University of San Carlos

Cebu City, Cebu
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>Type: Catholic Private University
>Entrance exam: Required
>Religious affiliation: Catholic
>Term structure: Semester
>School year: starts in June

Tuition fees

Bachelor's degree ₱ 60,000-90,000 per year
Master's degree ₱ 19,500-35,000 per year

Courses offered


Based on the Weighted Board Exams Ranking
Rank in Cebu 1st out of 11 schools view
Rank in Central Visayas 1st out of 18 schools view
Rank in Philippines 16th out of 273 schools view

Centers of Excellence

Centers of Development

Board exams performance

Displaying the passing rates of First Time Examinees only.
Based on the results of the past 4 exams of each board exam.
Exam Passing Rates
(first timers)
Rank in Philippines
Master Electrician Licensure Exam 100%
1 of 161 schools
Chemical Technician Licensure Exam 100%
1 of 22 schools
CPA Licensure Exam 97%
3 of 389 schools
Chemical Engineer Licensure Exam 95%
2 of 32 schools
Electronics Technicians Board Exam 94%
Very Good
26 of 155 schools
Pharmacist Licensure Exam 92%
9 of 84 schools
Mechanical Engineer Licensure Exam 92%
Very Good
23 of 132 schools
Electrical Engineer Licensure Exam 89%
Above Average
34 of 150 schools
Nurses Licensure Exam 85%
Above Average
101 of 317 schools
Licensure Exam for Secondary Teacher 85%
62 of 1224 schools
Chemistry Licensure Exam 83%
Very Good
7 of 37 schools
Nutritionist-Dietitian Licensure Exam 80%
Above Average
14 of 36 schools
Librarian Licensure Examination 79%
Above Average
21 of 50 schools
Architect Licensure Exam 78%
Above Average
18 of 71 schools
Licensure Exam for Psychometricians 73%
13 of 213 schools
Real Estate Broker Licensure Examination 72%
Above Average
36 of 155 schools
Licensure Exam for Elementary Teacher 71%
Very Good
124 of 1044 schools
Real Estate Appraiser Licensure Exam 68%
16 of 147 schools
Civil Engineering Licensure Exam 65%
Above Average
56 of 209 schools
Environmental Planner Licensure Exam 64%
Very Good
12 of 67 schools
Interior Design Licensure Exam 58%
Above Average
4 of 18 schools
Electronics Engineer (ECE) Licensure Exam 49%
Above Average
47 of 165 schools
Master Plumber Licensure Exam 40%
Above Average
31 of 128 schools


University of San Carlos
P. del Rosario Street, Cebu City 6000, Cebu

Scholarships at University of San Carlos

A. University-Sponsored Scholarships Academic Privileges for incoming first year college

The University of San Carlos grants scholarships to students who graduated from secondary education with graduation honors.

1. A VALEDICTORIAN is granted a tuition fee discount (excluding laboratory and other school fees) under these conditions: 100% if he/she comes from a class of at least 60 students; 75% from a class between 30-59 students, and 50% from a class between 15-29 students.

2. A SALUTATORIAN is granted tuition fee discount (excluding laboratory and other school fees) under these conditions: 75% if he/she comes from a class of at least 60 students; 50% from a class between 30-59 students, and 25% from a class between 15-29 students.

3. A FIRST HONORABLE MENTION student is granted a tuition fee discount (excluding laboratory and other fees) under these conditions: 50% if he/she comes from a class of at least 60 students; and 25% from a class between 30-59 students.

Privileges for honor students are given for TWO SEMESTERS ONLY, provided that the grantee obtains a general weighted average of 1.70 or better during the First Semester of his/her First Year in the University and does not shift to another curriculum.

Students with graduation honors have to apply for the scholarship privileges to which they are entitled. They must submit a duly accomplished Application Form attaching the following requirements:

• Certification from the Principal of the secondary school where graduated stating the Graduation Honor and the number of graduates in their class;

• Certificate of Good Moral Character.

They must comply with the following conditions:

• Not enjoy any other scholarship privilege granted by the University;

• Carry the normal load of their prescribed curriculum.

