FULL LIST: 2020 Top 200 Most Popular Universities in the Philippines Online

MANILA, Philippines – University of the Philippines - Diliman (UPD) led anew, in five straight years, the list of most popular colleges and universities in the Philippines. This is based on the 2020 Ranking of Philippine Universities, a non-academic result revealing online popularity as released early February by UniRank (formerly 4 International Colleges & Universities or 4icu.org), an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited institutions in the world.

University of the Philippines (UP) - Diliman is still the most popular school
University of the Philippines (UP) - Diliman is still the most popular school in the country according to UniRank.

"University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. This 112 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations," UniRank said on their website.


Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) still on second spot while University of Santo Tomas (UST) was on third place of most popular universities.

University of the Philippines System (UPS) overtook De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila, ranking fourth and fifth, respectively.

Completing the top 10 are Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) - Manila, University of the Philippines (UP) - Manila, Silliman University, Mapúa University - Manila and University of the Philippines Los Baños.

The 2020 Philippine University Ranking of 231 Philippine higher-education institutions met the following uniRank selection criteria:
  • being chartered, licensed or accredited by the appropriate Philippine higher education-related organization
  • offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees)
  • delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format

NOTE: According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), there are 2,393 total Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in 2019, including satellite campuses of State Universities and Colleges.

Here's the full list of Top 200 Most Popular Schools in the Philippines this 2020:

