Centro Escolar University

Centro Escolar University (Tagalog: Pamantasang Centro Escolar) also referred to by its acronym CEU is a private non-sectarian higher education institution in San Miguel Manila, Philippines. It was founded in 1907 by Librada Avelino and Carmen de Luna as the Centro Escolar de Señoritas.[2][3] CEU has six campuses: the main campus, Mendiola; the Malolos campus; the Las Piñas campus; the Cebu City campus; and the Makati campuses (Gil Puyat and Legaspi Village campuses).[3][4][2] More than 50 academic programs are offered.<refname=yahoo/>

Centro Escolar University
Pamantasang Centro Escolar
Former names
Centro Escolar de Señoritas (1907-1933)
MottoSpanish:Ciencia y Virtud
Agham at Kabutihan
Motto in English
Science and Virtue
TypePrivate nonsectarian institution of higher education
EstablishedJune 3, 1907 (1907-06-03)
FoundersLibrada Avelino
Carmen de Luna
Academic affiliations
PresidentCristina Padolina (2006-present)
9 Mendiola Street
San Miguel, Manila

14°35′57″N 120°59′31″E
Alma Mater songHimno ng Pamantasang Centro Escolar (Centro Escolar University Hymn)
Colors Pink  and  Grey 
Sporting affiliations
MascotPink Scorpions

CEU is accredited by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines and the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities' Commission on Accreditation (as a Level IV school), and has full autonomous status from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).[2][5][6][7] It is certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors, Department of Trade and Industry, SGS S.A., Arthram International Organization for Standardization, and the ASEAN University Network.[5][2][6] In 2022, CEU was awarded with the Safety Seal from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, for meeting minimum public health standards following the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns.[8]


Centro Escolar de Señoritas

CEU was established in 1907 by pedagogists Librada Avelino and Carmen de Luna as the Centro Escolar de Señoritas, based in Parañaque.[2][3] Its main purpose was to teach "ideal womanhood, intelligent citizenry, and democratic leadership that would instill in [the women] the tenets of science and virtue."[2][3] It was the first nonsectarian women's school in the Philippines.[9] When it opened, CEU only had one blackboard, some benches, and a few books, and it wasn't until 1921 that CEU established its first program: the College of Pharmacy.[3][2] It was followed by the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Education, Dentistry, and Optometry.[3][2] It began operating as a university in 1930 and in 1932 was converted into a corporation for financial reasons.[2] Its name was then changed to Centro Escolar University, which still holds today.[2] In 2009, the School of Law and Jurisprudence was established.[10]

Mendiola, the main campus

There is also an Integrated School at CEU, which was established upon the university's founding, where students have the opportunity to attend preschool, primary school as well as high school.[3][11] The Integrated School was removed from the Mendiola campus in the mid-1990s and in Malolos in 2004 after nearly 100 years open. It were revived starting in the 2014-2015 academic year as the Centro Escolar Integrated School (CEIS) and is offered in Manila, Malolos, and Makati.[12]

There have been seven presidents in the history of the university: Librada Avelino (1907-1934); Carmen de Luna (1934-1962); Pilar Hidalgo-Lim (1962-1972); Dionisio Tiongco (1972-1992); Lourdes Talag-Echauz (1992-2002); Rosita L. Navarro (2002-2006); and Cristina Padolina (2006-present).[2][10][13]


CEU has six campuses: the main campus, Mendiola; the Malolos campus; the Las Piñas campus; the Cebu City campus; and the Makati campuses (Gil Puyat and Legaspi Village).[3][4] In 2013, CEU expressed interest in expanding to Baguio and Davao City.[14]


The Graduate School was founded in 1926 during Avelino's presidency.[22] CEU is the only school in the Philippines that offers a post-doctoral degree in Total Quality Management in Higher Education.


CEU offers varsity sports in basketball, volleyball, futsal, cheerleading, badminton, swimming, Taekwondo, and table tennis.[47] Scorpion varsity teams are part of the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association, Universities and Colleges Basketball League, and the National Capital Region Athletic Association and have played competitions in the Philippine Basketball Association D-League, Breakdown, the Philippine Chinese Amateur Basketball League, and the Philippine Basketball League.[47][48][49] The men's basketball team on the Malolos campus have been part of the Bulacan Collegiate Athletic Association and Private Schools Athletic Association.[47] Recent coaches of men's basketbal include Derrick Pumaren (2018-2019),[50] Jeff Napa (2020),[50][51] and Chico Manabat (2020-present).[51]

Notable alumni





  • Alvin Abundo - Hotel and Restaurant Management; PBA player for NorthPort Batang Pier[74][75]
  • Misagh Bahadoran - Dentistry (2010); footballer with Maharlika Manila F.C., futsal player on the Philippines national team[76][77]
  • Vergel Meneses - Integrated School; mayor of Bulakan (2019-present), retired PBA player[78][79]
  • Janine Pontejos - Business Administration; professional WNBL player, Philippine national team member, current basketball coach of the CEU Lady Scorpions[80]


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