Silliman University was formally established in Dumaguete City in 1901. In those years, it was formerly named as Silliman Institute. Moreover, its unique name was given by Dr. Horace Brinsmade Silliman.

Silliman University is Dumaguete City's frontliner in education.

Silliman University is Dumaguete City’s frontliner in education.

The generous and workaholic founder of this prestigious academic institution was a retired businessman who loves to help people in his own special way. To make his fondest dream a reality, he started with an initial capital outlay of only $10.000. From there, it had dynamically began nurturing the minds of Filipinos by having an elementary school that was exclusively meant for young boys. Then, after almost nine years of successful operation the University of Silliman in Dumaguete had its momentous expansion by building another campus that was especially meant this time, for college students in 1910. Therefore, this famous historical landmark in Dumaguete was officially accredited as a university in that same year. During the advent of the 20th century, its first half had actually written an interesting and unforgettable chronicle in the colourful life and times of Silliman University. To date, it was basically under the democratic tutelage of the Americans. Similarly, the post war years of the World War II had somewhat become a blessing in disguise for the competitive and brilliance of Filipino educators who had been given due to the immeasurable recognition by the American government when they were assigned to some of the most juiciest positions in an ancient university like Silliman. Meanwhile, its first ever university president was a Filipino. In terms of its quest for a competitive academic performance, it was ranked as number four in its overall cognitive performance evaluation. Consequently, Silliman University had also coveted an impressive overall ranking among the top 150 Asian universities in the world. This was accurately based on the International Studies Review which was conducted by QS or the Quacquarelli Symonds. Actually, this is a widely-known educational related institution which serves the purpose of fairly ranking the cream of the crop universities in the world.

The much-awaited accreditation of this the continuously flourishing educational system of the Philippines had surprisingly occurred when it was unanimously cited as one of the leading universities which has the full accreditation of being an institutionalized school by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines or FAAP. In principle, an Institutional Accreditation is the highest form of certification that is deservingly bestowed upon a school or a university after subjecting a possible candidate to a very objective and meticulous manner of selection through the complex rudiments of accredited educational programs, the state or quality of its educational facilities alongside with the universities’ dedicated faculty members and the kind of services that they are providing for their ever-growing students’ populace. In this regard, it was able to outlast its other competitors after having the most number of accredited educational programs in those years by having unmatched educational and business operation skills since it was first officially accredited. In fact, Dumaguete’s pride and greatest source of economic productivity had proudly reached the highest level of educational accreditation in the landscape of Philippine education.

Currently, it is approximately comprised of 10 tertiaries, three institutes and five schools. Speaking of its total enrollees, it has an estimated 8,600 qualified students which included 30 foreign countries from the different parts of the world. Tourism wise, the University of Silliman has been duly registered as one of the most sought after National Landmarks of the Philippines by the National Historical Institute. Meanwhile, another key agency of education in the country has given this widely renowned university a holistically independent status by the Commission on Higher Education. Above anything else, this tourist landmark in the province of Dumaguete has made its students extremely proud of themselves simply because their school was one of the founding members of the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia. Luckily, the confidential roster of the United States’ Veterans Administration has also cited this university as one of its approved learning institutions.


It has captivating architectural features which make human erudition more pleasurable and motivating at the same time. To begin with, it has four elegant repositories. These are the Anthropology Museum, Gonzales Museum of Natural History, Marine Mammal Museum of the Environmental Institute, Marine Sciences and the SU-ROTC Museums. In addition, this university proudly welcomes tourists and exchange students to their exclusive zoo and botanical garden.

Silliman University Chapel.

Silliman University Chapel.

It is named as A.Y. Zoological and Botanical Gardens. This particular orchard of theirs, is the official site of the Center for Tropical Conservation Studies. Construction wise, the said garden was just a pet project in the beginning for the school’s tree planting agenda. Likewise, it was initially employed as a field laboratory by the Silliman University’s Department of Biology. During the ‘90s decade, it became the first-ever captive breeding ground of the Philippine Spotted Deer. As this fabulous botanical garden flourished with so much scientific and ecological benefits, it has been added with other wildlife species. In so doing, this orchard has tremendously increased its plant and animal species in 1996. Do want to know the most interesting feature of this university? Surprisingly, it has a beach which is found in front of the school’s marine laboratory.


Geographically, Silliman University is strategically located in Dumaguete City which has its main campus along the busy Avenue of Hibbard. As for its easiest landmark, there are old acacia trees and is very much in proximity to the province’s well-developed downtown district. From a larger landscape, this school beamingly faces the east because it is occupying about one-third of Dumaguete’s productive downtown. Now to make it more pleasant and worth seeing, it is coupled with exuberating and symbolic portals which are said to be the finest emblems of this educational institution. These are the Gates of Opportunity, Knowledge and Service.

Indeed, Silliman University has impeccably etched in the realms of Philippine education that there is no room for socioeconomic differences when it comes to feeding the minds of millions.

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