Best Universities in the Philippines 2015 – QS University Asian Rankings

Best Universities in the Philippines 2015 – QS University Asian Rankings

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 Henspark is here to help you select schools to study in the Philippines. has recently released the top 200 Asian universities lists for 2014 and of course, the big three are included in the list. (also see World’s Top Universities 2010)

Unfortunately, Only four (4) Universities in the Philippines that reach the standards for 2015 QS Asian Ranking of 300.

We are hoping that we could see a further list for QS Asian Ranking 2016.

You may also check the previous QS Asian Rankings that we’ve got.

Here is the list of best Universities in the Philippines 2015: (Rank, Name, Asian Universities Rank Spot, Score)

2015 QS University Rankings: Top Universities in Philippines

2015 QS Asian RankingUniversitiesOverall Score
70University of the Philippines62
114Ateneo de Manila University48.3
143University of Santo Tomas43.5
181-190De La Salle UniversityNo data

2014 QS University Rankings: Top Universities in Philippines

2014 QS Asian RankingUniversitiesOverall Score
University of the Philippines67
Ateneo de Manila University
University of Santo Tomas
De La Salle University
No Data
Ateneo de Davao UniversityNo Data

2013 QS University Rankings: Top Universities in Philippines

2013 QS Asian RankingUniversitiesOverall Score
University of the Philippines58.7
Ateneo de Manila University
University of Santo Tomas
De La Salle University
No Data
University of Southeastern Philippines
No Data

2012 QS University Rankings: Top Universities in Philippines

2012 QS Asian Ranking
Overall Score

University of the Philippines


Ateneo de Manila University


De La Salle University



University of Santo Tomas


University of Southeastern Philippines Philippines
Central Mindanao University
Xavier University Philippines
Adamson University

University of San Carlos

Mapua Institute of Technology


2011 QS University Rankings: Top Universities in Philippines

2011 QS Asian Ranking
Overall Score
University of the Philippines Philippines
Ateneo de Manila University Philippines
University of Santo Tomas Philippines
De La Salle University Philippines
University of Southeastern Philippines Philippines
201+Silliman University Philippines18.50
201+Xavier University Philippines
201+University of San Carlos Philippines
201+Central Mindanao University Philippines
201+Mapua Institute of Technology Philippines

University of the Philippines

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.

Ateneo de Manila University

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.

University of Santo Tomas

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.

Since the Asian rankings only prioritize top 150, We continue the list below according to their score.

De La Salle University

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.

Ateneo de Davao University

The Ateneo de Davao University is a private teaching, service and research university run by the Society of Jesus in Davao City in the Philippines. It is also known by the acronym AdDU.

It was established in 1948, and is the seventh Ateneo opened by the Jesuits in the Philippines.

The university has five undergraduate schools, namely the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Governance, School of Engineering and Architecture, School of Education and the School of Nursing. The graduate programs are under these units as well.

The College of Law is a separate unit within the university. The university also runs a grade school and high school.

The University was granted “Institutional Accreditation” by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities in which only six universities in the country were given such recognition, and was also granted Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education (Philippines).

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  1. cagayandeoromap says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  4. Anon says:

    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 says:

    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. 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 says:

    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 says:

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

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

  10. jrplaza says:

    Thanks for commenting bro. are you from Usep?

  11. John says:

    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 says:

    ..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 says:

    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 says:

    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.  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. 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 says:

    san ang lourdes college? hahahahahaha

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

  22. jun marlon saguid says:

    bakit wla ang PUP??

  23. Bin says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    Wow UP pa rin pala…

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

  27. 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. 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 says:

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

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