9 Ranked Best Dentistry Schools in the Philippines for 2017


The ranking of the best dentistry schools in the Philippines for 2017 has been released, which currently features only 9 out of the 37 colleges and universities offering programs in dentistry.

University of the East-Manila led the list of the best dentistry schools offering dentistry programs in 2017 with 79.61 percent overall score. University of the Philippines Manila followed with 76.50 percent while University of Baguio and Centro Escolar University-Makati ranked third and fourth with 70.24% and 68.07% overall scores, respectively. Adventist University of the Philippines landed fifth with 65.52 percent overall score.

The ranking is based on the results of two dentist licensure examinations in 2017 (May and December) plus other factors including level of accreditation and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering programs in dentistry have the most valuable degree programs to produce batch of examinees with high dentist licensure examination (CLE) 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 less examinees. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors which are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study dentistry 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 accredited agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, AACCUP, and CHEd.


To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rates of the two dentist licensure examinations in 2017, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the dentistry program as other criteria. Note that the passing rates we used in 2017 were adjusted to 60% and above (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.

9 Best Philippine Schools with Dentistry Programs for 2017
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 THE EAST-MANILA79.612106927975.26%100100Level II601:272775
2UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- MANILA76.5035035100.00%40100Level I501:161685
3UNIVERSITY OF BAGUIO70.243353886.84%4040Level IV801:292975
4CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY- MAKATI68.074795683.93%6070Candidate401:232375
5ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES65.5238114977.55%5060Level I501:181885
6CEBU DOCTORS UNIVERSITY64.194895784.21%6040Not Accredited301:151585
7CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY- MALOLOS59.2825113669.45%4040Level II601:222275
8LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY-BATANGAS,INC57.252393271.87%4080Not Accredited301:333365
9DAVAO MEDICAL SCHOOL FOUNDATION53.271572268.19%3040Not Accredited301:77100

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