10 Best Agriculture Schools in the Philippines for 2018


The ranking of the best agriculture schools in the Philippines for 2018 has been released, which currently features only 10 out of the 239 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in agriculture.

University of the Philippines-Los Baños led the list for agriculture with 86.17% overall score after considering their performance in the annual agriculturists licensure examinations this year, accreditation status, and faculty-student ratio.

Central Luzon State University made the 2nd rank on the list for 2018, ahead of the Visays State University-Baybay at 3rd rank, Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology-Victoria at 4th rank, and Xavier University at 5th rank. Rounding out the remaining five places for the top 10 performing schools are the Silliman University at 6th rank, Cebu Technological University-Barili at 7th, Cebu Technological University-Argao at 8th, University of Rizal System-Tanay at 9th, and Carcar City College in Carcar, Cebu at 10th.

University of the Philippines-Los Baños, Central Luzon State University, Visayas State University-Baybay, and Xavier University are accredited by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Centers of Excellence
in agriculture.

The list is based on the results of this year’s agriculturists licensure examinations in June plus other factors including accreditation status of the program and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering agriculture programs have the most valuable degree programs to produce batch of examinees with high agriculturists licensure examination passing rates.

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 agriculture 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 accrediting agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, AACCUP, and CHEd.


To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rate average of this year’s agriculturists licensure examination, number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of agriculture as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rate we used for 2018 agriculturists licensure examination were adjusted to 60% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and minimum of 20 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

10 Best Philippine Schools to Study Agriculture for 2018
PASSEDFAILEDTOTAL% PASSED (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccreditation Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES - LOS BAÑOS86.175826096.67%5090COE1001:151585
2CENTRAL LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY85.26974814566.90%100100COE1001:181885
3VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY - BAYBAY70.7243287160.56%6060COE1001:171785
5XAVIER UNIVERSITY63.8319113063.33%3040COE1001:151585
6SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY62.501642080.00%3040Level II601:101085
7CEBU TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY - BARILI60.731972673.08%3060Level II601:282875
8CEBU TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY - ARGAO59.6836195565.45%5040Level II601:282875
9UNIVERSITY OF RIZAL SYSTEM - TANAY55.501592560.00%3080Level I501:262675
10CARCAR CITY COLLEGE - CARCAR, CEBU50.771572268.18%3040Not Accredited301:202075

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