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Top 20 Most Excellent Universities in The Philippines

Here are the 20 most excellent higher learning institutions in the Philippines.

These schools of higher learning are consistently included in local rankings as well as international rankings conducted by reliable and respectable institutions in the field. One method being used by CHED and PRC in ranking is based on the schools’ performance on government board examinations.

There is no single method of determining the best colleges or universities but consistency and frequency in different listings is a good determinant.

1.) University of the Philippines (UP)

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The Philippines number one university is the University of the Philippines. It is the flagship university of the University of the Philippines System and has two extension program campuses in Olongapo City in Zambales and Pampanga.

Type: National University

Population: 23,333 students

Location: Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

Campus: 4.9 km2

Establishment: June 18, 1908

Former Name/s: American University of the Philippines

2.) Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU)

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The Ateneo de Manila University is the 2nd best university in the archipelago. It has two other campuses in Rockwell Center and Salcedo Village both located in the city of Makati. The main campus in Quezon City is home to the grade school, high school, college and graduate school.

Type: Private University

Population: 11,709 students (7,731 undergraduates and 3,978 postgraduates)

Location: Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines

Campus: 1.2 km²

Establishment: 1859

Former name/s: Escuela Municipal de Manila, Ateneo Municipal de Manila

3.) De La Salle University (DLSU)

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The top 3 best Philippine university is De La Salle University, the oldest campus of De La Salle Philippines with 17 La Sallian institutions all over the archipelago.

Type: Private University

Population: 11,585 students

Location: Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila

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  1. voodoobrb

    On March 25, 2011 at 10:33 am


    Great share

  2. Unofre Pili

    On March 25, 2011 at 10:49 am


    Nice article bro., but I beg to disagree from 5th to 20th ranking.

  3. CHIPMUNK

    On March 25, 2011 at 11:10 am


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  4. Christine Ramsay

    On March 25, 2011 at 11:11 am


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  6. webseowriters

    On March 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm


    A worthy share

  7. Anuradha Ramkumar

    On March 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm


    An excellent list of universities…should be of great use who wish to pursue higher studies.

  8. MaxBuceo

    On March 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm


  9. MargaMatters

    On March 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm


    nice. il share this soon.

  10. acecampillo

    On March 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm


    nice post!
    for me ateneo de manila is the number one university..
    but anyway, we have our own opinions about it..hehe ^^

  11. Melody SJAL

    On March 26, 2011 at 5:49 am


    I earned my BS Zoology course from MSU Marawi – a great learning institution like no other. Nice post, Nobert.

  12. Likha

    On March 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm


    I think the number one spot is still a toss between UP and Ateneo. Iba lang kasi ang kultura sa Ateneo, pang-elitista at may pagka-sectarian (Catholic). UP Diliman is the flagship campus but UP Manila has a higher University Percentage Grade for incoming freshmen. Mas mahirap makapasa sa UP Manila kesa sa UP Diliman. Anyway, just a thought. Yes, Xavier U and Ateneo de Davao are also excellent. Great list kabayan.

  13. Rodel

    On June 9, 2011 at 10:22 am


    Saint Louis University in Baguio City is the country’s top university outside Metro Manila…

    PS: Personal Opinion..

  14. pleasehelpme

    On June 22, 2011 at 5:49 am


    sirr.. please help me.. how they became the top 20… what are theyr awards. honors achievements or so watexer.. nid ur reply asap.. thank you so much for this article sir.. it really helpe me

  15. nobert soloria bermosa

    On June 22, 2011 at 10:21 am


    These schools of higher learning are consistently included in local rankings as well as international rankings conducted by reliable and respectable institutions in the field. One method being used by CHED and PRC in ranking is based on the schools’ performance on government board examinations.

  16. nobert soloria bermosa

    On June 22, 2011 at 10:24 am


    gov’t board exams include Bar,LET,nursing board,eng’g board,Civil service exam,etc…

  17. Givemehint

    On June 29, 2011 at 4:39 am


    Where did you get these information? Do you have a copy of the official declaration of the above ranking?

  18. carlos_iskolar

    On June 29, 2011 at 9:53 am


    wow! PUP great, mabuhay ang ISKO and ISKA ng Sintang Paaralan, Mabuhay ang iskolar ng bayan.

  19. henry

    On June 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm


    MSU-IIT should be included. because it is always ahead MAPUA.

  20. Chaimoon

    On June 30, 2011 at 11:58 pm


    I am just so happy that our school is in the list and Top 9 no less! Luceat Lux Vestra! Nunc Et Semper! ( Let your Light Shine! Now and Forever!) Go Urians! Go FSUU!

