Manila’s Top 5 Universities


Manila is no less in having an extensive list of credible and outstanding educational institutions and universities. The following universities rank the top in providing quality and excellent higher education:


UP Diliman Manila

The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) has produced top-notch graduates for decades since it was founded in 1908 by Act No. 1870 or the University Charter. Located in Quezon City’s central area, it has the broadest scope of UP System’s academic degree units, the population of students, faculty, and library resources.

The non-sectarian, non-profit state university has been recognized as a center for excellence in various fields such as Teacher Education, Literature and Writing, Psychology & Behavioral Science, and Biology, to name a few.

UPD was also ranked in 369th place in the World University Rankings and 72nd in Asia. The university also received acclamation as one of the Top 150 Universities for English Language and Literature and part of the top 250 faculties globally for Social Sciences and Management.


Ateneo de Manila University

Spanish Jesuits established the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in 1859. For more than 160 years, this private Jesuit university has evolved in providing commendable teaching grounds for graduate school, college, professional schools, and basic education.

ADMU is known to produce the highest number of Philippine Bar Exam top-notchers. Many of its alumni are in the top ranks of its private and government sectors.

This academic and research institution offers degrees recognized as centers of excellence, including Psychology and Behavioral Science, Chemistry, and Mathematics. A few of its notable centers of development courses include Political Science, Communication, Environmental Studies and Ecology, and History.


De La Salle University Manila

De La Salle University, or DLSU, was started in 1911 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The institution was formerly exclusive for boys but eventually opened to accept female students in 1973. DLSU’s campus is located in Malate, Metro Manila.

DLSU was given its university status in 1975 and has maintained its reputation in providing academic excellence, key research, and also its involvement in community service. 

It is a premier university that has produced graduates mostly in Law, Teacher Education, Business, and Economics. It ranked among the top 200 universities worldwide and ranked 156th in QS Asia University Rankings.


UP Manila

The University of the Philippines Manila is the health science center of the UP System institution and the oldest of its eight constituents. Situated at Taft Avenue in Ermita Manila, it is a state-funded medical and research university offering academic, training, and extensions services mainly in health sciences, human health resources, education, arts, and sciences.

Initially, UP Manila was known as the Philippine Medical School. In 1908, the University Charter was passed, paving the way for the school to be renamed the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and Surgery, eventually named the University of the Philippines Manila in 1983.

The institution’s College of Nursing and College of Medicine have received recognition as Centers for Excellence. The Center for World University of Rankings or CWUR has ranked UP Manila as 2nd among the universities nationwide and ranked at 1,661 in universities worldwide.


University of Santo Tomas Manila

The University of Sto. Tomas is the oldest existing university in the country and Asia and the world’s largest Catholic university based on the student population in a single campus site. The private sectarian institution was built by the third Archbishop of Manila, Miguel de Benavides O.P., which served as a seminary college in Intramuros.

Over the decades, UST has produced prominent patriots and politicians that helped shape the country. National heroes include Dr. Jose Rizal, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Emilio Jacinto, and Apolinario Mabini. Some of the former Presidents who served the country are also alumni of the university, namely Manuel Quezon, Sergio Osmeña, Jose P. Laurel and, Diosdado Macapagal.

The university campus was transferred to España, Sampaloc, in 1927. At present, UST remains to be a center of excellence for Teacher Education, Biology, and, Psychology and Behavioral Science degrees, among others. It has also achieved much in being centers of development in some fields like Library and Information Science, Literature and Writing, and Information Technology.