Top Universities and Colleges in Cebu, Philippines


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University of San Jose Recoletos
USJ-R is the center for excellence. Students are humble, discipline, and most especially knows how to work as a FAMILY "TEAM". They do not misjudged other schools, but instead of, they respect them as how they respected their selves.

One of the best school that has a core values of I. N. S. P. I. R. E... Means

Interiority - The enthusiasm to live out one's life as an authentic witness of God, being maka Diyos, makatao, makapamilya.

Nationalism - The loyalty to ones own country by developing a profound sense of national consciousness, appreciation of distinct culture, preservation of the environment among other endeavors.

Service - The willingness, availability and readiness to share generously ones time, resources and expertise to the institution.

Pioneerism - Being at the forefront in the pursuit of new ideas and better ways of doing things.

Integrity - The living of a virtuous Christian life worthy of emulation

Reliability - The ability to respond diligently to the expectations in relation to ones roles and tasks using sound judgement.

Excellence - The desire to transcend onself towards higher levels of achievement.

Josenians Keep moving Forward! ADELANTE!
Right.. You say you are the best university in Cebu? Have you seen your school in Top 10 Universities in the Philippines lately?
USJ-R is simply just amazing. They do not only settle for "ok" but what they ask is the best from their students. The student's are well disciplined. Others might underestimate this school because of the environment it belongs but as the saying goes "Don't judge the book by it's cover".
Being an only Industrial Engineering program outside Luzon awarded as CENTER OF DEVELOPMENT.
[Newest]Their READS Scholars are trained to serve well the institution. The students are not just trained to excel in academe but also in different aspects of life such as service, reliability, and integrity.
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2University of San Carlos
Tradition of excellence for 400years since founded by Jesuits from Spain and eventually became a university in 1948 under the stewardship of SVD missionaries from Netherlands, Germany, US. CHED has designated USC as Center of Excellence in Chemistry, Teacher's & science Education, Anthropology & Sociology and Center for Development of 11 academic programs in chemical engg'g; civil, computer, mechanical, electrical, electronics & communications, industrial eng'g, architecture, biology, physics and business administration / mgmnt. PRC has rated USC among high passing percentages in board exams in Accountancy, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Industrial & Civil Eng'g, Architecture, Chemists, Pharmacists. Supreme Court has ranked USC college of Law among the top 10 law schools nationwide, the only school in Cebu to be ranked among top 20 in the Phils. Based on QS rating of Asia.
USC four campuses such the main campus in downtown Cebu City which is national heritage being among the oldest school in the. Phils, it's sprawling100 hectares campus in Talamban, Cebu City which has state of the art buildings, facilities, laboratories, engineering workshops, research centers, modern church, dormitories, one of the largest university Libraries & learning center, fine arts theater and soon Sports Stadium. Indeed USC is among the Phils top universitie with highly qualified and specialized faculty instructers & professors with the most masters & PhDs in Cebu trained abroad such as Japan, US, Europe; most of all the Carolinian students and Alumni are noted leaders in their fields locally and abroad; Carolinian engineers, chemists, marine biologists, physicists, architects, pharmacists, accountants, business mgmt specialist, lawyers and teachers are highly regarded professionals in industry, business, private and public sectors. Prestigious alumni include Phil. President, senators, justice of supreme court, 'associate justices of court of appeals, cabinet. Secretaries, billionaire business magnate, presidents/CEOs of top corporations, among others.
USC has most modern infrastructure among universities in visayas and mindanao. With the latest state of the art buildings and facilities at the Talamban campus is the largest libraries and learning center as well new buildings for sciences laboratories; architecture & fine arts with spacious theater and fine arts, filming studio; the allied health sciences building housing the schools of pharmacy & nursing; new dormitories while existing buildings for college of engineering and the sciences where upgraded with state-of-the-art laboratories for instruction and research such a natural products research laboratory of chemistry dept. ; biophysics & medical physics research laboratory; molecular biology lab; CNC machines, mechatronics & robotics lab for ME, ECE; micro electronics / PCB desugn & fabrication lab for ECE; biotech/bio-engineering and analytical instrumentation labs (high tech GC FID, ECD, TCD and HPLC UV-Vis, FTRI; total carbon analyzer; AAS instruments lab for ChE & chemistry research; hydrology lab for CE; new boiler lab; among others; coming years sports stadium will rise in Talamban campus making it a truly university city village with complete amenities to develop creativity, innovation, well rounded, globally oriented, science & technology research institution. The USC main campus which is one of national historical landmarks is preserved and maintained and houses the schools of economics, business; Law and the graduate school with new law school building and modern facilities, as well the faculty professors, instructors, non-teaching staff have most number of PhDs, Masters among universities in the visayas with specialization, researches, publications thus the CHED have recognized USC as centers of excellence in chemistry' science education, anthropology & sociology; as well centers of development in 11 programs; chemical, civil, computer, electrical, electronics, industrial & mechanical engineering; architecture; business administration & mgmt; biology & marine biology; physics.

