20 rank Best Civil Engineering Schools in the Philippines for 2019

Best Civil Engineering Schools in the Philippines for 2019

The ranking of the Best Civil Engineering Schools in the Philippines for 2019 has been released, which featured only 20 out of 270 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in civil engineering.

Mapua University-Manila is still ranked first in the country for civil engineering with 85.94% overall score based on overall board exam performance (70%), accreditation (20%), and faculty-student ratio (10%). The school is one of the two institutions in the country accredited as the Center of Excellence (COE) in civil engineering by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). (READ: 31 Best Civil Engineering Schools in the Philippines for 2018)

De La Salle University made the 2nd rank on the list for 2019 with an overall score of 84.04%, ahead of the University of Santo Tomas at 3rd rank with an overall score of 81.61%, University of the Philippines-Diliman (81.52%) at 4th rank, and University of San Carlos (77.27%) at 5th. The University of Santo Tomas and the University of San Carlos are presently CHED’s Center of Development (COD) in civil engineering.

Rounding out the remaining five places for the first top 10 performing schools are the University of the Philippines-Los Baños at 6th rank, Ateneo de Davao University at 7th, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos at 8th, Central Philippine University at 9th, and Central Mindanao University at 10th.

The list is based on the results of this year’s biannual civil engineer licensure examinations (May, November) plus other factors including accreditation status of the program and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering programs in civil engineering have the most valuable degree programs to produce batch of examinees with high civil engineer licensure examination 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 or can be accessed using this page. Other possible factors that are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study civil engineering 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.

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Read on to see which schools made the list.

20 Best Philippine Schools with Civil Engineering Undergraduate Programs for 2019
OVERALL SCORE (%)PASSEDFAILEDTOTALWeighted 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%)
1MAPUA UNIVERSITY-MANILA85.942618234376.10%10080COE1001:232375
2DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-MANILA84.041092113083.85%7080COE1001:141485
3UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS81.611965625277.78%10040COD901:151585
4UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN81.521491216192.54%8080Independent601:151585
5UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS77.27874313066.92%70100COD901:161685
6UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-LOS BANOS73.608728997.75%5040Independent601:151585
7ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY73.144965589.09%4070Level III701:131385
8UNIVERSITY OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL-RECOLETOS68.351003413474.63%7040Level II601:161685
9CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY67.61912611777.78%6040Level II601:151585
10CENTRAL MINDANAO UNIVERSITY66.55944513967.62%7040Level III701:202075
11PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA66.173333691.66%3040Independent601:212175
12BOHOL ISLAND STATE UNIVERSITY-TAGBILARAN65.725986788.06%4040Level II601:323265
13CARLOS A. HILADO MEMORIAL STATE COLLEGE-TALISAY65.245035394.34%3040Level I501:252575
14NEGROS ORIENTAL STATE UNIVERSITY-DUMAGUETE64.172643086.67%3040Level II601:232375
15CAMARINES NORTE STATE COLLEGE-DAET62.3965259072.22%5040Level II601:262675
16DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-DASMARINAS60.5051176875.00%4040Level I501:161685
17PANGASINAN STATE UNIVERSITY-URDANETA60.4663248772.41%5040Level I501:292975
18VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BAYBAY58.0751186973.91%4040Candidate401:171785
19UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MINDANAO-KABACAN56.4433164967.35%3040Level II601:262675
20UNIVERSITY OF PANGASINAN56.3971249574.73%5040Not Accredited301:373765

To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rate average of the biannual civil engineer licensure examinations in 2019, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the civil engineering programs as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rates we used for 2019 civil engineer licensure examination were 65% (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and a minimum of 30 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).


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