San Beda University was established in 1901 by monks of the Ordo Sancti Benedicti (OSB) or Order of St. Benedict, also known as the Benedictines. Its founder, St. Benedict, is acclaimed as the "Father of Western Monasticism and the “Patron of Europe.” From its inception, the school was dedicated to the cause of Catholic education and the formation of Christian men and women committed to excellence and service of God and country. It is attached to the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, founded from the Abbey of Montserrat in Cataluña, Spain.

El Colegio de San Beda in Arlegui Street, Manila

San Beda University as a Catholic educational institution is committed to the Christian formation of the Bedan Community as its service to the Church, the Philippine society, and the world. It envisions itself as a distinguished academic community that transforms its members to become fully human, wholly Christian, truly Filipino, and globally competitive. As its demonstration of commitment to excellence, San Beda has been accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools of Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and is actively engaged in local and international partnerships and linkages.

San Beda College in the present campus in Mendiola St., Manila (taken around 1940's)
The University’s academic programs reflect the preferences of the students including the needs and requirements of the industry. Specifically, San Beda offers doctoral programs in Business Administration, Juridical Science, and Liturgy; graduate programs in Business Administration, Law, Legal Studies, and Liturgy; undergraduate programs in Accountancy, Arts in Literature and English Language, Economics and Public Policy, Entrepreneurship, Human Biology, Financial Management, Human Resource Development Management, Information and Communications Technology, Law, Nursing, Medicine, Operations Management, Legal Management, Marketing Management, Physical Education, Political Science, and Psychology; as well as an Integrated Basic Education from pre-school to senior high school;. These programs are taught by a complement of highly dedicated fulltime and part-time faculty who pursue excellence in the important areas of instruction, research, and community engagement.

San Beda College main gate in the present campus in Mendiola, Manila

Beda University as a community of scholars and innovators, is committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge and addressing social, environmental, and economic concerns of our country and the global community, through individual and interdisciplinary research teams funded internally and by the Alumni.

The University also pursues institutionalized, integrative, and comprehensive collaborations with government, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, and local and international networks aligned with its vision-mission-objectives and hallmarks of Benedictine education. Each local, national, and international partnership arrangement is governed by formal agreements stipulating the terms and expected outcomes.

Saint Benedict Hall (inside SBU at present)

San Beda University provides meaningful opportunity for community engagement and voluntarism through extension programs that contribute to the human development of partner communities and their emancipation from various social problems. These programs are well integrated into the curriculum to develop social awareness and concern among faculty and students.

Adequate facilities and resources are available to support teaching, research, and community engagement programs consistent with the University’s strategic and operational plans.

San Beda University main gate (photo taken 2018)

The Making of San Beda as  University

July 22, 2010

The challenging task of regaining San Beda’s Level III status (a seal of excellence given by FAAP and PAASCU) which could open possibilities for San Beda to become a University in the future, was given to the newly installed 22nd Rector-President, Very Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB.

December 11, 2012

Commision on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order No. 46 was issued that requires Higher Educational Institutions to be horizontally re-classified as a University, College or Professional Institute. The CMO 46 contains an outcomes-based and typology-based quality assurance. It also contains upgraded and rigorous requirements which includes Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA) and International Standard for Organizations (ISO).

November 13, 2014

The Rector-President, Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB, presented the feasible but challenging concept of applying for San Beda College to become a university to the Prior-Chancellor Rev. Fr. Rafaelito V. Alaras, OSB and Board of Trustees (BOT)  Chairman Dr. Manuel V. Pangilinan.

November 14 and 19, 2014

Crafted the work preparations and timeline for the University application by Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB with the Vice-President for Academics, Dr. Josefina Manabat and selected SBC administrators.

December 2, 2014

Unanimous approval of the application of San Beda to become a University by the Benedictine Community in its Chapter meeting.

December 5, 2014

Presentation to and approval by the SBC Administrators Council of the Plan and Roadmap for University Application by the Rector-President.

Rector-President organized the Technical Working Committee for the University application.

