Top 15 Best Universities in the Philippines in 2022

Here are the Top 15 Universities in the Philippines in 2022. These are the best schools, top colleges, and most popular universities ranked for excellent education, outstanding career growth, exceptional employability records, and top-notched institutions.

The rank is based on QS Quacquarelli Symonds’s best higher education institutions in Asia in 2022. QS is also recognized by CHED and links high achievers from the graduate, MBA, and executive communities worldwide with leading business schools, postgraduate departments at universities, and employers through websites, events, e-guides, and technical solutions.

QS is trusted for its ranking criteria, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student, citations per paper, international students, international faculty, papers per faculty, faculty staff with Ph.D., outbound exchange, inbound exchange, and international research network.

Top 15 Universities in the Philippines in 2022

  1. University of the Philippines
  2. Ateneo de Manila University
  3. De La Salle University
  4. University of Santo Tomas
  5. Ateneo de Davao University
  6. Mapua University
  7. Siliman University
  8. Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology
  9. Central Luzon State University
  10. Xavier University
  11. Adamson University
  12. The Cebu Technological University
  13. Central Mindanao University
  14. Central Philippine University
  15. Lyceum of the Philippines University
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Top 10 Universities in the Philippines in 2022

1. University of the Philippines (UP)

UP ranked as the number one university in the Philippines in 2022 and reached the #399 spot among the Top Universities in the World this year and proud #77 among the Top Universities in Asia.

UP Diliman is the flagship campus and seat of administration of the UP System. It is the home of different colleges, offering 94 graduate and undergraduate courses. It also runs several research centers, many of which have been declared by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as National Centers of Excellence.

2. Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU)

Ateneo de Manila University is not only among the best universities in the Philippines; it also has the second-highest graduate employability ranking in 2022. ADMU ranked as #601-650 among the Top Universities in the World in 2022.

Being the third-oldest university in the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University’s motto “Lux in Domino,” which means “Light in the Lord,” inspires every Atenean. According to Wikipedia, Ateneo has produced four Presidents of the Philippines.

“Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, and the Ateneo’s greatest student, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo Municipal. He was one of nine hailed as sobresaliente in his graduating class of twelve.” – Ateneo Facts

3. De La Salle University (DLSU)

De La Salle University is among the Philippine universities included in the University Impact Ranking 2021 by Times Higher Education, placing 401+ spot. It’s a big recognition for universities worldwide for their social and economic impact, based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

QS Ranked De La Salle University as the Top 3 Universities in the Philippines in 2022. DSLU has bestowed an honorary degree to notable people with remarkable contributions to society and the Philippines like Henry Sy (founder of SM Group), Jaime Zobel de Ayala, and Jack Ma (Chinese billionaire, founder of Alibaba).

4. University of Santo Tomas (UST)

UST is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611. In terms of student population, it is one of the largest Catholic universities in the world. It is the only university visited by three popes four times: once by Pope Paul VI on November 28, 1970, twice by Pope John Paul II on February 18, 1981, and January 13, 1995, and once by Pope Francis on January 18, 2015.

Jose Rizal, our National Hero, studied Medicine at the University of Santo Tomas. UST has produced national heroes, church martyrs, renowned scientists, national artists, well-known business tycoons and athletes, prominent doctors, four Philippine presidents, three vice presidents, and 6 Chief Justices.

UST ranked as #801-1000 from the Top Universities in the World in 2022. UST graduates always dominate the top 10 in courses with board and licensure exams (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Engineering, Architecture, Accountancy, and Education).

5. Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU)

Ateneo de Davao University is a premiere Filipino, Catholic, and Jesuit University founded in 1948. ADDU welcomes studies in arts and sciences, business and governance education, engineering and architecture, and law school.

Ateneo de Davao University ranked #501-550 in the QS Asian university ranking in 2022.

6. Mapua University (MU)

Mapua University (formerly known as Mapua Institute of Technology) has grown to be the biggest engineering school in the Philippines for almost nine decades of excellence in technical education. It was founded by Don Tomas Mapua, the country’s first registered architect, on January 25, 1925.

CHED declared Mapua University a National Center of Development for CE, CPE, CS (Computer Science), EE, ECE, IE, IT, and ME programs. Mapua is one of the top IT schools in the Philippines. QS ranked Mapua University #501-550 in the top university ranking in Asia in 2022.

7. Siliman University (SU)

Siliman University is located in the charming city of Dumaguete, dubbed as the “City of Gentle People.” Consistently one of the Philippines’ best and most prestigious universities, Siliman University is also known to produce topnotchers in board exams. It ranked  #501-550 in the Top Universities in Asia in 2022.

According to Siliman University’s website, “whole person education” is what Silliman offers. It is the holistic development of one’s competence, character, and faith, transforming one into a person for others. The approach to learning is encapsulated in its tri-logical ministry of teaching, healing, and preaching, providing opportunities for deep reflection towards an appreciation of self in relation to the larger community.

Campus life revolves around the motto Via, Veritas, Vita (the Way, the Truth, the Life). It is Silliman’s mission to develop the whole person within the Christian context and in a sound environment. Students are expected to put their education to work in service to those in need.”

8. Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT)

Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology is also among the best universities in the Philippines in 2022. It is #551-600 in the Top University in Asia ranking in 2022.

Founded in 1968 under the provision of the Republic Act (RA) 5363, MSU-IIT is known for its excellence in science and technology. CHED designated it as Centers of Excellence in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Teacher Education. CHED also recognizes MSU-IIT as Centers of Development in Information Technology, Physics, and Civil Engineering.

9. Central Luzon State University (CSLU)

Central Luzon State University is one of the best state universities in the Philippines. It is the lead agency of the Muñoz Science Community and the seat of the Central Luzon Agriculture, Aquatic, and Resources Research and Development Consortium.

CSLU ranked #601-650 among QS Top Universities in Asia in 2022. Central Luzon State University is also among the premier agriculture institutions in Southeast Asia.

10. Xavier University (XU)

Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan was founded in 1933 and became the first higher education institution in Mindanao to receive a university status. Xavier University ranked #601-650 in the Top Asian Universities in 2022.

What are the big 4 universities in the Philippines?

The big 4 universities in the Philippines are the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, and the University of Santo Tomas. They are the most prominent and most popular educational institutions in the Philippines established to continue academic excellence and scholastic legacy.

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