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Top 10 of the Best Universities in the Philippines 2011

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Finding a good school to study is a quite tricky thing. You have to find out their competitiveness and least assured that when you graduate will end up high recommendation to your career. So Always10 is here to help you select schools to study in the Philippines. has recently released the top 200 Asian universities lists for 2011 and of course, the big three are included in the list. (also see 10 of World’s Top Universities 2010)

Here is the 10 list of best Universities in the Philippines: (Rank, Name, Asian Universities Rank Spot, Score)

  • 1 – University of the Philippines

    Asian Rank: 62
    Score: 58.10
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    The University of the Philippines (Unibersidad ng Pilipinas in Filipino, commonly abbreviated as U.P. and colloquially referred to as Peyups) is the national university of the Philippines. Founded in 1908 through Act No. 1870 of the first Philippine Legislature, known as the “University Act” by authority of the United States, the University currently provides the largest number of degree programs in the country. Senate Resolution No. 276 of the Senate of the Philippines recognizes the University as “the nation’s premier university”. Seven of fifteen (15) Philippine Presidents have attended courses in the University either as undergraduates or as postgraduate students, while 12 Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, 36 out of the 57 National Artists and 34 out of the 35 National Scientists are affiliated with the University.
    U.P. has the most National Centers of Excellence and Development among higher education institutions in the country and one of only three schools in Asia that have received institutional recognition in the Ramon Magsaysay Awards.
    U.P. is partly subsidized by the Philippine government. Students of the university and its graduates are referred to as “[Mga] Iskolar ng Bayan” (“Scholars of the Nation”). This makes admission into the University extremely competitive. In 2006, 70,000 applicants flocked to test centers to take the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) for undergraduate admission. Around 11,000 of the applicants were admitted for the year 2006, an acceptance rate of about 18% for the whole of the UP system.

  • 2 – Ateneo de Manila University

    Asian Rank: 65
    Score: 57.20
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    The Ateneo de Manila University (also called Ateneo de Manila or simply the Ateneo) is a private teaching and research university run by the Society of Jesus in the Philippines. It began in 1859 when the City of Manila handed control of the Escuela Municipal de Manila in Intramuros, Manila, to the Jesuits. It was then a state-subsidized school. It became a private school during the American occupation of the Philippines, and has moved from Manila to its current location. It received its university charter in 1959.
    Its main campus in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila is home to the university’s college and graduate school units, as well as its high school and grade school. Two other campuses, in Rockwell Center and Salcedo Village, both in Makati City, house the university’s professional schools of business, law, and government. A fourth facility in the Don Eugenio López, Sr. Medical Complex in Ortigas Center, Pasig City houses its school of medicine and public health.
    The Ateneo offers programs in the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Its academic offerings include the Arts, Humanities, Business, Law, the Social Sciences, Philosophy, Theology, Medicine and Public Health, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Technology, Engineering, Environmental Science, and Government. Aside from teaching and research, the Ateneo de Manila also engages in social outreach.
    It was granted Level IV accreditation–the highest possible level—from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) through the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) and the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). Its was reaccredited at the same level, and was likewise granted Institutional Accreditation by the same body in 2011, the first time that both citations were awarded to a university simultaneously.
    It is also one of few universities granted autonomous status by CHED, which likewise recognizes a number of the University’s programs and departments as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development.
    Its grade school and high school have been granted Level III accreditation by PAASCU and FAAP, the highest possible level for basic education.

  • 3 – University of Santo Tomas

    Asian Rank: 104
    Score: 47.10
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    The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines (colloquially UST or “Ustê”. Filipino: Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas), is a private Roman Catholic university run by the Order of Preachers in Manila. Founded on April 28, 1611 by archbishop of Manila Miguel de Benavides, it has the oldest extant university charter in the Philippines and in Asia. and is one of the world’s largest Catholic universities in terms of enrollment found on one campus. UST is also the largest university in the city of Manila. As a Pontifical University in Asia, UST is the only university to have been visited by two popes three times: once by Pope Paul VI on Nov. 28, 1970, and twice by Pope John Paul II on Feb. 18, 1981 and January 13, 1995.
    The University is composed of several autonomous faculties, colleges, schools and institutes, each conferring undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees, and the basic education units. Several degrees have been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development.

