Criteria Used in School Rankings

Schools of all regions in the Philippines offering a particular program are assessed and rated according to a number of factors. Local Pulse use these ratings to rank the schools offering a specific program in order to determine which ones are the best choice for students.

Reasons for School Rankings

Local Pulse School Rankings is created to guide students who are planning to take any degree program in one of the colleges and universities in the country. 2017’s criteria include the overall board exam performance, number of examinees, top performing examinees, accreditation level, and faculty-student ratio. These rankings are an important tool for parents, students, and schools seeking the right academic setting.

Other possible factors which may affect school rankings are planned to be included in the next versions of schools rankings. These factors include international linkages, community involvement, employer reputation, research outputs, and research citations per faculty.


1. Weighted Overall School Board Performance in a Year (40%)

The results in the number of examinations each year are weighted based on the total number of examinees in the number of examinations. Schools with less than 50 examinees and with less than n percent passing percentage in the year are excluded.

2. Number of Total Examinees (20%)

The number of total examinees is considered in order to rate impartially schools with large number of examinees. Theoretically and according to the application of law of large numbers, as a number of examinees increases, the percentage rate of passing becomes increasingly difficult to maintain.

3. Top Performing Examinees (10%)

Consideration of top performing examinees is included with the highest ranks as the highest scores. Schools without top performing examinees are given considerable scores.

4. Level of Accreditation (20%)

Level of accreditation is part of these rankings to rate the schools according to their accreditation status with Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACUP), or Commission on Higher Education (CHEd). Schools with a program recognized as Centers of Excellence and Development get the highest scores.

5. Faculty-Student Ratio (10%)

Importance of low student to teacher ratio is included in the criteria of ranking. Based on several studies, low student to teacher ratio significantly increases success rate of a student.

Below are the scores/points used in Local Pulse School Rankings.

Criteria Used in School Rankings