Aside from its beautiful tourist spots, the City of Laoag is also known for its tremendously fine universities and colleges. These educational establishments are crucial in the overall success of the highly impressive Laoag education system. These tertiary schools offer students good quality academic programs, beautiful school facilities and a perfect atmosphere for learning and study.
Divine Word College of Laoag
Previously known as Saint William’s College, Divine Word College of Laoag was established in 1946. Many people refer to it as the ‘Pride of the North,’ mainly because of the superior quality of education that it consistently provides to students. Situated along General Segundo Avenue, this school has very good curricular programs. Its impressive graduate programs include Master in Business Administration, Master of Arts in Education and Doctor of Philosophy Major in Development Education. Likewise, its undergraduate programs are also very good. It has a School of Education that offers Bachelor of Secondary Education and Bachelor of Elementary Education. Additionally, it features the School of Business and Accountancy, which offers ladderized programs such as Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management as well as Bachelor of Science in Office Administration.
Northern Christian College
Founded in 1946, Northern Christian College is popular in the area because of its good academic programs that work well with lots of students. More importantly, the Commission on Higher Education in the Philippines widely recognizes the expertise of the school in various kinds of academic disciplines particularly in areas such as Communications, Commerce and Accounting. Furthermore, it also features good programs in Environmental Science, Education and Counseling. Because of its close affiliation to the religious group called United Church of Christ in the Philippines, it also provides courses in Theology. There are also undergraduate programs in Public Administration, Political Science and History.
Mariano Marcos State University
Situated in the municipality of Batac, Mariano Marcos State University is also part of the Laoag education system that offers students good quality services and education. Just like some of the topnotch schools in the country, this university also has a graduate school with extensive academic programs including Master of Arts in Nursing, Master in Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy. Its College of Engineering offers courses like B.S. in Ceramic Engineering, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering. For those who wish to enter the College of Health Sciences, they can enroll in highly interesting courses, namely B.S. in Pharmacy, B.S. in Physical Therapy and B.S. in Nursing.