With more than a hundred years of educational service to the people of Tarlac and Central Luzon, the Tarlac State University started as an elementary trade school in 1906. It then progressed into a secondary school in 1919 and became a collegiate technical school named the Tarlac School of Arts and Trades in 1959. From a full-fledged college named Tarlac College of Technology in 1965, the college was eventually converted into a university on October 13, 1989 by virtue of Republic Act 6764.
This university is the Tarlac State University.
These are the advantages of having a degree from Tarlac State University:
- As a state university, TSU is mandated to provide quality education to students for an affordable cost.
- Since August 2014, TSU is a member of the of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) and International Association of University Presidents (IAUP).
- Since 2010, the University is a member of the University Mobility for Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), Inc. Philippines.
- As a chartered state university, all of its program offerings are recognized and approved by the Commission on Higher Education. Almost of its courses and program offerings have undergone accreditation by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP).
- Tarlac State University is accredited by the Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines to accept foreign students.
- Credits earned at TSU are accepted abroad and its graduates are recognized by institutions abroad such as in Australia, Canada, Europe, Singapore, Middle East, New Zealand, U.S.A
- The University is classified as Level 3A which is second to the highest which is Level 4 in terms of the leveling status of State Universities and Colleges in the Philippines (SUCs).
- The students and graduates of TSU are globally competitive.
- Tarlac State University is one of the Philippine Higher Educational Institutions recognized by the People’s Republic of China.
The Tarlac Province is situated in the Central Plains of Luzon, surrounded by the provinces of Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, and Zambales. Going north, it is a two-hour ride to Pangasinan, a three-hour ride to Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines, and a six-hour ride to the Ilocos provinces. It is midway between Manila and Baguio City.
On the other hand, Tarlac City where Tarlac State University is located approximately 125 kilometers from Manila – only a two-hour-and-a-half ride from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Manila International Airport. The city is also only an hour ride to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport located at Clark Field, Pampanga. With the construction of the Clark-Subic Road, Subic Freeport at Olongapo City, Tarlac will only be a mere two-hour ride from Manila. All buses going to the the Northern Luzon area pass through the city and towns of the Tarlac province.