Arellano University

Arellano University
Pamantasang Arellano
The seal of the University
Former names
Arellano Law College
Arellano Colleges
MottoFor God and Country
TypePrivate, Non-sectarian
EstablishedFebruary 27, 1938; 81 years ago (February 27, 1938)
FounderFlorentino Cayco Sr.
Academic affiliations
Connect Asia Pacific
International Nursing Program
LAWPHiL Project
Philippine Association of Law Schools
ChairmanFrancisco Paulino V. Cayco
Students30,000+ (2015)[1]
Coordinates: 14°36′00.62″N 120°59′46.64″E / 14.6001722°N 120.9962889°E / 14.6001722; 120.9962889
Campus7 Urban Campuses:
*Juan Sumulong Campus
*Apolinario Mabini Campus
*Andres Bonifacio Campus
*Jose Abad Santos Campus
*Jose Rizal Campus
*Elisa Esguerra Campus
*Plaridel Campus
Sporting affiliations
NCC Philippines
MascotIndian Chief
Arellano University header logo.png

Arellano University (AU) is a private, coeducational and nonsectarian university located in Manila, Philippines. It was founded in 1938 as a law school by Florentino Cayco, Sr., the first Filipino Undersecretary of Public Instruction.[2] The university was named after Cayetano Arellano, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.[3] It operates seven campuses located throughout Metro Manila and the Main Campus is located along Legarda Street, Sampaloc, Manila. The Arellano University School of Law is autonomous and managed by the Arellano Law Foundation. Its athletic team, the Arellano University Chiefs, is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association since 2009.


Cayetano Arellano, the first Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, after whom the university was named.

Arellano University began on 1938 by Florentino Cayco, Sr.[4] It was established as a law school by Cayco, the first Filipino Undersecretary of Public Instruction and an educator. the school was named Arellano Law College which is derived from Cayetano Arellano, the first Filipino Supreme Court Chief Justice.[5] The newly founded institution offers the regular four-year law course and was one of the well-known institutions at that time catering to numerous prolific people in the field of law and public service.

On the onset of World War II, the school was closed from 1941 to 1945. It was reopened in April 1945 and renamed as the Arellano Colleges. It has expanded course offerings in commerce, foreign service, and arts and sciences. In 1946, Florentino Cayco, Sr. became the school's first President and through his efforts, the institution was granted university status on February 22, 1947 by the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports and was accordingly renamed as Arellano University. AU continued its robust expansion with the offering of new courses which resulted into the addition of new colleges.

In 1948, from its present site in Legarda at Sampaloc, AU moved to a new site in Plaza Guipit. It was relocated back to its old site in Legarda when a new modern four-storey concrete building was erected in 1955.[6] In 1954, AU opened an institute of nursing and a law school. The Arellano University School of Law would later be managed by the Arellano Law Foundation under a Memorandum of Agreement in 1978. Arellano Law Foundation is a non-stock and non-profit organization established by the alumni, faculty members, and employees of AU whose objective was to establish and operate a law school. The School of Law was successfully turned over to Arellano Law Foundation on April 22, 1979 but remained as one of the constituent colleges of the university.[6]

In 2015, AU entered into a partnership with Ayala Education to launch the [email protected], a junior college program that serves as an early implementation of the Philippines' K-12 program.[1][7] Later on, the university began to fully integrate the K-12 program with the offering of Senior High School (SHS) strands.

Campuses and locations[edit]

At present, Arellano operates on 7 campuses located throughout Metro Manila.

Image Campus Location Founded Campus land area Note
9952Legarda Street, Sampaloc San Miguel Manila 27.jpg Juan Sumulong Campus Manila 1946 14,000 square meters
(1.4 hectares)
Main Campus of Arellano University.
Apolinario Mabini Campus Menlo, Pasay 1938 9,600 square meters
(0.96 hectares)
Campus of Arellano University School of Law, Original campus of the former American School of Manila prior to its handover.
Andres Bonifacio Campus Pasig 1946 12,900 square meters
(1.29 hectares)
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Jose Abad Santos Campus Pasay 1945 6,700 square meters
(0.67 hectares)
Jose Rizal Campus Malabon 1950 5,600.00 square meters
(0.56 hectares)
An extension of the Elisa Esguerra Campus. Formerly known as Gregorio Sancianco High School Campus. The campus was closed down in 1980s and AU developed a new campus called Elisa Esguerra Campus a couple of city blocks south. Redeveloped by the university in 2017 and was renamed as Jose Rizal Campus.
Elisa Esguerra Campus Malabon 2018 4,000 square meters
(0.40 hectares)
0710jfBarangay Pag-Asa Arellano University Plaridel Campus Mandaluyong Cityfvf 05.jpg
Plaridel Campus Mandaluyong 1950 3,700 square meters
(0.37 hectares)
F.G. Calderon Campus Manila This campus was closed in the 1960s. All of its documents were transferred to the Plaridel Campus.

