The University has been granted by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Autonomous Status, which recognizes USC’s “track record of exceptional program performance and institutional quality.”

Twenty-three academic programs from 17 academic units have Level III accreditation from the Federation of Accrediting Associations of the Philippines (FAAP), as evaluated by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU). These academic department and sections include:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communication, Languages and Literature
  • Economics
  • History
  • Library Science
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Science and Mathematics Education
  • Sociology
  • Teacher Education

Ten other programs have FAAP Level II accreditation as evaluated by PAASCU, including:

  • Accountancy
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Graduate Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate Education
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Pharmacy

Seven engineering programs (chemical, civil, computer, electrical, electronics, industrial, and mechanical engineering) have received full accreditation by the Philippine Technological Council-Accreditation and Certification Board for Engineering and Technology (PTC-ACBET).

The CHED has also designated eight academic programs as Centers of Excellence (COE), including:

  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Office Administration
  • Physics
  • Teacher Education

Twelve other programs are designated as CHED Centers of Development (COD):

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Marine Biology
  • Philosophy
  • Tourism
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    USC has been rated by Integrity Initiative with a score of 193 (Refinement) where practices are continuously evaluated and improved.

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    USC is a founding member of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU).

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    USC is a Donee Institution accredited by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC).

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USC (Student Support and Services) is ISO 9001:2015 certified until 2020.

CHED awards

The University of San Carlos was given six awards by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) during the celebration of the First National Higher Education Day and the 27th Founding Anniversary of the Commission held from May 17 to 24, 2021. Read more »