The University of Santo Tomas (UST) is the oldest existing University in Asia and in terms of student population located in one campus, the largest Catholic University in the world. It was established on April 28, 1611 through the ardent desire of Msgr. Miguel de Benavides, O.P., the third Archbishop of Manila, to put up a school to prepare young men for priesthood. He bequeathed a modest amount of his personal funds and personal library collection towards the realization of his dream.

Originally located in Intramuros, Manila, UST was first called Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario and later renamed Colegio de Santo Tomas, in memory of the foremost Dominican Theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas. On November 20, 1645 Pope Innocent X elevated the College to the rank of a University.

The University holds three distinct titles: "Royal" granted by King Charles III of Spain in 1785, "Pontifical" bestowed by Pope Leo XIII on September 17, 1902, and "The Catholic University of the Philippines" conferred by Pope Pius XII in 1947.

To be able to accommodate its growing population, UST transferred to its present location in España, Sampaloc, Manila in 1927.

In 2011, the University will hold a grand celebration to commemorate its 400th year of foundation. Series of events of national and even international proportions will be anchored on the theme - "UST: Building the Church, Building the Family and Building the Nation."


National Cultural Treasures and University Events

UST Main Building
Arch of the Centuries
Central Seminary
Open Fields
Christmas Concert Gala 2009
6th USTv Awards
Baccalaureate Mass for AY 2009-2010
Thomasian Welcome Walk for AY 2010-2011



UST Quadricentennial Events           Programs           Admission           Provincial and International Testing Centers           Facilities

Scholarship and Grants           Awards and Citations

• July 1, 2010 - December 10, 2010
• Mondays to Saturdays 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM / 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Office for Admissions, Rm 104 Tan Yan Kee Student Center

• August 22, 2010 / October 24, 2010 / December 12, 2010
• Sundays - 8:00 AM - 12:00 NN / 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Release of USTET Results - January 27, 2011

Contact Us

Telephone Numbers:
+ 63 (2) 4061611 local 8276
+ 63 (2) 3097211

Mobile Numbers:
+63 (917) 8156323
+63 (919) 3522634

Tele-Facsimile Number:
+63 (2) 3097214

Email Address:


Or visit us at:
Office for Admissions
Room 104, UST-Tan Yan Kee Student Center
University of Santo Tomas España Manila, Philippines

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