The University of San Jose-Recoletos, Inc. (USJ-R) (formerly known as Collegio de San Jose-Recoletos, Inc.) is a post-liberation institution founded in 1947 by the Order of the Augustinian Recollects (OAR). It started with only the elementary and secondary education. By 1948 collegiate programs in Arts, Education and commerce were offered. In 1957, the Bachelor of Laws program gained recognition. By year 1961, Engineering courses were granted government recognition while Graduate School offered it first program, Master of Arts in Education, which gained recognition in 1962. It was in 1984 that USJR attained the UNIVERSITY status. On December 16, 1996, USJ-R registered (again after the 50th year) with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a non-stock, non-profit educational institution committed to quality Christian community-oriented education. Its main office is located at P. Lopez cor. Magallanes Sts., Cebu City. The university has 154 regular non-teaching staff, for the Teaching staff, there are 194 regular faculty, 172 Probationary and 188 Part-time and (15) members of the Board of Trustees.
The University envisions to be a premier Gospel and community-oriented educational institution committed to transforming individuals to become more responsive leaders of the society through innovative integral formation.
The institution’s major programs include Grade School, High School, Senior High School, College, Graduate Program, Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP), Industrial and Technological Training Center, and Institute of Non-formal Education and Community Outreach Program (INFECOP). It has been granted accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools and Universities (PAASCU) for five (5) colleges, high school department, and elementary department.
The following are the certification dates of the University:
First Application – August 24, 2000 – August 23, 2005 – 5 year Certification
1st Renewal – February 15, 2006 – February 11, 2011 – 5 year Certification
2nd Renewal – December 26, 2012 – December 7, 2017 – 5 year Certification