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Best Universities in the Philippines

Updated on April 17, 2011

Planning to study abroad in the Philippines?

Are you planning to study in the Philippines? You have made a right decision! The Philippines is home to some of the world's top universities. Aside from its diverse culture, Philippines has the best natural resources helpful for your research and unwinding activities. Here is a list of the top universities in the Philippines:


1. University of the Philippines - Diliman

Situated on one of the biggest cities in the Philippines, University of the Philippines is one of the best universities in the Philippines. Being home to lots of world-class scientists, lawyers, medical practitioners, et al., it is also home to most of the Philippines' most influential politicians and figures. It is considered as the best university in the Philippines due to its number of Center of Excellence and Center of Development granted by the Commission on Higher Education of the Government of the Philippines. Aside from that, its graduates are consistent topnotchers on any licensing examinations and have made remarkable contributions on their own field. Its School of Economics is the first and currently the only highly-recognized post graduate degree grating institute for economics in the Philippines. Most of its professors are distinguished alumni of several top universities in the world like Stanford University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Yale University, Northwestern University, et al. It is also one of the top universities in the world. In the recent World University Rankings, it was included in the top 300 universities in the world!

Best in: Information Technology, Chemistry, Geology, Molecular Biology, Statistics, Marine Science, Mathematics, Music, Business, Economics, Engineering and Humanities

2. Ateneo de Manila University

Ateneo de Manila is a Jesuit university that is situated in the heart of Quezon City. It is a private university who has also made manifold remarkable contributions in the country. Most of its graduates are internationally recognized debaters, lawyers and economists. One of its graduates is the current Philippine president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino, III. It is also consistently ranked as one of the best universities in Asia and the world. Together with the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila is one of the only two Philippine universities to be included in the top 300 rankings. One of its strongest colleges is its College of Law which is mostly considered as the best law school in the Philippines where most of the BAR topnotchers come from.

Best in: Business Administration, Chemistry, English, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology and Sociology.

3. De La Salle University

DLSU is the rival university of Ateneo de Manila University for several reasons. They are the only two universities granted with a level IV accredited status by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities. They have also a long time rivalry on several sporting events like basketball and volleyball. They are also deemed as the most expensive schools in the Philippines. The University's College of Engineering is one of the country's best engineering schools.

Best in : Electrical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics and Teacher Education

4. University of Santo Tomas

University of Santo Tomas was founded on year 1611 making it the oldest surviving university in the Philippines and in Asia. It was also ranked in the top 500 universities in the world together with the University of the Philippines - Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University and the De La Salle University. It is one of the best medical schools in the Philippines and in Asia. The Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal has studied in this university too! One of its greatest features is the architecture of most of its buildings.

Best in: Architecture, Biology, Chemistry, Literature, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Philosophy and Teacher Education

Other great universities in the Philippines but are not included in the top universities of the world list are the following:

1. Far Eastern University (Manila)

2. Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Manila)

3. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (Manila)

4. Mapua Institute of Technology (Manila) - specializes on engineering studies

5. Ateneo de Davao University (Davao, Mindanao)

6. Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan (Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao)

7. Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology (Iligan City, Mindanao)

8. Adamson University (Manila)

9. Lyceum of the Philippines University (Manila)

10. University of the Philippines - Los Banos (Laguna)

11. Saint Louis University (Baguio City)

12. University of the Philippines - Visayas

13. University of the Philippines - Mindanao

14. San Beda College (Manila)

15. University of Southeastern Philippines (Davao City)

16. University of the East (Manila)


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      Ai Co Ro 3 years ago

      Central Mindanao University is truly the academic paradise of the south, some of the best universities in the Philippines their University President is an alumna of CMU. You are narrow minded, try to be broad, search and explore more.

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      Ai Co Ro 3 years ago

      Central Mindanao University is truly the academic paradise of the south, some of the best universities in the Philippines their University President is an alumna of CMU. You are narrow minded, try to be broad, search and explore more.

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      nikko 4 years ago

      must d.i?wae apel?

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      Meow 4 years ago

      But wala yung University of San Carlos (Cebu City) at Siliman University (Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental)

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      khin 4 years ago

      i don't think this is true . how about Central Mindanao University which one of the top 10 outstanding students came from ?

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      arjay 5 years ago

      Saint Louis University is one of the greatest universities which produces good psychologists and philosophers

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      baby 5 years ago

      enrolling in one of these top universities is a great privilege. But there are successful persons which came from other schools than those mentioned.. it depends upon the student itself... it's not a matter of what school did you came from....

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      TRISHIA 5 years ago

      You shall not vainglorious ... Remember no matter how talented provide students "UP" WITH, IF THE FACILITIES lacked. YOU CAN'T still blame THE "PRIVATE SCHOOL 'WHY THEY ARE HIGH IN THE ranking. MAGISING NAKAYO MGA TAGA U.P"

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      Cyrus Vincent Tronco 5 years ago

      Silliman University is next to UP on the PRC rankings and consistently on the Top 10.

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      Chip 5 years ago

      How come UP Manila is not on the list?

      FYI. UP does not submit ranking data from one UP unit alone. It's a UP system data, that's the rule.

      And please. Stop making stupid, unscientific rankings. You are only contributing to academic misinformation and knowledge misuse.

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      Paschar 5 years ago

      i don't think LaSalle is a top notch school...

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      Paul  6 years ago

      Not true... Try to research about the latest University Ranking..... of course the four most prestigious university in our country is exceptional but mapua ranks 5th after UST.... ^_^ sorry just a correction......