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Cagayan State University

Cagayan State University, Andrews Campus, Tuguegarao City

The CSU central administration building at Andrews Campus, Tuguegarao City

The Cagayan State University (abbreviated to CSU) is the second largest state institution of higher learning in the Cagayan Valley Region, in terms of enrollment and number of curricular program offerings.

The Cagayan State University (CSU) is the first and only state run comprehensive institution of higher learning in Cagayan. It has shared its historic contribution to the development of tertiary education in the Philippines.

Presidential Decree 1436, signed on June 11, 1978 created the Cagayan State University by merging two existing state colleges: the Cagayan Valley College of Arts & Trades (CVCAT) at Tuguegarao and the Northern Luzon State College of Agriculture (NLSCA) at Piat.

Rationalized on the issues of efficiency and effectiveness, college courses of other smaller institutions that were under the supervision and control of the former Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MECS) were made an integral part of the university system. These were the Aparri Institute of Technology (AIT), Bukig National Agricultural and Technical School (BNATS), Aparri School of Arts and Trades (ASAT), Cagayan Valley Agricultural College (CVAC), Sanchez Mira Rural Vocational School (SMRVS), Western Cagayan School of Arts and Trades (WCSAT) and Gonzaga National Agricultural and Technical School (GNATS).

These nine pre-existing state institutions were distributed throughout the entire length and breath of the province of Cagayan. Their founding years and laws passed signifying their original establishment. It may be noted that the various merger schools began as elementary or technical secondary schools reflecting the stage of educational needs of the communities where and when they are located and originally established at the time.

At present there are seven campuses under the university system. CSU- Caritan and CSU Carig were merged under one nomenclature, CSU- Tuguegarao. All campuses continue to operate as complementary satellites of the University. Although difficult at times, the unique arrangement of a multi-campus institution, which has prevailed over an ideal compact-university being located in one site, is succeeding in terms of providing educational access and equity to its rural communities. On the other hand, owing to the peculiarities of the geographical diversity and multi-ethnicity of its people and socio-economic, educational and political conditions obtaining in its catchment’s areas, the CSU institutional structures and arrangement are functioning well.

Today, CSU is present in six sites outside Tuguegarao which is located at Sanchez Mira, Lasam, Aparri, Lallo, Gonzaga, and Piat so that the original intent of providing democratized tertiary education in the countryside is felt in the whole region specifically in Cagayan.


The University serves the INDIVIDUAL by providing the student with a nurturing environment for optimal human flourishing. It serves the COMMUNITY by offering programs responsive to individual and social needs.


The Cagayan State University shall be recognized by the entire region and the nation as a credible and distinguished center of higher education in Northern Luzon. It shall likewise establish its own niche in the global academic community. It shall endeavor to improve from its previous best, showing that it enjoys the leading edge in all that pertains to education.


The Cagayan State University shall make quality education and formation towards the different professions accessible to all who may come to it, and who measure up to its standards. It shall be an academic community given to instruction, research and extension. It shall not in any way discriminate on bases unrelated to education.

General Information

  • Motto: Ad Optimum Educans (Educating for the best) and " Ad Astra per Aspera " (To the Stars through Difficulties)
  • Established: June 11, 1978 (by virtue of Presidential Decree 1436)
  • Type: State University
  • Location/s:
    • Aparri, Cagayan
    • Gonzaga, Cagayan
    • Lal-lo, Cagayan
    • Lasam, Cagayan
    • Piat, Cagayan
    • Sanchez Mira, Cagayan
    • Tuguegarao, Cagayan
  • Colors: Maroon and Gold
  • Mascot: Athena
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