The origin in time and space of Universidad La Salle dates back to the 17th century in France, where John Baptist de La Salle founded in 1689 the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools to provide academic and human education to disadvantaged children and young people of the time.
Three centuries later, Brother Dr. Manuel de Jesús Álvarez Campos conceived the project of founding a University directed by the Brothers of the Christian Schools to respond to the needs of our country, which was beginning its industrialization in the 1950s and 1960s, and needed more and new professionals who could respond to the Mexican historical, political, social and economic context.
It was on February 15, 1962 when Universidad La Salle opened its doors for the first time, with the transfer of the Colegio Cristobal Colon High School from Colonia San Rafael to Hipódromo Condesa. In May of the same year, its transformation into a Higher Education Center was announced, becoming the first Lasallian University in Latin America.
The first stage in the history of Universidad La Salle begins with the School of Accounting and Management (1962); the land on Benjamin Franklin is acquired and the first buildings are constructed. The schools of Engineering and the Mexican School of Architecture were opened (1964). The first stage culminated with the opening of the School of Law (1967).
In the second stage, the School of Philosophy (1968), The Mexican School of Medicine (1970) and the School of Chemistry (1973) were inaugurated, the latter being originally attached to the School of Engineering. The Professional Schools building was built and the Santa Lucía area was acquired. The Social Action Movement (MAS), the language laboratory and the Center for Mathematics, Computer Science and Systems and Pastoral Care were founded (1971).
During this period, the infrastructure, the academic-formative life and the administrative management of the University were consolidated. The Pierre Lyonnet auditorium, the cafeteria and the engineering laboratories were built, and the Universidad La Salle Autonomous Labor Union (SATULSA) was created (1975). The Cultural Center was opened and the construction of the Library was planned. The General Statutes were adopted, the La Salle Medical Service was created (1976), the Educational Services Department (1977) and the central administrative management was strengthened. Master’s degree programs were established, which led to the creation of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research (1979).
The physical infrastructure is organized and growth issues are solved. The School of Religious Sciences was consolidated and the Master’s in Administration Program was implemented with different companies. The legal status of Universidad La Salle changed by gradually abandoning the incorporation of its UNAM study programs after receiving the Recognition of Official Validity of Studies (RVOE) by Presidential Decree of Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, on May 29, 1987.
The physical infrastructure of the University was transformed and embellished with the construction of Plaza La Salle, a new cafeteria, the Office of the President, laboratories and facilities of the School of Chemistry, the building that houses the Office of the Vice President, School Services and four classrooms for professional examinations. Work began on the remodeling of Unit II. Artist Manuel Felguérez was hired to paint the formidable mural on one of the walls of the Adrian Gibert Auditorium, next to Plaza La Salle. The School of Education Sciences was inaugurated and the degree in Primary Education was established; a Master’s Degree in Legal Teaching was opened and the journal Reflexiones Universitarias was founded. The Lasallian university work reached other Mexican cities, with branch offices in Cancun, Morelia, Cuernavaca and Ciudad Obregón.
During this period, the Casa Rosa, Casa Tetela (Cuernavaca) and the Administrative Building were remodeled; the Mexican School of Medicine was refurbished, and the parking lot of Unit I and current Unit II were built. The training of professors with specialties and master’s degrees was promoted; a profound curricular reform was initiated under criteria of flexibility, sense of belonging, access and excellence. The Schools of Medicine and Law were granted Faculty status. The Research Center was founded; researchers from the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SIN) were incorporated. La Salle International Center was founded and the University Promotion Fund was established to provide financial support for students. The University Student Council (CUE) was founded in 1994, and more than twenty student organizations became operational. A 2020 prospective study was conducted to envision the University’s activities, the creation of automated systems, a technological development plan and the update of organizational and procedural manuals.
This period can be defined as a restructuring stage. Land around Unit I was acquired, Plaza Bicentenario was remodeled, as well as other areas such as the pool bathrooms and elevators in Units I and II
The Lisa y Llana Accreditation was granted to Universidad La Salle by the Federación de Instituciones Mexicanas Particulares de Educación Superior (FIMPES); 80 subjects were implemented in alternative modalities; new bachelor’s degrees, majors and master’s degrees were opened; the MIEX Program was implemented and the Schools of Business, Chemical Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, Design and Communication, were granted Faculty status. The Área Común unit, basis for the development of our educational model, was implemented in all undergraduate programs.
In terms of integral formation, the Learning and Development Communities Program for the young people of the University and the Student Life Plan project were implemented.
During this period, La Salle consolidated its position as one of the best universities in the country thanks to sustained growth in several aspects. The educational offerings doubled, reaching 105 high school, undergraduate and graduate programs. Three academic units were opened: the Santa Teresa High School, the School of Applied Health Studies, and the Virtual Campus. Educational excellence, with a humanistic focus was recognized after 100 percent of the undergraduate programs were accredited. Campus La Salle continued to grow steadily with the opening of the Santa Teresa Unit, the Wellness Center, the Simulation Center and three residence halls. In addition, an important physical accessibility program was implemented and the construction of the Chemical Sciences classroom building and of the Research and Development Center began. Different actions were carried out to improve the University quarter. The integration of SEULSA and collaboration with the La Salle Universities Network in Mexico and with IALU was strengthened. The La Salle Univeristy brand was redefined and updated at the national level and the Indivisa Font typographic system was created.