A Complete List of Recognized Colleges and Universities in Manila, Philippines

The City of Manila

They say if you make it in New York, you'll make it anywhere. I say if your child graduates from college in the city of Manila, you have a child who's ready to face the harsh part of the working world.

The traffic, the smoke, the constraints of dorms and boarding houses, the daily encounters with all kinds of people, the race for jeepneys and buses, the stretching of the peso, the struggles to complete projects without any help from parents or siblings, and the lack of comforts normal at home -- these are the things that will make your child strong.

The Monument of Jose Rizal, the Philippines' national hero, at the Luneta Park in Manila, photographed by lenareh of webshots.com
The Monument of Jose Rizal, the Philippines' national hero, at the Luneta Park in Manila, photographed by lenareh of webshots.com

Since Manila is the oldest of the cities that make up what has been called Metro Manila, it's here where most of the public and private universities built their campuses. There are now other large universities outside Manila, but many of the biggest universities are still in Manila, with a number of them establishing bigger campuses in the suburbs, where plenty of open land is still available.

Part of Manila Bay, photographed by maryan54 of webshots.com
Part of Manila Bay, photographed by maryan54 of webshots.com

Here's a list of colleges and universities in the city of Manila, part of Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR), which are recognized by the Commission on Higher Education.

There are 2,180 higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country as of August 2010, according to the CHED, with most of the HEIs in the Metro Manila area or NCR and in Region 4A (Calabarzon Region). HEIs refer to colleges, universities, institutes and other post-secondary learning institutions.

The NCR hosts 312 HEIs and Region IV-A hosts 276 HEIs. Region III (Central Luzon) follows with 227 HEIs.

Of the 2,180 HEIs, 607 or 27.84 percent are public, and 1,573 or 72.16 percent are private.

Private Universities in Manila

Location in Manila
Adamson University (AdU)
Arellano University
Centro Escolar University (CEU)
San Miguel
De La Salle University
Far Eastern University (FEU)
FEATI University
Sta Cruz
Lyceum of the Philippines University
Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU)
National University (NU)
Philippine Christian University (PCU)
Philippine Women's University (PWU)
University of Manila (UM)
University of Santo Tomas (UST)
University of the East (UE)
Interior square of one the main buildings of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), the oldest university in Asia, having been founded in April 1611, photographed by anyoflores of webshots.com
Interior square of one the main buildings of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), the oldest university in Asia, having been founded in April 1611, photographed by anyoflores of webshots.com

Private Colleges in Manila

Location in Manila
Website or Telephone Numbers
ABE International College of Business and Accountancy
(02) 400-0208 and 400-0209
ABE International College of Business and Economics
(02) 736-2894
Access Computer and Technical Colleges
AMA Computer College
Sta. Mesa
(02) 714-8881 and 715-6078
Asian Social Institute
Chiang Kai Shek College
Chinese General Hospital College of Nursing and Liberal Arts
Sta. Cruz
Colegio de San Juan de Letran
College of the Holy Spirit of Manila
San Miguel
Concordia College
De Ocampo Memorial College
Sta. Mesa
(02) 715-1891 to 94
Emilio Aguinaldo College
Family Clinic
(02) 731-2901
FEU-East Asia College
Guzman College of Science and Technology
iCollege of the Philippines
(02) 786-2000
Informatics College
Interface Computer College
Jesus Reigns Christian College Foundation
(02) 307-0883 and (02) 404-1027
La Consolacion College
San Miguel
(02) 736-0235 and (02) 313-0513
Manila Business College
Sta. Cruz
(02) 314-6861
Manila Law College
Sta. Cruz
(02) 314-8513 and (02) 314-8509
Manila Theological College
Sta. Mesa
(02) 714-1583
Manila Times College
Port Area
Mapua Institute of Technology
Mary Chiles College
(02) 735-5341
Mary Johnston College
(02) 245-0765
Metropolitan Hospital College of Nursing
Sta. Cruz
02) 255-0401 and (02) 253-8769
National Teachers College
Perpetual Help College of Manila
(02) 731-8199 and (02) 731-1550
Philippine College of Criminology
Sta. Cruz
Philippine College of Health Sciences
02) 733-9480 and (02) 734-0339
Philippine Cultural College
Philippine Maritime Institute-Manila
Sta. Cruz
(02) 242-0265
Philippine Merchant Marine School-Manila
Sta. Cruz
(02) 742-3372
Philippine School of Business Administration
Philsin College Foundation
Sta. Mesa
(02) 715-0018
Saint John Berchmans School of Manila Foundation
(02) 735-4670 and (02) 735-4695
Saint Paul University
(02) 524-5687 loc 211
Saint Rita College
(02) 736-4360
Saint Rita Hospital College of Nursing and School of Midwifery
(02) 251-4929
Saint Scholastica's College
San Beda College
San Miguel
San Sebastian College
(02) 734-8931 to 39 loc 111, 112
Santa Catalina College
(02) 734-6861
Santa Isabel College
STI College-Recto
STI College-Taft
Technological Institute of the Philippines
Unciano Colleges and General Hospital
Santa Mesa
(02) 716-7292
The Arch of the Centuries of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), photographed by anyofloresof webshots.com
The Arch of the Centuries of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), photographed by anyofloresof webshots.com

