20 Best Accountancy Schools in the Philippines for 2017

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


The ranking of the best accountancy schools in the Philippines for 2017 has been released, which currently features 20 of the 528 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in accountancy.

De La Salle University-Manila led the list of the top performing schools offering accountancy undergraduate programs in 2017 with 88.32 percent. University of Santo Tomas followed with 86.42 percent while University of San Jose-Recoletos and University of the Philippines-Diliman ranked third and fourth with 79.08 percent and 78.95 percent, respectively. Ateneo de Davao University landed fifth with 75.97 percent overall score. De La Salle University-Manila is currently Center of Excellence (COE) for accountancy while University of San Jose-Recoletos is accredited as Center of Development (COD), as declared by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). University of the Philippines-Diliman presently holds neither COE nor COD accreditation status.

Best Accountancy Schools in the Philippines for 2017 (New Edit)

The rankings are based on the results of two certified public accountant licensure examinations this year (May and October) plus other factors including level of accreditation and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering undergraduate programs in accountancy have the most valuable degree programs to produce batch of examinees with high certified public accountant (CPA) 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 accountancy 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 correlated to the board exam results.


To rank the schools, we took the weighted mean of passing rates of two C.P.A. licensure examinations this year, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the accountancy undergraduate program as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rates we used this year were adjusted to 60% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and minimum of 40 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

20 Best Philippine Schools with Accountancy Undergraduate Programs for 2017
PASSEDFAILEDCONDTOTALWeighted % PASSED (40%)Number of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccreditation Level Score (20%)Number of Students per FacultyFaculty-Student Ratio Score (10%)
1DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-MANILA88.32180111020189.55%10040COE1001985
2UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS86.42412332747287.29%100100Level III702175
3UNIVERSITY OF SAN JOSE- RECOLETOS79.08109421316466.46%10070COD902475
4UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- DILIMAN78.9572017398.63%5090Independent601685
5ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY75.97170831426763.67%10080Level III701685
6UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS75.16691308284.15%60100Level II602275
7FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY- MANILA73.6410044915365.36%9060Level IV802675
8ATENEO DE NAGA UNIVERSITY71.898827912470.96%8060Level III702075
9UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LOUIS- TUGUEGARAO69.6690451414960.40%9040Level IV802775
11HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY67.089744514666.44%9040Level II603265
12ATENEO DE ZAMBOANGA UNIVERSITY66.50451056075.00%5040Level III701385
13BICOL UNIVERSITY-DARAGA66.23631458276.83%6040Level II602275
14KINGFISHER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND FINANCE64.9048205096.00%4040Not Accredited301885
15CHIANG KAI SHEK COLLEGE63.6678171210772.89%7040Candidate401085
16MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITY-BATAC62.64381535667.86%4040Level IV802075
17UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- VISAYAS-ILOILO CITY61.36471587067.14%5040Independent601685
18CAGAYAN STATE UNIVERSITY- ANDREWS CAMPUS(TUG)52.82281214168.29%4040Not Accredited302975
19MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY- MARAWI CITY51.98411976761.20%5040Not Accredited302175
20POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-TAGUIG48.35311745260.00%4040Not Accredited303365

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