Bicol University (BU; Filipino: ''Pamantasan ng Bikol)'' is a regional state and research university in Bicol Region, the Philippines. BU is an ISO 9001:2008 certified public university. It is Administered from Legazpi City. The university is partly subsidized by the Philippine government. Students of the university and its graduates are referred to as “''Mga Iskolar ng Bayan''” (“Scholars of the Nation”) but they are commonly called as Bueños. Students who wish to study in the university must pass the Bicol University College Entrance Test (BUCET).


Bicol University was founded on June 21, 1969 by virtue of Republic Act 5521 and was formally organised on September 22, 1970. It evolved out of six educational institutions integrated to form the first state university in Region V: * Bicol Teachers College (BTC) with its Laboratory School in Daraga, Albay, now the BU College of Education (BUCE) with its Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) * Daraga East Central School (DECS) also in Daraga, Albay, initially renamed as Bicol University Pilot Elementary School (BUPES), now integrated with the BUCE-ILS as its Elementary Department * Albay High School in Legazpi City, now the BUCE-ILS High School Department * Bicol Regional School for Arts and Trades (BRSAT) in Legazpi City, converted from the Albay Trade School by virtue of Republic Act 1129 on June 16, 1954, now the College of Industrial Technology and the College of Engineering. * Roxas Memorial Agricultural School (RMAS) in Guinobatan, Albay, which became the College of Agriculture, now renamed as the College of Agriculture and Forestry. * School of Fisheries in Tabaco, Albay, turned into the College of Fisheries, now the Bicol University Tabaco Campus. These public schools and colleges, now part of Bicol University, had served the people of the region for more than half a century prior to their forming Bicol University.

Organization and administration

The governance of the university is vested in the Board of Regents, abbreviated as BOR. The board, with its 12 members, is the highest decision-making body of the university. The Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) serves as the Board's Chairperson while the President of the Bicol University is the Vice-Chairperson. The Chairpersons of the Committees of Higher Education of the Senate and the House of Representatives are also members of the Board of Regents which are concurrent with their functions as committee chairpersons. The students of the Bicol University is represented by a Student Regent, which is also the chairperson of the University Student Council. While the Faculty Regent is likewise nominated by the faculty members of the whole University. Alumni are represented by the President of the BU Alumni Association. As of 2018, the members of the Board of Regents of the Bicol University are:


Main campus

Located on the boundary of Daraga, Albay and Legazpi City along the national highway, Rizal St. Aside from the Administration Building, the campus hosts the College of Education (BUCE), College of Nursing (BUCN), College of Arts and Letters (BUCAL), College of Science (BUCS), Graduate School (BUGS), Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation (IPESR), College of Medicine (BUCM), Bicol University College of Education Integrated Laboratory School-Elementary Department and Bicol University College of Education Integrated Laboratory School-High School Department (BUCEILS-HS). The Bicol University Research Extension Program Center (BUREPC), the Amphitheatre and the Little Theater are also found in this campus.

East campus

Located in Enlisted Men's Barrio (EM Barrio), Barangay 1 also in Legazpi City, the campus hosts the College of Engineering (BUCENG), College of Industrial Technology (BUCIT) and the Institute of Architecture (BUIA).

Daraga campus

Located in Sagpon, Daraga, Albay, and is less than a kilometer from the main campus, the campus consists of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM) and the Bicol University International House. This campus was formerly called College of Arts and Science (CAS).

Tabaco campus

Located in Tayhi, Tabaco, Albay. Courses offered in this campus are Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Food Technology, Social Work, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Marine Fisheries, Fish Technology, Coastal Resource Management, Secondary Education, and Entrepreneurship.

Guinobatan campus

Located in Pan-Philippine Highway in the town of Guinobatan, Albay, formerly known as Guinobatan Rural High School in 1927; Roxas Memorial Agricultural School in 1950; Bicol University College of Agriculture (BUCA) in 1969 through RA 5521; with the offering of Bachelor of Science in Forestry starting in 1991, is now known as Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF). BUCAF is a member of Philippine Agroforestry Education and Research Network (PAFERN)

Polangui campus

Located in Centro Occidental, Polangui, Albay, this was formerly known as the School for Philippine Craftsmen and offered vocational courses. It was integrated into Bicol University, through R.A. 7722, R.A. 8292 & R.A. 8769, on December 14, 2000 and renamed as Bicol University Polangui Campus. From the five courses offered in 2000, it now offers fifteen courses including BSc in Nursing, BSc in Computer Engineering and BSc in Electronics and Communications Engineering.

Gubat campus

Located in Gubat, Sorsogon, this campus offers bachelor's degrees in Agricultural Technology, Secondary and Elementary Education, Fisheries, Food Technology, Entrepreneurship, Peace and Security Studies and Computer Science are offered in this campus. This is the only BU campus outside the province of Albay.

Facilities and services

Library System

The University Library System is for the use of students and other researchers. It has a collection of books in different fields of knowledge and all the published undergraduate and graduate researches. It is composed of eleven sub-libraries, namely: * The University Library * College of Education Library * College of Nursing Library * College of Agriculture and Forestry Library * ILS-Elementary Library * ILS-High School Library * East Campus Library * Daraga Campus Library * Polangui Campus Library * Tabaco Campus Library * Gubat Campus Library


It organizes and facilitates the conduct of intercollegiate sports and University's participation in sports events. It runs wellness and fitness programs. Some of its facilities for Athletics include a soccer field, olympic-sized swimming pool, a rubberized track oval, and a grandstand.

Radio station

The university has its own radio station, DWBU 106.3.

Notable alumni

* Venus Raj (BUCAL; ComArts, Major in Journalism) was Miss Philippines Earth 2008 (Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2008), Binibining Pilipinas 2010 (Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2010), Miss Universe 2010 (4th Runner-Up)


External links

Bicol University High School Batch 2007 official website
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