Public Universities or State Universities in Manila

Philippine Normal University
Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)
Sta. Mesa
Technological University of the Philippines
University of the Philippines Manila
***PUP has 11 branches in Metro Manila and suburbs ***UP-Manila is part of the University of the Philippines System, whose main campus is in Diliman, Quezon City and whose website is up.edu.ph
One of the main buildings of De La Salle University in Manila, photographed by fated2bme of webshots.com
One of the main buildings of De La Salle University in Manila, photographed by fated2bme of webshots.com

Public College or State College in Manila

Location in Manila
Telephone Numbers
EARIST State College formerly Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
715-1319 / 716-50-59

City-Financed Universities in Manila

Location in Manila
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
Universidad de Manila (formerly City College of Manila)

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zainullah 5 years ago

i want admossion

ewater 5 years ago

Thank you for taking the time and sharing this information with us. It was indeed very helpful and insightful while being straight forward and to the point.

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vin43 5 years ago from india

really your hub is interesting , but you can make it more interesting by adding fee structure and renownwed branches of colleges

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Nera Woods 5 years ago Author

Thanks too Herbert. See you around. Would be back to read some of your hubs.

dave 5 years ago

..i really need a university school na may bsie na kurso... ang hirap mag hanap im from pup bataan

avic 5 years ago

dave suggest ko lang kung naghahanap ka ng Engineering school, go for TIP.

bryan 4 years ago

hi! just wanted to ask if may alam kang school na walang rules for hair cut. tas aroud manila area malapit sa pasig..... thanks.. im looking for a good school for psychology..

my 4 years ago

thanks...very informative

dionie 4 years ago

the given web address of PCCr was wrong .........

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Nera Woods 4 years ago Author

Hi dionie, I checked again, and it's really pccr.edu.ph . Ano ba dapat? Thanks anyway for commenting.

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Nera Woods 4 years ago Author

Hi bryan, check this list of schools which did well in the guidance counseling board exam. Kung okay sila sa guidance counseling, okay rin sila sa Psychology. Best regards http://www.schoolsphilippines.com/2012/03/top-guid...

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Nera Woods 4 years ago Author

Hi dave, thanks for sharing your tip.

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Nera Woods 4 years ago Author

Hi my, thanks for your comment, it's an encouragement.

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Nera Woods 4 years ago Author

Thanks vin43, yes, I'll improve it when I have more time. Meanwhile, if you're interested, I have a post on tuition fees here http://www.workingpinoy.com/2010/11/tuition-fees-a...

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Nera Woods 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Herbert, for your kind comment.

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Thanks, ewater, for commenting.

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Nera Woods 4 years ago Author

Hi zainullah, which school? and where are you from?

claire 4 years ago

I am planning to go to canada and study there. But I am advised first to get a degree here in Philippines..

I want to know which University here in manila That has International Accreditation.I want to know on which University here in manila. which after completing my course. It will be credited in Canada or USA. Hope you can help me guys thanks

Phen 4 years ago

Sa Perpetual po kaya magkano po kaya tuition fee pag BSIT? saka saan po ang pinaka murang university na may IT course? Di naman ako pwede sa mga state university kasi mababa lang ang average ko. Pls help. Thx


i am searching for universities w/c has low tuition fee and has civil engineer course .. can you help me to find a university i am refer to ? tnx please email the info in my fb acc. shin_tin15@yahoo.com tnx :)

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Nera Woods 4 years ago Author

Hi Shin and Phen, visit this post,http://www.workingpinoy.com/2010/11/tuition-fees-a... check the tuition fees, scan some of the comments, and then choose some schools for your final consideration.

