The University of St. La Salle (USLS) is a Catholic private university run by the De La Salle Brothers, a Catholic religious congregation of men, located in La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City, Philippines. Established in 1952 as La Salle College – Bacolod, it is the second oldest campus founded by the congregation in the country.The university is a member of De La Salle Philippines, a network established in 2006 comprising 16 Lasallian educational institutions in the country. The university offers elementary, secondary (junior & senior high), undergraduate, and graduate programs. It has seven colleges namely: Business and Accountancy, Engineering and Technology, Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing, Law, and Medicine.
USLS was founded in 1952 by Br. Dennis Ruland FSC, Br. Hugh Wester FSC, and Br. V. Felix Masson FSC. La Salle College-Bacolod opened with 175 male students from Prep to Grade 5, under seven faculty members. The school building was unimpressive, built amidst sprawling muddy grounds and bordered by cane fields of adjoining lands.
In the 1960s La Salle College-Bacolod expanded from Grade School to College. This was made possible through donations by alumni, parents and benefactors. The school became co-educational in 1966.
On July 5, 1988, La Salle College-Bacolod was formally elevated to university status and christened University of St. La Salle during rites graced by then secretary of education Lourdes Quisumbing.
The school’s 12-hectare main campus in La Salle Avenue houses the university’s college and graduate school units. The USLS Health Sciences Campus, located at Lacson St., is an additional facility for students under its Nursing and Medicine program. Its other campus, the 55-hectare Granada Campus, is home to the Agribusiness Farm and the Science Ecological Park, which caters to its Agribusiness students.
The university’s patron saint is St. John Baptist de La Salle, a French priest, educational reformer, and founder of an international educational movement who spent over forty years of his life dedicated to education for the children of the poor.
USLS offers elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate level programs. La Salle offers academic programs under Business, Law, the Social Sciences, Medicine, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Nursing, Education, and Hospitality Management. La Salle has seven Academic colleges, namely College of Nursing, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Accountancy, College of Education, College of Law, College of Engineering and Technology, and College of Medicine.
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