Aside from being known as the very first university in Mindanao, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan was also the first Ateneo school that gained university status in the country. In 1933, the school was founded by Fr James TG Hayes SJ, the first Bishop and Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro. It was later on renamed to "Xavier University" to commemorate St. Francis Xavier, the companion of St. Ignatius Loyola of the Society of Jesus. In line with alumni's requests, it then became known as "Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan" as it gradually expanded. Despite facing closure due to World War II, the school managed to reopen and offer undergraduate courses in Liberal Arts, Education, Commerce, Agriculture, and Law. Now nearly 90 years since its establishment, the Ateneo university houses over 15,000 students, 70 co-curricular and extra-curricular organizations, and a wide variety of prestigious courses.
If you dream of being a Crusader and making Xavier University your future alma mater, keep scrolling for five of the best courses you can take at this university:
1. Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
The university's College of Agriculture has been labeled as a Center of Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education. This means all courses under this department offer top-tier education, including its BS Agriculture program. With the aim of teaching students about the ins and outs of agriculture and food system resources, this four-year course is an ideal choice for those who want to work for agro-industrial companies after graduating. The program offers two fields of specialization, namely Crop Science and Animal Science, to help alleviate the problem of food shortage in the Philippines. Some Crop Science classes include Plant Breeding, Tropical Olericulture, and Applied Biotechnology, while a few Animal Science classes are Dairy Production and Management, Animal Health and Welfare, and Swine & Poultry Production. In addition to these classes, students will also be required to take up an internship to ensure that they get to apply their classroom knowledge to real-life work situations.
2. Bachelor of Science in Food Technology
Another course under the prestigious College of Agriculture is BS Food Technology. For future food auditors, entrepreneurs, and other food and beverage industry aspirants, this is the best four-year program to study. The first of its kind in Northern Mindanao, the curriculum primarily focuses on human nutrition, food preservation, and product development for that well-rounded mix of science, engineering, and business management. Other than taking an internship, students will be expected to take up practical classes like Quality Control, Food Engineering, Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Dairy Products Technology. Plus, the department gives students state-of-the-art facilities like a Food Processing Area and a Food Microbiology Lab to complement learning at school.
3. Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hailed as the number-one nursing school from 2010 to 2018, Xavier University's College of Nursing consistently tops the national board exams. In fact, its first-ever batch of board takers in 1993 even gained a 100% passing rate in the Integrated Nurses Licensure Examination! The four-year program promises to promote society's physical and spiritual fitness through its community-oriented approach to education. Students are encouraged to rehabilitate clients in poor and marginalized communities, allowing them to work at community health centers and public hospitals prior to graduation.
4. Bachelor of Secondary Education
If you plan to be a teacher someday, look into their College of Education. Beyond being named a Center of Excellence by CHED, it also holds a Level III accreditation status from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities. Following their high passing rates at the Licensure Exam for Teachers, it was also recognized as a Top Teacher Education School. In particular, their versatile Secondary Education program offers six different majors for future educators: Science, English, Filipino, Mathematics, Social Studies, Values Education.
5. Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
Similar to the other courses mentioned above, Xavier University's School of Business and Management produces a lot of top-notchers, specifically in the field of accountancy. Case in point: They ranked as the tenth top-performing school in the Philippines after reaping an impressive 27.78 passing rate at the May 2019 CPA Licensure Exams. Having earned a PAASCU Level III education, this course is guaranteed to thoroughly prepare students for careers in accounting, taxation, auditing, and cost management.