  21. alexg

    On July 5, 2011 at 11:10 pm


    What are your basis or curriculum? I beg to disagree some of your rankings. For me its:
    1. UP
    2. DLSU
    3. AdMU
    4.UST
    5.Adamson U
    6. UE
    7. Mapua
    8. USC
    9. UPLB
    10. SLU

  22. Lou Jean Dadong

    On July 14, 2011 at 1:12 am


    Go FATHER SATURNINO URIOS UNIVERSITY. My beloved Alma mater.

  23. Leo

    On July 18, 2011 at 9:47 am


    …and what about this?…

    World Rank Name
    Country Rank

    976 University of the Philippines Diliman * 1

    1686 De la Salle University Manila 2

    2282 University of the Philippines Los Baños 3

    2339 Ateneo de Manila University 4

    3552 Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan 5

    3801 University of Santo Tomas 6

    4056 University of the Philippines 7

    4107 University of the Philippines Manila 8

    4112 University of the Philippines Mindanao 9

    4726 Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Tech.. 10

    4903 Mapua Institute of Technology 11

    5744 Ateneo de Zamboanga University 12

    5748 Colegio de San Juan de Letran 13

    5953 Adventist International Institute of Advanced Stud.. 14

    5976 Saint Louis University Baguio City 15

    6524 Angeles University Foundation 16

    6569 Ateneo de Naga University 17

    6626 University of San Carlos 18

    6673 Asian Institute of Management * 19

    6802 University of the Philippines in the Visayas 20

    6969 University of San José Recoletos 21

    7036 Aquinas University 22

    7125 Miriam College (Maryknoll) 23

    7226 Saint Scholastica’s College 24

    7767 University of the Philippines Open University 25

    7967 Silliman University 26

    7984 Centro Escolar University Manila Mendiola 27

    8079 De la Salle College of Saint Benilde 28

    8113 Ateneo de Davao University 29

    8156 University of the East, Manila 30

    8176 Adventist University of the Philippines 31

    8201 De La Salle University Dasmariñas 32

    8605 Mariano Marcos State University 33

    8681 Central Philippine University 34

    8844 Philippine School of Business Administration 35

    8896 Saint Mary’s University of Bayombong 36

    8998 University of the Philippines Baguio 37

    9088 System Technology Institute 38

    9194 University of Southeastern Philippines 39

    9295 MSC Institute of Technology 40

    9345 Polytechnic University of the Philippines 41

    9504 San Beda College 42

    9606 Adamson University 43

    9613 John B Lacson Foundation Maritime University 44

    9783 De La Salle Health Sciences Institute 45

    9991 International School Manila 46

    10016 University of Southern Mindanao 47

    10083 De la Salle Lipa 48

    10264 University of Baguio 49

    10281 Wisdom International School for Higher Education S.. 50

    10412 Central Luzon State University 51

    10443 Asia Pacific College 52

    10443 University of San Agustin 53

    10585 San Sebastian College Manila 54

    10585 Benguet State University 55

    10598 University of Asia and the Pacific * 56

    10762 University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao 57

    10831 Philippine Normal University 58

    11077 Southwestern University Cebu Philippines 59

    11094 University of Cebu 60

    11213 University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Me.. 61

    11293 Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication 62

    11315 Western Mindanao State University 63

    11330 St. Michael’s College of Iligan City 64

    11415 University of Regina Carmeli 65

    11670 University of Saint La Salle Bacolod 66

    11676 Holy Name University 67

    11689 Bukidnon State University 68

    11723 Informatics Computer Institute 69

    11761 Cebu Doctors’ University (Cebu Doctors’ College) 70

    11775 West Visayas State University 71

    11805 Far Eastern University Phillipines 72

    11814 University of the Cordilleras (Baguio Colleges Fou.. 73

    11837 Cebu Institute of Technology 74

    11872 Ateneo Graduate School of Business Makati 75

    11971 Tarlac College of Agriculture 76

  24. Leo

    On July 18, 2011 at 9:48 am


    …and what about this?…

    World Rank Name
    Country Rank

    976 University of the Philippines Diliman * 1

    1686 De la Salle University Manila 2

    2282 University of the Philippines Los Baños 3

    2339 Ateneo de Manila University 4

    3552 Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan 5

    3801 University of Santo Tomas 6

    4056 University of the Philippines 7

    4107 University of the Philippines Manila 8

    4112 University of the Philippines Mindanao 9

    4726 Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Tech.. 10

    4903 Mapua Institute of Technology 11

    5744 Ateneo de Zamboanga University 12

    5748 Colegio de San Juan de Letran 13

    5953 Adventist International Institute of Advanced Stud.. 14

    5976 Saint Louis University Baguio City 15

    6524 Angeles University Foundation 16

    6569 Ateneo de Naga University 17

    6626 University of San Carlos 18

    6673 Asian Institute of Management * 19

    6802 University of the Philippines in the Visayas 20

    6969 University of San José Recoletos 21

    7036 Aquinas University 22

    7125 Miriam College (Maryknoll) 23

    7226 Saint Scholastica\’s College 24

    7767 University of the Philippines Open University 25

    7967 Silliman University 26

    7984 Centro Escolar University Manila Mendiola 27

    8079 De la Salle College of Saint Benilde 28

    8113 Ateneo de Davao University 29

    8156 University of the East, Manila 30

    8176 Adventist University of the Philippines 31

    8201 De La Salle University Dasmariñas 32

