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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1948
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Tropical
    • Location:
    • Rawis, Legazpi, Albay, Philippines, 4500
    • Phone:
    • +63524820201
    • Setting:
    • Rural

The History of University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi

University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi provides quality education and produces graduates with human soul. The university is an institution modeled for higher learning. Its curricula are pattered to keep up with the great demands of the present and future generations. UST-Legazpi encourages its students to develop critical thinking and excellence in the different fields of study. With its technologically advanced facilities, highly competent faculty and staff, UST-Legazpi strives to meet the escalating needs of the country through inculcating high quality education and Christian values.

Academic Highlights

UST-Legazpi, despite its name, is an autonomous university in its own right, separate from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. The educational institution offered elementary, secondary, vocational, tertiary and graduate curricula. Its science laboratory was considered as one of the best in the entire Bicol Region. An Institute of Research was founded to conduct experiments on local plants’ problems and the possibilities of developing local resources particularly the coconut and abaca products for industrial use. In the decades to come, these pioneering research efforts would move into production.

Life in University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi

Aquinas University of Legazpi takes pride in every achievement of its students in the field of academics, arts, sports, and many others. In the region, the university is said to be the home of achievers as it boast of many awards and honors from the different institutions in the society. AQ graduates also make the entire AQ community through the honor they bring by passing the board exams, bar exams and LET exams. The recognitions given to the university and its students are the manifestation of its academic excellence.

School Ranking

University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi has placed number 64th in Philippines. Placing number 9140th in the world. (According to UniRank)


University of Santo Thomas Legazpi is open to students with complete and valid credentials, and whose qualifications indicate satisfactory performance.

Notable Alumni

  • Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P., the 95th rector of the University of Santo Tomas (UST). Fr. de la Rosa completed his basic education courses at Aquinas University. 
  • Fr. Tamerlane R. Lana, O.P., the president of Colegio de San Juan de Letran. Fr. Lana had served as rector and president of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, Manila
  • Dr. Fay Patria M. Lauraya, the youngest president of Bicol University. Lauraya majored in Economics and graduated magna cum laude from Aquinas University.
  • Dr. Susana Carretas-Cabredo, one of the past presidents of Bicol University. Cabredo obtained the degree Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude, from the University in 1963. Currently, she is the Vice president for Academic Affairs of University of Santo Tomas–Legazpi.
  • Hon. Noel E. Rosal, the incumbent mayor of Legazpi City, Albay. Rosal obtained his master's degree in business administration from Aquinas University.
  • Lilian Hefti, one of the past commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue. She took her secondary education from Aquinas University and later pursued accountancy and law at San Beda College. Commissioner Hefti topped the CPA and Bar Exams respectively.

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