26 ranked Best Architecture Schools in the Philippines (2014-2018)

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The table below represents the ranking of the best architecture schools across the Philippines in 2014-2018, based on score from board exam performance, number of examinees, top performing examinees, accreditation status, and faculty-student ratio. The country’s premier university, University of the Philippines-Diliman in Quezon City, was ranked first out of 114 schools with architecture undergraduate programs with an overall score of about 85 out of 100 while the oldest existing university in Asia and the largest Catholic university in the world in a single campus, University of Santo Tomas in Manila, ranked second during the measured time period with 81.75% overall score.

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RANKSCHOOLOVERALL SCORE (%)2014-2018 OVERALL BOARD EXAM PERFORMANCE (70%)OTHER CRITERIA (30%)
20142015201620172018Passers (5-year)Takers (5-year)5-Year Weighted Average (40%)5-Year Total of Takers (20%)With Top Examinees within 5 Years (10%)Accreditation Level (2018)Accreditation Level Score (20%)5-Year Average Faculty-Student Ratio5-Year Average No. of Students per Faculty (FSR)FSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN85.03100.00% (44)98.65% (74)97.47% (79)100.00% (66)98.70% (77)33634098.82%80100Independent601:202075
2UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS81.7581.03% (406)86.35% (425)80.76% (395)82.56% (367)84.76% (374)1635196783.12%100100Level I501:191985
3TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA79.7175.00% (60)78.05% (82)78.22% (101)71.66% (120)75.70% (107)35547075.53%100100Level II601:252575
4POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MAIN78.9278.84% (104)82.18% (101)70.19% (104)73.72% (137)76.19% (126)43557276.05%100100Level II601:353565
5MAPUA UNIVERSITY-MANILA75.3175.27% (93)80.70% (57)68.35% (79)73.91% (92)75.79% (95)31041674.52%10080Level I501:292975
6UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS74.7589.47% (76)83.34% (102)72.07% (111)72.90% (107)76.34% (93)38248978.12%100100Not Accredited301:212175
7UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MINDANAO74.50100.00% (9)100.00% (13)100.00% (12)100.00% (36)100.00% (19)8989100.00%3090Independent601:202075
8PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA74.3694.12% (51)83.33% (48)72.58% (62)69.56% (69)59.68% (62)21829274.66%70100Independent601:181885
9SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY71.2682.35% (68)83.13% (83)72.50% (80)65.15% (132)67.98% (203)40756671.91%100100Not Accredited301:353565
10HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY68.2275.56% (45)64.71% (51)66.13% (62)57.58% (99)64.54% (110)23636764.31%9080Level I501:323265
11ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY66.5978.13% (32)80.64% (31)76.56% (64)73.08% (52)82.00% (50)17822977.73%60100Not Accredited301:212175
12DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY- DASMARIÑAS63.8376.92% (13)100.00% (19)80.56% (36)79.59% (49)84.44% (45)13516283.33%5040Candidate401:181885
13DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE61.81N.A. (N.A.)75.00% (4)58.34% (12)71.80% (39)80.82% (73)9712875.78%4070Candidate401:151585
14UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES-CDO61.7775.00% (20)81.82% (22)73.53% (34)63.33% (30)65.91% (44)10615070.67%5040Level II601:272775
15UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LOUIS-TUGUEGARAO59.5770.37% (27)71.43% (35)73.91% (23)76.00% (25)72.55% (51)11716172.67%5070Not Accredited301:282875
16CAPIZ STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS56.2068.42% (19)59.26% (27)45.83% (24)68.96% (29)68.75% (16)7111561.74%4040Level II601:232375
17CAVITE STATE UNIVERSITY54.7753.85% (13)62.50% (8)70.59% (17)55.56% (9)75.00% (20)446765.67%3060Level I501:323265
18NEGROS ORIENTAL STATE UNIVERSITY-DUMAGUETE54.2375.00% (20)70.00% (10)77.78% (18)33.33% (9)72.23% (18)527569.34%3040Level I501:323265
19ILOILO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY-LA PAZ54.2170.59% (17)70.84% (24)57.14% (42)100.00% (1)N.A. (N.A.)548464.29%3040Level II601:323265
20UNIVERSITY OF THE CORDILLERAS53.7560.87% (23)80.00% (15)55.56% (18)63.16% (19)71.43% (21)639665.63%3040Level II601:404055
21UNIVERSITY OF BAGUIO52.9955.56% (18)66.67% (18)62.50% (24)72.22% (18)61.54% (13)589163.74%3090Not Accredited301:363665
22UNIVERSITY OF NUEVA CACERES52.8161.11% (18)46.15% (13)63.64% (22)57.90% (19)66.66% (30)6210260.78%4070Not Accredited301:222275
23ISABELA STATE UNIVERSITY-ILAGAN52.2960.00% (10)75.00% (12)38.89% (18)68.75% (16)80.00% (20)497664.48%3040Level I501:353565
24NOTRE DAME OF DADIANGAS UNIVERSITY, INC52.1885.71% (7)75.00% (8)50.00% (12)71.43% (7)78.95% (19)385371.70%3040Not Accredited301:202075
25PALAWAN STATE UNIVERSITY-PUERTO PRINCESA51.5046.67% (15)58.34% (12)58.82% (17)68.18% (22)62.07% (29)579560.00%3040Level I501:272775
26SAINT MARY'S UNIVERSITY48.3570.00% (10)46.67% (15)64.29% (14)57.14% (14)76.92% (13)416662.12%3040Not Accredited301:262675

The Technological University of the Philippines-Manila, the nation’s premier state university of technology education, placed third after registering an overall score of about 79.71%. A research and coeducational state university in the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Main in Sta. Mesa, Manila, followed with an overall score of 78.92%.

Mapua University in Manila made the 5th rank on the list for 2014-2018, ahead of University of San Carlos in Cebu City at 6th rank, University of the Philippines-Mindanao at 7th rank, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila at 8th rank, Saint Louis University in Baguio City at 9th rank, and Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Pampanga at 10th.

The ranking is based on the results of architecture licensure examinations from 2014 to 2018 plus other factors including accreditation status of the program in 2018 and 5-year average faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering programs in architecture have the most valuable degree programs within the 5-year period to produce batch of examinees with high architecture licensure examination passing rates.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however the measured time is 5 years or from 2014 to 2018. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors which are possibly secondary variables in determining the best architecture schools in the Philippine 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, and thus they are integrated in the accreditation of the institutions.

1-12 Best Architecture Schools in the Philippines for 2014-2018

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To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rate average of architect licensure examinations from 2014 to 2018 (40%), the total number of examinees in the 5-year period (20%), and top performing examinees within 2014 to 2018 (10%) as the overall board exam performance, and the average faculty-student ratio from 2014-2018 (10%) and accreditation status of the architecture programs (20%) as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rate average we used for 2014-2018 architect licensure examinations were adjusted to 60% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and minimum of 50 examinees in a 5-year total (unlike PRC’s 50 minimum examinees per examination period).

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