USC is among the top universities with tradition of academic excellence, Research and Publications. It's the only university in Cebu and few in the visayas such as Silliman you that have research centers, professors and faculty members with research publications presented locally and abroad. The USC research infrastructure are the USC Museum, Cebuano Studies Center; Business Resource Center. CHED Regional Research Center housed in the main campus. While in Talamban campus are Science & technology research centers/ laboratories which are; Office of Population Studies (social sciences); Water Resource Center, Water Laboratory; Biological Museum; Nature and Botanical Garden Park; Research Laboratories for Bio-engineering / Biotechnology (ChE dept. ); Hydrology & Soils engineering (civil en'g. Dept; waste treatment & environmental eng'g (ChE dept); mechatronics, robotics & CNC machining / CAM/ CAE (ME, ECE dept); microelectronics & PCB design & fabrication (ECE dept); Natural products R& D (chemistry dept. ); biophysics & applied medical physics (physics dept); software development (computer eng'g & science dept) and the marine biology research station in Mactan island. All these research centers are linked to San Carlos Publications which publish research outputs and papers in USC science journal.

The SVD fathers from Germany & Netherlands have established the Research and Publications of USC since 1935 when the pioneering SVD missionaries who were scientists with PhDs from leading universities in Europe & US who were assigned in China and were expelled by the Chinese govt. At the outbreak of communism thus Archbishop Gorordo of Cebu invited the SVD to recolate to Cebu and administer the then Colegio de San Carlos from the Vincentian Fathers. Now USC has produced among the country's scientists. Engineers, sociologists, economists with PhDs specialization from leading universities in US, Europe, Japan & Australia serving in various R&D institutions; corporations; locally, nationally and abroad.
[Newest]Number 1 school in Cebu
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3University of Cebu
Atty. Augusto W. Go, the founder of the university, is a kind person. He gives privileges to those who can't afford to go to college. And as a result, many students are encouraged to study and be a topnotcher at board exams :)
A remarkable and dynamic institution for learning, fueled by realistic goals, a virtuous vision, and a mission that aims to produce not only competitive people in the various fields in the industry, but WORLD-CLASS outputs which will be of great significance to the society they live in; inculcating within themselves KNOWLEDGE, INNOVATION, and EXCELLENCE. This is why we, UCnians don't just dub ourselves as "Webmasters" for no apparent reason. We believe that we may be able to become such in the near future. The combined power of the University's standards and its highly- skilled and respectable faculties towards the aim of providing quality education perpetuate every deep-seated fuel of skills and potentials that each student has, making them leaders for development and undeniably, assets in the community. LET'S GO UC!
In UNIVERSITY of CEBU, they don't accept only the BEST, the clever and the most Intelligent students in town, BUT they MAKE them.
[Newest]The University Of Cebu lets student work their minds out. They are making ways and means for students not only to excel in academic aspects but also to be participative in school activities and outside school activities. The university also offers a lot of Scholarship Grants for students. In short, the university is democratizing quality education.
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4Cebu Normal University
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY is a Level 3 Re-accredited institution, awarded as the School of Excellence and is waiting for the result for Level 4 Accreditation conducted on March 2-5, 2011. This school screens all their applicants with a half-day admission test before admitted. In my batch, there were 1,240 applicants for BSN and only the top 10 percent were accepted.

In the July 2010 Nurse Licensure Exams, CNU got 100 percent for first takers with 5 Top Notchers.

