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Silliman University

Silliman University
Seal of Silliman University
University information
NameSilliman University
Native namePamantasang Silliman
MottoVia, Veritas, Vita
Motto in English"The Way, the Truth, and the Life" (John 14:6)
Established28 August 1901
PresidentDr. Ben S. Malayang III
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
(Ohio University and University of California, Berkeley)
Staff490 (Faculty)
290 (Staff)
CityDumaguete City
StateNegros Oriental
33 hectares [81.84 acres] (Hibbard Avenue main campus)
29 hectares [71.66 acres] (College of Agriculture and Marine Lab campus)
465 hectares [1,149.04 acres] (Ticao Island Facility)
Former namesSilliman Institute (1901-1938)
NewspaperThe Weekly Sillimanian
Colors  Red
Athletic nickname"Dear old Silliman"
"Silliman beside the sea"
MascotStallions and Mares

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Silliman University (also referred to as Silliman or SU) is a private research university located in Dumaguete, Philippines. Established in 1901 as Silliman Institute by the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions, it was the first American private school to be founded in the country. The University is named after Dr. Horace Brinsmade Silliman, a retired businessman and philanthropist from Cohoes, New York who gave the initial sum of $10,000 to start the school. Originally starting as an elementary school for boys, the school expanded to become a college in 1910, acquiring university status in 1938. For the first half of the 20th century, Silliman was run and operated by Americans. After the Second World War Filipinos began to assume more important positions, culminating in the appointment of Silliman's first Filipino president in 1952.

Today, the University comprises ten colleges, four schools, and two institutes, enrolling over 8,900 students from different parts of the Philippines and from at least 28 foreign countries. It is registered as a National Landmark by the National Historical Institute, and is one of few private higher education institutions in the Philippines that have been granted full autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education. The University is a founding member of the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA), and one of the recognized institutions in the U.S. Veterans Administration's list of approved educational institutions.

In a report released by the Professional Regulation Commission and the Commission on Higher Education which covered a ten-year period of board exam results, Silliman was ranked 4th in the country following three schools of the University of the Philippines. It is also ranked among the top 150 universities in Asia based on International Students' Review by the QS Quacquarelli Symonds, an institution that ranks the world's top universities.

In terms of accreditation, Silliman is one of only five universities in the Philippines with "Institutional Accreditation" by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP). Institutional Accreditation is the highest certification that can be granted to an educational institution after an over-all examination of its number of accredited programs, the quality of its facilities, services and faculty. Incidentally, Silliman also has the highest number of accredited programs in the country, fifteen of which are on Level III accreditation status.

Silliman offers programs in the early childhood, elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels. Programs in the undergraduate and graduate levels cover various disciplines such as Accountancy, Business Administration, Engineering, Information Technology, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Biology, Chemistry, Education, Marine Sciences, Physics, Theology, Philosophy, Psychology, and Public Administration. In addition to its academic undertakings, the University is also involved in research and community extension projects. Silliman's stature in the fields of environmental and marine sciences has led to its being designated by the USAID as a Center of Excellence in Coastal Resources Management.

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