22 Ranked Best Psychology Schools in the Philippines for 2018

Read on to see which schools made the list of the best performing psychology schools in the Philippines for 2018.


The ranking of the best psychology schools in the Philippines for 2018 has been released, which currently featured only 22 out of 319 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in psychology.

University of Santo Tomas is still ranked first in the country for undergraduate program in psychology with 91.71% overall score based on overall board exam performance (70%), accreditation (20%), and faculty-student ratio (10%). The school is one of the three institutions in the country accredited as Center of Excellence (COE) in psychology by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). (READ: 39 Best Psychology Schools in the Philippines for 2017)

University of the Philippines-Diliman made the 2nd rank on the list for 2018, ahead of Ateneo de Manila University at 3rd rank, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila at 4th rank, and De La Salle University-Manila at 5th. University of the Philippines-Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University are presently CHED’s Centers of Excellence (COEs) in psychology.

Rounding out the remaining five places for the first top 10 performing schools are the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Main at 6th rank, University of the Philippines-Visayas in Cebu City at 7th, University of the Philippines-Angeles City at 8th, University of the Philippines-Iloilo City at 9th, and Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology at 10th.

The list is based on the results of this year’s psychometrician licensure examination in October and November (Baguio) plus other factors including accreditation status of the program and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering programs in psychology have the most valuable degree programs to produce batch of examinees with high psychometrician 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 fewer examinees. Details on the methodology are discussed here or can be accessed using this page. Other possible factors which are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study psychology 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 of the psychometrician licensure examination in October and November 2018 (Baguio), the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the psychology programs as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rates we used for 2018 psychometrician licensure examination were 60% (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.

22 Best Philippine Schools with Psychology Undergraduate Programs for 2018
PASSEDFAILEDTOTALWeighted % 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 TOMAS91.711692219288.02%10080COE1001:141485
2UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- DILIMAN85.5043043100.00%4090COE1001:151585
3ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY- Q.C.83.055355891.38%40100COE1001:101085
4PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA71.62913412572.80%8060Independent601:171785
5DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-MANILA71.0066309668.75%6070Level IV801:141485
7UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- VISAYAS-CEBU CITY70.832823093.33%3070Independent601:151585
8UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- ANGELES CITY69.393513697.22%3040Independent601:151585
9UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- VISAYAS-ILOILO CITY69.213013196.77%3040Independent601:151585
11UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- VISAYAS-TACLOBAN CITY66.102142584.00%3060Independent601:151585
12ATENEO DE NAGA UNIVERSITY65.7464309468.09%6040Level III701:181885
13SAN PEDRO COLLEGE-DAVAO CITY63.7955328763.22%6060Level II601;131385
14COLEGIO DE SAN JUAN DE LETRAN-INTRAMUROS62.2429103974.36%3040Level III701:131385
15CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY62.1258268469.05%6040Level II601:303065
16MIRIAM COLLEGE61.6349297862.82%5040Level III701:111185
17CENTRAL MINDANAO UNIVERSITY60.5026144065.00%4040Level III701:181885
18SAINT SCHOLASTICA'S COLLEGE59.1422133562.86%3040Level III701:066100
19MAPUA UNIVERSITY-MANILA57.061762373.91%3040Level I501:232375
20MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-MARAWI CITY56.502463080.00%3040Not Accredited301:191985
21POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-STO. TOMAS54.5029114072.50%4040Not Accredited301:272775
22FAR EASTERN COLLEGE-SILANG52.831772470.83%3040Not Accredited301:141485
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