Cebu Normal University, in glory and in adversity, with vision we move on!
I really want to study in Cebu Normal University because this is really known in the country as the center of excellence...
Actually, Cebu Normal University already reached level 4 accreditation.
[Newest]Cebu Normal University produce dynamic students. In July 2010, 100% of nursing students take the board exam passed. College of Teacher Education was a very known part of the university because they produce a globally competitive teachers. They produce good and responsible teachers.
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5Cebu Institute of Technology
CIT Tops again!... I was surprise when I was in manila I visited one IT company out of curiosity and I was surprised 6 out of 10 in one department was graduate from CIT... Wow CIT TOPS AGAIN!
When I see pinoy Engineers in the UK and ask them where they are from, I am surprised to know most of them are from Cebu or neighboring provinces and when asked they say that they are all graduates of Cebu Institute of Technology... Just when it was said I became as proud to say I'm a graduate there too...
Cebu Institute of Technology - University is one of the Center of Excellence in Information Technology in the Philippines, an honor which only few schools are granted from the Commission on Higher Education. It is also the home of several board topnotchers and producing quality students.
[Newest]Center of excellence in IT and home of topnotcher engineers

6Cebu Doctor's University
Here at CDU, students are exposed to a multi-cultural experience by interacting with students from different countries. This experience will greatly help in molding their mind and soul as they deal with every challenges in their student life.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has released the Top 20 Nursing Schools in the Philippines for CY 2009 who have met the standards set by the Professional Regulation Commission or PRC.


Top 20 Nursing Schools with 1,000 and more takers.

1. Silliman University - 96.57
2. Saint Louis University - 95.42
3. Trinity University of Asia - 95.06
4. University of Sto. Tomas - 95.06
5. Cebu Doctors' University - 91.89
6. Saint Paul University - 89.79
7. Central Philippine University - 86.72
8. De La Salle University-Health Sciences campus - 85.26
9. Saint Mary's University - 84.10
10. San Pedro College - 83.10
11. Manila Doctors College - 82.56
12. Centro Escolar University-Manila - 81.50
13. Angeles University Foundation - 76.37
14. Mariano Marcos University - 75.55
15. University of San Agustin - 73.25
16. University of Cebu - 70.99
17. Metropolitan Hospital College of Nursing - 70.54
18. Ateneo de Davao University - 70.20
19. San Juan De Dios Education Foundation - 69.91
20. University of St. La Salle - 67.55

November 2009 NLE Top Performing Schools

Cebu Doctors' University is Top 19 with a passing percentage of 74% with 370 takers with repeaters.

Performance of Cebu shools (Physician Licensure Exam February 2010)

Passers / Total Takers / Passing Rate

Cebu Doctors' University - 10 / 12 / 83%
Cebu Institute of Medicine - 3 / 4 / 75%
Gullas College of Medicine - 23 / 63 / 37%
Southwestern University - 32 / 67 / 48%

Yes Cebu Doctor's University offers high quality of education for medical courses. The facilities and the medical equipment used are very high tech and advance unlike other schools which offer medical courses. CDU is quite famous because of their medical training.
Outstanding school for anyone who values excellent education, extremely proud having graduated here as it surely prepared me being mentally ^^ personally respected where ever I set foot anywhere in the world.
[Newest]They are competitive as velez..

7Velez College
We may not have the shebang others have in terms of facilities, Velez College makes it up with the way they teach students with the basics of our chosen profession. In here we believe that quality is always better than quantity. We don't need many students graduating with our name, we need QUALITY and EXCELLENT graduates no matter how few. If you make it here you will make it everywhere for you are equipped with the basics of every procedure thus no more panic attacks when a certain laboratory machinery dies down. but nevertheless, at present the college is beginning to compete in terms of facilities. We are beginning to provide updates to important aspects of the Velezian education be it in terms of laboratory and research to the simple student interaction within our grounds.
Trust me, I'm a an incoming MedTech Sophomore, and freshman year was just pure hell, and by hell, I mean even if ALL the freshman subjects from 1st sem to 2nd sem and Summer classes are all MINORS. The training itself was just, extraordinary, it made you feel like your subjects were MAJORS! This school is no joke, honestly, they train you like how you should be trained, especially in your field of choice. This school is DEAD SERIOUS when it comes to quality education, despite the environment. But hey, it's what's on the outside that counts. If you graduate here, you'll never be afraid of the board exams ever again.
Velez college is one of the best medical school offering pre-med courses. This school has been practicing quality education for more than 40 years and has top the board examinations every year in the field of medical technology, nursing, physical/occupational therapy. This june 2013, velez college-college of nursing tops the nursing licensure examination. If you graduate here, you have proved yourself to be one of the best after all the trainings that you've been through.