  • 4 – De La Salle University

    Asian Rank: 107
    Score: 45.90
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    De La Salle University (Tagalog: Pamantasang De La Salle) (also referred to as DLSU or La Salle) is a private La Sallian university in Malate, Manila, Philippines. It was founded in 1911 by De La Salle Brothers as the De La Salle College in Paco, Manila with Blimond Pierre serving as its first director. The college moved in September 1921 to its present location to facilitate increase in enrollment. DLSU, granted university status on February 1975, is the oldest constituent of De La Salle Philippines (DLSP), a network of 17 La Sallian institutions established in 2006 to replace the De La Salle University System.
    The university started as a boys’ elementary and high school. It started offering in 1920 a two-year Associate in Arts in Commerce program, which was later discontinued in 1931 in favor of a Bachelor of Science in Commerce program. DLSU currently offers coeducational undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its seven colleges and one school specializing in varied disciplines, including business, engineering and liberal arts.
    The university, currently under the administration of President Narciso S. Erguiza, is a member of several international university associations (including the ASEAN University Network and International Association of Universities) as well as local organizations (such as the South Manila Inter-Institutional Consortium).
    DLSU is identified by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a “Center of Excellence” in six of its programs, and a “Center of Development” in the same number of programs. The university is also among the 40 institutions granted autonomous status by CHED as of 2010. Likewise, it is the first of the only two institutions granted the highest-level accreditation (Level IV) by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). The university ranks 107th and 451st in the 2011 Asian University Rankings and 2010 World University Rankings, respectively, published by Quacquarelli Symonds.
    Research is mainly funded by the De La Salle University Science Foundation. Since 2000, DLSU has been the CHED Zonal Rsearch Center for 10 cities in southern Metro Manila. As such, it evaluates research proposals for recommendation for CHED funding, and monitoring of CHED-funded researches, among others. DLSU research has focused on affective computing and renewable energy. Application of its research has resulted to electrification of remote areas in the country through the use of micro hydro generators, and the creation of both of the only two solar cars of the Philippines, SINAG and SIKAT.

  • Since the Asian rankings only prioritize top 200, We continue the list below according to their score.

  • 5 – University of Southeastern Philippines

    Asian Rank: 201+
    Score: 18.70
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    The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) is a regional state university created in 1978 through Batas Pambansa Bilang 12. The university is an integration of four state institutions: Mindanao State University-Davao, the University of the Philippines-Master of Management Program in Davao, the Davao School of Arts and Trades, and the Davao National Regional Agricultural School.
    The university has four campuses: Obrero (main) and Mintal campuses in Davao City, Tagum-Mabini Campus which has two units — one in Tagum City and one in Compostela Valley Province — and Bislig Campus in Surigao del Sur.

  • 6 – Xavier University

    Asian Rank: 201+
    Score: 16.40
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    Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan is a private, Roman Catholic university run by the Society of Jesus in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.
    It was founded on June 7, 1933 as the Ateneo de Cagayan by an American Jesuit missionary, Fr. James T.G. Hayes, S.J., D.D., who later became the first Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro. In 1958, Ateneo de Cagayan became a university and was renamed to its present name, Xavier University, in honor of the Jesuit missionary, St. Francis Xavier.
    There were at least two attempts by the alumni of the then Ateneo de Cagayan to revert the name of the University to Ateneo de Cagayan. The first attempt was in the mid 1990′s and the second attempt was in 2007. These attempts were, however, not widely supported and in the case of the 2007 proposal, not endorsed by the Xavier University – Ateneo Alumni Association (XU–AAA). Until today, the debate still continues.

  • 7 – Central Mindanao University

    Asian Rank: 201+
    Score: 13.60
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    Central Mindanao University is one of the two universities in the province of Bukidnon, Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

  • 8 – Mapua Institute of Technology

    Asian Rank: 201+
    Score: 11.40
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    Mapúa Institute of Technology (MIT, Mapúa Tech or simply Mapúa) is a private, non-sectarian, Filipino tertiary institute located in Intramuros, Manila and in Makati.
    It was founded by the first registered Filipino architect, Don Tomás Mapúa in 1925, a graduate of Cornell University. After he died, the tradition was continued by his children, Don Óscar B. Mapúa Sr., a graduate in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Gloria Mapúa-Lim.
    The Institute is a reputable source of architects, engineers, and science graduates and constantly produces top notchers in the architectural and engineering fields as the Mapúa Institute of Technology heavily specializes in these fields in the undergraduate and graduate levels, aside from its widening array of undergraduate programs such as Computer Science, Multimedia Arts and Sciences, Information Technology, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Hotel & Restaurant Management, and Nursing.
    The Institute has been granted with the Level IV Accredited Status to its Civil Engineering program by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), which is one of the first engineering programs to be accorded such status. In addition, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recently recognized Mapúa’s Mechanical Engineering (ME), Computer Engineering (CpE) and Electronics Engineering (ECE) programs as Centers of Development for Engineering (COD).
    Mapua is also the first Philippine and Southeast Asian educational institution to have ABET certification, rendering the Institute to be at par with US-based colleges and universities.