Claire, I'll research first. Best regards to all.

harry 4 years ago

maganda po ba ang engineering ng adamson?

Jhec 4 years ago

Hello. Gusto ko lng po itanong kung saan po maganda mag-aral ng Accountancy. Thanks po :)

michelle 4 years ago

hi mam/sir.im michelle asido.turning freshman this year.i just want to ask if what public university i should be enter if im going to enroll 2nd semester.w/c has a low fee and has a course of I.T?i hope you will respond..thank you.:)

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Nera Woods 4 years ago Author

Hi Jhec, ito ang mga top accounting schools in the Philippines based on the latest CPA exam results http://www.schoolsphilippines.com/2012/05/top-50-a...

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Nera Woods 4 years ago Author

Hi, Michelle, UP, PUP, and TUP are among the best, but the 2012-2013 admission exams for these schools are past. If you like to wait for the 2013-2014 school year, then you can start applying now. For UP, the deadline for application is June 15 for Metro Manila high school students and June 22 for those outside of Metro Manila. PUP and TUP have later deadlines, but visit their websites now and take note of the deadlines. These schools, however, require that you have not taken any college course before taking the exam. Check your city-funded university; admission might still be open.

mika 4 years ago

San po pinaka murang BsHrm na course? Im from marikina. Thanks.

michelle 4 years ago

tnx po........:)

VIPUL SHARMA 4 years ago

hey...can you please tell me.,who are the official representatives of Emilio Aguinaldo College in INDIA.

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Nera Woods 4 years ago Author

Hi Vipul, email EAC at admission@eac.edu.ph best regards

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mang kulas 4 years ago

hi po, im ikon from sampaloc...i just wanna know kung san magandang school mag enroll yung di nman ganun kamahal ang tuition...hrm po course

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Nera Woods 4 years ago Author

Hi ikon, I'm glad you've joined hubpages. University of Manila offers HRM. UM's tuition fees are more affordable than those of many other private schools.


Marithony 4 years ago

Best university for MedTech? With good facilities and quality standard. Thanks

jhec2 4 years ago

hellow po sir...gusto q pong mag school sa murang college school...saan po kaya aq pwede? gusto q pong maging call center agent,,,,,pero d q p po alam qng saang cuorse po dpat aq...

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Nera Woods 4 years ago Author

Hi Marithony, here's a list of good medical technology schools, based on the results of the March 2012 Medical Technologists Licensure Exam Given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC):


marvilyn 4 years ago

gusto ko po sanang mag enroll this SY:2013-2014 sa pup pero di ko po alam kung kailan ang admission exam for 2013-2014 dito po sa maynila.pwede po kaya ako sa university na ito.at mayroon po kaya silang murang tuition fee para po sa coares ko na HospitalityManagement....pero di ko po alam kung anong klaseng hospitality management po akong pwedeng mabilang

darrin :)))) 4 years ago

dito tayo , dito tayo sa BIDA ang aircon , my elevator pa !

so what are you waiting for ?

mag MMC kana .

pahagin hangin din ..

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mark 4 years ago

Hi everyone, I am currently a freshman student in one of the public college schools in Valenzuela, I`m taking Secondary Education major in English. I am planning to transfer but I dont know what school suites me. If possible I also want to avail a scholarship since I graduated with flying colors in high school. Please help me where to transfer with course offering related to what I am taking right now. Tnx

maryam 4 years ago

wer po b ang rght school para sgusto ko kumuha ng IT yun anak ko kc gusto nya yun ,yun di p kmahaln ang tfee thnks

ara 4 years ago

Gusto ko ng accountancy pero yung mura lang. Ano katang school ang pwede kong pasukan??!

