The Philippine Women’s University or PWU is a non-stock, not-for-profit, non-sectarian educational institution duly existing under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines. The history of the Philippine Women’s University began on June 9, 1919, when educator and civic rights leaders Francisca Tirona Benitez along with six other women, Clara Aragon, Concepcion Aragon, Paz Marquez Benitez, (sister-in-law of Francisca Benitez) Carolina Ocampo Palma, Mercedes Rivera, and Socorro Marquez Zaballero, founded the Philippine Women’s College, with Francisca serving as its first president. It was a time when women’s rights and empowerment began to take hold in the national consciousness in the wake of the success of women’s suffrage rights in other countries, especially in the United States. Thus, the college aimed to prepare women for life service and leadership. The college first offered primary and secondary education. Later followed on with education, commerce, and philosophy. It already had the distinction of being the first private educational institution to have a student council in 1922. It was officially recognized in1932 as the first university exclusively for women in the Philippines. The PWU’s core values are fostered through a curriculum centered on holistic character formation, cultural and national heritage preservation, family solidarity, ethical professionalism, and service to the country. Today, the university celebrates 102 years of service to the country and catering to both women and men, embracing inclusion and cultural diversity.
PWU and Saylor Academy have partnered to offer skill development opportunities to PWU students. Students can take any Saylor Academy course and earn fully digital, shareable certificates; however, PWU and Saylor Academy have recommended some courses to help you start on your journey.
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Admission to the University is open to all student applicants regardless of religion, race or gender. Every applicant is considered individually in a holistic assessment using all the information available to us.
The Office of Student Admissions caters to all inquiries and applications. Applicants must submit the required documents and pass the entrance examinations. In some cases, an interview with the Dean may be necessary.