Universidad de Sta. Isabel graduates speak for themselves. They generate the quality of education they have acquired and nurtured through the years in CSI-USI.  To them, it has made history in their respective lives.  This kind of education, “The torch they hold firmly in their hands”, is continuously lit and echoed not only in Bicolandia but also throughout the archipelago. 


            Today, there are hundreds of other institutions of Higher Learning that stud the skyline of the Bicol Region, but UNIVERSIDAD DE STA. ISABEL stands as a monument not so much a relic of the past but as a living symbol of the Church’s on-going commitment to serving and transforming the lives of countless persons in varying situations and degrees of poverty.  With the collaborative   leadership of the incumbent President, Sr. Lourdes L. Albis, DC, installed as the 3rd University President (2011), USI will forever stand regally as a beacon of change without compromising the deep religiosity and morality of every person, of every Bicolano, while bearing the great zeal of love and service for the less privileged – a Catholic, Filipino, Christian, and uniquely Vincentian.




            USI education leaders are vision-focused, mission-driven, community-oriented, and change catalyst leaders who put to personal and professional life the ten Vincentian competencies consistent with the values of Humility, Simplicity, and Charity.



            “Creating Concordance in the Shared Mission” 




            “Empowering Communities, Building Futures”



  • The Blue Starfish

  • A Flock of Migratory Geese flying in V formation



            Overarching Strategic Target:    National and Global Distinction in all Academic Programs and Social Advocacies through Vincentian Formation, Curricular and Green Innovation.



            Identity and Mission

            Academic Programs

            Learning Environment

            Human Resources

            Material and Financial Resources

            Community Service

            Research and Innovation



            Sustaining Vincentian and Globally-Oriented Personnel & Students

            Maintaining International Standardization of Academic Practices

            Leveraging on ICT to provide Transformative Learning and Services

            Pursuing Green Infrastructure Facilities Development

            Prioritizing Innovations that Diversify [1] Career Pathways

Ensuring Effective, Efficient and, Accountable Governance and

Administrative Services

            Managing Linkages, Research, and Innovation 



            The University is headed by:

The University President

The Vice President for Catholic Vincentian Identity and Mission

The Vice President for Academics

The Vice President for Administrative Services and Finance

The Vice President for Health Services

The Vice President for or Student Development and Services


            Advisory/Consultative Bodies

                        ONE USI Expanded Council

                        ONE USI Board’s Audit Team

                        Executive Education Council

                        Executive Health Services Council

                        Institutional Faculty


            The University Institutional Executive Directors

                        Quality Assurance and Planning

                        Research for International Linkages

                        Infrastructure Development, Campus Security and Safety

                        Villa Marillac Home for the Elderly

                        University RegistrarRegisrar





THE DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY – an international Company of consecrated women founded by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac on November 29, 1633.

Centralized Religious Institute of Consecrated Life of Pontifical Right


MOTHERHOUSE:  140 Rue du Bac, 75340 PARIS Cedex 07

CHARISM of the DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY:  A way of life within the Church, a road to sanctity, the sanctification of our own lives and the lives of others.

MISSION:  To heal, empower and educate children and families to instill hope for a more fulfilling future, faithful to Catholic Social Teaching,  rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ 



  • Respect. Recognizing our own value and the value of others

  • Compassionate Service. Providing excellent care with gentleness and kindness 

  • Simplicity. Acting with integrity, clarity and honesty

  • Advocacy for the Poor. Supporting those who lack resources for a healthy life and full human development

  • Inventiveness to Infinity. Being continuously resourceful and creative




  • APRIL 4, 1867. Arrival  of six Hijas de Caridad: Crisologo Navarro, Ignacia Ostolozas, Juana Morga, Rita Deloe, Antonioa Novao, and Sales Montoya, at Pasacao Beach; welcomed by Fr. Vicente Garcia, together with the jubilant crowd.