Tin 4 years ago

TUP is one of the best school for ENGINEERS. Always have topnatchers in Board exam. And they are good in Automotive.

miguel 3 years ago

gusto ko ng bussiness management na course kaso saang school ako pedeng mag enroll na makakamura pa po


John 3 years ago

Meron po bang haircut policy sa TUP? Thanks. :)

morp 3 years ago

may hair policy ba sa university of manila /

sachie 3 years ago

Hi I'm looking for a school na may BSOA NA course.. and yung tuition fee ndn po per sem. Yung malapt lang po sana sa quezon city or manila area.


pao 3 years ago

may hair cut policy ba sa university of the east?

Kim Thao (Ms) 3 years ago

Hi everyone.

I am Vietnamese and I'm living in Vietnam now. I'l like to take a master of Tesol which is International Accreditation in Manila but I dont know where I begin. Please advise me. Thank you very much for your help.

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Nera Woods 3 years ago Author

Hi Kim, do you mean to take the course purely online? When I'm done with my current task, I'll check if there's a master's course on Tesol offered online by Philippine schools.

Or do you plan to come to the Philippines to complete your master's?

Kim Thao 3 years ago

Hi you,

Sorry for being late.

I mean that I'll take a Master course in Philippines . So I need your help to find a good university in Philippines. Thank you


tata 3 years ago

nice.. thanks for sharing this.. gives me idea where to go in college next month..

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Nera Woods 3 years ago Author

Thanks for commenting tata

racheL aLimboyogen 3 years ago

heLLo po ..

Ask ko Lang po kung saan maganda mag araL ng HRM ..

T.Y :)

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Nera Woods 3 years ago Author

Hi rachel, try Lyceum Manila. They own a hotel nearby, Bayleaf Hotel, where their students can train.

georgina 3 years ago

i think even your school is not popular as others it's up to the student how/she will respond towards on academic and how you are going to face the reality of the world

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Nera Woods 3 years ago Author

Yes, Georgina is right. The name of the school helps, but ultimately, it depends on the effort and resourcefulness of the student and the readiness of the student to take hold of great opportunities coming by.

karla mae 2 years ago

San po ba pwde kumuha ng course na secondary education major in history pero mababa ang tuition ?

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Nera Woods 2 years ago Author

Hi karla mae, Philippine Normal University has that course and major.

EARIST in Sta. Mesa offers BS in Education.

Rizal Technological University in Mandaluyong offers BSED in Computer Education, English, Filipino, Physical Science, Mathematics, Social Studies.

Philippine Christian University offers BSED in English, Science, Filipino, Mathematics, Music, Arts, Physical Education

New Era University offers BSED in English, Filipino, Science, Math, MAPE

Polytechnic University of the Philippines offers BSED in English, Filipino, Mathematics, Social Studies

It seems that the History major is not a popular offering. The other colleges, even schools in the provinces, that I searched do not offer History major.

Lalaine Ramos 2 years ago

Hi po, ask ko lang kung saan po ba mayroong school na affordable pero may mgndang facilities ang school for HRM courses?

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Nera Woods 2 years ago Author

Hi Lalaine, I know you know that the really affordable schools are the state or city universities. But the entry to these state/city schools is not easy as they require residency and they're besieged by several thousand admission applicants. Try RTU in Mandaluyong.

Among the not-Enderun-DeLaSalle-ADMU private schools, Lyceum Manila's HRM program is becoming popular because it built its own hotel partly for training students.

EARIST, University of Manila, PCU and Arellano charge more affordable fees than other schools; but I have not researched about their facilities.

Christian25 2 years ago

Sir kelan po ang entrance examination sa PMI Sta. Cruz?? Salamat po! :)

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Nera Woods 2 years ago Author

Please call the PMI Admissions Office for enrolment inquiries: 241-9694 / 921-2638

lalalaalay 2 years ago

Maganda po ba yung HRM sa St scholastica manila?

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csmiravite-blogs 2 years ago from Philippines

There are several good schools in Manila that we may say are the cream of the crop --- University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, Ateneo University, and University of Santo Tomas. There are other equally good schools that are tops in their field: Mapua for engineering, Centro Escolar University for dentistry, Santa Isabel College for music and many others. But it would entirely depend on the student if he succeeds in his chosen course or not. I formerly taught in one local public college run by the one city government, and they were able to produce top notchers in the accountancy field even beating the top notch schools mentioned above.

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Nera Woods 2 years ago Author

Hi lalalaalay, yes. Study well and you'll find your way to success.

