25 June 2011

JR's Top 10 Universities in the Philippines

JR's Top 10 Universities in the PhilippinesUP, ATENEO, UST, SILLIMAN, DLSU, SLU, USC, XAVIER, MAPUA, ADAMSON

June is always the start of the school year for Elementary, High School and College. So to start the start of school right, JR lists the Top 10 Universities (including soon to be Universities) in the Philippines according to QS Asian University Rankings, CHED & PRC Rankings, TopStudyLinks.com World Rankings, Web Rankings, and its Students/Total Enrollment Number.

University of the Philippines Ateneo De Manila University University of Santo Tomas
Saint Louis University De La Salle University Silliman UniversityUniversity of San Carlos Xavier University Mapua Institue of Technology Adamson University

Summary of the Top 10:
1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10
Honorable Mentions  |  Data Sources

Table of Contents:

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University of the Philippines seal
University of the Philippines campus
(Unibersidad ng Pilipinas)
(Universitas Philippinarum)
School Motto: "Honor and Excellence"

Established: 18 June 1908
Type: National University System
Current School President: Prof. Alfredo Pascual, MBA
Location: Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
University Hymn: "U.P. Naming Minamahal (U.P. Beloved)"
Colors:  Maroon and Forest Green Maroon and Forest Green
Nickname: U.P. Fighting Maroons
Affiliations: Association of Pacific Rim Universities, ASEAN-European University Network, ASEAN University Network, University Athletic Association of the Philippines
Official University Website: http://www.up.edu.ph/

Rank Bases:
QS Rank - 1
CHED/PRC Rank - 1
TopStudyLinks World Rank - 1
Web Rankings - 1
Enrollment Rank - 1 (53,285 Students - Diliman campus)

School Description:
As the only national university in the country, the University of the Philippines System takes pride in being the pioneer in higher education through academic excellence, outstanding research, public service, and modernized facilities. Established in 1908, UP started as a small Manila campus with only a few colleges. Over the years, UP has made a reputation for itself as a research and graduate university that produces scientific and creative outputs of the highest quality which receive both national and in international recognition. Today, the University is comprised of seven constituent universities located in 12 campuses throughout the Philippine archipelago. UP’s constituent universities nurture the intellectual and cultural growth of the Filipino through 246 undergraduate and 362 graduate programs. No other academic institution in the country can match the scope and range of the University’s course offerings that include almost all disciplines and embrace all interests and inclinations. 30 percent of its faculty have doctorate degrees and 42 percent have master’s degrees. The rest are working on their graduate studies.

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Ateneo De Manila University seal     Ateneo Blue Eagles
Ateneo De Manila University campus
(Pamantasang Ateneo De Manila)
(Universitas Athenaea Manilensis)
School Motto: "Lux in Domino (Light in the Lord)"

Established: 10 December 1859
Type: Private Jesuit Catholic University
Current School President: Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin , S.J., S.T.B., M.S., Ph.D.
Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
University Hymn: A Song for Mary
Colors:  Blue and White Blue and White
Nickname: "Ateneo Blue Eagles"
Official University Website: http://www.ateneo.edu/

Rank Bases:
QS Rank - 2
CHED/PRC Rank - 3
TopStudyLinks World Rank - 3
Web Rankings - 2
Enrollment Rank - 9 (11,709 Students)

School Mission:
As a University, the Ateneo de Manila seeks to preserve, extend, and communicate truth and apply it to human development and the preservation of the environment. As a Catholic University, the Ateneo de Manila seeks to form persons who, following the teachings and example of Christ, will devote their lives to the service of others and, through the promotion of justice, serve especially those who are most in need of help, the poor and the powerless. Loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church, the University seeks to serve the Faith and to interpret its teachings to modern Philippine society. As a Filipino University, the Ateneo de Manila seeks to identify and enrich Philippine culture and make its own. Through the education of the whole person and the formation of needed professionals and through various corporate activities, the University aims to contribute to the development goals of the nation. As a Jesuit University, the Ateneo de Manila seeks the goals of Jesuit liberal education through the harmonious development of moral and intellectual virtues. Imbued with the Ignatian spirit, the University aims to lead its students to see God in all things and to strive for the greater glory of God and the greater service of mankind. The University seeks all these, as an academic community, through the exercise of the functions proper to a university, that is, through teaching, research and service to the community.

