List of 100 best universities in the Philippines

We ranked 100 best universities in the Philippines based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 393K citations received by 32K publications made by 229 universities in the Philippines, measured the popularity of 835 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

  1. University of the Philippines Diliman logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1908
  2. De La Salle University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    82%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1911
  3. Ateneo de Manila University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1859
  4. University of Santo Tomas logo
    Acceptance Rate
    86%
    Enrollment
    37,500
    Founded
    1611
  5. University of the Philippines Los Banos logo
    Acceptance Rate
    13%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1909
  6. University of the Philippines Manila logo
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1908
  7. University of San Carlos logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1595
  8. Mapua University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1925
  9. Asian Institute of Management logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    375
    Founded
    1968
  10. Mindanao State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1961
  11. University of the East - Philippines logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1946
  12. Silliman University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1901
  13. Far Eastern University in Philippines logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1928
  14. University of Asia and the Pacific logo
    Acceptance Rate
    66%
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1967
  15. De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde logo
    Enrollment
    8,500
    Founded
    1988
  16. University of the Philippines in the Visayas logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1979
  17. Lyceum of the Philippines University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1952
  18. Ateneo de Davao University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1948
  19. Visayas State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    8,500
    Founded
    1924
  20. Adamson University logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1932
  21. Saint Louis University, Baguio City logo
    Acceptance Rate
    58%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1911
  22. Central Luzon State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1907
  23. Polytechnic University of the Philippines logo
    Acceptance Rate
    29%
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1904
  24. Philippine Normal University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1901
  25. Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1933
  26. National University, Philippines logo
    Enrollment
    8,500
    Founded
    1900
  27. Centro Escolar University logo
    Founded
    1907
  28. Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1968
  29. Don Bosco Technical College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1953
  30. University of the Philippines Baguio logo
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1961
  31. Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies logo
    Enrollment
    375
    Founded
    1986
  32. Lorma Colleges logo
    Founded
    1934
  33. Central Mindanao University logo
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1910
  34. Miriam College logo
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1926
  35. Southwestern University PHINMA logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1946
  36. Bulacan State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1993
  37. Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1905
  38. Technological Institute of the Philippines logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1962
  39. Angeles University Foundation logo
    Enrollment
    6,500
    Founded
    1962
  40. University of San Jose-Recoletos logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1947
  41. Jose Rizal University logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1919
  42. Philippine Christian University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1946
  43. Ateneo de Zamboanga University logo
    Founded
    1912
  44. Ateneo de Naga University logo
    Enrollment
    6,500
    Founded
    1940
  45. University of Mindanao logo
    Acceptance Rate
    95%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1946
  46. Technological University of the Philippines logo
    Founded
    1901
  47. Western Mindanao State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1904
  48. University of Perpetual Help System DALTA logo
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1975
  49. Philippine Women's University logo
    Enrollment
    12,366
    Male:Female
    28:72
    Founded
    1919
  50. University of the Philippines Mindanao logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1995
  51. University of Southern Mindanao logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1952
  52. Our Lady of Fatima University logo
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1967
  53. National Defense College of the Philippines logo
    Enrollment
    125
    Founded
    1963
  54. Cebu Normal University logo
    Enrollment
    42,500
    Founded
    1902
  55. St. Scholastica's College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    67%
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1906
  56. Rizal Technological University logo
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1969
  57. Cavite State University logo
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1998
  58. San Juan de Letran College logo
    Enrollment
    6,500
    Founded
    1620
  59. Central Philippine University logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1905
  60. University of Cebu logo
    Acceptance Rate
    85%
    Enrollment
    42,500
    Founded
    1964
  61. Holy Angel University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    95%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1933
  62. West Visayas State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    94%
    Enrollment
    6,500
    Founded
    1902
  63. San Beda University logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1901
  64. Asia Pacific College logo
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1991
  65. University of the City of Manila logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1965
  66. Pangasinan State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1979
  67. Caraga State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    2009
  68. Benguet State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1986
  69. Bicol University logo
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1969
  70. Samar State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    85%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1912
  71. Emilio Aguinaldo College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    85%
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1973
  72. University of St. La Salle logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1952
  73. Holy Name University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    70%
    Enrollment
    6,500
    Founded
    1947
  74. University of Northern Philippines logo
    Founded
    1906
  75. Liceo de Cagayan University logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1955
  76. Laguna State Polytechnic University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1956
  77. Arellano University logo
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1938
  78. Saint Mary's University of Bayombong logo
    Founded
    1928
  79. University of Southeastern Philippines logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1978
  80. University of San Agustin logo
    Acceptance Rate
    63%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1904
  81. AMA Computer University logo
    Founded
    1980
  82. University of Baguio logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1948
  83. University of the Cordilleras logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1946
  84. De La Salle Lipa logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    4,568
    Founded
    1962
  85. Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication logo
    Acceptance Rate
    85%
    Enrollment
    125
    Founded
    1980
  86. FEU Institute of Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1992
  87. Adventist University of the Philippines logo
    Founded
    1917
  88. Mariano Marcos State University logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1978
  89. Cebu Technological University logo
    Founded
    2009
  90. FEATI University logo
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1946
  91. Isabela State University logo
    Founded
    1926
  92. Misamis University logo
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1929
  93. Trinity University of Asia logo
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1963
  94. Tarlac State University logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1906
  95. New Era University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    95%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1975
  96. St. Paul University Philippines logo
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1907
  97. Bohol Island State University logo
    Founded
    2009
  98. Father Saturnino Urios University logo
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1899
  99. Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    8,500
    Founded
    1908

The best cities to study in the Philippines based on the number of universities and their ranks are Quezon City, Manila, Los Banos, and Cebu City.

Average cost of living for students in the Philippines is $318 + $40-283 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).