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.
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. 
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.
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.
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. 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
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
Address: Cebu South Road, Basak Pardo, Cebu City, Philippines
Our Lady of Consolation Building
St. Ezekiel Moreno Building
The Recoletos Coliseum
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.
Value Integrated Subjects
Mainstreamed Christian-Community Orientation
Regularly assessed subject contents by Alumni, Senior Students, Faculty, Administration and *Industry Partners
Complete Elementary Education 1-6
Complete Secondary Education I-IV
Doctor of Business Administration
Doctor of Management in:
Human Resources Management
Doctor of Philosophy in English major in:
Doctor of Education major in:
Instructional System and Resource Management
Master of Arts in Development Communication
Master of Arts in English major in:
Master of Arts in Philosophy
Master of Arts in Psychology major in:
Master of Development Communication (non thesis)
Master of Media Studies (non thesis) with specialization in:
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:
Guidance and Counseling
Master of Arts in Elementary Education with specialization in:
Master in Special Education
Master of Arts in Teaching major in:
English Language Teaching
Filipino Language Teaching
Elementary Science Teaching
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:
Communication and Marketing (LIACOM)
Bachelor of Science in:
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
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:
Music, Arts and Physical Education
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)
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
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):