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University of Santo Tomas seal     UST @400
University of Santo Tomas campus
(Universidad ng Santo Tomas)
(Pontificia et Regalis Sancti Thomae Aquinatis Universitas Manilana)
School Motto: "Veritas in Caritate (Truth in Charity)"

Established: 28 April 1611
Type: Private Pontifical & Royal Dominican Catholic University
Current School Chancellor: Very Rev. Fr. Bruno Cadore, OP, S.Th.D.
Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
University Hymn: A Song for Mary
Colors:  Gold and White Gold and White
Nickname: "UST Growling Tigers"
Official University Website: http://www.ust.edu.ph/

Rank Bases:
QS Rank - 3
CHED/PRC Rank - 4
TopStudyLinks World Rank - 5
Web Rankings - 3
Enrollment Rank - 2 (41,653 Students)

School Mission:
The University of Santo Tomas, The Pontifical and Catholic University of the Philippines, inspired by the ideals of St. Dominic de Guzman and guided by the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, dedicates herself to the pursuit of Truth through the production, advancement, and transmission of knowledge for the formation of competent and compassionate professionals, committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community. Inspire by Christ's Teachings, Warmed by Mary's Montherly care, touched by St. Dominic’s apostolic fire, kindled by St. Thomas Aquinas’ ardour, and nurtured by the dogmas of Christian faith deeply etched in the traditions of the Catholic Church, the Thomasians of today are men and women who: exude a high degree of competence in pioneering human endeavors, can reach out to others with Christian compassion in, exercise their profession with deep commitment. Thus, competence, compassion, and commitment are the hallmarks of Thomasians who are noticeable for taking the challenge to live out the legacy of St. Dominic’s ardent preaching of the Word with a deep compassion for the poor, and St. Thomas Aquinas’ devoted life in search for “truth in love”.

Saint Louis University seal SLU @100
Saint Louis University campusSaint Louis University campus
(Pamantasan ng San Luis)
(Universitas Sancti Ludovici)
School Motto: "Sapientia Aedificat (Wisdom Builds)"

Established: 1911
Type: Private Catholic University
Current School President: Rev. Fr. Jessie M. Hechanova, C.I.C.M.
Location: 1 A. Bonifacio St., Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines
University Hymn: "Saint Louis Hymn"
Colors: White and Blue White and Blue
Nickname: Lousians, Light of the North
Official School Website: http://www.slu.edu.ph

Rank Bases:
QS Rank - 5
CHED/PRC Rank - 5
TopStudyLinks World Rank - 7
Web Rankings - 9
Enrollment Rank - 3 (26,700 Students)

School Mission:
"We envision Saint Louis University as an excellent missionary and transformative educational institution zealous in  developing human resources imbued with the Christian Spirit and who are creative, competent and socially involved."


De La Salle University seal DLSU @100
De La Salle University campus
(Pamantasang De La Salle)
School Motto: "Religio, Mores, Cultura (Religion, Morals, Culture)"

Established: 1911
Type: Private Catholic University
Current School Chancellor: Ricardo P. Laguda
Location: Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila, Philippines
University Hymn: "Hail to De La Salle"
Colors: Green and White Green and White
Nickname: La Salle Green Archers
Official School Website: http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/

Rank Bases:
QS Rank - 4
CHED/PRC Rank - 8
TopStudyLinks World Rank - 2
Web Rankings - 5
Enrollment Rank - 8 (15,779 Students)

School Mission:
Guided by their Vision, the University will become a leading research university in Southeast Asia. With its corps of eminent faculty ably supported by visionary leaders and technology-enabled professional services, the institution will offer excellent multidisciplinary programs and build a community of learners and scholars who value the pursuit of new knowledge within the perspective of Christian ideals and values. In an academic environment permeated by excellence and scholarship, the institution will train leaders, competent professionals, scholars, researchers and entrepreneurs, who will participate actively in improving the quality of life in Philippine society.


Silliman University seal
Silliman University campus
(Pamantasang Silliman)
School Motto: "Via, Veritas, Vita (The Way, The Truth, and The Life)"

Established: 28 August 1901
Type: Private University
Current School President: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Location: Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines
University Hymn: "Silliman Song"
Colors: Red and White Red and White
Nickname: Silliman Beside the Sea
Official School Website: http://beta.su.edu.ph/index-international.php

Rank Bases:
QS Rank - 9
CHED/PRC Rank - 2
TopStudyLinks World Rank - 9
Web Rankings - 10
Enrollment Rank - 10 (8,911 Students)

School Mission:
Infuse into the academic learning the Christian faith anchored on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Provide an environment where Christian fellowship and relationship can be nurtured and promoted. Provide opportunities for growth and excellence in every dimension of the University life in order to strengthen character, competence and faith. Instill in all members of the University community an enlightened social consciousness and a deep sense of justice and compassion. Promote unity among peoples and contribute to national development.