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Nera Woods 2 years ago Author

Hi csmiravite, thanks for commenting.

Yes, that's true, some little known public schools, specially in the provinces, have better passing rates in some board licensure exams than known private schools in Metro Manila.

I've read your posts on two financially struggling students who became successful CPAs, and these have inspired me. Have another great day!

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csmiravite-blogs 2 years ago from Philippines

Yep, there are other schools that are not anywhere near the horizon, but you see some of their students beating the daylights out of everybody. That same local college, has two of its graduates making it to no. 4 and 6 in the recent final pre-board in CPAR (Certified Public Accountants Review School) just recently. They are still waiting for the schedule of the CPA Board Exam this coming May or June to know if they will make it as topnotchers.

I am a graduate of the Santa Isabel College, BSC Accounting years ago (pls.don't ask the year, :D) I managed to pass the board, even if the school was not known for its accountancy program, during my time.

Nonetheless, if you ask my kid, there is no other school for her except UP. It is UP and other schools. Nothing comes next as far as she is concerned. Heheh!


Jennel 2 years ago

Hello! Can you suggest good schools that offer Medtech course within Metro Manila? Thankyou!

angel 2 years ago

maganda po ba medtech sa eac?

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Nera Woods 2 years ago Author

Hi again csm, great to know that local school continues to produce CPAs, and that your child is in UP. Not all who dream of going there are able to study there. Indeed, that's our top university (I hear disapproval from the neighboring school :) ). Have another great day, csm!

Meeen 2 years ago

Hi sir ask ko lng po maganda ba mag aral ng bsba sa university of manila ? Or should I say maganda b ang school n yun kasi people say mahihirapan daw ako dun dahil sa kailangan bilhin lht ng libro and pag nag transfer ka eh di nila binibigay sayo yung transcript mo yung kaibigan ko po kasi one year pa daw nya bago nakuha yung transcript nya eh ?

kieffer 2 years ago

If you're a geek go to UP Diliman but if you're just an ordinary student enroll yourself in the university which tops in the accreditation level of PACUCOA or PAASCU, at least Level II, III Re-accredited status, IV is the highest.

anneng... 2 years ago

Hi, ask lang po san po kayo na university/colleges na may course na art education, bokod sa TUP po?

Thank you! :)

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Nera Woods 2 years ago Author

Hi anneng, PCU offers B in Secondary Education Major in Arts. You can also study Fine Arts at UST, PWU, etc. and then teach, if you like. EARIST offers 3-year courses Associate in Fine Arts (Painting) and Associate in Fine Arts (Advertising).

anneng... 2 years ago

Ahm, ano po kasi i'm incoming freshmen po. So balak kong kunin na course fine arts na yung ART EDUCATION TEACHER, ang alam ko parang sa TUP lang sya meron & EARIST. Ahm gusto ko po sana sa private. Nahihirapan po ako maghanap. So patulong po sana:) any suggestion? Pls,pls,pls! Thank you:)))))

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jonathan A. 2 years ago

Ask q lng po kung meron png public universities malapit sa PUPQC with low tuition fee and pd ang working students?

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grand old lady 23 months ago from Philippines

Hi Nera, this is a very comprehensive list of colleges and universities in Metro Manila. However, I just wanna inform you that the cheapest and best would be UP. It's amazingly cheap and it's the best university in the country. Also, if you want your child to pursue further studies abroad, to qualify for a top tiered college overseas, they consider only graduates of UP, La Salle, Ateneo and UST. There is a second tier of colleges, which includes College of St. Benilde, but students here can only be accepted based on grades and academic accomplishments.

At least, this was my experience when my daughter pursued her master's degree overseas.

vine 20 months ago

Anong school po ba ang nag ooffer ng night or half day classess ? Yung para po sa HRM course?

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Nera Woods 20 months ago Author

Hi grand old lady, thank you very much for your input. Have another great day!

Shiena escoriaga 18 months ago

Hello guys , I'm looking for a college school for TOURISM , It' was so really hard to find a better school , do you have any suggestions ?

You can text me (+639358540321) I'm from Quezon City , I want a school has a affordable tuition fee

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Larry Rankin 18 months ago from Oklahoma

A useful directory.

bianca 17 months ago

makati science is also accredited by ched ???

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