Rank University Location
1 University of the Philippines Diliman Quezon City
2 Ateneo de Manila University Quezon City
3 University of Santo Tomas Manila
4 University of the Philippines System Quezon City
5 De La Salle University Manila
6 Polytechnic University of the Philippines Manila
7 University of the Philippines Manila Manila
8 Silliman University Dumaguete City
9 Mapúa University Manila
10 University of the Philippines Los Baños Los Baños
11 University of San Carlos Cebu City
12 Saint Louis University, Baguio City Baguio City
13 University of San Jose-Recoletos Cebu City
14 Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology Iligan City
15 University of the East Manila
16 Ateneo de Davao University Davao City
17 Asian Institute of Management Makati City
18 De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Manila
19 Centro Escolar University Manila
20 University of the Philippines Mindanao Davao City
21 Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan Cagayan de Oro City
22 Ateneo de Naga University Naga City
23 University of Southeastern Philippines Davao City
24 Central Philippine University Iloilo City
25 Central Mindanao University Maramag
26 Adamson University Manila
27 Miriam College Quezon City
28 Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies Silang
29 Angeles University Foundation Angeles City
30 Aldersgate College Solano
31 Technological Institute of the Philippines Manila
32 Philippine Normal University Manila
33 De La Salle Lipa Lipa City
34 Western Mindanao State University Zamboanga City
35 Technological University of the Philippines Manila
36 Batangas State University Batangas City
37 Holy Angel University Angeles City
38 University of Asia and the Pacific Pasig City
39 University of Baguio Baguio City
40 University of the Philippines in the Visayas Iloilo City
41 Visayas State University Baybay
42 University of Batangas Batangas City
43 Central Luzon State University Science City of Muñoz
44 Our Lady of Fatima University Valenzuela City
45 Mariano Marcos State University Batac
46 Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Manila
47 St. Scholastica's College Manila
48 Manila Central University Caloocan City
49 The Philippine Women's University Manila
50 Bulacan State University Malolos City
51 University of the Immaculate Conception Davao City
52 Rizal Technological University Mandaluyong City
53 Emilio Aguinaldo College Manila
54 AMA Computer University Quezon City
55 José Rizal University Mandaluyong City
56 Lorma Colleges City of San Fernando
57 Far Eastern University Manila
58 Benguet State University La Trinidad
59 University of the Cordilleras Baguio City
60 University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Las Piñas City
61 University of the Philippines Baguio Baguio City
62 De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute Dasmariñas City
63 Adventist University of the Philippines Silang
64 Aquinas University of Legazpi Legazpi City
65 University of St. La Salle Bacolod City
66 University of Mindanao Davao City
67 Cebu Technological University Cebu City
68 West Visayas State University Iloilo City
69 University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines Cagayan de Oro City
70 Cavite State University Indang
71 Mindanao State University Marawi City
72 National University, Philippines Manila
73 University of Nueva Caceres Naga City
74 Tarlac State University Tarlac City
75 University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Quezon City
76 Southwestern University PHINMA Cebu City
77 John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University Iloilo City
78 San Beda University Manila
79 Holy Name University Tagbilaran City
80 Trinity University of Asia Quezon City
81 Bukidnon State University Malaybalay City
82 Northwestern University, Philippines Laoag City
83 University of Southern Mindanao Kabacan
84 Bicol University Legazpi City
85 Manuel L. Quezon University Quiapo
86 Philippine School of Business Administration Manila
87 Arellano University Manila
88 Asia Pacific College Makati City
89 Western Philippines University Aborlan
90 FEU Institute of Technology Manila
91 Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila
92 Assumption College San Lorenzo Makati City
93 Aklan State University Banga
94 Colegio de San Juan de Letran Manila
95 Saint Mary's University of Bayombong Bayombong
96 New Era University Quezon City
97 Caraga State University Butuan City
98 Misamis University Ozamiz City
99 Cebu Normal University Cebu City
100 Cebu Doctors' University Mandaue City
101 National Defense College of the Philippines Quezon City
102 Pangasinan State University Lingayen
103 University of San Agustin Iloilo City
104 University of the Assumption City of San Fernando
105 University of Northern Philippines Vigan City
106 Mountain View College Valencia City
107 Isabela State University Echague
108 Cagayan State University Tuguegarao City
109 Philippine Christian University Manila
110 Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University Bacnotan
111 Bohol Island State University Bilar
112 University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao City
113 Capitol University Cagayan de Oro City
114 University of Cebu Cebu City
115 St. Paul University Manila Manila
116 Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation Lucena City
117 Tarlac Agricultural University Camiling
118 University of Bohol Tagbilaran City
119 Father Saturnino Urios University Butuan City
120 Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology Cabanatuan City
121 Cebu Institute of Technology Cebu City
122 Negros Oriental State University Dumaguete City
123 La Salle University, Ozamiz City Ozamiz City
124 Bataan Peninsula State University Balanga City
125 Liceo de Cagayan University Cagayan de Oro City
126 Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation San Carlos City
127 Iloilo Science and Technology University Iloilo City
128 Ateneo de Zamboanga University Zamboanga City
129 Central Colleges of the Philippines Quezon City
130 Ramon Magsaysay Technological University Iba
131 Holy Cross of Davao College Davao City
132 University of Rizal System Tanay
133 Southern Luzon State University Lucban
134 Eastern Visayas State University Tacloban City
135 University of Southern Philippines Foundation Cebu City
136 St. Paul University Philippines Tuguegarao City
137 University of the Visayas Cebu City
138 Samar State University Catbalogan City
139 University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos Bacolod City
140 Saint Pedro Poveda College Quezon City
141 Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication San Juan
142 Sacred Heart College Lucena City
143 Universidad de Zamboanga Zamboanga City
144 Notre Dame of Marbel University Koronadal City
145 La Consolacion College Manila Manila
146 Don Bosco Technical College Mandaluyong City
147 Bulacan Agricultural State College San Ildefonso
148 St. Luke's College of Medicine - WHQM Quezon City
149 University of Perpetual Help System Jonelta City of Biñan
150 St. Louis College Valenzuela Valenzuela City
151 Laguna State Polytechnic University Sta.  Cruz
152 Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College Ilocos Sur
153 Chiang Kai Shek College Manila
154 Nueva Vizcaya State University Bayombong
155 Universidad de Sta. Isabel Naga City
156 Leyte Normal University Tacloban City
157 Aurora State College of Technology Baler
158 Camarines Norte State College Daet
159 Davao Doctors College Davao City
160 Southern Leyte State University Sogod
161 Romblon State University Odiongan
162 Lyceum-Northwestern University Dagupan City
163 St. Paul University Dumaguete Dumaguete City
164 Cor Jesu College Digos City
165 Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges Nabua
166 Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology Sampaloc
167 Filamer Christian University Roxas City
168 PATTS College of Aeronautics Parañaque City
169 San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Cavite Cavite City
170 Capiz State University Roxas City
171 FEATI University Manila
172 The University of Manila Manila
173 Baliuag University Baliuag
174 La Consolacion University Philippines Malolos City
175 Asian Social Institute Manila
176 University of Eastern Philippines Catarman
177 Biliran Province State University Biliran
178 St. Paul University Quezon City Quezon City
179 Sorsogon State College Sorsogon City
180 Catanduanes State University Virac
181 Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology Zamboanga City
182 The National Teachers College Manila
183 Lipa City Colleges Lipa City
184 Wesleyan University-Philippines Cabanatuan City
185 Saint Jude College Manila
186 Santa Isabel College Manila
187 Central Philippine Adventist College Murcia
188 University of Antique Sibalom
189 Notre Dame of Dadiangas University City of General Santos
190 Lourdes College Cagayan de Oro City
191 St. Paul University Iloilo Iloilo City
192 Cebu Institute of Medicine Cebu City
193 College of the Holy Spirit Manila
194 Partido State University Goa
195 St. Paul University Surigao Surigao City
196 Meycauayan College Meycauayan City
197 University of Luzon Dagupan City
198 Olivarez College Parañaque City
199 Quirino State University Diffun
200 St. Joseph's College of Quezon City Quezon City

