Here Are The 16 Filipino Universities That Made It To 2023 QS Asia University Rankings


The 2023 Quacquarelli Asia University Rankings have recently been revealed. And compared to the 15 Filipino college schools that were able to rank last year, 16 have made it this time. Would you like to know which universities landed a spot in the latest edition of this prestigious list? Then keep on reading because we'll be discussing them right here.


Listed below are the 16 colleges in the Philippines that made it to the 2023 QS Asia University Rankings 2023:


University of the Philippines (rank: #87, score: 47)

Taking the lead once again is the University of the Philippines. Considered the national university, UP has been one of the top-tier college schools in the country since its inception in 1908. It currently offers hundreds of courses related to different fields and has 17 campuses nationwide. UP is also one of the “Big Four” universities in the country.


Ateneo De Manila University (rank: 134, score: 34.7)

The second-highest Filipino college school in the 2023 QS Asia list is no other than Atene De Manila University. With a history dating as far back as 1859, Ateneo De Manila has become one of the leading and most competitive private schools in the Philippines. It is also the alma mater of some of the most notable Filipinos in our history, such as Dr. Jose Rizal, the late former presidents Corazon Aquino and her son Benigno Aquino III, Antonio Luna, former senator Mar Roxas II, Cardinal Luis Tagle, and Miss Lea Salonga.

ADMU currently offers over 150 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree courses. And similar to UP, Ateneo De Manila is also one of the “Big Four” universities in the Philippines.   


De La Salle University (rank: 171, score: 29.5)

Maintaining its position as the third-highest Filipino university in the latest QS Asia Rankings is De La Salle University. Lauded as one of the most prominent educational institutions in the country, DLSU has been the go-to place for students looking to receive high-quality education and develop their skills to excel in whichever field they choose to establish their future careers in. And yes, DLSU is a part of the “Big Four” universities as well.


University of Santo Tomas (rank: 175, score: 29)

Next on the list of Filipino schools that made it to the 2023 QS Asia Rankings is the oldest college in the county (and a member of the “Big Four”) – the University of Santo Tomas. Founded in 1611, UST has offered top-notch academic programs that have helped countless students achieve great things in their respective fields of study. In fact, this prestigious university is the alma mater of notable personalities such as Ildefonso Santos, Angel Locsin, Kiefer Ravena, Cardinal Jose Advincula, and Arnold Clavio.


Ateneo De Davao University (rank: 551 – 600)

Landing as the fifth-highest Filipino college school in the latest QS Asia Rankings is another educational institution under the Ateneo network – the Ateneo De Davao University, or more commonly known as ADDU. Established in 1948 by the American Jesuits, this private college school has earned tons of impressive recognition for delivering top-notch education and services to its students. It is one of the most sought-after universities in the southern regions of the country.


Silliman University (rank: 551 – 600)

Also included in the list is the first protestant school established in the Philippines, Silliman University. Situated in Dumaguete City, this private educational institution was built in 1901 as an elementary school by Dr. Horace Silliman along with missionaries of the Presbyterian Church from the United States of America, thus making it the first and oldest American-established university in Asia. Nowadays, Silliman University is known for its academic excellence, high standards, countless recognitions, and unique student population.


Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (rank: 601 – 650)

Since its establishment in 1968 as part of the Mindanao State University System, the MSU – Iligan Institute of Technology has been delivering academic excellence, especially in science and technology. It also prides itself as an educational institution that develops the students' research skills to their maximum capability and promotes community development. This university gathered countless recognitions and has produced graduates who have found success in their respective fields.


Saint Louis University (rank: 651 – 700)

Securing a place in the 2023 QS Asia Rankings is another popular and highly competitive private Filipino college school – Saint Louis University. Built in 1911, this Baguio-based university has been the go-to spot for students looking to appreciate the beauty of the place while studying well-curated courses that can help them reach their full potential. SLU currently offers about 10 undergraduate and 8 post-graduate programs, has over 25,000 students, and boasts 30 buildings inside its campus.


Xavier University (rank: 651 – 700)

Xavier University – Ateneo De Cagayan, or just Xavier University / XU for short, is another college school that made it to the latest QS Asia Ranking. This university, which is also a part of Ateneo's system of schools, was founded in 1933 and started as a secondary school for boys. Since then, the university went through constant developments and has become one of the leading privately-owned educational institutions in the country.


Adamson University (rank: 701 – 750)

Making another appearance in the QS Asia Rankings for 2023 is Adamson University. Before being recognized as a university in 1941, this educational institution – founded by Greek chemist George Lucas Adamson – first started as the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry in 1932. At present, AdU has about 10 colleges nationwide and offers around 54 courses. Some of its notable alumni include Peng Nepomucemo, Hector Calma, and Carmen Lamagna.


Cebu Technological University (rank: 701-750)

Included in the latest QS Asia Ranking List is Cebu Technological University, also known as Cebu Tech or just CTU for short. CTU’s long history can be traced back to 1911, but it only achieved its state university status in 2009 with the help of Republic Act No. 9744. Cebu Tech currently has over 24 campuses (including its extensions) and courses in different fields, such as technology, agriculture, and engineering.


Central Luzon State University (rank: 701 – 750)

This educational institution in Nueva Ecija is one of the most acclaimed college schools in the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia due to the research studies it published in the field of aquatic culture. CLSU started in 1907 as the Central Luzon Agriculture (CLAS) before becoming Central Luzon Agricultural College (CLAC) in 1950 and ultimately, Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in 1964. It offers 70 programs (bachelor's, master's, and doctorate) in various fields and serves as the headquarters of three government agencies.


Central Mindanao University (rank: 701 – 750)

The 15th Filipino college school to enter the latest QS Asia Rankings is Central Mindanao University. This Bukidnon-based university started as the Mailag Industrial School in 1910, making it one of the first universities in that part of the country. And since then, CMU has garnered many recognitions for its academic programs from various groups, such as the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP). Nowadays, CMU offers 72 programs (bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate) and has 10 colleges set in different locations.


Lyceum of the Philippines University (rank: 701 – 750)

Last but most definitely not the least is Lyceum of the Philippines University. Founded in 1954 by the third president of the country Dr. Jose P. Laurel, this internationally acclaimed co-educational university has established itself as one of the leading providers of academic excellence in the country. It has bagged several awards and accreditations, like the Philippine Quality Award for Commitment to Quality Management and the Level 4 PACUCOA-Reaccredited Status for its HRM program.


Final Words

And there you have it, these are the 16 Filipino universities that made it to the 2023 QS Asia Ranking List. Click each name or use the Find a University feature of CourseFinder to find more information about them and see if they'll be a great place to spend your college years.