Caraga State University

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Caraga State University
Pamantasang Estado ng Karaga
Former names
Agusan Agriculture High School(1918–1963), Northern Mindanao Agricultural College (1963–1982), Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (1983–2010)
Established 1946
Type State University
President Dr. Anthony M. Penaso
Location Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Mindanao, Philippines
Campus Main Campus, Ampayon, Butuan City
Colors Green and gold         
Nickname CSU formerly NORMISIST
Affiliations Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), Mindanao Association of State Colleges and Universities Foundation, Inc. (MASCUF)

Caraga State University (formerly Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology, abbreviated NORMISIST) is a state-controlled university in Agusan del Norte, Philippines. Its main campus is in Ampayon, Butuan City with an auxiliary campus in Cabadbaran City.

On July 27, 2009, the Congress of the Philippines passed into law Republic Act No. 9854 which was signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on December 16, 2009, fusing together Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology in Butuan City and Northern Mindanao College of Arts, Science and Technology in Cabadbaran City into Caraga State University retaining the Butuan City branch at its main campus.


On February 14, 1920, Proclamation Number 4 was passed by the American governor to the Philippines Francis Burton Harrison, declaring the reservation of a 232-hectare virgin forest land in Barrio Ampayon, in the Municipality of Butuan, province of Agusan del Norte as the grounds of the young school.

The first framework of the school building was laid down in 1937; the development of the school was deferred as the government deviated to giving priority to serve the Manobo cultural minority through the creation of the Bunawan Agricultural High School in Agusan del Sur. At the close of World War II in 1946, the Agusan Agricultural High School was established in the reserved area.

In June 22, 1963, Republic Act 3604 was passed, converting the school into the Northern Mindanao Agricultural College (NORMINAC). House Bill No. 25 was passed, converting NORMINAC to the Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (NORMISIST). The House Bill became Batas Pambansa Blg. 241 when President Ferdinand Marcos signed it into law on November 11, 1982.

RA9854, signed in January 5, 2010 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, established the Caraga State University in the region by integrating the Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (NORMISIST) of this city and the Northern Mindanao College of Science and Technology (NMCAST) in Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte with its main campus in Butuan City.[1]


Caraga State University serves the Caraga Region through the delivery of accredited programs and diploma, associate, undergraduate and graduate courses. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in addition to some technical and vocational courses.


The Caraga State University is located along the Phil-Japan Friendship Highway which traverses Butuan City, Surigao City, Bayugan City, Cabadbaran City and the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur, northeast of Mindanao, south of the Philippines. Metropolitan Manila is a one-hour and 25-minute plane trip to the City of Butuan.

The Butuan City Campus has an area of 232 hectares, 32 hectares of which is allocated for academic buildings and support facilities, including a gymnasium, while the remaining 200 hectares of land is for production, research and extension projects of the university.

The Cabadbaran Campus is in Cabadbaran City of Agusan del Norte, north of Butuan City. Cabadbaran City can be reached by buses, jeepneys and multicabs along the Butuan City to Surigao City national road. A commuter will take 30-45 minutes to reach Cabadbaran City from Butuan City. The Caraga State University - Cabadbaran Campus is in an eight-hectare campus at T. Curato Street. The campus specializes in developing individuals in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Industrial Technology and Education, Information Technology, Hotel and Restaurant Management and Teacher Education.[2]

Colleges in the Main Campus

College of Engineering and Information Technology

The college building of CEIT can be found along the main avenue of the campus. Built in 1990, it is a two-storey edifice used for computer laboratories, faculty offices and classrooms. The building has a floor area of 480 sq.m. with an average capacity of 200 persons.

College of Science Education

The CSE is lodged in three buildings: the main college building, the Home Making Building and the Secondary Building. The main college building was built in 1990, a two-storey center of CSE's academic activities where the CSE Accreditation Center and the College Faculty Office are. The building is equipped to support 600 persons. The college operates a laboratory high school.

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

The CASNR academic complex is composed of five buildings: the main college building built in 1987 is a two-storey edifice that stands as the seat of CASNR's academic activities. It has a total area of 1,300 sq.m. or 12 classrooms and an average capacity of 720 people. The Farmers' Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center, the Accreditation Office of CASNR, and the two Faculty Offices of the college are in this building.

College of Arts and Sciences

CAS is the service college of the Caraga State University. The building of the college was built in 1975. It has a total floor area of 900 sq.m. and is a single-floor building of 360 persons as average capacity. This building consists of six rooms; two rooms of which are used as the College Faculty Office. The Mathematical and Statistical Computing Center (MSCC) is housed in this building.[3]


CSU Hymn

Many have come through your door
And tasted of your greatness
You nurture with wisdom, love and compassion.

Caraga State University,
You're esteemed and highly sought after.
Within your vast land in Northern Mindanao
You shine to the nation with a light of hope
You lead with honor, you guide with excellence.

Caraga State University,
You have taught us for the nation and for the world unto God.
Caraga State University,
You have taught us for the nation and for the world unto God.
Caraga State University!


Seal and colors

The colors of the university are green, gold yellow, orange and white:

These colors are reflected in the new seal of the university with the design of a balangay boat, a wooden watercraft used by the early settlers and traders from as far as China, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries to engage trading in Butuan City and nearby areas. The torch symbolizes light-giving and vision to those who seek greater knowledge and truth. The field symbolizes the courses in technology, science and related fields. The gear exudes development and progress in the quad functions of Instruction, Research, Extension and Production. The year 1946 indicates when the then state college started its operation in Ampayon, Butuan City.[5]


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