    8605 Mariano Marcos State University 33

    8681 Central Philippine University 34

    8844 Philippine School of Business Administration 35

    8896 Saint Mary\’s University of Bayombong 36

    8998 University of the Philippines Baguio 37

    9088 System Technology Institute 38

    9194 University of Southeastern Philippines 39

    9295 MSC Institute of Technology 40

    9345 Polytechnic University of the Philippines 41

    9504 San Beda College 42

    9606 Adamson University 43

    9613 John B Lacson Foundation Maritime University 44

    9783 De La Salle Health Sciences Institute 45

    9991 International School Manila 46

    10016 University of Southern Mindanao 47

    10083 De la Salle Lipa 48

    10264 University of Baguio 49

    10281 Wisdom International School for Higher Education S.. 50

    10412 Central Luzon State University 51

    10443 Asia Pacific College 52

    10443 University of San Agustin 53

    10585 San Sebastian College Manila 54

    10585 Benguet State University 55

    10598 University of Asia and the Pacific * 56

    10762 University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao 57

    10831 Philippine Normal University 58

    11077 Southwestern University Cebu Philippines 59

    11094 University of Cebu 60

    11213 University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Me.. 61

    11293 Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication 62

    11315 Western Mindanao State University 63

    11330 St. Michael\’s College of Iligan City 64

    11415 University of Regina Carmeli 65

    11670 University of Saint La Salle Bacolod 66

    11676 Holy Name University 67

    11689 Bukidnon State University 68

    11723 Informatics Computer Institute 69

    11761 Cebu Doctors\’ University (Cebu Doctors\’ College) 70

    11775 West Visayas State University 71

    11805 Far Eastern University Phillipines 72

    11814 University of the Cordilleras (Baguio Colleges Fou.. 73

    11837 Cebu Institute of Technology 74

    11872 Ateneo Graduate School of Business Makati 75

    11971 Tarlac College of Agriculture 76

  25. Leo

    On July 18, 2011 at 9:54 am


    …and what about this?…

    World Rank Name Country Rank

    976 University of the Philippines Diliman * 1
    1686 De la Salle University Manila 2
    2282 University of the Philippines Los Baños 3
    2339 Ateneo de Manila University 4
    3552 Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan 5
    3801 University of Santo Tomas 6
    4056 University of the Philippines 7
    4107 University of the Philippines Manila 8
    4112 University of the Philippines Mindanao 9
    4726 Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Tech.. 10
    4903 Mapua Institute of Technology 11
    5744 Ateneo de Zamboanga University 12
    5748 Colegio de San Juan de Letran 13
    5953 Adventist International Institute of Advanced Stud.. 14
    5976 Saint Louis University Baguio City 15
    6524 Angeles University Foundation 16
    6569 Ateneo de Naga University 17
    6626 University of San Carlos 18
    6673 Asian Institute of Management * 19
    6802 University of the Philippines in the Visayas 20
    6969 University of San José Recoletos 21
    7036 Aquinas University 22
    7125 Miriam College (Maryknoll) 23
    7226 Saint Scholastica\\\’s College 24
    7767 University of the Philippines Open University 25
    7967 Silliman University 26
    7984 Centro Escolar University Manila Mendiola 27
    8079 De la Salle College of Saint Benilde 28
    8113 Ateneo de Davao University 29
    8156 University of the East, Manila 30
    8176 Adventist University of the Philippines 31
    8201 De La Salle University Dasmariñas 32
    8605 Mariano Marcos State University 33
    8681 Central Philippine University 34
    8844 Philippine School of Business Administration 35
    8896 Saint Mary\\\’s University of Bayombong 36
    8998 University of the Philippines Baguio 37
    9088 System Technology Institute 38
    9194 University of Southeastern Philippines 39
    9295 MSC Institute of Technology 40
    9345 Polytechnic University of the Philippines 41
    9504 San Beda College 42
    9606 Adamson University 43
    9613 John B Lacson Foundation Maritime University 44
    9783 De La Salle Health Sciences Institute 45
    9991 International School Manila 46
    10016 University of Southern Mindanao 47
    10083 De la Salle Lipa 48
    10264 University of Baguio 49
    10281 Wisdom International School for Higher Education S..
    10412 Central Luzon State University 51
    10443 Asia Pacific College 52
    10443 University of San Agustin 53
    10585 San Sebastian College Manila 54
    10585 Benguet State University 55
    10598 University of Asia and the Pacific * 56
    10762 University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao 57
    10831 Philippine Normal University 58
    11077 Southwestern University Cebu Philippines 59
    11094 University of Cebu 60
    11213 Uni of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Me.. 61
    11293 Asian Institute of Journalism and Commtion 62
    11315 Western Mindanao State University 63
    11330 St. Michael\\\’s College of Iligan City 64
    11415 University of Regina Carmeli 65
    11670 University of Saint La Salle Bacolod 66
    11676 Holy Name University 67
    11689 Bukidnon State University 68
    11723 Informatics Computer Institute 69
    11761 Cebu Doctors\\\rsity (Cebu Doctors\\ege) 70
    11775 West Visayas State University 71
    11805 Far Eastern University Phillipines 72
    11814 Univethe Cordilleras (Baguio Colleges Fou.. 73
    11837 Cebu Institute of Technology 74
    11872 Ateneo Graduate School of Business Makati 75
    11971 Tarlac College of Agriculture 76