University of San Carlos seal
University of San Carlos campus
(Unibersidad ng San Carlos)
(Universitas Sancti Caroli)
School Motto: "Scientia Virtus Devotio (Witness to the Word, Knowledge Valor Piety)"

Established: 1 August 1595
Type: Private Catholic University
Current School Chairman: Dr. Conchita L. Manabat
Location: Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
University Hymn: "USC Hymn"
Colors: Green and Golden Yellow Green and Golden Yellow
Nickname: Carolinians, USC Warriors
Official School Website: http://www.usc.edu.ph/

Rank Bases:
QS Rank - 10
CHED/PRC Rank - 6
TopStudyLinks World Rank - 8
Web Rankings - 4
Enrollment Rank - 5 (16,000 Students)

School Mission:
The University of San Carlos is a Catholic institution of learning that embodies the principles of academic discipline of San Carlos Borromeo and the missionary charism of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). We aim to develop competent and socially responsible professionals and lifelong learners in an environment that fosters excellence in the academic core processes of teaching-learning, research, and community extension service. Our mission is to provide timely, relevant, and transformable academic programs responsive to the needs of the local, national, and global communities in a rapidly changing world.


Xavier University seal
Xavier University campus
(Ateneo De Cagayan University / ADCU)
(Pamantasang Xavier - Ateneo De Cagayan)
(Universitas Xaverius Athenaea Cagayanus)
School Motto: "Veritas Liberabit Vos (The Truth Shall Set You Free)"

Established: 7 June 1933
Type: Private Catholic University
Current School President: Fr. Roberto C. Yap, S.J., Ph.D.
Location: Corrales Avenue, Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Philippines
University Hymn: "Xavier, Alma Mater"
Colors: Blue and White Blue and White
Nickname: Xavier Crusaders
Affiliations: PAASCU, CHED, CEAP
Official School Website: http://www.xu.edu.ph/

Rank Bases:
QS Rank - 6
CHED/PRC Rank - 7
TopStudyLinks World Rank - 4
Web Rankings - 6
Enrollment Rank - 7 (14,564 Students)

School Mission:
Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) is a Filipino, Catholic and Jesuit academic community dedicated to the integral development of the person for the needs of Mindanao and the country. As a University, Xavier pursues truth and excellence in teaching, research and service to communities: it is concerned with contemporary problems; it prepares men and women with competencies, skills and a keen sense of responsibility to their communities. As a Filipino university, Xavier is committed to the appreciation, preservation and enrichment of the Filipino culture and heritage as well as the welfare and sustainable development of the Filipino people. As a Catholic university, Xavier fosters in its members a deep personal commitment to Jesus Christ manifested by loyalty to the Church and a life of witness and loving service characterized by a preferential option for the poor. As a Jesuit university, Xavier acknowledges its historical linkages with the Society of Jesus and is rooted in Ignatian spirituality and an educational tradition of liberal education which today includes technology and the various professions and affirms the importance and necessity of cooperation among Jesuits and the laity in mission. In sum, Xavier University seeks to form men and women of competence, conscience, and commitment in service of the Church and the Filipino people.


Mapua Institute of Technology seal
Mapua Institute of Technology campus
School Motto: "Learn, Discover, Create"

Established: 1925
Type: Private Nonsectarian (soon to be) University
Current School President: Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea
Location: Intamuros, Manila, Philippines
University Hymn: "The MIT Hymn"
Colors: Red and Gold Red and Gold
Nickname: Mapua Cardinals
Affiliations: NCAA, Intramuros Consortium, PACUCOA, ABET
Official School Website: http://www.mapua.edu.ph/

Rank Bases:
QS Rank - 7
CHED/PRC Rank - 9
TopStudyLinks World Rank - 6
Web Rankings - 7
Enrollment Rank - 4 (16,000 Students)

School Mission:
The MapĂșa Institute of Technology disseminates, generates, preserves and applies knowledge in various fields of study. The Institute, using the most effective and efficient means, provides its students with highly relevant professional and advanced education in preparation for and furtherance of global practice. The Institute engages in research with high socio-economic impact and reports on the results of such inquiries. The Institute brings to bear humanity’s vast store of knowledge on the problems of industry and community in order to make the Philippines and the world a better place.


