As we learned from the De La Salle University college primer, the College of Saint Benilde began as DLSU’s College of Career Development, meant as a night school for working students. It was later renamed the College of Saint Benilde in 1988 and gained autonomy in 1994. It continues to be a member institution of De La Salle Philippines.
It was originally located at the Miguel Hall within the DLSU main campus, before it transferred to a larger space across the street at 2544 Taft Avenue in 1989.
Top Courses That De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde Is Known For
One of the DLS-CSB’s main draws is that it offers programs that are not typically offered at other colleges—courses in the arts, design, service industries, and computer applications, as well as other special fields of study, included. It has pioneered many courses in these fields, and is known for offering a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Deaf Studies.
Many hopefuls come there to take on Fashion Design and Merchandising, Multimedia Arts, Music Production, Game Design and Development, Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management, and Digital Filmmaking.
Application Process at the De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde
Are you ready to be a Benildean? Your first steps start here, as you apply to the Taft-based school. Benilde has been wary of Covid-19 cases and due to protocols, the usual Benilde Entrance Exam (BEE) is currently suspended and the success of your application will depend on your high school performance. Here’s who’s eligible to apply:
- Grade 12 senior high school students and graduates
- Filipino students who have passed the Bureau Alternative Learning System Test
- Non-Filipino and dual citizen first year college applicants
The requirements for first year students are as follow:
- Fully accomplished application form accessible through the apps1.benilde.edu.ph/apply
- A signed applicants’ consent verification and authorization
- PSA birth certificate
- Certificate of Good Moral Character from the applicant’s school or recommendation letter
- Completed Benilde Secondary Scholastic Record Form
- Grade 12 senior high school report card
- Certification with the school seal from the registrar
- Written explanation of what you did after graduation up to the present duly signed by the applicant and parent.
- High School Transcript of Records (TOR) officially translated in English and duly authenticated
- Certificate of Employment with compensation
- Photocopy of the following documents
- Valid Passport - Bio page and stamp of latest arrival page
- Valid Alien Certificate of Registration Identification Card (ACR-ICard)
- Valid Identification Card for SIRV, SRRV, and PRA Holders
- Identification Certificate or Certificate of Recognition for Dual Citizens & Non-Native born
- Proof of admission payment (bank payment slip)
After creating an account on the Benilde Applications portal, applicants must pay a processing fee of P600 (for Filipinos), P2,500 (non-Filipinos), or P200 (for Deaf and BASAP applicants). They must also upload proof of this payment on the portal. After submitting the requirements above, notify firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Application Requirements Submission” and wait for the status of your application. See the full process here.
How Much Tuition Fee Is at the De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde
The next foot in the door is to consider shouldering the fees that come with a Benildean education. This is somewhere between P80,000 to P110,000 per semester, depending on your course of study. Here are the estimated tuition fees per semester, taken from SY 2019-2020:
School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS): P95,000
School of Design and Arts (SDA): P75,000 to P110,000
School of Diplomacy and Governance (SDG): P80,000
School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management (SHRIM): P80,000 to P90,000
School of Management and Information Technology (SMIT): P75,000 to P90,000
Famous Alumni From the De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde
In spite of not having as long a history as other top universities in Manila, CSB educated many fine young men and women who would later become household names. Among those names are personalities Maine Mendoza, Elisse Joson, Luis Manzano, and Champ Lui Po. It has also given the start to big names in fashion such as designer Rajo Laurel, Mak Tumang, Phoemela Baranda, and Liz Uy, as well as beauty queens Megan Young, Maxine Mendoza, and Angelia Ong.
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