After two semesters, students granted the scholarship privileges because of their graduation honors, may continue to avail of their privileges if they meet the qualifications for the Dean’s Honors List. Students on the Dean’s Honors List

University through each College recognizes superior scholastic achievement through the Dean’s Honors List. To qualify, the following requirements have to be met:

• One year of residence in USC starting the first year.

• Currently enrolled in the same curriculum pursued in the immediately preceding semester;

• Carry a regular load for the Semester according to the curriculum enrolled in;

• Of good moral character and not charged of any offense and without a pending case in any court of law or any administrative body;

• No grade of 5.0 or NC; and

• With a General Weighted Average (GWAG) of at least 1.70.

Students who qualify for the Dean’s Honors List are entitled to receive a Certificate of Recognition during the College Recognition Day held in every succeeding semester.

The top three students with the highest GWAG in a college/department/grouping of departments will enjoy the scholarship privilege specified below:

1. First Ranking 1.00 – 1.20 100% tuition fee

2. Second Ranking 1.21 – 1.45 75% tuition fee

3. Third Ranking 1.46 – 1.70 50% tuition fee

The top three students in a College will be considered but the minimum grade shall be required. There is no limit in the number of students to enjoy the privilege if they have the same GWAG. For instance, if in a particular College, three students obtained a GWAG of 1.20, then all three students will enjoy the 100% tuition fee discount privilege.

In the event that any one of the first three ranking students fails to qualify for the tuition fee discount privilege, the next ranking student on the Dean’s Honors List will be considered.

The GWAG shall be computed based on the Final Grades of all courses taken in the immediately preceding semester, except NSTP (ROTC, LTS and CWTS). In the case of a transferee, he/she must have at least a year of residence in USC.

Students on the Dean’s Honors List who are entitled to scholarship privileges enjoy a tuition fee discount during the immediately preceding semester. Those who have graduated are no longer entitled to the tuition fee discount privilege which is not convertible to cash nor can be claimed as refund.

Students who are disqualified in the Dean’s Honors List may still qualify for Graduation Honors based on the set criteria.

B. USC Varsity Teams

Athletes are granted scholarships in the form of tuition fee adjustments privilege subject to the conditions laid down by the Board of Athletics. The Varsity Teams organized in the University for men and women are the following sports:

1. Badminton
2. Basketball
3. Chess
4. Lawn Tennis
5. Soccer Football
6. Swimming
7. Table Tennis
8. Taekwondo
9. Volleyball

C. USC Performing Arts Groups

Students with special talents who qualify membership in the following performing arts groups are granted tuition fee adjustment privileges subject to the conditions set by the Performing Arts Committee:

1. Band
2. Choristers
3. Dance Troupe
4. Theater Guild

D. Working Students Scholarship

The University through Human Resource Management Office administers a Working Student Scholarship Program (WSSP) primarily to assist deserving students who are financially unable to obtain college education.

Students accepted to WSSP shall work for four hours a day (24 hours a week) in consideration for free tuition fee and other fees and a semestral book allowance to be determined by the University Administration.

E. The University President’s Scholars

The University President provides scholarship for 10 slots, preferably to promising students of low socio-economic status who are enrolled in any 4 or 5 year baccalaureate curriculum.

By virtue of Presidential Decree No. 451 Section 7, the University President provides scholarships to poor but deserving students at the ratio of one for every 500 students enrolled.

Likewise, Presidential Decree No. 577 (Armed Forces of the Philippines) provides the granting of full scholarship to dependents of military personnel who died or are incapacitated while in active service. The number of grantees is at the ratio of one grantee for every 2000 students of the total enrolment.

St. Arnold Janssen Scholars – given to SVD promising seminarians.

Apart from the aforementioned scholarships the USC grants tuition fee discount privileges to children of it's academic and non-academic employees as well as to students coming from the same family. USC also affords schooling privilege to academic and non-academic employees.

F. Alumni-Sponsored Scholarships

College department-based alumni associations, geographical alumni chapters, alumni classes or batches, alumni groups and individuals offer scholarship to promising students who will meet their required qualifications.

