- Bicol University (translated in Filipino: Pamantasan ng Bicol and commonly abbreviated as B.U.) is the premier regional state and research university in Bicol Region, the Philippines. BU is the first ISO 9001:2008 certified public university in the region with Certificate No. TUV 100 05 1782. Administered from Legazpi City, Bicol University offers 67 degree programs spread among 16 academic units. It is home to topnotchers in the field of Accountancy, Social Work, Engineering and Nursing. It is a top-performing school in Social Work (rank 1, nationwide) and Accountancy (rank 2, nationwide). B.U. is a university which is partly subsidized by the Philippine government. Students of the university and its graduates are referred to as “Mga Iskolar ng Bayan” (“Scholars of the Nation”) but they are commonly called as BUeños. This makes admission into the University extremely competitive. Students who wish to study in the university must take and pass the Bicol University College Entrance Test (BUCET).