  • APRIL 5, 1867. The six Sisters left for Pamplona, cruised the Bikol River to Camaligan; disembarked and proceeded to Nueva Caceres, and were warmly welcomed by Most Rev. Francisco Carraciolo Gainza, O.P., Bishop of Caceres. 

  • NOVEMBER 5, 1867. Royal Decree from Queen Isabela II of Spain creating the Escuela Colegio Diocesano de Sta. Isabel.  The Escuela-Colegio consisted not only of escuelas internas but also externas  and thus had the character of a municipal school.  The school had two departments, the Colegio de NiñasNiñsd Internas Y ExternasExtenas and the Escuela Municipal Para Las Niñas Pobres.

  • APRIL 12, 1868.  The Escuela-Colegio de Sta. Isabel was formally opened.

  • JANUARY 11, 1872.  A Royal Decree signed by Amadeo of Saboya raised the Colegio de Sta. Isabel of Caceres to “Escuela Normal de Maestras”. It was solemnly inaugurated on the feast of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia.

  • SEPTEMBER 18, 1875.  Colegio became the First Normal School for Girls in the Philippines and in the Far East. One hundred pensioned students (one from each of the 100 towns of Caceres) underwent a three-year Normal School Program.

  • 1877. Colegio graduated its first eleven (11) students.

  • 1898. Operations of the Colegio were cut short by the Spanish-American War.  Colegio became the seat of the  government organized by then Corporal Elias Angeles

  • SEPTEMBER 19, 1898.  Gov. Vicente Zaldin signed the paper of capitulation ending the Spanish rule in the Bicol Region.



At the turn of the 20th century, Colegio received several recognitions in the following areas:

1913                          Primary Course

1916                          Intermediate Course

1924                          Secondary Course

1932                          Secondary Home Economics Course

1939                          Music Teachers Course in Piano

1940                          Junior Normal Course

1940-1941                At the request of the Bishop, the Colegio admitted boys

                                  whose school was closed due to war.

1946                          The first post liberation graduation was held with sixty

                                   students.  Sta. Isabel received the permit for the opening of

                                   the College of Education and Liberal Arts (A.A.) courses

1950                          The CSI College Department for many years concentrated on

                                   Education of women towards Bachelor degree in Secondary


1954                          The Pre-Nursing Course was opened with the students  

                                   completing their Nursing  Course at the San Juan de Dios

                                   Hospital in Metro Manila.

1955                          The CSI College Department concentrated on the education of 

                                   women towards a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education.

1957                           Junior Secretarial Course was offered to answer the need for

                                    a short course for young girls seeking employment.  From a

                                    basically teacher-training institution, Colegio opened  

                                    Bachelor of Arts in the following:

1960                                 - Music Education

1963                                 - Home Economics


1963                          The College Department opened its Bachelor of

                                   Management and Information System 

1968                          The Graduate School was granted recognition with its

                                   premier offering of Master of Arts in Education, Master

                                   of Arts in Nursing (1968); Master of Science in Social Work

                                   (1994); Master in Management (1995), and Doctor in

                                   Philosophy majors  in Human Development Management

                                  (1996), Educational Leadership and Management ((2018) 

1972                          A Royal Decree was issued conferring to the Colegio de Sta.

                                  Isabel faculty to issue titles for teachers. The Bachelor of

                                  Science in Nursing received its full recognition.

1973                          Full recognition in Social Work

1987                          Full recognition in Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics

1989                          The Graduate School opened enrollment for Master of Arts in


1993                          Computer Technology and a Course in Entrepreneurship were

                                   opened with the advancement in technology and growth in


1996                          The Physical Therapy course received its full recognition;

                                   Bachelor degree in Human Ecology and Environmental Science

                                   was opened responding to the threats of the environment in

                                   the  90’s.


1998                          Bachelor of Science in Biology started. The Night High School

                                   Program was opened.


Dawn of the Third Millennium


            The last half of the century for Sta. Isabel was marked by enormous strides toward development as evidenced in the various infrastructural buildings which filled up the landscape of the Sta. Isabel campus.  New courses were introduced, state-of-art technology was acquired and new policies had to be drafted to blaze new directions for the school.  All these found meanings in the new status of the school.