Adamson University seal
Adamson University campus
(Pamantasang Adamson - Lungsod ng Maynila, Pilipinas)
School Motto: "Thee Thy Will; Education with a Heart, Truth in Charity"

Established: 30 June 1932
Type: Private Vincentian Catholic University
Current School President: Rev. Fr. Gregorio Baniaga, Jr, CM
Location: Manila, Philippines
University Hymn: "Adamson Hymn"
Colors: Blue and White Navy Blue and White
Nickname: Adamson Soaring Falcons
Official School Website: http://www.adamson.edu.ph/

Rank Bases:
QS Rank - 8
CHED/PRC Rank - 10
TopStudyLinks World Rank - 10
Web Rankings - 8
Enrollment Rank - 6 (15,881 Students)

School Mission:
As a Catholic University, we diligently pursue truth and knowledge, inspired by the Gospel values and guided by the teachings of the Church; As a Vincentian Community, we inspire others to follow the example of St. Vincent De Paul, who led and organized his contemporaries in creatively responding to those who are in need; As an institution of learning, we assist in the formation of competent, creative and socially responsible leaders through our commitment to excellence in discovery, learning and service; As a catalyst of social transformation, we provide quality services that empower others to become agents of change.

Other Notable Execellent Universities in the Philippines include:

- Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)
School Motto: Tanglaw ng Bayan (Torch of the Nation) 
Established: 19 October 1904
Location: Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Type: Public State University

- University of the East (UE)
School Motto: In The Service of the Youth, Country and God
Established: 1946
Location: 2219 Claro M. Recto Avenue, Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Type: Private Non-sectarian University

- Fr. Saturnino Urios University (FSUU)
School Motto: Luceat Lux Vestra (Let Your Light Shine)
Established: 1901
Location: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Philippines
Type: Private Catholic University

- Aquinas University of Legazpi (AUL)
School Motto: Vita Veritatis Et Amoris Ex Gratitudine (In a Life of Truth and of Love Out of Gratitude)
Established: 8 June 1948
Location: Rawis, Legazpi City, Philippines
Type: Private Dominican Catholic University

- Mindanao State University (MSU)
Established: 1 September 1961
Location: Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur, Mindanao
Type:Public State University

- Central Mindanao University (CMU)
School Motto: Instruction, Research, Extension
Established: 1910
Location: Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon, Philippines
Type: Public State University

- Far Eastern University (FEU)
School Motto: Love of Fatherland and God
Established: 1928
Location: Manila, Philippines
Type: Private Non-sectarian University

- Ateneo De Davao University (ADDU)
School Motto: Fortes In Fide (Strong in Faith)
Established: 1948
Location: Davao City, Philippines
Type: Private Jesuit Catholic University

- Central Philippines University (CPU)
School Motto: Scientia et Fides (Knowledge and Faith)
Established: 1905
Location: Jaro, Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines
Type: Private Baptist Protestant University

- University of San Agustin (USA)
School Motto: Virtus et Scientia (Virtue and Science)
Established: 15 July 1904
Location: Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines
Type: Private Augustinian Catholic University

Having an excellent education is a great achievement in life.
In our life today, education is not just a title but also an unforgetable experience.

The list was based on the rankings of different websites to have an unbiased ranking.



Rank Sources:
>> QS Asian University Rankings 
>> CHED / PRC Rankings
>> TopStudyLinks World Rankings
>> Web Rankings
>> Enrollment Rank

1) University of the Philippines Info Sources:
>>> http://www.up.edu.ph/
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_the_Philippines
2) Ateneo De Manila Info Sources:
>>> http://www.ateneo.edu/
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ateneo_de_Manila_University
3) University of Santo Tomas Info Sources:
>>> http://www.ust.edu.ph/
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Santo_Tomas
4) Saint Louis University Info Sources:
>>> http://www.slu.edu.ph/
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Louis_University,_Baguio_City
5) De La Salle University Info Sources:
>>> http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_La_Salle_University
6) Silliman University Info Sources:
>>> http://beta.su.edu.ph/index-international.php
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silliman_University
7) University of San Carlos Info Sources:
>>> http://www.usc.edu.ph/
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_San_Carlos
8) Xavier University Info Sources:
>>> http://www.xu.edu.ph/
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xavier_University_%E2%80%93_Ateneo_de_Cagayan
9) Mapua Institute of Technology Info Sources:
>>> http://www.mapua.edu.ph/
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Map%C3%BAa_Institute_of_Technology
10) Adamson University Info Sources:
>>> http://www.adamson.edu.ph/
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adamson_University

25 June 2011 (1AM)


  1. when was this blog created?
    I really confused, MSU ranked as top 9 to the 100 top universities in the Philippines.

  2. Sam, this blog was created last June 25 2011.
    The ranking of the top universities in the Philippines was based on their web rankings, QS Rankings, Worldwide Rankings, Popularity Rankings, Quality of Education, and Total Enrollment.