Today, the University of the East celebrate its 58 years of being a member in the country’s elusive collegiate league.
In 1950, UE P.E. Director Pedro D. Villanueva sent a letter to the UAAP Executive Board that the University of the East its intention to applied for membership to the UAAP. On September 30, 1950, the UAAP Executive Board sent a copy of the partial part of the UAAP Constitution and by-laws to apprise the University of the East requirements for membership. In 1951, President Francisco Dalupan drafted a letter affirming the agreement with the UAAP rules and by-laws. And on January 12, 1952, the University of the East application for membership had been taken up and discussed.
March 29, 1952, after being informed that the UAAP Executive Committee conditionally admitted President Francisco Dalupan said these words:
“After several years of arduous work to get into the UAAP we have been able to convince the officers of the UAAP to admit us in the association. We believe that our admission will further add in the promotion of sportsmanship.”
May 5, 1952, the UAAP Executive Board announced in its special meeting that the University of the East (UE) together with University of Manila (UM) and Adamson University (AdU), two former members of Philippine Universities Athletic Association (PUAA), were accepted as probationary members for two-year. 0n August 10, 1952 at the Rizal Coliseum, the University of the East debut in the UAAP. In 1954, the University of the East obtained a permanent membership status.