Everything You Need To Know Before Applying To Bukidnon State University

by Maxine Nava Valdez   |  Jan 24, 2023
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Bukidnon State University or BukSU in short, is one of the leading institutions in Mindanao and the country. Strategically located at the capital town of Malaybay City, Bukidnon, BukSU is one that caters to the majority of Region 10 and the CARAGA Region, as well as the surrounding provinces and cities of Mindanao.

Here’s what you need to know before pursuing your college education at Bukidnon State University:

History of Bukidnon State University 

BukSu was first known as Bukidnon Provincial High School in 1924 when it first offered educational courses. Later in 1927, the institution acquired a six-hectare land area in which their buildings were established. The year after that, the institution turned into a normal school and was then renamed Bukidnon Normal School.

Fast forward to 1934, BukSU was mandated by the Commonwealth government to execute the duty “of developing moral character, personal discipline, civic conscience, and vocational efficiency.” However, at the time of World War II in December 1941, the school had to be shut down regardless of how close it was to having a collegiate status.

On the first day of September 1945, BukSU finally reopened. Classes were held at private residences and in army tents at the grounds of the capital. Nipa huts were also utilized as classrooms until 1950, when new infrastructures were beginning to be established again.

Before 1953, the secondary curriculum was eradicated to make way for the two-year special education courses that were to be implemented. The secondary courses began to be totally phased out in 1956, and the two-year special curricula was cut off the succeeding year. Mr. Pacific A. Ramos took his place as principal during this time.


Later in 1971, they offered the Bachelor of Science in Secondary School Education and set up a high school training department as well. The next year, Bukidnon Normal School was renamed to Bukidnon Normal College. In 1976, the school was renamed to Bukidnon State College and Dr. Jaime M. Gellor was appointed as the school’s first president.

In 1986, Dr. Teresita T. Tumampon took over as the second president of the school. During this time, more courses were offered and a better organizational structure was formed. In the school’s eighth decade, Information Technology and Instructional Systems Design were introduced as new programs.

Taking over the next presidency, Dr. Victor M. Barroso was appointed. His team ushered significant changes that accelerated the school’s development which led to BukSU gaining its university status in 2007.

In accordance with RA 9456 signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Bukidnon State College officially became Bukidnon State University. Dr. Barroso was dubbed as the first BSU president, to be succeeded by Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez in June 2015.

Recently, Atty. Ryan L. Estevez, Executive Director of UniFAST, was appointed officer-in-charge by the board of regents in light of Dr. Cabañelez’s retirement.

Top Courses to Take at Bukidnon State University

BukSU has a total of seven colleges: College of Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Law, College of Nursing, and College of Technologies.

According to the Bukidnon State University Official Website, the College of Nursing had a passing rate of 90.48% in 2022 and 100% in 2021. Several alumni even testified on the webpage about how studying nursing at the university paved the way for their success with most of them now working as registered nurses internationally.

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With most of its academic programs accredited, the College of Education was awarded the Center of Development for Teacher Education from the Commission on Higher Education. If you’re planning to take the course of Bachelor of Elementary Education, you too, can find confidence in the 92.31% passing rate of BukSU in the Licensure Examination for Teachers last 2021.

The College of Law is also highly regarded in BukSU as it has produced over 74 lawyers, most of whom have already pursued public service positions. In the 2018 Bar Exam statistics verified by the Supreme Court of the Philippines Office of the Bar Confidant, BukSU COL ranked 32nd among all the 130 law schools in the country and third over all the law schools in Mindanao. 

So if you are an aspiring educator, nurse, or lawyer, Bukidnon State University might be the best institution for you.

How to Apply to Bukidnon State University

Here are simple steps on how to begin your application to BukSU as per the BukSU Admission and Testing Unit:

The first step is to go to http://admissions.buksu.edu.ph and sign up with an existing Gmail account. Type in a password and confirm it after. Next, a confirmation link will be sent to your registered email and you have to click it for the activation of your BukSU account. Once activated, fill out all the required information as well as upload the documents needed.

After that, you may select your preferred schedule to take your examination based on the slots still available. You will be notified upon the approval of your application based on your chosen schedule. You may then download your test permit and application form once accepted.


Note that you cannot make multiple accounts and submit multiple applications. You must also check your account regularly to see updates.

Lastly, do not forget to bring your COVID-19 vaccination card, mask, sanitizer, pencils and pens, two copies of your application form, and your test permit on the day of your examination.  Remember, BukSU is very particular about their application process: No application, no exam. So make sure you follow each step cautiously!

How Much Tuition and Other Fees Cost at Bukidnon State University

BukSU-CAT, the university’s admission test, is currently free of charge. Tuition fees are also free of charge due to the Republic Act 10931, which aims to make higher education much more accessible for every student.

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