2000                          Full recognition in Bachelor of Science in Food Service and

                                   Institutional Management

2001                          Colegio de Sta. Isabel was granted University Status in

                                   accordance with Republic Act No. 7722 otherwise known as

                                   the “Higher Education Act of 1944” and the virtue of

                                   Resolution No. 148 series 2001.

                                   Conferment of University Status with Sr. Justina I. Rosales,

                                    DC as the 1st University President

2002                           Conferment of Sr. Ma. Asuncion G. Evidente, DC as the 2nd

                                    University President

2003                           First 18 Night High School graduates were granted their USI

                                    diploma, together with those of the day High School

2004                           Opened the Night College (Marillac Alternative Program) under

                                    a socialized payment scheme opened with Bachelor of Science

                                    in Entrepreneurship

2012                            Recognition of Universidad de Sta. Isabel as one of the Catholic

                                    Schools in the country that has contributed significantly in

                                    evangelizing the mission of the Church for Catholic Education

                                    Award of Recognition was conferred by the Catholic Bishops

                                    Conference of the Philippines on the occasion of the 400th Years

                                    of Catholic Education in the Philippines.

                                    The Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology started.

2016                            The Sangguniang Panlungsod declared USI as a historical

                                     landmark in the City of Naga.

                                     Senior High School opened as part of the DepEd K-12 Basic                                       Education Program.

2018                            The National Historical Commission of the Philippines officially

                                     and publicly recognized Universidad de Sta. Isabel as a National

                                     Historical Landmark by virtue of Resolution No. 3, series of 2018.

                                     Marked another milestone in the history of CSI-USI 150th

                                     Foundation Anniversary

                                     Bachelor of Science in Human Services was opened.


         As a Vincentian University in the heart of Bicol, USI is the leading institution of the St. Louise de Marillac Educational System (DCSLMES) and is an active member of:

  • Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities  (ASEACCU)

  • Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)

  • Association of Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)

  • Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines. Inc. (ACUP)

  • Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines  (CEAP)

  • Philippine Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU)

  • Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA)

  • Bicol Foundation for Higher Education (BFHE)

  • Bicol Association of Catholic Schools (BACS)

  • Catholic Educational Association of Caceres and Libmanan (CEACAL)




UNIVERSIDAD DE STA. ISABEL full range of programs include complete K-12 Basic Education Program with SHS Academic Track, Technical-Vocational Livelihood 


College of Health Sciences:

Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (BSMT),

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSC),

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (BSPT);   

College of Business Education:

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management (BSHM) with specialization in :

  • Hotel and Resorts Management

  • Food Service and Culinary Management

  • Travel Management

Bachelor  of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with majors in:

  • Finance Management, Marketing Management

  • Human Resource Management

Bachelor  of Science in Entrepreneurship (BSENTREP)

College of Arts and Sciences, Teacher Education, Social Work and Music

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication (AB Com)

  • Bachelor of Arts in English (AB English)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (AB Math)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (AB PolSci)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (ABPsy)

  • Bachelor in Human Services (BHumS)

  • Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education (BCAEd)

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BSPed)

  • Bachelor of Physical Education (BSPed)

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEE)

  • Bachelor of Secondary Education(BSE)

Majors:  English, Filipino, Mathematics, Science, Values Ed.)

  • Bachelor of  Special Needs Education (BSNEd)

Majors: Deaf and Hard Hearing, Elementary School Teaching,

                Visually Impaired, General Education

  • Bachelor of Music and Applied Music (BM)

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW)

  • De Paul Weekend Program

Graduate School Program

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)       

Majors: Human Development Services

               Educational Leadership and Management

  • Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) with majors in: : Administration and Supervision,  Guidance and Counseling,  Religious Education

  • Master of Science in Social Work  (MSSW)

  • Master in Management (MM)

  • Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) Majors: Medical Surgical Nursing,

Community Health Nursing, Maternal Child Nursing,

Nursing Administration (non-thesis)