Everything You Need to Know Before Applying to Central Luzon State University

The former farm school sits on a huge 658-hectare campus!
by Hannah Lazatin   |  Apr 29, 2022
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Located on a vast and green campus in Nueva Ecija, the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) is one of the leading universities in regional research in the region and is one of the top schools for agriculture in the Philippines. What began as a small farm school later rose in the ranks and garnered international attention for its research in aquaculture, water management, and the like. If you’re looking at a future in agriculture, CLSU might be the answer. But first, here’s a short primer to get you acquainted with the institution:

History of Central Luzon State University

A shining example of devotion to its service and students, the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) rose from its humble beginnings as a farm school. Previously known as the Central Luzon Agricultural School (CLAS), the school’s establishment was issued on April 12, 1907, by Nueva Ecija Governor, James F. Smith. Its students learned the fundamentals of better farming methods, agricultural mechanics, and homemaking arts, eventually becoming an exemplary vocational-agricultural teaching and learning program.


In December 1950, CLAS was converted into the Central Luzon Agricultural College (CLAC) by then-President Elpidio Quirino. Requiring practicum, CLAC was known as “the mother of vocational agricultural schools” – teaching the value and dignity of work. In 1964, CLAC became the Central Luzon State University and has since become one of the more renowned and prestigious higher education institutions in the country.

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Top Courses the Central Luzon State University Is Known For

After ranking 11th in the 2022 AD Scientific Index's Top Universities in the Philippines, Central Luzon State University has earned the highest level of accreditation by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACUP) in 13 of its offered courses. These courses include BS Biology, BS Agriculture, BS Business Administration, and BS Fisheries.

Shortlisted for the THE Asia Awards 2022 under the “Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year Category,” CLSU is the Philippine institution to be recognized in this list. 

Ranking 18th among the top higher education institutions in the Philippines by the Webometrics Ranking of Universities, Central Luzon State University has also been recognized by CHED as a center of excellence for six of their offered programs, namely agriculture, fisheries, biology, veterinary medicine, agricultural engineering, and teacher education. 

How Much Tuition and Other Fees Cost at Central Luzon State University

According to Edukasyon.ph, Central Luzon State University’s tuition fee ranges from P12,000 - P16,000 per year. This may vary depending on the chosen program and load.


As per the university’s office of admissions, there are a number of scholarship programs and grants for those in need of financial assistance. Learn more about the various opportunities and their corresponding criteria here.

To contact Central Luzon State University’s financial management services should you need further information on tuition breakdown, you may reach out to its accounting office chief, Ms. Evelyn Y. Hilario at eyhilario@clsu.edu.ph

Application and Admission Process at Central Luzon State University

To apply to the Central Luzon State University as a freshman, the aspiring enrollee must accomplish the following:**

  • Qualify in the college admission test (CLSU-CAT)
  • Submit these credentials: Grade 12 report card, copy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) birth certificate, and one 2×2 colored ID picture with name tag
  • Certify that they are in good health to be conducted by the university physician
  • Submit the accomplished enrollment form

Learn more about the different admission requirements here.


**Additional requirements may be requested by the concerned college. Read more about the various colleges here: https://clsu.edu.ph/academic-affairs/ap-colleges.php

Famous Alumni From Central Luzon State University

As a state university, Central Luzon has had many notable alumni walk in its hallowed halls; many of which have pursued careers in the field of science. Among these are Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, former Director of the Department of Science and Technology (Region III), and Maestro Alexis Belonio whose invention of the rice husk-powered gas stove has garnered international acclaim

Of the many noteworthy alumni, a good deal has dedicated their lives to future generations, pursuing a career in the academe. Leo Abenes, retired professor of the California State University and former President of the Muñozonian USA, is one such alumnus. Along with Abenes in the field of education are Dr. Romeo S. Cabanilla, second president of Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) and Dr. Firma C. Viray, president of the Core Gateway College, Inc. (CGCI). 


Central Luzon is also the alma mater of successful businessman and entrepreneur, Armando U. ColomaArmando Coloma established the AU Coloma Corporation, the trading company belonging to the top 20,000 corporations in the Philippines. 


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