  26. jacob

    On July 21, 2011 at 11:01 am


  27. Angel

    On August 2, 2011 at 9:21 am


    I’m proud that my alma mater, Mapua Institute of Technology ranked 8th…proud to be a MAPUAN!

  28. Rebelgod

    On September 20, 2011 at 1:46 am


    Well, Nice and Great… But always remember that the most important thing here is how the said institutions create the minds of the future professionals. Go PUP, UP Diliman and Ateneo de Manila

  29. rona

    On October 18, 2011 at 5:01 am


    UP
    2. DLSU
    3. AdMU
    4.UST
    5.Adamson U
    6. UE
    7. Mapua
    8. USC
    9. UPLB
    10. SLU

    me too :) )

  30. Jared

    On November 5, 2011 at 4:12 am


  31. matt sinaca

    On January 16, 2012 at 6:02 am


    go go go urian. Go go go Fr. Saturnino Urios University of Butuan City in Caraga Region, the best………….

  32. filt

    On January 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm


    I still believed that SLU is not just on 10 spot, this school to me is in number 5. Student in this school are far better than those in Manila. Try to go in this school and you’ll be surprise. I’d teach in this school before going to Manila and there’s really a big difference. Students are more focus on their studies though most of them belongs to the average family.

  33. arr

    On January 26, 2012 at 1:34 am


    Disagree 5th to 20th there are a lot missing :) )))))) favoritism err

  34. Mel

    On February 21, 2012 at 10:38 am


    GO USPians!!!

  35. Pamly

    On May 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm


    i beg to disagree to all your comments! go Silliman University! we deserved to be on the 5th spot!!

  36. Karen

    On May 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm


    SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY rocks!! VIA VERITAS VITA :) )

  37. jc reyes

    On July 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm


    it’s
    1.UP
    2. others

  38. giljer

    On October 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm


    Silliman beside the sea…
    Via, Veritas, Vita (of Christ being the Way, the Truth, the Life).
    visit: http://www.su.edu.ph

  39. giljer

    On October 25, 2012 at 1:43 am


    SILLIMAN U.
    the first Protestant university in the country and the first American private university in Asia

  40. giljer

    On October 25, 2012 at 1:47 am


    SILLIMAN U.
    the first Protestant university in the country and the first American private university in Asia

  41. retepimage

    On October 25, 2012 at 5:07 am


    Whatever!!! Just read, be proud, and get a life!! Work and have a family!!! Insisting on your school being the best when facts are already presented doesn’t bring food on the table!!! Want to be the best? Be a model… Be a good example….

  42. retepimage

    On October 25, 2012 at 5:08 am


    Whatever!!! Just read, be proud, and get a life!! Work and have a family!!! Insisting on your school being the best when facts are already presented doesn\\\’t bring food on the table!!! Want to be the best? Be a model… Be a good example….

  43. ayer

    On October 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm


    oh yeah! proud to be sillimanian! :D

  44. Eraye28

    On October 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm


    There are a lot missing. What is the ranking of st. Paul college?

  45. Eryt354

    On October 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm


    There are a lot missing. What is the ranking of st. Paul college?

  46. rickf

    On November 5, 2012 at 9:04 am


    SWU IS THE BEST I N CEBU

  47. Jeries Sison

    On February 1, 2013 at 6:24 am


    Saint Louis University

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