15 Ranked Best Architecture Schools in the Philippines for 2019


The ranking of the best architecture schools in the Philippines for 2019 has been released. Only 15 out of the 101 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in architecture made the list.

The University of Santo Tomas ranked No. 1 on the list of the best schools offering architecture undergraduate programs for 2019 with an 84.47 percent overall score. The University of the Philippines Diliman followed with a 77.85 percent overall score while Saint Louis University and the University of San Carlos ranked third and fourth with 72.57% and 70.39% overall scores, respectively. Mapua University-Manila landed fifth with 70.18 percent overall score.

The rankings were based on the results of two licensure examinations in 2019 (January and June) plus other factors including level of accreditation and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering undergraduate programs in architecture have the most valuable degree programs to produce a batch of examinees with high architecture licensure examination (ALE) passing rates.

The ranking used the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however, the weightings for the number of examinees were adjusted to reflect programs with fewer examinees. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors which are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study architecture 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.

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To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rates of the two architecture licensure examinations (ALE) in 2019, the number of examinees, and top-performing examinees in January and June 2019 schedules as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the architecture undergraduate program as other criteria. Note that the passing rates we used for 2019 architecture licensure examinations were adjusted to 70% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and a minimum of 40 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

15 Best Philippine Schools with Architecture Programs for 2019
RANKSCHOOLOVERALL SCOREPASSEDFAILEDTOTALWeighted Ave. (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 SANTO TOMAS84.472784031887.42%10090Level II601:141485
2UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN77.856116298.39%40100Independent601:151585
3SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY72.571604620677.67%10080Not Accredited301:282875
4UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS70.391161713387.22%7070Not Accredited301:161685
5MAPUA UNIVERSITY-MANILA70.1880159584.21%5090Level I501:232375
7DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE69.73832010380.58%6090Candidate401:131385
8PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA69.155886687.88%4040Independent601:212175
10BULACAN STATE UNIVERSITY-MALOLOS65.91763110771.03%6040Level III701:282875
11HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY65.781124115373.20%8040Level I501:323265
12ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY62.575566190.16%4040Not Accredited301:141485
13DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-DASMARIÑAS59.833574283.33%3040Candidate401:151585
14SAINT LOUIS COLLEGE OF SAN FERNANDO57.503694580.00%3040Candidate401:262675
15UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LOUIS-TUGUEGARAO55.0845125778.95%3040Not Accredited301:232375
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