Philippine Top Universities

The "Big 4" University Ranking QS 2021

The Philippines is home to some of the best universities in Asia. Which one is the best school however, remains to be widely debated, especially among alumni or current students of each schools. Filipinos are asking, which really is the best University? Also, how do Philippine universities rank compared to the rest of the world? 

QS Ranking 

London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has released its ranking of the world's top universities for 2021. On the top of the list, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) still continues to be ranked to be the best. MIT is on the top of the list for the eighth consecutive year. Stanford University ranked second while Harvard University ranked third.

On the local level, University of the Philippines continues to be the best University according to the QS ranking. UP ranked 396 for 2021, down from rank 356 in 2020 and rank 384 in 2019. Ateneo de Manila maintained its position at rank 601-650. De La Salle University and University of Santo Tomas both ranked 801-1000, same as their 2020 ranking.

Other organizations that rank universities seem to agree. Below is the UniRank ranking for Philippine universities.

The Top 4 Universities in the Philippines: UniRank University Rankings for 2020:

Entrance Tests To Top 4 Universities


UP College Admission Test, locally known as UPCAT, is the most sought after entrance exam in the Philippines. According to University of the Philippines official public announcement, there are 140,593 applicants to UPCAT for SY 2019-2020.


Your performance in the ACET (Ateneo College Entrance Test) does not only determine whether you can enroll in Ateneo but also is a factor to get Ateneo scholarship. The Ateneo Merit Scholarship award recipients free tuition and fees grant and P50,000 annual allowance. The very best (Directors List) can enjoy P100,000 scholarship grant annually


Established in 1911, De La Salle University is a non-profit private higher-education institution that continuously ranks third based University Ranking organizations such as UniRank and QS. 


University of Santo Tomas (UST) is a university with very large enrollment, ranging from 35,000 to 40,000 students. UST completes the 4 Top Universities in the Philippines.