39 Best Psychology Schools in the Philippines for 2017

Read on to see which schools made the list of the best performing psychology schools in the Philippines for 2017.


The ranking of the best psychology schools in the Philippines for 2017 has been released, which currently features only 39 of the 297 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in psychology.

University of Santo Tomas led the list of the top performing schools offering psychology undergraduate programs in 2017 with 84.61 percent overall score. University of the Philippines-Diliman followed with 80.07 percent while Ateneo de Manila University and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila ranked third and fourth with 73.57 percent and 72.21 percent overall scores, respectively. Far Eastern University-Manila landed fifth with 70.10 percent. University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines-Diliman, and Ateneo de Mania University are currently Centers of Excellence (COE) for psychology as accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Far Eastern University-Manila presently holds neither COE nor COD accreditation status.

Best Psychology Schools in the Philippines for 2017

The rankings are based on the results of one licensure examination this year held last month, October, plus other factors including level of accreditation and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering undergraduate programs in psychology have the most valuable degree programs to produce batch of examinees with high psychometrician licensure examination passing rate.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however the weightings for number of examinees were adjusted to reflect programs with less examinees. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors which are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study psychology are included in the disclaimer page. Factors such as international linkages, community involvement, employer reputation, research outputs, and research citations per faculty are not part of this study. These variables are assumed to be assessed by accredited agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, and AACCUP.


To rank the schools, we took the passing rates of October 2017 Psychometrician licensure examination, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the psychology undergraduate program as other criteria. Note that the passing rates we used this year were adjusted to 60% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and minimum of 30 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

39 Best Philippine Schools with Psychology Undergraduate Programs for 2017
PASSEDFAILEDTOTALWeighted % PASSED (40%)Number of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccreditation Level Score (20%)Number of Students per FacultyFaculty-Student Ratio Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS84.61139514496.53%9080COE1002175
3ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY- Q.C.73.575425696.43%4070COE1001185
4PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA72.211242114585.52%9080Independent602275
5FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY- MANILA70.1018711129862.75%10090Level IV802675
6UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES CEBU67.0037037100.00%3090Independent602275
7UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS66.571142614081.43%90100Not Accredited302275
9ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION64.672643086.67%3080Level IV801585
11UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- ANGELES CITY64.0042042100.00%4040Independent602275
12UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- VISAYAS-ILOILO CITY63.003914097.50%4040Independent602275
13SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY62.221798426368.06%10070Candidate403765
14POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MAIN-STA. MESA61.901814622779.74%10040Not Accredited303365
15DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY- DASMARIÑAS61.37854913463.43%8040Level IV801985
16CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY- MANILA60.90763711367.26%7040Level IV802475
17UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST-MANILA60.74734511861.86%7080Level III702775
18MIRIAM COLLEGE60.173794680.43%4060Level III701185
19ADAMSON UNIVERSITY59.46704011063.64%7080Level II602975
20CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY59.00782610475.00%7090Not Accredited303465
21HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY56.2157308765.52%6060Level II603265
22DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-MANILA55.35872411178.38%7040Not Accredited301985
23COLEGIO DE SAN JUAN DE LETRAN-INTRAMUROS54.084685485.19%4060Not Accredited308100
25PALAWAN STATE UNIVERSITY53.252573278.13%3040Level II602475
26SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY52.6722113366.67%3040Level IV801285
27CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY- MAKATI51.1254328662.79%6040Level I502375
28SAN PEDRO COLLEGE-DAVAO CITY50.6737236061.67%5040Level II602075
29SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY-MANILA50.6724123666.67%3040Level III701385
30CENTRAL MINDANAO UNIVERSITY48.5219123161.29%3040Level III702375
31SAINT SCHOLASTICA'S COLLEGE48.1940135375.47%4040Not Accredited307100
32CAVITE STATE UNIVERSITY-IMUS46.6224153961.54%3040Level II603365
33ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES45.332283073.33%3040Not Accredited301885
34PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY- MANILA44.9829144367.44%4040Not Accredited302075
35POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-STO. TOMAS43.2229174663.04%4040Not Accredited303365
36ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY42.8336225862.07%4040Not Accredited301685
37TAGUIG CITY UNIVERSITY42.6722113366.67%3040Not Accredited302275
38SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY-QUEZON CITY42.2521113265.63%3040Not Accredited301785
39POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-STA. ROSA41.5623133663.89%3040Not Accredited303365

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