December 6, 2014

Approval of the University application of San Beda by the Board of Trustees in its quarterly meeting.

March 16 – 17, 2015

Conducted an institutional Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis in preparation for the University application.

April 13 – 17, 2015

Crafted an Action Plan for the University Application during the week-long Administrators Council Strategic Planning in the Transfiguration Monastery, Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

June 25, 26 and July 2, 2015

Institutional evaluation of San Beda’s classification based on Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Horizontal and Vertical Typologies conducted by CHED officials.

July 2 -3, 2015

Presentation to the Rector-President of the Technical Working Committee’s report on the micro-assessment of the preparedness of SBC units on the Autonomous and University application.

July 25, 2015

Board of Trustees Strategic Visioning and Planning on the University application held in the First Pacific Leadership Academy, Antipolo City.

The Rector-President’s presentation to the Board of Trustees on updates on the Timeline for Autonomous and University application.

August 5, 2015

Initial consultation and discussion with faculty and student representatives on the plan of San Beda to apply for University conducted by the Administrators Council.

August 10 -14, 2015

Finalization and presentation of the Integrated Action Plan for Autonomous and University application prepared by the Technical Working Committee to the Rector-President.

September 26, 2015

Board of Trustees’ review and enhancement of the updates on the University application presented by the Rector-President.

November 16 – 20, 2015

Translation of the Board of Trustees Strategic Objectives into a Five-Year SMART Development Plan (2016-2021) in line with the University application during the Administrators Council Planning Seminar in Montserrat Center of Spirituality, Silang, Cavite.

December 1, 2015

Presentation to the alumni and all Bedan stakeholders of the current state of San Beda and its readiness to become a University by the Rector-President during the Rector-President’s Night.

December 5, 2015

Board of Trustees’ unanimous approval and endorsement of the immediate implementation of the plans and programs of the Rector-President re: “The Road to Excellence in Our Bedan Educational Mission Part I.”

Rector-President’s presentation to the Board of Trustees of the Five-Year SMART Development Plan (2016-2021) in line with the application for University.

January – August 2016

Finalization of the documentary requirements for University application by the Governance and Quality Assurance Office.

April 22, 2016

Comprehensive discussion on the full compliance of San Beda to the University requirements by the Governance and Quality Assurance Director during the Administrators Council meeting.

June 28 – July 1, 2016

Revisiting of the Institutional Outcomes, Institutional Objectives and the Five-Year SMART Development Plan (AY 2016-2021) aligned with the application for University by the Administrators Council.

July 23, 2016

The Board of Trustees’ approval and resolution on the strengthening of San Beda’s international research capability based on the presentation of the Rector-President re: “The Road to Excellence in Our Bedan Educational Mission Part II,” in response to the CMO 46 requirements for University status.

August 16, 2016

The Benedictine Community’s approval of the official name “San Beda University” (SBU) during its Chapter meeting.

August 18, 2016

The Rector-President’s approval of the 10-year Strategic Plan submitted by the SBC Administrators’ Council.

Application documents Solemn Ceremonial Send-Off

August 22, 2016

Formal submission of San Beda College’s application to be horizontally re-classifed as a University to the Commission on Higher Education Office.

November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Mass and Blessing of Exhibits in preparation for the CHED Visit

November 24, 2016

Courtesy Call of CHED Quality Assurance Assessors

February 22-25, 2017

Strategic Planning for San Beda University 2027

August 30, 2017

Launching of San Beda Five-Year SMART Plan and the NEW BEDAN TODAY

October 10-11, 2017

I.S.O. Certification Audit

December 14, 2017

CHED Quality Assurance Second Validation Visit

February 6, 2018

Administrators Council Thanksgiving Mass in the Historic Church of Baler, Aurora

The CHED Office of Institutional Quality Assurance and Governance officially informed Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB that the Commission en banc approved the horizontal classification of San Beda as a UNIVERSITY during the 501st Joint Management Committee and Commission en banc (ManCom-CEB) meeting held on February 6.

February 4-8, 2019

First Foundation Anniversary of San Beda