De La Salle University (Filipino: Pamantasang De La Salle) (also referred to as DLSU or La Salle) is a Roman Catholic, Lasallian research university in Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila, Philippines. It was founded in 1911 by De La Salle Brothers as the De La Salle College in Paco, Manila with Blimond Pierre serving as its first director. The educational institution moved on September 1921 to its present location to facilitate the increase in enrollment. DLSU, granted university status in February 1975, is the oldest constituent of De La Salle Philippines (DLSP), a network of 17 Lasallian institutions established in 2006 to replace the De La Salle University System.
The university started as a boys' elementary and high school. It started offering in 1920 a two-year Associate in Arts in Commerce programme, which was later discontinued in 1931 in favour of a Bachelor of Science in Commerce programme. DLSU currently offers coeducational undergraduate and graduate degree programmes through its seven colleges and one school specializing in varied disciplines, including business, engineering and liberal arts.
The university, currently under the administration of President Raymundo Suplido FSC, is a member of several international university associations (including the ASEAN University Network and International Association of Universities) as well as local organizations (such as the South Manila Inter-Institutional Consortium).
People affiliated with the De La Salle University have included one National Artist of the Philippines, Archbishops of Manila and technocrats, government executives, politicians, educators, scientists, engineers, several Multi Billionaire Business Tycoons, singers, composers and songwriters, movie-TV-stage actors, artists, TV personalities, news and media personalities and several high ranking corporate executive officers.