The Cagayan State University (CSU) is the largest state institution of higher learning in the Cagayan Valley Region, in terms of enrollment and number of curricular program offerings. The University was established through Presidential Decree 1436, later amended by Republic Act8292 by the integration of all publicly supported higher education institutions in the province of Cagayan.
The university is composed of eight(8) campuses in the growth areas in the three congressional districts of Cagayan; the Aparri, Lal-Lo and Gonzaga campuses in the 1st District; the Piat, Lasam and Sanchez-Miracampuses in the 2nd District; and in the 3rd District, the Andrews and Carig campuses in Tuguegarao City. Each campus is headed by an Executive Officer (CEO) except in Andrews Campus where the University President concurrently acts as the CEO. The seat of governance of the university is at the Andrews Campus, where the central administration holds office. The university offers courses in liberal arts, social sciences, law, medicine and allied professions, business and economics, natural sciences,engineering, technology, agriculture and fisheries and teaching, among others. It offers the most graduate and undergraduate courses of all the universities in the province of Cagayan.
In March 2012, Dr. Romeo R. Quilang, former President of the Isabela State University (ISU), was elected by the CSU Board of Regents to serve as the CSU System's fourth president. The novel seal of the Cagayan State University is an escutcheon in bordure of gules (Maroon). The shield is superimposed with a golden field, which is the map of Cagayan, its service area and the province most- dear to the institution. On top of the shield is the name of the institution, the CAGAYAN STATE UNIVERSITY. Common charges are also emphasized depicting its being an educational institution: the book which is the source of knowledge, skills, values and the fountain of life and the torch indicative of the university being the source of light and human enlightenment in the whole province. The eight rays bearing from the flame represent the eight (8) strong and effervescent campuses of the university system. Below the indomitable ornaments is the motto AD OPTIMUM EDUCANS, a Latin term which means Educating for the Best. The Roman numeral at the bottom of the shield is the year when the institution was granted the University title.
Transforming lives by educating for the best
The basic vision of the University is to make the Cagayan State University as a catalyst of change in improving the lives of individuals and communities by educating for the best. The one-liner vision succinctly captures the profound meaning and ultimate purpose of the collective efforts and educational directions of the university.
Cagayan State University is committed to transform the lives of people and communities through high quality instruction and innovative research, development, production and extension.
The Cagayan State University, a credible and distinguished center of higher education in Northern Luzon, is committed to improve the lives of people and communities by providing advanced instruction in the arts, agriculture, and natural sciences as well as in technological and professional fields through its strong quality of instruction and innovations in research, resource mobilization and extension. CSU contributes primarily to President Aquino's Social Contract to the Filipino people by providing quality education and training through instruction, research, extension and production.
The Cagayan State University vision and mission are ably supported by six (6) core values which constitute a formidable base to guide and support the CSU administration in the operation of all its programs and projects. The core values are captured in the Taglish acronym, PA-CARE.
Productivity - Cagayan State University is committed to developing its human and non-human resources to sustain its operations and realize its mandates.
Accessibility - Cagayan State University is committed to intellectualizing the youth by allowing them a greater access to higher education.
Compassion - Cagayan State University is committed to alleviating or reducing the poverty incidence of the communities through advance higher education, innovative researches and responsive extension and training programs.
Accountability - Cagayan State University is committed to building competent professionals, leaders, scholars, researchers and entrepreneurs responsible in building just, peaceful, stable and progressive communities.
Relevance - Cagayan State University is committed to nurturing the youth by providing meaningful education.
Excellence - Cagayan State University is committed to offering quality teaching and resources to enable its students to succeed.