  • 9 – Adamson University

    Asian Rank: 201+
    Score: 10.40
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    Adamson University iss a private Catholic university in Manila, Philippines, founded on June 30, 1932 by Greek immigrant George Lucas Adamson as the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry. On February 5, 1941, the school was granted university status by the Department of Education, and on December 4, 1964, the university was turned over to the Vincentian Fathers of the Congregation of the Mission (CM) and was incorporated into the Adamson-Ozanam Education Institutions, Inc.
    Adamson University has programs in Graduate Education, Law, the Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy, Architecture, Business Administration, Teacher Education, as well as secondary, elementary, and preparatory education. Adamson has eight distinguished courses for Center of Development and Center of Excellence identified by the Philippines Commission on Higher Education and has been granted Autonomous Status. It is a member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

  • 10 – Father Saturnino Urios College

    Asian Rank: 201+
    Score: 6.20
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    The Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) is a Roman Catholic private university run by the Diocese of Butuan in Butuan City, Philippines.
    It has two campuses: the main campus in the heart of Butuan City (which houses the academic units and offices) and the new Morelos campus at Brgy. Libertad (which houses the high school and grade school).
    FSUU is the only and first home-grown university in the Caraga region.

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  1. cagayandeoromap

    July 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Why is University of San Carlos in Cebu not included here? Well anyway, I am so proud of my alma mater Xavier University to be in the list. Cool!

    Mariel from Cagayan de Oro

  2. aj

    July 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    kinda weird.. I’m not familiar with other schools on the list.. and how come the other schools are not included like Siliman from the southern part of the country and other schools.. also, I’m shock to see Adamson on the list… not that I underestimate the school, it’s just that I was surprised to see it.

  3. jrplaza

    July 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Yeah… thanks for the comments. I guess you have to visit about your question. nice to meet you.

  4. Anon

    July 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    The listing is rather arbitrary.  Unarguably, UP, AdMU, UST and DLSU are traditionally perceived to be the best schools in Manila. But let just include as well, Saint Louis University, University of San Carlos, Silliman University, University of St. La Salle Bacolod, Central Philippine University, Saint Paul University Iloilo, Ateneo de Davao and MSU-IIT. I think the foregoing schools are good as well.  As for Adamson, I’m not really sure if it should be in the top list.  As for Mapua, they’re good in Engineering courses -not really from an over-all university-wide standpoint.

  5. jrplaza

    July 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks for the comment friend and I totally agree with your suggestion about some excellent schools. It’s just that it was grade according to Top 200 University in Asia. They conduct a standards about how they get this list. For more info… please visit

  6. wan maznah cooking varieties

    July 30, 2011 at 6:49 am

    hi, i tried to put comment earlier, but it wont show, must be my internet link.
    now its ok.. so you do have 10 top pinoy universities,,,,
     next time can you also vote for 10 most interesting comments> ha ha  just kidding.

    .may i ask why are you so obsessed with the number 10 huh?. hope you can come up with 10 great answers too. :) 
    so you see,  i am the best commentor amongst the top 10 :)))))  chiao and have a nice day, would like to read a comment from you too in my blog. do visit again. thanks for following 

  7. jrplaza

    July 30, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Thanks for the comment wan maznah (hope I get your name right), yeah I would love to visit blogs to read for more information. You can be the top commenter if comment here more often. :)

  8. andie

    July 31, 2011 at 9:02 am

    wow, rank #10 is unknown to me … and the DLSU ranks 4th ??? hehehe !!
    seems like other famous universities pulled-out…

  9. Rhanee Flores Asilo

    August 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    i love this one….were again on the top…go USEP.. hehehe..

  10. jrplaza

    August 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks for commenting bro. are you from Usep?

  11. John

    August 21, 2011 at 4:28 am

    hi there,,,i’m from adamson and i was surprised by your comment. i guess there are plenty of reasons why my school was included in the list and why other schools are not included. and maybe because of the number of passers in the board exam. topping the board exam does not really matter but the performance of the school in the board exams count the most….maybe silliman is the best in the south but each school as has its specialty if they got the best facilities, we do, if they got bright students, we do have as well, in short we can compete with the best schools..

  12. John

    August 21, 2011 at 4:41 am

    ..there are plenty of reasons and criterias why the above schools you mentioned  were not included in the list. im from negros accidental and went to manila to continue my studies and i enrolled at adamson and i believed that la salle-bacolod is the best school in negros occidental together with university of negros occidental recoletos, colegio de san agusti-bacolod, but of course i’m considering other reasons why i enrolled at adamson. maybe consider the facilities of the school, number of passers in the board exam ( national passing rate )..topping the board is good but giving the school a good national passing rate in the board exams in all courses is the best. maybe that’s the edge of adamson and mapua over other provincial schools.

  13. jrplaza

    August 21, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Well, thanks for your view john… I am a little confused too by how it was graded and rank. If you want further info please visit whom responsible for releasing this list. Thanks for visiting.

  14. Aj Banda

    August 22, 2011 at 1:14 am

    hi John.. I hope you never took my words I have said, I do not underestimate AdU. But if you think that I offended you and your school, then I’m sorry. 

