COLEGIO de DAGUPAN (formerly COMPUTRONIX COLLEGE) was founded in 1984 first as a computer-electronics training center offering diploma in short term courses in Computer Programming and Computer Technician. In 1987, it opened its School of Aeronautics and offered the two-year Aircraft Maintenance Technology and Private Flying Course. The five-story Felisa Arzadon Memorial Edifice formerly known as the Main Building was built in 1989 and started offering Associate Courses in Computer Science, Secretarial, Electronics and Communication Engineering and BS Aircraft Technology. In 1991, it offered Bachelor degrees in Computer Science, Electronics and Communication Engineering and Mass Communication. On December 22, 1992, the school obtained college status registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and began offering Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.
In 1993, with the continuing increase of enrollment, the college opened the Felisa Arzadon Memorial Extension to provide more classrooms for the growing student population. It also offered BS Accountancy, BS Commerce major in Management Information Systems, AB Major in Computer Teaching and BS Aeronautics Engineering.
The Science Centrum was inaugurated in 1994, it housed all laboratories and computer facilities of the College. It was recognized as a virtual landmark in Dagupan City. During this year the Liberal Arts, Commerce and Accountancy (LCA) building was also opened. Then in 1995, the Engineering building located behind the Science Centrum was built.
In 1996, located beside the Science Centrum, a new school campus came into being. Among the facilities added to the College were the Campus Quadrangle, a basketball/volleyball court, brickyard park, the College Printing Press and the Administration Building.
In recognition of the noble achievements of this institution, Colegio de Dagupan was hailed as Champion in the search for the Cleanest and Greenest Higher Educational Institution (City Level).
In 1998, the VPA-CS building was built. It houses spacious rooms complete with Monaco student chairs, electric fans, cinemascope chalkboards and tiled lobby areas. It also opened a new and bigger library equipped with airconditioners, Internet Terminals, video library, CD-ROM equipped computers and other innovative facilities located at the Administration Building.
In 1999, with the exceptional cooperation shown by the Administration and students, the College was proclaimed First Place in the entire Region I for its Traffic Alleviation Program (Pila System). The competition participated in was The Search for the Most Outstanding School Project undertaken through the spirit of Voluntarism, and the judges included heads of the different government regional offices i.e., NEDA and CHED. In the same year, Ronald Bautista, a BSECE student, was the National Grand Champion in RPN 9 Battle of the Brains Year 7 defeating the bets from UP-Diliman and PUP- Sta. Mesa.
In 2000, the new LCA Building was inaugurated. This building had an air-conditioned Chapel, a Clinic, a bigger Audio-Visual Room (AVR), HRM Laboratory, Offices and a number of classrooms.
In 2001, Installed the elevator in the LCA Building. First Higher institution of its kind in the Region.
In 2002, Colegio de Dagupan was given Level 1 accreditation by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) for its BS Accountancy and BS Electronics and Communications Engineering courses.
In 2003, accredited Level I by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) for its Bachelor of Elementary Education, Bachelor of Secondary Education, Bachelor in Science in Commerce with majors in Banking and Finance, Managerial Accounting and Management, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. It began offering Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and the course Caregiving.
In February 2004, Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) granted Level II accreditation to the College of Education for its Bachelor of Elementary and Secondary Education courses.
In January 2005, Colegio de Dagupan as named now, was granted Level II - Formal Accreditation Status by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) in Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Management, Managerial Accounting and Banking and Finance Program.
In November 2006, Colegio de Dagupan underwent CHED’s Institutional Quality Assurance Monitoring and Evaluation (IQUAME). Consequently, on November 14, 2007, Colegio de Dagupan was classified by the CHED as Category A (t) pursuant to CMO No. 15 s. 2005, the highest in the said category.
In March 2007, the College of Information and Computing Studies was awarded Center of Development (COD) in Information Technology, a testament of the school’s commitment to providing quality instruction, advanced research and relevant outreach and extension programs in this field. The College will enjoy the recognition until 2010.
Colegio de Dagupan’s consistent sterling performances in board and licensure examinations in ECE, LET, CPA and Nursing is an added feather to the institution’s cap, not to mention having the highest passing percentage rating in the entire province since 1996.
The College produced a 21st placer in the licensure exams for ECE in 2004 in the person of Edwin A. Dumo. The feat was bested by Ronald L. de Guzman, the first CdD summa cum laude, who registered a 90.71% rating in the licensure exams for CPA in 2007, landing in the top 20 slots. It has lately produced a board topnotcher in the Licensure Examination for Nursing in the person of Rizza A. Tamayo who placed no. 6 in the 2008 examinations.
Colegio de Dagupan likewise, was the first in the entire province of Pangasinan and in the whole Region I which registered the highest average passing percentage in both the Nursing and CPA licensure examinations in 2007 with a 67% in Nursing against the national passing average of 48% and with a 63% in Accountancy as against the 37% national percentage.
From a small computer training center, Colegio de Dagupan celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 2009.
In 2010, it has acquired another two hectares of land at Bonuan Binloc for its expansion program. Development is a work in progress, with the outcome certain of having an immense impact not only on the entire city but the whole province as well.
Recently, Colegio de Dagupan achieved another milestone as it was recognized as a Center of Development (COD) in Teacher Education for exhibiting potential in providing quality instruction and research and extension services in its teacher education program. The certificate of recognition was conferred on July 14, 2010.
In twenty-five years of fortifying the youth through an enriching and ennobling academic experience, the institution’s harvest has been great and the abundant fruits of its labor a living testament to the to the alumni’s rich legacy of distinctive professional identity.