Everything You Need to Know Before Applying to Colegio de San Juan de Letran

From its top courses to tuition fees.
by Hannah Lazatin   |  Jan 26, 2022
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History of Colegio de San Juan de Letran

There were two similar learning institutions that fused together to form Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL). The first is Colegio de Niños Huerfanos de San Juan de Letran, an orphanage founded in 1620 that aimed to educate its ward into proper Christian citizens. The second is Colegio de Huerfanos de San Pedro y San Pablo, established around the same time. The founders of these two institutions shared a friendship and similar ideals that led them to merge the two establishments in 1630.

Today, it has four colleges under its Undergraduate Program, aside from offering basic education and graduate courses. It also began accepting female students into these undergraduate courses in the 1970s, and has made much progress after opening several research centers, including the Letran Center for Intramuros Studies, in order to establish itself as a leader in historical and cultural knowledge.


Top Courses Colegio de San Juan de Letran Is Known For

CSJL has two flagship colleges it is known for: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Business Administration and Accountancy. Under the former, it is mandatory that the students here take Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Math, Languages and Health, and Physical Education, as well as theology and community services. In the College of Business Administration and Accountancy, the Management course is among those widely taken. In the last 10 years, it has also started to offer engineering courses through its youngest college, the College of Engineering and Information Technology. 

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How to Apply to Colegio de San Juan de Letran

For those who want to study at CSJL, know that there’s a recorded 78 percent acceptance rate when it comes to admissions, with the batch size being around 10,000 spread across its 33 courses and four colleges. If you’re thinking of applying at the Intramuros-based university, here’s what you’ll need to do and submit:

  1. Accomplish an application form online at letran.edu.ph and have a parent or guardian sign this.
  2. Submit the following requirements and upload these onto the Letran platform:
  1. High school report card
  2. Copy of NSO birth certificate
  3. Copy of baptismal certificate
  4. Certificate of good moral character
  5. 2 pcs. Of 2x2 picture and 2 pcs of 1x1 picture
  6. Foreign applicants must also submit the original and photocopy of their Alien Certificate of Registration and BI Special Study Permit.
  1. Wait for an application approval via text or email address.
  2. Pay a non-refundable processing or reservation fee and send proof of this payment to arletran@letran.edu.ph.


There is usually the Letran College Admission Test that applicants have to undergo, but it’s waived for S.Y. 2022-2023 taking into account the risk of the coronavirus transmission. See the full application process here.

How Much Is Tuition and Other Fees at Colegio de San Juan de Letran

The tuition fee per semester at CSJL starts at P31,000 up to P60,000, depending on one’s program of study. If this is steep for a student’s budget, there are a couple of scholarship programs to apply for: the Blessed Jesus Villaverde Andres Scholarship, the Beato Fra. Angelico Cultural Scholarship for singers, dancers, band members, and cheer squad members, the San Juan Macias Student Assistantship for those in need of financial aid, and the Blessed Antonio Varona Ortega Athletic scholarship offered to those with exceptional athletic performance. 

Famous Alumni From Colegio de San Juan de Letran

In over the three centuries it has been around, College de San Juan de Letran has produced exceptional alumni that we know from history lessons—Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. Del Pilar, Padre Mariano Gomez, Francisco Baltazar, Emilio Aguinaldo, as well as Philippine Presidents Manuel Quezon, Jose P. Laurel, and Sergio Osmeña


In more recent history, the school has educated contemporary musician, emcee, poet, and journalist Lourd de Veyra (high school), former senator and basketball coach Freddie Webb, news anchor Ted Failon (high school), and professional basketball player Willie Miller, among many other leaders, public servants, businessmen, and religious personalities.



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