Silliman University was established on August 28, 1901, but was registered with the SEC as a non-stock, non-profit religious institution of learning on September 10, 1935. In September 1985, its registration was extended for another 50 years (until 2035). The University is named after Dr. Horace B. Silliman, an American businessman who convinced the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions to provide education to Filipinos and who contributed the initial sum of $10,000 toward the founding of an industrial school in the Philippines.
Its main campus is located at Hibbard Avenue, Barangay 5, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. The University has 689 regular staff and faculty, 45 project-based staff, 87part-time staff, and 15 members of the Board of Trustees with the University President as ex-officio member.
It was certified for 3 years on March 16, 2012 and which ended on March 15, 2015.
The University’s Vision is “A leading Christian institution committed to total human development for the well-being of society and environment”. The Mission is “to infuse academic learning with the Christian faith anchored on the gospel…, provide an environment where Christian fellowship and relationship can be nurtured and promoted, provide opportunities for growth and excellence in every dimension of University life…, instill in all members of the University community an enlightened social consciousness and a deep sense of justice and compassion, and promote unity among peoples and contribute to national development.”
The University’s programs/projects include, among others: Basic Education (elementary & high school), various degree programs (undergraduate & graduate up to doctorate); community extension; research; institutes such as in environmental and marine sciences; development projects such as vocational/technical trainings, educational scholarship; school support system; environmental projects; and service-learning which also includes international engagements. It has 8 academic programs granted Level 1 and II accreditation by PAASCU and ACSCU-AAI; and Level III for 15 academic programs.
The geographical reach of academic programs is mostly Negros Oriental although there is a considerable number of undergraduate students from other provinces in the country but the geographical scope of community projects covers Luzon (Masbate), Visayas (Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Siquijor), and Mindanao (North Cotabato). There are also students from other countries.
Its sources of income include tuition fees, grants, donations, investments, and other income, such as from auxiliary services. Total donations received for the last two years and the current year amounted to P194,179,558.26. The organization has an approved budget of P872,068,200.00 for SY 2015-2016.