Administration and organization[edit]

Arellano is governed by its CEO, the Board of Trustees, and the Corporate Officers. The CEO manages the overall operational performance of AU. All campuses of Arellano are under the CEO's direct control and supervision.[8]

Academics and research[edit]

College/school founding
College/school Year founded[9]

School of Law 1938
College of Arts and Sciences 1945
College of Education 1945
College of Business and Technology 1945
Allied Medical Services 1954
Florentino Cayco Memorial
School of Graduate Studies

Arellano University is formed by five academic clusters that cater to undergraduates and postgraduates. Two clusters, the Allied Medical Services and the College of Business and Technology, are formed by one or more colleges, schools, or an institute. Arellano also has its own elementary and high schools. All academic programs are offered across its six campuses.

Florentino Cayco Memorial School of Graduate Studies on Education is the graduate school of AU. It was named after the founder of the university and offers Education-related advanced academic degrees.

The Arellano University School of Law (AUSL), established in 1938, is the law school of AU and is managed by the Arellano Law Foundation, a non-stock and non-profit corporation established by alumni of the university. It is one of the oldest law schools in the Philippines and rose to prominence by producing successful graduates that mold the political history of the country.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the liberal arts school of AU.

The College of Education is the normal school of the university. AU's two elementary schools (Manila and Pasig campuses) and three secondary schools (Manila, Pasig, Pasay and Malabon campuses) serve as the college's laboratory school. Education students of AU are exposed to international education through its partnership with Hailida International Kindergarten School in Shenzhen, China.[10]

The College of Nursing leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing with an option to finish to complete and earn degree from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.

The College of Allied Medical Services is composed of five colleges and one diploma program: the College of Physical Therapy, College of Nursing, College of Radiologic Technology, College of Medical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology, College of Pharmacy, and the diploma program in Midwifery.

The College of Business and Technology is a cluster college formed by the Institute of Accountancy, School of Computer Science, School of Business and Administration, and the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

The College of Criminal Justice Education offers a four-year course leading to a degree of Bachelor of Science in Criminology.


The Research and Publications Department (RPD) is the official research department of the university. Arellano is one of the member higher educational institutions (HEI) of the joint DLSU-CHED Zonal Research Center.[11]

Academic partnerships[edit]

AU has several academic partners that aim to facilitate collaborations in teaching, research, joint study programs, staff and student exchange, professional certification and continuing education. Known academic partners include:


The Arellano University Chiefs are the varsity athletic teams of the university which is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) since joining in 2010 as a probationary member.[15] The Chiefs attained regular member status in NCAA Season 89 on April 2, 2013.[16] The Chiefs also played in the NCRAA, NAASCU, Shakey's V-League and the Fr. Martin's Cup. The Chiefs are also a member of the Development League of the Philippine Basketball Association.[17]

The name Chiefs was adopted in honor of the university's namesake Cayetano Arellano, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

Insignia and other representations[edit]

Motto and song[edit]

"For God and Country" is the official motto of AU. The university song is called "Arellano Hymn" and is sung in Tagalog.[citation needed]


Arellano University Official Seal
ArmigerArellano University
UseOfficial documents, publications and markers.

The university's seal is the official scheme used by the university in official documents and official publications.

AU's seal was prepared by artist Vicente Manansala and was heavily inspired by a World War II photograph of American marines raising the Flag of the United States on the summit of Mount Surabachi. Similarly, the seal depicts three male youths that raise the Flag of the Philippines. Each of the men symbolizes Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The university seal also contains AU's official motto: "For God and Country".

Notable people[edit]

Persons affiliated to the university, either as students, faculty members, or administrators, are known as "Arellianites" and/or "Arellanistas". Throughout the university's history, faculty, alumni, and students have played prominent roles in many different fields. Prominent alumni of Arellano in the film and media industry include Bayani Agbayani, Joey de Leon and Ted Failon. Public servants who have attended Arellano include lawyer Higino A. Acala, Sr., former Senator Rodolfo Biazon, former 4th District of Manila Congresswoman Trisha Bonoan-David, and Francisco Domagoso, former actor and mayor of Manila.[18]


  1. ^ a b Zinnia B. Dela Peña (February 21, 2015). "Ayala enters academe via Arellano University". The Philippine Star. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "History". Arellano University. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Chief Justice". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Inquirer, Philippine Daily. "Did you know: 122nd birth anniversary of Arellano University". Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Arellano University (Apolinario Mabini Campus): Tuition & Application |". Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "About AUSL". Arellano Law Foundation. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  7. ^ Doris C. Dumlao (February 20, 2015). "Ayala, Arellano University team up on junior college program". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  8. ^ "About the CEO". Arellano University. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  9. ^ *[1]
  10. ^ "College of Education". Arellano University. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  11. ^ "Member HEIs". DLSU-CHED-ZRC. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  12. ^ "ECU Nursing - Midwifery Students attend the 2018 CPPP At AU Partner Institutions". Arellano University. July 10, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "AU embarks on new partnership with Federation University, Australia". Arellano University. April 6, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "AU revives ties with academic institutions of China". Arellano University. September 27, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  15. ^ Izah Morales (January 20, 2010). "Aguinaldo College, Arellano join NCAA on probation". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
  16. ^ "NCAA". Arellano University. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  17. ^ "AU Chiefs". Arellano University. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  18. ^ Lo, Ricky (April 29, 2012). "Isko Moreno: Cinderella Man". The Philippine Star. Retrieved February 26, 2015.

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