Everything You Need to Know Before Applying to Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan

Like its other counterparts, the school is run by the Society of Jesus.
by Hannah Lazatin   |  Apr 10, 2022
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Not to be confused with the private all-boy grade school and high school in San Juan, Xavier University takes the best of Jesuit education and brings it to Mindanao. Before making it your alma mater, we list down all you need to consider about the university:

History of Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan

Lauded as the first university in Mindanao, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan was also the first to be granted the University Status among all Ateneo schools in the Philippines. Like its other counterparts, the school is run by the Society of Jesus. It was founded in 1933 by Fr James TG Hayes SJ, the first Bishop and Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro. From then, the small building holding 17 high school male students would expand into several buildings along Corrales Street with 614 students in just 11 years. In 1938, the college department was added offering courses in Liberal Arts, Education, and Commerce.


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Unfortunately, this would all come to an abrupt close due to World War II. In 1944, the school was reduced to rubble after the American bombings in Cagayan de Oro. Thankfully, the school’s reconstruction was quickly seen to and was reopened in 1946. This was later followed by the addition of the Ateneo de Cagayan Graduate School, the College of Agriculture, and the College of Law.


In honor of St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit missionary and companion of St. Ignatius Loyola (Founder of the Society of Jesus), Ateneo de Cagayan was renamed “Xavier University” in 1958. In response to the alumni’s wishes, the school became known as “Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan.”

Top Courses Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan Is Known For

The first Jesuit university in the Philippines, Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan debuted in the 2016 Asian university rankings released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). Securing a spot in the 251-300 rankings bracket, Xavier is one of only eight Philippine universities included on the list alongside top schools such as the University of the Philippines (#70), Ateneo de Manila University (#99), De La Salle University (#143), University of Santo Tomas (#157), Ateneo de Davao University (#251-300), Silliman University (#251-300), and University of San Carlos (#301-350).

Xavier’s recognition doesn't end there. The university’s College of Agriculture and School of Education have been labeled as Centers of Excellence with the latter acknowledged as the “Top Teacher Education School” following the Licensure Exam for Teachers. Its College of Nursing was consistently lauded as the Top 1 Nursing School (2010-2018), and the School of Business and Management earned “Top 15 Accountancy School,” in  2018.


How Much Tuition and Other Fees Cost at Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan

Upon acceptance of admission, freshmen will be required to settle a downpayment of P3,000 to secure their slot. 

According to Xavier’s Finance Office, the estimated tuition fee for SY 2020-2021 ranges from P34,000 to P37,000 per semester on average. The program and load do play a role in the tuition’s computation.* 


College of Agriculture: P32,000 - P50,000

College of Arts and Sciences: P27,000 - P55,000

College of Computer Science: P30,000 - P33,000

College of Engineering: P34,000 - P45,000

College of Nursing: P48,000 - P59,000

School of Business and Administration: P26,000 - P33,000

School of Education: P28,000 - P45,000

*Fees may vary depending on load, course, and school. Check out Xavier’s tuition specifics here.

How to Apply to Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan

To apply as an incoming freshman at Xavier’s undergraduate courses requiring the entrance exam, complete these easy steps:*

  1. Register for and take the Online College Entrance Examination (OCEE).
  2. If eligible based on exam score, applicants must create an account in the admissions portal. Once successful, applicants will receive an Admissions Clearance Email. 
  3. Upon clearance, applicants must pay the downpayment fee to secure their slot.
  4. Lastly, accomplish the Online Enrolment Registration.

*Check out Xavier’s list of courses with waived Entrance Examinations here. Should you wish to apply for one of these programs, the admissions process may differ.


Famous Alumni From Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan

Xavier has housed a number of notable personalities, ranging from athletes, journalists, to politicians. Apply to Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan and share the same alma mater as former professional basketball player Nelbert Omolon, former Vice President of the Philippines Teofisto Guingona Jr., and the late Aquilino Pimentel Jr.



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