Everything You Need to Know Before Applying to Visayas State University

by Leika Golez   |  Dec 8, 2022
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It's common for many people to assume that the best universities in the country are only in Metro Manila. Contrary to popular belief, however, there are still plenty of excellent options outside the NCR. For example, Visayas State University is a Leyte-based institution that aims to provide world-class education in the field of science and technology. The globally competitive university has built a pristine reputation on the success of their graduates and their countless school achievements, from being the Lead Institution of the Visayas Consortium of Agricultural Resources Program in 1978 to receiving two Tanglaw Awards from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development. The university's total land area of 1,099.4 hectares is flanked by a stunning mountain range and the Camotes Sea, making it one of the beautiful campuses in the country.

Sounds a lot like your dream school? Here's everything you need to know before sending in your application to Visayas State University:

History of Visayas State University 

Visayas State University was first founded as a Jesuit institution called Colegio de San Ildefonso. After separating from its seminary in 1948, the college eventually acquired its university status and established five campuses in Cebu City and offered a wide range of courses under seven different schools. In 1924, the university was established as the Baybay Agricultural School in line with a Provincial Board Resolution. It was then renamed to Baybay National Agricultural School when the Commonwealth Act No. 313 was passed over a decade later. The institution continued to undergo numerous name modifications due to ever-changing government policies until it was finally converted into the Visayas State College of Agriculture through a Presidential Decree in 1974. More than 20 years later, four more HEIs were integrated into the college to create a five-campus system in Leyte. With the approval of Republic Act No. 9437, the college was officially referred to as the Visayas State University from 2007 onwards. From there, the government developed two more Zonal Agricultural Universities in Mindanao and central Luzon to complement Visayas State University's thrust for accessible education.


How to Apply to Visayas State University 

All new Visayas State University applicants are required to pass the university's College Admission Test to qualify for enrollment. Interested students are encouraged to check the university's website for announcements frequently as they announce the schedules and venues for the test from January to March annually. While online reservation for slots is available for test-takers at the main campus, other testing sites will be first-come first-serve.

Students will be admitted based on their score in the test (70%) and their high school GPA (30%). It's also worth noting that different quotas are set for various degree programs. If a student gets accepted to their choice of study, they can contact the Registrar's Office and begin enrollment from there. Enrollees must prepare the following requirements before the academic year starts:

  • Senior High School Card/Transfer Credentials and Transcript of Records/ALS A&E Certificate of Rating
  • Certificate of Good Moral Character
  • PSA Birth Certificate issued by the NSO
  • Four copies 1x1 ID picture, colored with white background
  • Medical Certificate from the Visayas State University Hospital
  • Accomplished Undergraduate Admission Application Form
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Transferees are also required to bring X-ray plate and result, as well as CBC, Urinalysis, and Fecalysis result as bases for issuance of the medical certificate. Students may also forward their concerns and questions to the admissions office through admission@vsu.edu.ph or (053) 565 0600 local 1007.

How Much Tuition and Other Fees Cost at Visayas State University 

As the university is covered by the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, all students are entitled to free tuition and other miscellaneous fees. However, they are still expected to pay for dorm fees, OJT, and student teaching fees if applicable. Students also can't avail of the free tuition if:

  1. They have a bachelor's degree or a comparable undergraduate degree from any public or private HEI.
  2. They didn't comply with the admission or retention policies, leading to the disqualification to enroll.
  3. They failed to complete their degree within a year after the period prescribed for their program.
  4. They opted out of the free higher education provision. 


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