17 Best Architecture Schools in the Philippines for 2017

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


The ranking of the best architecture schools in the Philippines for 2017 has been released, which currently features only 17 out of the 96 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in architecture.

University of the Philippines Diliman led the list of the top performing schools offering architecture undergraduate programs in 2017 with 78.50 percent overall score. University of Santo Tomas followed with 77.57 percent while University of the Philippines Mindanao and Technological University of the Philippines-Manila ranked third and fourth with 70.50% and 65.77% overall scores, respectively. University of San Carlos landed fifth with 61.66 percent overall score.

The rankings are based on the results of two licensure examinations in 2017 (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 batch of examinees with high architecture licensure examination (ALE) 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 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.


Best Architecture Schools in the Philippines for 2017

To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rates of the two architecture licensure examinations (ALE) in 2017, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees 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 2017 architecture licensure examinations 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.

17 Best Philippine Schools with Architecture 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 THE PHILIPPINES- DILIMAN78.5065065100.00%40100Independent601685
2UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS77.572966235882.68%10070Level I502175
3UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- MINDANAO70.5035035100.00%3040Independent601685
5UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS61.66782910772.90%5090Not Accredited302275
6MAPUA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY-MANILA60.9264238773.56%5040Level I502575
7ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY60.3038135174.51%4080Not Accredited301685
8PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA59.7448206870.59%40100Not Accredited302375
9DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY- DASMARIÑAS58.503694580.00%3040Candidate401985
10SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY58.35844613064.61%6080Not Accredited303765
11POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MAIN-STA. MESA57.39913512672.22%6040Not Accredited303365
12DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY- COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE56.2228113971.80%3070Not Accredited301385
13UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LOUIS- TUGUEGARAO54.801852378.26%3040Not Accredited302775
14MINDANAO UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY-CDO52.301872572.00%3040Not Accredited302575
15PALAWAN STATE UNIVERSITY-P. PRINCESA50.771572268.18%3040Not Accredited302475
16COLUMBAN COLLEGE50.591582365.22%3040Not Accredited301985
17CAPIZ STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS50.171892766.67%3040Not Accredited302475

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