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Benguet State University

Its history dates back to the time when the Baguio-La Trinidad road was only a rough horse trail in 1916. That was the year when the La Trinidad Experiment Station of the Bureau of Agriculture was turned over to the Bureau of Education. By this turn of events, the La Trinidad Farm School was opened with 30 pupils in Grade V.

This development trail blazed the school’s metamorphosis, as it expanded its services and heightened its prominence in the area. According to earlier reports, the Farm School was planned ultimately to develop into a large normal school, where the best Igorot pupils will be given special training for the service as teachers among their own people with emphasis on agricultural education.

In 1946, the school became the La Trinidad Agricultural High School. Four years later, a provincial normal curriculum was added to its agricultural education program. The said curriculum was abolished in 1953 and a two-year post high school certificate in agricultural education was offered.

The school was renamed La Trinidad National Agricultural School (LTNAS). Four months later, it was nationalized and named the Mountain National Agricultural School (MNAS). It was soon converted into the Mountain National College (MNAC); Mountain Agricultural College ( MAC ); and eventually, the Mountain State Agricultural College (MSAC) in 1969 through RA 5923.

On January 12, 1986 , the College was converted to a state university by virtue of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 2010 signed by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Initiatives for this development started in the 70’s when former Assemblyman Andres A. Cosalan filed a bill for the elevation of the Mountain State Agricultural College to a University.

Later in 1984, the incumbent Congressman, Samuel M. Dangwa refiled the bill with some amendments until PD 2010 was signed. Another local leader responsible for the attainment of university status was former Benguet Governor Ben Palispis.


A premier state University in Southeast Asia


Develop people imbued with a culture of excellence and social conscience who actively promote environment-friendly technologies for improving the quality of life.

Goals and Objectives

  1. To provide quality and relevant education that will produce globally competitive graduates.
  2. To generate and disseminate knowledge and technologies that will promote sustainable resource development.
  3. To strengthen and enhance institutional capability in generating revenues towards self-reliance.
  4. To establish competent and effective services geared towards self-reliance.
  5. To develop harmonious and co-operative University-community relationships.

General Information

  • Former Name/s: Mountain State Agricultural College
  • Established: January 12, 1986 (by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 2010)
  • Type: State University
  • Location/s:
    • La Trinidad, Benguet (Main Campus)
  • Official Publication: The Mountain Collegian
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