National University (NU) is a non–sectarian coeducational institution in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines. The founder of the University, Don Mariano Fortunato Jhocson established the institution in August 1, 1900 as Colegio Filipino in Quiapo, Manila. It is considered as the first private nonsectarian and coeducational institution in the Philippines and also, the first university to use English as its medium of instruction, replacing Spanish language
Since its foundation in 1900 it has produced two Philippine Presidents, one National Artist of the Philippines, legislators, politicians, business tycoons, engineers, architects, health professionals, educators, TV personalities, and athletes.
Approved by the Department of Public Instruction in June 17, 1921, the University received its university status, changing the name from National Academy to National University. Senator Camilo Osias, a two-time Senate President of the Philippines, served as the first president of the University.
In 1915, with the collaboration with Lacson brothers, Don Mariano established the Philippine Law School in Intramuros, Manila. It served as the college of law of the University. It produced Philippine President, Carlos P. Garcia. Another Philippine President, Diosdado Macapagal studied in the institution.
NU is also one of the pioneers of National Collegiate Athletic Association- Philippines (NCAA) and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).
It is a pioneer member of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities. (PACU) Its international affiliations and memberships include the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAHIL) and the International Association of Universities (IAU).