in nature, or extra-curricular which are interdepartmental and non-academic. Students may freely form or join student organizations provided that tese are duly registered and recognized by the university, through the Student Affairs Office (SAO). All student organizations are directly under the charge, regulation and supervision of the Students Affairs Office.

Greek and Non-Greek Life

  • Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) – the only fraternity recognized by the university.

Being the only fraternity recognized by the school, the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity re-organized the United Fraternity and Sorority Council (UFSC) of the University of San Jose - Recoletos to an interlinked Greek and Non-Greek organizations which aims to promote camaraderie and service among its members. It was founded in the year 2000 by greek enthusiasts students from various fraternity when (UFSC) was awarded to lobbied their projects and provided bulletin board in the year 2001. The school is already aware about this activity however, it remains an underground council and haven't yet recognized by the university.

Here under are the tentative list of organizations whom the USJR-UFSC recognizes:

  • Alpha Kappa Rho
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Adamas Nu Omega
  • Alpha Phi Epsilon
  • Alpha Sigma Omega (SIOUX)
  • Alpha Phi Upsilon
  • Beta Gamma Rho
  • Fox Theta Delta
  • Gamma Phi Sigma
  • Gamma Epsilon
  • Kappa Omega Sigma Lambda
  • Order of Demolay
  • Pi Gamma Phi
  • Tau Gamma Phi

There are also collegiate fraternities/sororities that remains silent, independent (indie), and unrecognized by the school and the council yet remains active inside and outside the university (Below is a tentative list):

Vision and Mission

Vision. We want USJ-R to be a leading Augustinian Recollect Educational Institution committed to Quality Christian Community-Oriented Education in the Philippines.

Mission. To provide Catholic Education for the holistic formation of students prepared to meet the needs and challenges of the local and global community.

St. Ezekiel D. Moreno, OAR, the university patron saint

Alma Mater Hymn

Forward radiant children
Forward joyful youth
Forward men and women
Forward let us move

To a new world
through a new youth
Forward forever
Forward ever more

Oh alma mater dear
Beloved San Jose
Your motto your goal
we cherish with great faith

Quality quality
Christian education
Community oriented
That's our goal

Charity and Science
Relevant goal
Caritas et Scientia
San Jose's goal

To a new world
through a new youth
Go forward
forever ever move

God be our Father
Our brother be every man
May Christian education
transform this world
transform this land

Forward radiant children
Forward joyful youth
Forward men and women
Forward let us move

Oh alma mater dear
Beloved San Jose
Your motto your goal
we cherish with great faith

Forward forever
Forever and ever
forward forever
oh alma mater dear

Other Schools operated by the Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR)[2]

St. Augustine
  • University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (Bacolod City)
  • San Sebastian College - Recoletos de Cavite
  • San Sebastian College - Recoletos de Manila
  • Colegio de Santo Tomas-Recoletos (San Carlos City, Negros Occidental)
  • Casiciaco Recoleos Seminary / Seminario Mayor - Recoletos de Baguio (Baguio City)
  • San Pedro Academy - Recoletos (Valencia, Negros Oriental)
  • UNO-R High School Talisay Branch (Talisay City, Negros Occidental)
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