7 rank Best Interior Design Schools in the Philippines for 2019

Best Interior Design Schools in the Philippines for 2019

The ranking of the Best Interior Design Schools in the Philippines for 2019 has been released, which currently featured only 7 out of the 21 colleges and universities offering interior design undergraduate programs.

The University of Santo Tomas took the lead for interior design with a 79.89% overall score after considering their performance in the 2019 interior design licensure examination, accreditation status, and faculty-student ratio.

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde made the 2nd rank on the list for 2019 with a 72.38% overall score, ahead of Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Main at 3rd rank with a 69.17% overall score, University of San Carlos 4th rank with 63.74%, and La Consolacion College-Bacolod City at 5th rank with 60.50%.

Mapua University-Manila ranked 6th with 59.35% overall score while the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City placed 7th with 56.19%.

The list is based on the results of June 2019 interior design licensure examination plus other factors including accreditation status of the program and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering interior design programs have the most valuable degree programs to produce a batch of examinees with high interior design licensure examination passing rates.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however, the weightings for a number of examinees were adjusted to reflect programs with fewer examinees. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors that are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study interior design 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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To rank the schools, we took the passing rate of the June 2019 interior design licensure examination, number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of interior design as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rates we used for the June 2019 interior design licensure examination were adjusted to 60% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and a minimum of 10 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

7 Best Philippine Schools to Study Interior Desing for 2019
OVERALL SCORE (%)PASSEDFAILEDTOTALWeighted Ave. (PASSED) (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccr. Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS79.8962177978.48%100100Level I501:151585
2DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE72.3833185164.71%100100Candidate401:131385
4UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS63.741251770.59%5090Candidate401:161685
5LA CONSOLACION COLLEGE-BACOLOD CITY60.50821080.00%4040Candidate401:151585
6MAPUA UNIVERSITY-MANILA59.351121384.62%4040Not Accredited301:232375
7UNIVERSITY OF SAN AGUSTIN56.19941369.23%4040Candidate401:141485


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