10 of the Best Schools to Consider if You Are an Aspiring Architecture Student

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by Katrina Golamco   |  Dec 29, 2021
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The year 2021 is about to end, and we are already close to starting a new year — a new school year even for students. And now is the perfect time for incoming college students to pick out the best school that fits their chosen course!

Every year, the list of the best colleges and universities for certain courses grows and changes as it goes beyond the usual big four schools we usually recognize, especially for the Architecture course, being one of the most popular and sought after college courses here in the Philippines. 

See below the list of the best and top-performing schools to consider to have the best education that will shape your future in the Architecture career path you aspire to go through!

Note: In no particular order, this list is based on the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) statistics on the Top Performing Architecture Schools (“having 50 or more examinees passed and with at least 80 percent overall passing percentage”) in the Philippines for the past five years. No school had been qualified for the August 2021 Architecture Board Exam. 

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10 of the best architecture schools in the Philippines

University of Santo Tomas (Sampaloc, Manila)

University of Santo Tomas (UST) has been the only consistent university to hold a position in the ranking of the top performers since 2014. The university had these passing rates from 2020-2017 respectively: 92.86 percent, 84.29 percent, 85.71 percent, 83.26 percent. 

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Mapua Univeristy (Intramuros, Manila)

In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Mapua University had passing rates of 81.48 percent, 84.31 percent, 80.39 percent, respectively. 

University of San Carlos (Cebu City, Cebu)

In 2019, University of San Carlos (USC) ranked second highest with an 89.69 percent passing rate or 87 out of 97 passed the boards. While in 2014, they garnered a flat 90 percent passing rate.

Technological University of the Philippines (Ermita, Manila)

Technological University of the Philippines, or TUP, is one of the known Architecture schools in the Philippines. Out of 94 schools in 2019, the university ranked fifth with a passing rate of 84.31 percent. 

University of the Philippines - Diliman (Diliman, Quezon City)

Although UP Diliman has not been included in the list of top-performing architecture schools for the past years—mainly because their number of examinees does not reach the qualifying quantity—from 2017 to 2021, they managed to maintain their passing rate of 100 percent. 

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Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Main (Sta. Mesa, Manila)

In June 2019, out of 68 examinees from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 57 passed the licensure board exam, giving the school a passing rate of 83.82 percent, which put them in sixth place of top-performing schools amongst 94 schools for that year. 

De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde (Malate, Manila)

In January 2017, June 2019, January 2020, and August 2021, the college managed to maintain its passing rate above 80 percent, a performance that is already highly commended by institutions. The college even managed to rank third in the June 2019 list with an 85.45 percent passing rate. 

De La Salle University - Dasmariñas (Dasmariñas, Cavite)

De La Salle University - Dasmariñas (DLSU-D) has also provided promising passing rates every year, maintaining an above 80 percent on January 2017, January and June 2018, June 2019, and January 2020. 

Ateneo de Davao University (Davao City, Davao del Sur)

Ateneo de Davao University also holds a reputation of holding a high passing rate each year in the Architecture licensure exam. From its highest passing rate of 93.75 percent in January 2019 and above 80 percent in the past years since 2017, the university is considered one of the best. 

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University of the Philippines - Mindanao (Tugbok District, Davao City)

UP Mindanao has also been regarded as one of the best schools for Architecture since, from 2016-2018, all 48 first-timer examinees passed culminating in a 100 percent passing rate for those four years. 

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