The University of Mindanao was established in 1946 and is one of the oldest universities in Southern Philippines. It is a non-sectarian school offering the most number of academic programs in this part of the country.

Located in Davao city, it is the largest private university in Mindanao with nine campuses and branches in Southern Mindanao and cited as having the most number of PACUCOA accredited programs in the country today.

The university has an Autonomous Status granted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) through CEB Res. No. 076-2009 and Category A (t) Status per CMO No. 09 s.2009.

UM is also the first academic institution in Mindanao with an institutional ISO 9001:2008 Certification, and currently has an updated certification ISO 9001: 2015.


Changes are rapidly happening all around us, and among the most exciting is entering a new school: the new people, environment, and new school culture can be a great time for self-discovery and coming out of your shell, especially in senior high school. But with the options available in the city, which is the best school to enroll with so you have the best opportunities available to you?

The University of Mindanao has seven reasons why you should join our community of exemplary educators, accomplished administration, and environment conducive for learning:

Since it opened its doors in 1946, the University of Mindanao is witness to the various developments of technology throughout its 71-year history. This means UM has constantly adapted to the demands of change and is constantly updating its facilities; so students can be assured that when they enroll with UM, they are using the technologies that their chosen field of work will likely utilize after they graduate and enter the workforce.

There might be new schools opening up, but only UM can assure you it is the most ready to serve the changing needs of the times.

The University of Mindanao has a consistent track record with agencies like PACUCOA, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and most importantly, the International Organization for Standardization.

It is recognized by the PACUCOA as the institution with the highest number of accredited programs in Davao region and second nationwide, is recognized by CHED as Centers of Excellence in Teacher Education, Business Administration, and Criminology; and as Centers of Development in Accountancy, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Mechanical Engineering; as is only one of three universities in the region granted Autonomous Status.

The university has also received recognition from the local government for its role in developing the manpower of Davao city, as well as producing top placers in national licensure examinations.

The ISO 9001:2015 certification meanwhile means that the academic programs of UM are recognized internationally, making students’ scholastic records valid in other schools and companies abroad.

With a significantly lower price point per subject unit and tuition fee than its competitors, UM is the most affordable private university in the region. This was ascertained by the founding father of UM, Guillermo E. Torres, who envisioned a university that would accept people from all walks of life so that all who aspired to have a college degree can do so on a level playing field.

While you might not be entirely sure yet what course to take when you get to college, there is sure to be an option to suit your strengths and interests as the University of Mindanao is certified by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) as having the most number of academic programs in the country.

Do you live far away from the main campus? No problem! UM has its branch campuses located in Ilang, Panabo city, Tagum city, Peñaplata, Bansalan, and Digos city; giving you the convenience of choice depending on where you’re located and the programs you are aiming to enter.

Anchoring on the principles of efficiency, focus, and quality; the UM term system lets students have the option of choosing their class schedules among three sessions: Morning, Afternoon, or Evening.

UM’s term system requires students to take 4 to 5 course loads per term (equivalent to 2 ½ months), and this enables students to focus on each subject better, manage their extracurricular activities and personal time, and still have quality study time.
This is opposed to taking nearly 10 course loads in just a semester, which can be hectic for anyone; student and teacher alike.

The university is proud of its linkages with various private and public organizations in the city, where students; yes, even in senior high school, can begin to experience what it is to be in a work place. The university ensures that students are exposed to the proper industries that align with their academic course; and through early exposure programs like the Externship for freshmen and sophomores, they can decide early on if their chosen course will suit them, as it was designed to discourage shifting courses mid-way late in their academic career.

The University of Mindanao recognizes the importance of expanding its students’ horizons on learning and life experiences, and that other cultures have so much to offer in bettering our own. That is why through the AIMS (ASEAN International Mobility for Students), and UMAP (University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific) programs that students in college can apply for, an opportunity to take a semester abroad with partner institutions in Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Japan is more attainable. How exciting is that?

UM’s outbound exchange programs has so far sent four batches of students abroad, and through the inbound exchange student program, UM also hosts regular foreign students from United States, South Korea, Libya, Jordan, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Turkey and more, making for a diverse and culturally rich student environment.