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UNITAS (Unity)

Unity is basic for the existence of things. It means “being” one. The power and strength of unity are connected with the becoming of being. Augustine’s thought on unity is not only of the self, but it progresses toward a more social direction which is partnership with other people.

CARITAS (Charity)

Charity embraces both love of God and love of neighbor. It is the greatest of all graces, and it measures the value of persons since we are worth as much as how we love. All our conduct as human beings and as Christians, like work, personal relation, entertainment, etc. must be motivated by love or charity, and must tend to form in us, with God’s grace, that very valuable virtue.


Truth is found when the mind reflects on the reality of anything. It is found when the person discovers the realities and values that orient, give sense, and may bring contents to human life. In truth there is community between what a person thinks and what he speaks.


The University of San Agustin is named in honor of 4th century Saint Augustine of Hippo, a key figure in the doctrinal development of Western Christianity, and a Doctor of the Church. Two of his surviving works, "The Confessions” (his autobiography) and "The City of God," are regarded as Western classics. St. Augustine is often considered to be one of the theological fountainheads of the Reformation because of his teaching on salvation and grace. 

Other English speaking Augustinian Schools with the same patron saint include Colegio San Agustin-Makati, Colegio del Santo Niño (Cebu), Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, Colegio San Agustín-Biñan, St. Augustine's College, Brookvale in Sydney, Australia, St. Augustine College Preparatory School, Richland, New Jersey; St. Augustine High School, San Diego, California; and Austin Preparatory Schoolin Reading, Massachusetts-all three in the United States; and St. Augustine College in Malta.

The University of San Agustin is an Augustinian, Catholic and Filipino educational institution that aims to form the members of its academic community in Virtus et Scientia to serve Western Visayas, the Philippines, and the world.
It is clearly revealed in its mission that the University is committed to:

1. Build an academic community imbued with Augustinian values
2. Institutionalize a culture of excellence in teaching, research and extension programs and services compliant to educational standards
3. Form an empowered, innovative, responsive, and sustainable organization.

A premier academic community of life – long learners working with one mind and one heart to search for, discover and share the Truth (Gaudium de Veritate) for the promotion of Authentic human and societal development.


July 15, 1904

Augustinian friars from Spain belonging to the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines founded the University of San Agustin

February 5, 1917

It was formally incorporated under the name Colegio de San Agustín de Iloilo.

March 1, 1953

The school was granted university status, a year before its 50th anniversary, making it the first university in Western Visayas.