Mindanao State University was established on September 1, 1961 through RA 1387, as amended was the brain child of the late Senator Domocao A. Alonto, as one of the government’s responses to the so-called “Mindanao Problem”. The original mission of the university was anchored on instruction, Research and Extension. The 1954 congressional committee conceptualized it as social laboratory for national integration. Its first four decades reflected a glorious past of exemplary achievements that brought it to institutional maturity. For the campus in Marawi City starting with 282 students and 12 faculty members in its pioneering of classes in 1962, it has grown to a multi-campus supra-regional university system, serving over 53,000 students in all levels with nearly 3,100 faculty members. The locales of the University campuses are vibrant, welcoming make Mindanao State University a distinctive university and special place for any students. It is also the only university directly charged by the government to advance the cause of national unity and actively pursue integration through education. Today, MSU has units in seven strategic areas which cut across the Mindanao region. From a one campus university in Marawi City. MSU has grown to a multi-campus university of seven autonomous campuses ,which include: MSU-Main in Marawi City, MSU-IIT in Iligan City, MSU-TCTO in Tawi-Tawi, MSU-Naawan in Misamis Oriental, MSU-Maguindanao, MSU-General Santos and MSU-Sulu on Jolo. In addition, three (3) former CHED- Supervised institutions of higher learning are integrated into the university, namely: Lanao National College of Arts and Trade (LNCAT), Lanao Norte Agricultural College (LNAC) and Maigo School of arts and Trade (MSAT).

The Seal and the Hymn

MSU seal

The Seal

The Mindanao State University seal was created by an anonymous student with a very good sense of culture and vision. The three rays on top stand for the Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA) regions which were the main thrust of MSU at its inception. The lamp in the middle signifies the light with which to guide the people in their quest for knowledge. Finally the fish and the okir symbols around the lamp along with the color scheme represent the unique and impressive culture of the Maranaos in the area surrounding the Mindanao State University.


Filipino/Tagalog: “Himno ng Pamantasang Mindanao”

Music by Lucio San Pedro; Lyrics by Angelito Flores

Silahis ang katulad mong
Nagsabog ng liwanag,
Ng pag-asa’t hangarin
Ng pag-unlad

Ang pook ng Mindanao
Tinanglaw’t pinalad,
Nang ikaw’y isilang
Na dakila ang hangad.

Ating ipagkapuri
Itong pamantasan
Ang buhay at pag-ibig,
Sa kanya’y iaalay

Saan man naroon ay
Bigyang karangalan,
Dakilang paaralan
Pamantasang Mindanao.

(L to R) Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Emmanuel Lagare, President Dr. Macapado A. Muslim, Executive Vice-President and Concurrent Secretary of the Board of Regents Dr. Datumanong Sarangani

The President Dr. Macapado A. Muslim

Philosophy, Vision, Mission


The Minadanao State University shall, in the pursuit of its mission, becommitted to the total development of man and to the search for truth, virtue and academic excellence.


MSU aims to become  center of Excellence not only teacher education ,science and technology, but also in tourism, sports, arts, humanities and social as well. It hopes to contribute to the goals of urban and countryside development through peace, unity and understanding among Christian and Muslims. It aspires to transform itself into a premier supraregional University in the MINSUPALA region. It aims  to produce board/bar topnotchers in various Government Professional Licensure Exams by equipping them with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes, indispensable to sound character formation and personal integrity.


  • To provide a relevant and integrated system of quality general education that will promote  national identity, cultural consciousness, moral integrity and spiritual vigor;
  • To produce a supply of quality man power required for regional as well as for national development;
  • To engage in research and extension activities that will lead to economic upliftment of the surrounding communities; and
  • To help humanity live a superior life.


  • In addition to the traditional functions of instruction, research and extension service, the University shall promote and accelerate the economic and facilitate their integration into the mainstream of the national body politic.
  • In brief, the University acts as an instruments for national policy formulation in addition to its traditional function as an institution of higher learning.



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