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."

    Do you think your school was accurately ranked based on online popularity? Tell us in the comments.

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


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