37 ranked Best Mechanical Engineering Schools in PH (2014-2018)


The table below represents the ranking of the best mecahnical 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 oldest higher education institution in the province of Batangas, Batangas State University-Alangilan, was ranked first out of 199 schools with mechanical engineering undergraduate programs with an overall score of about 92 out of 100 while the country’s premier university, University of the Philippines-Diliman in Quezon City, ranked second during the measured time period with 87.79% overall score.

37 Best Philippine Schools with Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Programs (2014-2018)
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 Ratio (FSR)5-Year Mean No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
1BATANGAS STATE UNIVERSITY-ALANGILAN92.2398.83% (171)97.35% (151)98.09% (157)96.69% (181)93.78% (193)82685396.83%10090COD901:373765
2UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN87.7993.10% (87)97.22% (72)100.00% (86)97.18% (71)89.83% (59)35937595.73%9040COE1001:202075
3SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY87.6190.91% (154)84.31% (153)83.25% (197)86.11% (180)83.40% (253)79993785.27%10090COD901:353565
4DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-MANILA86.5589.48% (76)93.02% (43)82.15% (56)88.71% (62)75.00% (72)26330985.11%8080COE1001:171785
5UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS83.9088.56% (166)62.61% (115)89.51% (162)86.93% (130)84.68% (124)58269783.50%10040COD901:191985
6MAPUA UNIVERSITY-MANILA83.5865.91% (88)77.28% (110)77.98% (109)91.06% (123)85.88% (85)41351580.19%10040COE1001:292975
7TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MAIN83.5089.29% (84)79.80% (99)84.51% (142)86.43% (199)84.66% (163)58468785.01%10080Level III701:252575
8MALAYAN COLLEGES LAGUNA79.52100.00% (24)85.37% (41)100.00% (29)98.00% (50)94.83% (58)19220295.05%6090P-ACBET601:191985
9SOUTHERN LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY-LUCBAN79.4479.76% (84)67.67% (99)76.58% (111)79.51% (122)80.84% (167)45158377.36%100100Level II601:333365
10MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-ILIGAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY79.0095.65% (23)88.24% (17)83.33% (6)100.00% (3)96.78% (31)758093.75%3080COE1001:232375
11BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI78.6285.72% (105)60.40% (101)74.51% (102)86.36% (88)70.00% (90)36648675.31%10090Level II601:232375
12POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MAIN78.3083.55% (152)66.67% (135)80.00% (120)81.25% (160)74.08% (216)60378377.01%10070Level III701:353565
13TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-VISAYAS78.0890.80% (87)61.05% (95)85.60% (125)89.81% (108)79.28% (140)45255581.44%10040Level III701:252575
14UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS75.4180.56% (36)92.00% (50)88.46% (26)83.87% (31)78.05% (41)15618484.78%5040COE1001:212175
15HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY74.7484.85% (33)68.00% (50)81.82% (77)87.02% (77)71.29% (101)26433878.11%8090Level II601:323265
16ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY74.46100.00% (19)62.50% (16)100.00% (16)100.00% (17)100.00% (11)737992.41%30100Level III701:212175
17NUEVA VIZCAYA STATE UNIVERSITY-BAMBANG73.8686.96% (46)65.00% (40)68.63% (51)89.80% (49)64.71% (34)16722075.91%60100Level III701:252575
18BOHOL ISLAND STATE UNIVERSITY-TAGBILARAN73.6291.67% (36)87.81% (41)74.47% (47)82.05% (78)71.64% (67)21626980.30%70100Level II601:444455
19PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG MAYNILA73.4462.50% (8)91.67% (12)100.00% (26)96.43% (28)100.00% (23)929794.85%3090Independent601:181885
20ADAMSON UNIVERSITY72.8284.16% (101)68.75% (48)76.19% (42)84.14% (82)57.57% (66)25733975.81%80100Level I501:303065
21CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY71.2880.00% (15)71.43% (7)100.00% (17)86.66% (15)86.67% (15)606986.96%30100Level II601:161685
22PANGASINAN STATE UNIVERSITY- URDANETA71.1893.75% (16)92.86% (14)100.00% (18)100.00% (35)94.73% (38)11712196.69%4060Level II601:323265
23CAMARINES NORTE STATE COLLEGE-DAET70.9885.72% (14)100.00% (13)91.67% (24)94.12% (17)86.96% (23)839191.21%30100Level II601:313165
24DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-DASMARIÑAS70.6496.00% (25)84.62% (13)86.67% (15)90.91% (11)89.47% (19)758390.36%30100Level I501:181885
25UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES69.7294.12% (17)83.33% (24)88.89% (27)95.00% (60)65.79% (38)14216685.54%5040Level III701:272775
26POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-TAGUIG69.3991.11% (45)85.19% (27)98.04% (51)91.30% (23)91.18% (34)16618092.22%50100Not Accredited301:353565
27CENTRAL MINDANAO UNIVERSITY68.8793.33% (30)60.61% (33)82.54% (63)95.74% (47)80.77% (26)16619983.42%5040Level III701:252575
28UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST-MANILA66.5978.95% (19)90.69% (43)97.14% (35)100.00% (24)93.33% (30)14015192.71%5040Candidate401:292975
29TARLAC STATE UNIVERSITY66.5470.83% (24)76.32% (38)88.57% (35)73.68% (57)78.72% (47)15620177.61%6040Level III701:454555
30NEGROS ORIENTAL STATE UNIVERSITY-DUMAGUETE65.42100.00% (16)77.78% (18)94.74% (19)89.48% (19)100.00% (19)849192.31%3040Level II601:323265
31SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY64.6590.91% (33)63.41% (41)91.84% (49)87.18% (39)46.67% (45)15620775.36%6040Level I501:131385
32UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHEASTERN PHILIPPINES-DAVAO CITY64.6188.64% (44)57.89% (38)79.07% (86)81.95% (72)48.15% (27)20126775.28%7040Level II601:585845
33MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-GEN. SANTOS CITY64.5484.78% (46)72.00% (50)80.00% (25)95.00% (40)N.A. (N.A.)13316182.61%5040Level I501:212175
34MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-MARAWI CITY62.6187.50% (32)64.71% (34)87.50% (24)76.47% (34)76.32% (38)12616277.78%5080Not Accredited301:212175
35VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY-ISABEL61.93N.A. (N.A.)86.67% (15)N.A. (N.A.)77.42% (31)82.14% (28)607481.08%3080Candidate401:222275
36SOUTHERN LEYTE STATE UNIVERSITY-SOGOD60.8972.22% (18)62.50% (8)66.67% (12)90.00% (20)85.71% (21)627978.48%3040Level II601:282875
37NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY58.6677.78% (9)57.15% (14)83.33% (18)91.67% (12)62.50% (8)466175.41%3080Not Accredited301:161685

