In 1946, an opportunity for the Brothers to set up a second La Salle school in the countrycame when then Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Montelibano, Sr., offered them a ten-hectare lotwhere the University stands today.

In 1952, La Salle-Bacolod was established through the guidance and efforts of its three Founding Brothers: Bro. Felix Masson, Bro. Hugh Wester and Bro. Dennis Ruhland, the firstDirector of the school.

La Salle-Bacolod opened with 175 male students from Prep to Grade 5, under seven faculty members. The school building was unimpressive, built amidst sprawling muddy ground and bordered by canefields of adjoining lands.

The following decade saw the expansion of La Salle from Grade School to College. This was made possible though pledges, donations, and fund drives actively supported by parents, alumni, and benefactors.

In 1966, La Salle College opened its doors to the first batch of female college students whose influence on campus life grew as more and more ladies enrolled in what used to be an exclusiveschool for boys. In 1987, the Integrated School started to admit female students as well.

As a Catholic institution of learning offering to both men and women an educational program designed to develop their talents and abilities towards becoming truly contributing members of society, the University of St. La Salle is committed to a curriculum that emphasizes person- development as an integrated and wholistic process of spiritual, social, intellectual and physical growth.

In 1984, the College of Nursing and the College of Engineering were opened, in addition to the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Accountancy, Education and the Graduate School.

The institution was elevated to university status on July 5, 1988.

In AY 1993-1994, the College of Law was opened, and the College of Medicine in 2002.

The Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Accountancy and Education have obtained PAASCU Level 3 accreditation and the College of Engineering Level 1.

In 2000, the following programs were designated as CHED Centers of Development:Business and Accountancy, Chemical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, and Computer Engineering.

By 2001, the University was conferred the Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education, one of among 30 institutions in the country granted with this prestigious and esteemed recognition.

In 2002, as an expression of its Golden Jubilee theme “Keeping Faith,” the University enshrined the statue of St. John Baptiste de La Salle, the Patron Saint of Teachers, at the San Sebastian Cathedral.

Since then, the University and its stakeholders have collectively earned various recognitions and awards. Among these are -- Levels 1 toLevel 3 accreditation of various programs granted by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges & Universities (PAASCU), the designation of Centers of Development in a number of academic programs by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and remarkable ranking and topnotchers in several licensure examinations.

In 2008, USLS was among the first higher education institutions (HEIs) to earn its Institutional Quality Assurance and Monitoring Evaluation (IQUAME) rating of A(t), recognizing it as a premier teaching institution.

Over the years, several other academic programs were opened to respond to the need of the province and the region.

The institution was elevated to university status on July 5, 1988.

In AY 1993-1994, the College of Law was opened, and the College of Medicine in 2002.

The Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Accountancy and Education have obtained PAASCU Level 3 accreditation and the College of Engineering Level 1.

In 2000, the following programs were designated as CHED Centers of Development:Business and Accountancy, Chemical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, and Computer Engineering.

By 2001, the University was conferred the Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education, one of among 30 institutions in the country granted with this prestigious and esteemed recognition.

In 2002, as an expression of its Golden Jubilee theme “Keeping Faith,” the University enshrined the statue of St. John Baptiste de La Salle, the Patron Saint of Teachers, at the San Sebastian Cathedral.

Since then, the University and its stakeholders have collectively earned various recognitions and awards. Among these are -- Levels 1 toLevel 3 accreditation of various programs granted by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges & Universities (PAASCU), the designation of Centers of Development in a number of academic programs by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and remarkable ranking and topnotchers in several licensure examinations.

In 2008, USLS was among the first higher education institutions (HEIs) to earn its Institutional Quality Assurance and Monitoring Evaluation (IQUAME) rating of A(t), recognizing it as a premier teaching institution.

Over the years, several other academic programs were opened to respond to the need of the province and the region.

YEAR PROGRAMS
2001 Master in Environmental Engineering
2002 Master in Information Technology
2003 BS Materials Engineering
2004 PhD Applied Linguistics
PhD Mathematics Education
2005 PhD Development Studies
PhD Religious Studies
MS Guidance & Counseling (from MS Psychology, Guidance & Counseling)
2006 MA Conflict and Reconciliation Studies
ME Electronics & Communications Engineering
2007 MEd Special Education
2008 PhD in Nursing
2009 BS Entrepreneurship
2010 Juris Doctor (J.D.)
2012 PhD Educational Leadership (from PhD Educational Management)
MAEd Educational Leadership MAEd Chemistry
MAEd English Language MAED Early Childhood Education
MAEd Mariage and Family MAEd Mathematics
MAEd Special Education
MAEd Social Studies
BS Electrical Engineering
BS Food Technology
BEEd Early Childhood Education
2014 MA Religious Studies
BS Real Estate Management
2015 BS Tourism Management

 

Responding to the challenges of national and international realities and to the directives of the Philippine Lasallian Family in 2009, the tertiary level of the University of St. La Salle defined its commitment to provide educational experiences which develop its Expected Lasallian Graduate Attributes (ELGA) --- socially responsible Christians, critical thinkers, and effective communicators.

In the last 6 years, USLS has embarked on several initiatives, among them --- the verticalization of all Graduate Programs, the development of Faculty Research capabilities, the creation of Academe – Industry Councils, the strengthening of its Career Development Program, the adoption of Service – Learning in identified courses, the enhancement of its Culture and Arts Program through the Artists’ Hub, the sports program campaign -- Play Hard, Study Harder, the Student Development Agenda and the Lasallian Leadership Formation Programs, the creation of Project STAY for academically – challenged students, and Project STIMULUS for gifted and innovative students.