    Honestly, I’m just a little curious on how they graded and ranked the universities, that’s all my friend… :)

  15. Nano Otrepur

    September 27, 2011 at 3:56 am

     I believe this listing was lifted from the most recent QS Asian Rankings. In their website, USEP ranks 5th, Silliman University 6th and Xavier University 7th. But in the listing in this website (which was supposedly lifted from QS), Silliman is not included. An error in copying the list? Please refer to the official website for the more accurate report.

  16. Nano Otrepur

    September 27, 2011 at 4:03 am

    The listing above is incorrect. It was supposedly lifted from the recent QS 2011 Asian Rankings but I’m not sure why Silliman is not included when in fact in the official QS website, it is placed in number 6. Here’s the listing as per QS 2011 website with each school’s corresponding Asian rank and scores:

    University of the Philippines     62     58.10
    Ateneo de Manila University    65     57.20
    University of Santo Tomas      104     47.10
    De La Salle University            107     45.90
    University of Southeastern
    Philippines                              201+     18.70
    Silliman University                   201+     18.50
    Xavier University                      201+     16.40
    University of San Carlos           201+     14.00
    Central Mindanao University     201+     13.60
    Adamson University                 201+     10.40
    Saint Louis University               201+     10.00
    Father Saturnino Urios College  201+     6.20
    Mindanao State University        201+     5.70

  17. Mai Yang

    October 10, 2011 at 2:25 am

    san ang lourdes college? hahahahahaha

  18. Hirro Hernan

    October 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    YES! Adamson is on the list.. if youre lurking over top school list even the past years AdU has always been consistent. now you mad at that? stay mad :) 

  19. Hirro Hernan

    October 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    look Aj.. QS is the source of this list. it funny how you rant with about something that is so established. if youre skeptic about it you can check even in local listing.. in PRC- Adamson is top 16        CHED- Adamson is top “6″! deal with that! :) 

  20. Hirro Hernan

    October 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    YES! Adamson is on the list.. if youre lurking over top school list even the past years AdU has always been consistent. now you mad at that? stay mad :) 

  21. Lara Monegro

    October 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    How come there are no universities from Cebu? O.o

  22. jun marlon saguid

    November 6, 2011 at 3:05 am

    bakit wla ang PUP??

  23. Bin

    December 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I don\t agree with Adamson.This list is not accurate. Adamson is not even in the top 30 universities/colleges in the Philippines. And Mapua is neither a college nor a university. As the name implies , it is an institute.  This is the correct list–>

  24. Bin

    December 11, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Adamson? Why? I don’t agree with Adamson  on the list. I think this is inaccurate. Mapua is not a college nor a university, and as the name describes, it is an institute so why is it included in the top universities? I think this is the correct list–>
    Adamson is not listed even in the top 40.

  25. Semidoppel

    March 1, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Wow UP pa rin pala…

  26. Osama M. Asili

    August 21, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Based on curriculum , style , method,procedures,and subjects taught , Philippines universities will top the world , particularly in engineering 

  27. Frisco Lopez

    October 7, 2012 at 1:30 am

    What Happened? where is my alma mater. PLM where are you? are you hiding? or are you hidden by pretending professors, who never have a masters or phds from UPdilliman or Abroad? who supposed to elevate you at the top of the podium, kawawa mga studyante kung ganyan, what is the administration’s doing, tanggalin ang mga professors na wala masters o phds na tapos sa UPdilman o abroads, huag kayo kumuha ng proffesors na galing sa kung saan school, UPdiliman lang, dahil alam ko na pagnatapos mo masters mo o phds mo sa UPdiliman, ang galing mo talaga, magsusunog ka ng kilay para makatapos ka, sa ibang skul, skul bukol ang turo ng mga graduates professors, Sorry mga students, puro bobo mga professors jan halos lahat na di nagtapos ng phds o masters sa UPdil, isa o dalawa o tatlo lang yata ang nagtapos ng masters sa UPdil jan, lahat on going, going, going and gone. Yon iba yata pinili sa palakasan style?

  28. Frisco Lopez

    October 7, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Nakikita, nyo ba mga professors, na pretenders, kung bakit nangangalit ang loob ko, nawala PLM sa Top Ten Best school sa Pilipinas na dati nasa no.5, blood is ozzing out of my heart, ngaun, no. 19 na lang, baka kung hindi mag-facelift ang university, na pagtatanggalin yon mga tamad at bobo na professors na walang tapos na masters at phds (vertical articulation eh kanga), baka malogmuk na sa putikan ang alma mater ko at kawawa naman mga studyante jan, Mayor Lim o Mr. President? anong ginagawa mo?

  29. Milliedelossantos

    February 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Ano ang meron sa adamson? Pillbox pwede sila mag number 1 dun…..

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