he history of Saint Louis University is connected with the arrival of the three CICM missionaries in Baguio on 15 November 1907, with a resolute desire to give hope to the people of Baguio and to transform their lives through quality basic education. The coming of the CICM was a defining moment in the rich history of Baguio as a premier educational city.
The School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA) had its humble beginnings in 1952 when it initially opened Basic Engineering subjects atop the silversmith shop of what is now St. Louis School Center Elementary Department. There were only two regular instructors then. Other instructors from the departments of Education, Commerce and Liberal Arts were then called in to help. The Department of Engineering was supervised by Rev. Dr. Gerard Decaestecker, then Rector of Saint Louis College.
The Department was transferred to the Antipolo building along Session Road where BS Electrical Engineering was formally offered and eventually officially recognized in 1958. It was during the school year 1958-1959 when the architecture course started under the tutelage of Architect Joseph M. Alabanza who formulated the initial curriculum for the 4-year program. The Architecture Department was placed under the stewardship of the College of Engineering and thus, the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) was spawned.
In 1962, more engineering courses were opened, such as BS Chemistry and BS Chemical Engineering, both getting recognition in 1962.BS Industrial Engineering was also offered and recognized in 1965. More programs were opened such as BS Geodetic Engineering in 1968, BS Electronics and Communications Engineering in 1974, and BS Mining Engineering in 1976. These programs were recognized in 1969, 1979 and 1980, respectively.
Together with other CEA courses, the Architecture Department (the first department among the CEA programs) shared academic facilities at the General Luna Campus until 1969. In the school year 1969-1970, the Department transferred to the Diego Silang building (basement floor) at the Mt. Mary Campus.
The School topped the enrollment statistics in the University early on. It was a testament to the growing interest and confidence in the technological programs in SLU, albeit new in the field. The popularity of the School in its start-up years was most certainly instantaneous, with its first set of graduates making it to the top notch list of board examinees, and with some of its subjects taught by international experts from the USA and Europe. It was, in fact, named as one of the top five Engineering Schools in the country in the eighties. Since then, other engineering programs including architecture have been opened. As of this time the College of Engineering and Architecture, now School of Engineering and Architecture now offers ten (10) undergraduate programs and eight (8) post graduate programs.
In 1981, the University submitted itself to a preliminary survey by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) where the School of Engineering and Architecture, was granted a “candidate” status for a period of six months to one year until 1982 for the BSECE programs. The formal survey was conducted in 1982 where the BSEE granted initial accreditation for a period of three years until 1985. PAASCU conducted a resurvey in 1985, which led to the re-accreditation status for a period of 5 -7 years. Other PAASCU resurveys were conducted in 1994 and 1999 spurring significant improvements in the reduction of faculty overloads and the increase of faculty with masteral degrees. In 2001, the ChE, CE, IE, and ME programs were granted a three year Level II PAASCU accreditation with a resurvey conducted in 2005 with the same programs. In the same year, the BSECE and BSEE programs were granted Level I accreditation which the same degrees retained in 2009. The ChE, CE, IE, and ME programs were granted Level II accreditation in 2011.
The University’s determination for its pursuit of excellence did not diminish. As a matter of fact, the University has always been pro-active in tackling not only the expectations of the accrediting agencies like PAASCU, but also the demands from CHED’s quality assurance system and typology, the impact of the K to 12 program, and international university ranking. In April 2018, the BS CHE, BS CE, BS EE, BS ECE, BS IE and BS ME programs were visited by PAASCU for re-accreditation. The same programs were visited for the first time by the Philippines Technological Council-Accreditation and Certification Board for Engineering and Technology (PTC-ACBET) for possible PTC accreditation.