The Saint Louis University, the largest university north of Manila, placed third after registering an overall score of about 87.61%. A private and Catholic research university run by De La Salle Brothers, De La Salle University in Manila, followed with an overall score of 86.55%.

The oldest existing university in Asia and the largest Catholic university in the world in a single campus, University of Santo Tomas in Manila made the 5th rank on the list for 2014-2018, ahead of Mapua University in Manila at 6th rank, Technological University of the Philippines in Manila at 7th rank, Malayan Colleges Laguna at 8th rank, Southern Luzon State University in Lucban, Quezon at 9th rank, and Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology in Tibanga, Iligan City at 10th.

University of the Philippines-Diliman, Mapua University-Manila, and Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology are presently accredited as Center of Excellence (COE) in mechanical engineering by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Meanwhile, Batangas State University-Alangilan, Saint Louis University, and University of Santo Tomas are CHED’s Center of Development in mechanical engineering.

The ranking is based on the results of mechanical engineer 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 mechanical engineering have the most valuable degree programs within the 5-year period to produce batch of examinees with high mechanical engineer 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 mechanical engineer 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.


To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rate average of mechanical engineer 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 mechanical engineering programs (20%) as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rate average we used for 2014-2018 mechanical engineer licensure examinations were adjusted to 75% and above (unlike the PRC’s minimum of 80%), and minimum of 50 examinees in a 5-year total (unlike PRC’s 50 minimum examinees per examination period).

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