1. Alpha Sigma Fraternity
2. Bisca (Bisaya Circle of America)
3. CAMI (Carolinians Association of Manila, Inc.)
4. Carolinians Alumni Charitable Foundation (Toronto Carolinians)
5. Carolinians USA Midwest
6. USC BH Class 1965
7. USC BH Class 1948
8. USC-GHS Class 1980

G. Government-Sponsored Scholarships

As an autonomous higher education institution in the country and with it's track record of linkages with government, the University is privileged to administer scholarship programs sponsored by the following government agencies:

3. CHED – PESFA (Private Education Student Financial Assistance)
5. Hon. Antonio V. Cuenco
6. Hon. Antonio Yapha, Jr.
7. Hon. Benhur L. Salimbangon
8. Hon. Marina Clarete
9. Hon. Nerissa Soon-Ruiz
10. Hon. Orlando A. Fua, Jr.
11. Hon. Pablo Garcia
12. Hon. Raul V. Del Mar
13. CHED: NSP (National Study Program)
14. CHED: RSP (Regional Study Program)
15. CHED: SEGEAP (Selected Ethnic Group Education Assistance)
16. CHED: SFM (Scholarship Full Merit)
17. CHED: SHM (Scholarship Half Merit)
18. CHED: SLP-COE (Study Now-Pay Later – Center of Excellence)
19. CHED: SNPL (Study Now Pay Later)
20. CHED: SSGP (Senate Study Grant Program)
21. CHED: SSP (National State Scholarship Program)
23. College of Education Loan Plan of the City of Mandaue
24. CTEAP (Cebu Tertiary Education Assistance Program)
25. DOST – SEI: Applied Physics
26. DOST – SEI: RA 7687
27. GSIS (Government Service Insurance System)
28. NCIP (National Commission on Indigenous People)
29. Noli de Castro Scholarship Program
30. OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Association)
31. PGMA – HELFP (President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – Higher Education Loan Fund Program)

H. Other Scholarships Handled by Colleges

1. CHED-HEDP-FDPPGMA - Arts and Sciences

2. CAFA Educational Loan Assistance - Architecture and Fine Arts

3. DOST Consortium - Education/SMED

4. DOST-SEI-AST-HRDP - Engineering

5. SCHERMBECK - Commerce

I. Private Institution-Sponsored Scholarships

The strong partnership s of the University with business and industry, professional associations, religious groups and individuals, privately-run corporations and establishments have come to offer scholarship grants for philanthropic and humanitarian purposes. These private institutions vary in their scholarship requirements and conditions.

Private – Sponsored Scholarships – Institution

1. Aboitiz College Scholarship
2. Ateneo de Zamboanga
3. Bogo Medellin Milling, Co., Inc. (BOMEDCO)
4. Compassion in Jesus’ Name
5. Doña Modesta S. Gaisano Foundation, Inc.
6. Eastern Visayas State University
7. Edgar Cokaliong Foundation, Inc.
8. Fairchild
9. First Consolidated Bank (FCB)
11. Golden Valley and Golden Prince Scholarship
12. IMAD
13. Jesus V. Del Rosario/Emcor Foundation (JVER)
14. Lear
15. Lexmark (Research and Development Corp)
16. Menzi Trust Fund
17. Metrobank Foundation, Inc.
18. Mindanao State University Tawi-Tawi
19. Muñasque – Perez Foundation
20. Nature’s Legacy
21. NEC Foundation
22. PHINMA Foundation
23. PJ Lhuillier
24. Rosie Chew Scholarship/CARD Foundation
25. SM Foundation
26. St. Peter Academy of Alegria Foundation, Inc. (SPAAFI)
27. Sun Life Financial- Philippines Foundation, Inc.
28. Tamiya Scholarship Grant
29. USC Credit Cooperative
31. Western Mindanao State University
32. Willy N. Gan Foundation, Inc.

J. Private – Sponsored Scholarships – Personal

1. Claude M. Wilson Program
2. Dr. John Brulé
3. Engr. Eduardo C. Goyeneche
4. Floyd O. Hicks
5. Fr. Gerhard Huth, SVD & Dr. Josef Schex
6. Fr. Henry Schumacher, SVD
7. Goipeng
8. Co Tiong Co King Ting
9. In March 23, 1984 an industrial accident claimed the life of Mariano Zilio. Having found healing from their loss through SVD friends, his parents gratefully offer this scholarship in Religious Education at the University of San Carlos. This particular contribution to the mission apostolate is named the Giselda Pedron Memorial Scholarship after Mariano’s grandmother.
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