A Guide to the Future UST in Santa Rosa


On September 10, 2017, a celebrated Sunday Mass was held at the University of Santo Tomas-Santa Rosa campus near Nuvali by UST Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy O.P., as the Main Presider. UST in Santa Rosa is the newest campus of UST outside España, Manila. 

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The inauguration and groundbreaking started off with a mass. | Photo from UST website


Did you know that the Philippines is home to the oldest university in Asia? And when it comes to population, the same university holds the record of being the most prominent Catholic University globally. 

That institution is no other than the University of Santo Tomas (UST), founded on April 28, 1611, by the third Archbishop of Manila, Miguel de Benavides, with Father Domingo de Nieva, and Father Bernardo de Santa Catalina. 

The 40-hectare UST in Santa Rosa, Laguna campus near Nuvali is located at 732P+JR7, Don Jose, Santa Rosa, Laguna. There is an ongoing construction of a PHP 100 million innovation hub at UST Santa Rosa, the Tony Tan Caktiong Innovation Center – a three-story structure. It will be an annex of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)- TomasINNO Center. 

Site Development Plan for UST in Santa Rosa 

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If you’re already dwelling in one of the luxury mansions in Santa Rosa, knowing that an ongoing UST campus is under construction would definitely bring an added layer of joy.


Although the site development plan was finished as early as 2016, the fact that it was caught up during the transition made the actual development take a bit longer than expected. 

UST in Santa Rosa offers undergraduate science and engineering programs on a 40-hectare campus in Laguna. Campus construction officially began on April 19, 2006, led by then-UST rector Tamerlane Lana and attended by tycoon Lucio Tan, a board member of UST. However, the development of the campus has been delayed for several years due to administration changes, the Quadricentennial Celebration in 2011, and priority given to the construction projects in the main campus. 

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Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, then the university rector | Photo from The Varsitarian


Herminio Dagohoy, then the university rector, led the second groundbreaking ceremony on September 10, 2017. Building on the campus began in December 2020 with the UST-Dr Tony Tan Caktiong Innovation Center. It was named for Tony Tan Caktiong, an alumnus and the founder of Jollibee Foods Corporation. The center will be part of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-TomasINNO Center.  

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General Guidelines of UST in Santa Rosa

How to do an online application for UST Santa Rosa?

1. All applications to the UST Santa Rosa campus are made online

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All applications are done online. | Photo from Pexels


2. Only students presently enrolled in Grade 12, and senior high school in Grade 10 can apply. 

Which individuals are eligible to apply if they have clearance from the UST Office of the Registrar before submitting the application fee?

1. Students who have passed the Philippine Educational Placement Test or Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (the PEPT/ALS A&E certificate is necessary) 

2. Those who have graduated or completed previous school years (original Form 138-Report Card is important) 

3. Students from foreign schools are required to submit Form 137-Transcript of Records 

*ACR I-CARD and passport required for foreigners graduating from local schools 

*Applicants to colleges have the option of choosing two programs.

*Senior High School applicants may choose one track/strand. 

Application Terminologies

Strands and Tracks

Senior High School students who participate in these programs prepare themselves for employment, business, or further education. Make sure the track/strand you choose aligns with your college plans or career goals. 

Priority Program

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The priority program is what the individual wants to get into most. | Photo from Pexels


Applicants prefer to be accepted to this program. They intend to advance their knowledge and skills in this area as it is their primary focus. 

Alternative Program

If the applicant does not meet the criteria of their priority program, they will be considered in this program subject to the requirements set by the College. Applicants who qualify for their priority program are no longer eligible for the alternative program. 

*Admission to some colleges is not solely dependent on passing the USTAR. Colleges may also require additional entry assessments, including interviews, talent tests (e.g., auditions, drawings), or any other similar activities. 

How much is the application fee for UST in Santa Rosa?

1.  Php 500.00 – for Filipino students studying in the Philippines 

2. Php 500.00 – for Filipino students studying abroad 

3. Php 1,000.00 – for international students studying in the Philippines 

4. Php 3,000.00 – for LEAPMed Applicants 

5. USD 30.00 or Php 1,650.00 – for international students studying abroad 

6. USD 50.00 or Php 2,750.00 – Through International Credentials 

*The application fees of applicants for College or SHS on the list of the TOP 10 students in their class (based on their academic standing in Grade 11 and Grade 9, respectively) may be waived if the school principal certifies their academic standing. Only students who come from public schools in the Philippines are eligible for this program. 

For further questions or concerns, feel free to send an email at [email protected] 

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How much does UST in Santa Rosa Tuition Fee cost?

Generally, tuition fees for colleges range from PHP 50,000 to 60,000 per semester. While for Junior High School, it is approximately PHP 100,000 per year. 

Schedule of Application 

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Make sure that you are able to follow your schedule. | Photo from Pexels


College and Senior High School applications are now open. 

For College: from September 01 to December 15, 2021 

For LEAPMead: from September 01 to November 30, 2021 

For Senior High School: from September 01 to December 15, 2021 

What are the Degree Programs in UST in Santa Rosa?

The University of Santo Tomas is known for its different departments that offer students a wide range of programs that provide undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degrees. However, the most popular degrees are related to their health science and medical programs. 

For more information about the courses offered in the UST-Santa Rosa campus, kindly visit their website or send an email at [email protected] for more details. 

Final Thought 

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UST consistently ranks among the world’s top 1000 universities and is one of the top four universities in the Philippines. As a Catholic university with more than 400 years of quality education, UST is both timeless and timely, as it continuously responds to the needs of the present. 

Students in Metro South may choose to study at UST without going to Manila with the construction of the said campus. Furthermore, a family looking for a house and lot near Nuvali or with the wide range of luxury homes for sale in Santa Rosa can easily decide since an additional amenity is on the way to completion. 

It is the right time to settle in one of the luxury homes near Metro Manila. Whether you’re looking for luxury homes or mansions in Santa Rosa, you have the option to choose. Santa Rosa is a haven for many because of its eco-friendly environment. Business owners, entrepreneurs, and employees can collaborate and get the best of both worlds in Santa Rosa. 

Residential establishments such as luxury homes in Brittany or a house and lot near Nuvali are well within reach of landmark commercial businesses and industrial centers. The City of Santa Rosa is indeed a beautiful suburban residential community of Metro Manila. 

Discover your dream house with the vast array of unconventionalluxury homes for sale in Santa Rosa, the place that offers you the luxury of larger living spaces. 

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