Check out also the list of schools ranked 201-230:

Rank University Location
201 Abra State Institute of Science and Technology Lagangilang
202 Palawan State University Puerto Princesa City
203 Surigao del Sur State University Tandag
204 Northern Luzon Adventist College Pangasinan
205 Pasig Catholic College Pasig City
206 Colegio de Dagupan Dagupan City
207 Eastern Samar State University Borongan
208 Saint Joseph Institute of Technology Butuan City
209 Saint Michael's College of Laguna Biñan City
210 National College of Business and Arts Quezon City
211 Holy Trinity University Puerto Princesa City
212 Guimaras State College Buenavista
213 Western Institute of Technology Iloilo City
214 Siena College of Taytay Taytay
215 University of La Salette Santiago City
216 University of Cagayan Valley Tuguegarao City
217 Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University Bacolor
218 Union Christian College City of San Fernando
219 Notre Dame of Kidapawan College Kidapawan City
220 Notre Dame University Cotabato City
221 University of Iloilo - PHINMA Iloilo City
222 Republic Central Colleges Angeles City
223 St. Mary's College Quezon City
224 Asian Institute of Maritime Studies Pasay City
225 University of Pangasinan Dagupan City
226 Marinduque State College Boac
227 STI West Negros University Bacolod City
228 Guagua National Colleges Guagua
229 La Consolacion College Iriga City
230 Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology Claveria
230 Christ the King College Calbayog City

In Asia, Chinese institutions Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Fudan University and Guangxi University took the Top 3 spots. King Saud University in Saudi Arabia and National University of Singapore ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Stanford University in the United States dominated again this year's global ranking.

According to their website, the uniRank University Ranking aims to provide an approximate ranking of world Universities and Colleges based upon their web presence and popularity in terms of estimated traffic, trust/authority and quality link popularity. The algorithm includes 5 unbiased and independent web metrics: Moz Domain Authority, Alexa Global Rank, SimilarWeb Global Rank, Majestic Referring Domains and Majestic Trust Flow.

This is especially intended to help international students and academic staff to understand how popular a specific University or College is in a foreign country.

Unirank's web-based, non-academic University ranking has been published since May 2005. Since its inception, the "ranking methodology has been periodically fine-tuned in order to provide better results."

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