Tarlac State University is a public institution of higher learning in Tarlac City, Tarlac, with more than 22,000 student population and 1,200 faculty members and staff.
The university has three campuses in Tarlac City – the Main Campus, San Isidro Campus, and Lucinda Campus. It also has extension campuses in nearby municipalities, such as the Capas Campus, the Concepcion Campus, and the La Paz Campus. The ten colleges, School of Law, and Laboratory School are distributed to the three campuses to control the university’s increasing student population.
Its core programs are centered on technology, engineering, accountancy, and education, offering 43 baccalaureate degree programs and 22 graduate programs on arts, sciences, social sciences, law, criminology, governance, business, computer studies, and other relevant fields of study. TSU also offers a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) strand for Senior High School students and a junior high school level under its Laboratory School, which was reopened in 2021.
The university is known as the top criminology school in the Philippines and has produced topnotchers in the fields of engineering, education, accountancy, psychology, architecture, and chemistry, among others. It is also the first state university with an Advanced Manufacturing Training Hub for engineering students.
Maintaining quality standards, TSU is the first university in the country to achieve the Integrated Management System Certification awarded by the United States Accreditation Services, which covers ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001:2015 (Environment Management System), and OHSAS 18001: 2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series). Starting in 2021, TSU sustained its ISO 9001:2015 certification.
In terms of institutional international accreditation, TSU received a three stars rating from the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Stars Ratings in 2022, having scored highest, with five stars, in the categories Academic Development and Social Responsibility, followed by four stars in Teaching and Facilities.
Moreover, out of 1,406 higher education institutions (HEIs) in the world, TSU is one of the 15 HEIs and eight SUCs (state universities and colleges) in the Philippines to rank in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. The university ranked highest in SDG 11 with 38.9-53.3 points. This allowed TSU to be part of the 401-600 rank out of the 783 institutions in the category.
Also, in the 2023 uniRank University Ranking, TSU ranked first among 19 Central Luzon HEIs. The global ranking is based on the university's web presence through estimated traffic, domain trust or authority, and quality link popularity.
In national accreditations, TSU was awarded the Recognition for Proficiency in Quality Management in the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) 24th cycle last 2022. This is the highest level of national recognition for exemplary organizational performance that aims to recognize the achievements of both public and private organizations for their efforts toward performance excellence.
Furthermore, TSU is currently a holder of a Level IV Institutional Accreditation (IA), with 100% accredited programs, from the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP). To add, TSU is the first SUC in Region III to attain the highest level of AACCUP Institutional Accreditation.
With its aim to provide quality tertiary education, TSU is evaluated as SUC Level III by the Commission on Higher Education. The university has also been appraised through the Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA) of CHED-Office of Institutional Quality Assurance and Governance in 2019 and received a passing mark on March 4, 2021. TSU’s College of Teacher Education also received a Center of Development (COD) in Teacher Education from CHED in 2016.
In all its endeavors and undertakings, the university is guided by its vision to become a globally competitive university recognized for excellence in sciences and emerging technologies. (Updated as of September 2023)