29 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 29 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 91.73% 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, Saint Louis University at 4th rank, and University of San Carlos 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 Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila at 6th rank, De La Salle University-Manila at 7th, Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Main at 8th, University of the Philippines-Cebu City at 9th, and Angeles University Foundation 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.

29 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 TOMAS91.731702219388.08%10080COE1001:141485
2UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- DILIMAN85.5043043100.00%4090COE1001:151585
3ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY83.115455991.53%40100COE1001:101085
4SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY78.031919728866.32%100100Level III701:282875
5UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS74.891066016763.47%10070Level III701:161685
6PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA71.62913412572.80%8060Independent601:171785
7DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-MANILA71.0066309668.75%6070Level IV801:141485
9UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- VISAYAS-CEBU CITY70.832823093.33%3070Independent601:151585
10ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION69.502873580.00%3070Level IV801:111185
11UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- ANGELES CITY69.423613797.30%3040Independent601:151585
12UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- VISAYAS-ILOILO CITY69.213013196.77%3040Independent601:151585
14UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- VISAYAS-TACLOBAN CITY66.102142584.00%3060Independent601:151585
15ATENEO DE NAGA UNIVERSITY65.7464309468.09%6040Level III701:181885
16CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY- MANILA64.4453328562.35%6040Level IV801:202075
17SAN PEDRO COLLEGE-DAVAO CITY63.7955328763.22%6060Level II601:131385
18COLEGIO DE SAN JUAN DE LETRAN-INTRAMUROS62.2429103974.36%3040Level III701:131385
19CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY62.1258268469.05%6040Level II601:303065
20MIRIAM COLLEGE61.6349297862.82%5040Level III701:111185
21ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY60.5024164060.00%4060Level III701:141485
22CENTRAL MINDANAO UNIVERSITY60.5026144065.00%4040Level III701:181885
23SAINT SCHOLASTICA'S COLLEGE59.1422133562.86%3040Level III701:066100
24SAINT MARY'S UNIVERSITY58.901962576.00%3090Not Accredited301:242475
25MAPUA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY-MANILA57.061762373.91%3040Level I501:232375
26MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY- MARAWI CITY56.502463080.00%3040Not Accredited301:191985
27POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-STO. TOMAS54.5029114072.50%4040Not Accredited301:272775
28DON HONORIO VENTURA TECHNOLOGICAL STATE UNIVERSITY53.502483275.00%3060Not Accredited301:444455
29FAR EASTERN COLLEGE - SILANG52.831772470.83%3040Not Accredited301:141485
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