FULL LIST: 2021 Top 200 Most Popular Universities in the Philippines Online

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines - Diliman (UPD) is still the most popular university in the Philippines, according to the 2021 Ranking of Philippine Universities, a non-academic result revealing online popularity as released recently by UniRank (formerly 4 International Colleges & Universities or 4icu.org), an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited institutions in the world.

2021 Top 200 Most Popular Universities in the Philippines Online

"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.


The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) followed while De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila overtook University of Santo Tomas (UST) on third place. The latter was ranked fifth this year.

University of the Philippines System (UPS) was ranked fourth.

Completing the top 10 are Silliman University, University of the Philippines - Manila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of San Carlos and Mapúa University.

The 2021 Philippine University Ranking of 232 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 2021:

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

Check out also the list of schools ranked 201-232:

Rank University Town
201 Lipa City Colleges Lipa City
202 Lourdes College Cagayan de Oro City
203 Saint Michael's College of Laguna Biñan City
204 St. Joseph's College of Quezon City Quezon City
205 Saint Jude College Manila
206 Guimaras State College Buenavista
207 Sorsogon State College Sorsogon City
208 Romblon State University Odiongan
209 University of Cagayan Valley Tuguegarao City
210 Republic Central Colleges Angeles City
211 Union Christian College City of San Fernando
212 St. Paul University Surigao Surigao City
213 Notre Dame University Cotabato City
214 University of La Salette Santiago City
215 Holy Trinity University Puerto Princesa   City
216 Saint Joseph Institute of Technology Butuan City
217 Colegio de Dagupan Dagupan City
218 STI West Negros University Bacolod City
219 Abra State Institute of Science and Technology Lagangilang
220 St. Mary's College Quezon City
221 Quirino State University Diffun
222 Notre Dame of Kidapawan College Kidapawan City
223 Western Institute of Technology Iloilo City
224 Asian Institute of Maritime Studies Pasay City
225 Siena College of Taytay Taytay
226 Marinduque State College Boac
227 Guagua National Colleges Guagua
228 Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University Bacolor
Unranked Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology Claveria
Unranked The University of Manila Manila
Unranked Christ the King College Calbayog City
Unranked La Consolacion College Iriga City

In Asia, Chinese institutions Xi'an Jiaotong University, Peking University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University took the Top 3 spots.

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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  1. usually, those in the top universities of the Philippines list have big campuses

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