[Newest]Training is Superb. When you survive Velez, you can survive anything! Rigorous and fun, challenging and absolutely a one-of-a-kind exercise for the working mind.

8University of the Philippines - Cebu
I strongly agree with the two previous comments!

UP Cebu, indeed, is the best university in Central Visayas. As what its mission says, "UP Cebu will serve the Filipino people, especially those in Central Visayas, by promoting excellent undergraduate and graduate courses, and short-term trainings, which will be anchored on liberal education, human rights, equality, and people empowerment, aimed at addressing the quality of life of its students and other stakeholders. "

After this satellite campus of UPV was bestowed of autonomy from the former last 2010, UP Cebu now aims to be an acknowledged constituent university of the UP System in the next few years. With this, a much better UP will be seen by the Filipino masses.

I am currently an undergraduate student of UP Cebu. Though I admit that the facilities aren't that 'good enough', still QUALITY education is rendered to those deserving Filipino youth who were able to pass the UPCAT and thus entitled Mga Iskolar ng Bayan!

Padayon UP Cebu! STP!
UP-Cebu is the best university in Cebu. It has the best students and the best teachers which are the most important factors of a university. Students here a strictly screened through the UPCAT(U. P. College Admission Test). No school in Cebu can come to par with this. The school will be expanding and will soon become a constituent unit of the UP System.


UP is THE National University! The screening for incoming students is very tough. Not everyone can be admitted. So it is expected that only the best of the best can enter the university. AND the entrance exam, though very challenging, is the easiest to hurdle--staying in UP and graduating from UP are more difficult to accomplish... GOOD LUCK to all those aspiring to join the best of the best!
[Newest]UP is the melting pot of the great, the talented, the intellects of the whole region of central visayas.

9University of the Visayas
University of the Visayas is the university with a heart. If you are a visayanian you never regret to enrolled this university because If I'm not mistaken 80% of the students are working Students or working scholars, working in the fast food chains, salesladies, securities, offices, drivers or any blue collar jobs. Very Independent, diligent and smart. Why? Because they can stand alone without the financial support of the parents for those has brains but lack of financing but they wanted to have a bachelor's degree course thru UV but the moral support of the parent is equivalent 200% to the total effort as an independent student... Thank's GOD UV because You can't protect your future without UV...
This University is not only excellent and pioneering in education and also we are good in terms of sports. One of our best serve in our University is our Basketball player where they build top and player in Central Visayas. Most of the varsity players they are not only trained in sports but they are good in education too.. Because they have trained to balance themselves to gain success in all aspects of their lives, because for them that's the key to reach their goal! We proudly represent that most of our varsity players are qualified for PBA where only the best player qualify for the said events...

And here's the list of Top 3 University Basketball Team in Cebu:

1 University of the Visayas (UV)- 9th Straight Consecutive Year Champion since 2001-2009

2 University of Cebu (UC) - 2 Consecutive Champion since 2010-2011

3 Southwestern University - 2013 Champion
University of the Visayas, The best university for me, Why? It's because all teacher's and professor's are good and they do understand the situation of each student's and they give privileges to those who are poor by giving discounts for those who are excellent in academic and sports. So, I can say that my Alma Mater is soaring high!
[Newest]An excellent school with reasonable tuition and a strong curriculum. Should be highly ranked here.
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10Southwestern University
Always say... Southwestern university where excellence is a virtue... Nice environment and nice faculty members and staff... Its a worldwide institution because of the foreigners schooling here...
southwestern is a school of hopes, chances, and
fulfillment I love swu.
Southwestern University is really a true home of virtue, knowledge and excellence. It's nature-friendly environment makes it a famous location for board examinations. It is facilitated with complete working facilities. The teachers provide quality education and they were also very friendly and approachable. Now, tell me where you want to school? Come and join the growing population of Graduates of Southwestern University...
[Newest]Where excellence is a virtue ☺
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The Contenders

11Asian College of Technology
The best Computer School in CEBU... In connection to that, ACT awarded as BEst Computer School by the National Council for Product and Service Quality for 5 consecutive years...
I am an Alumni in Asian College of Technology and I am proud to have my learnings in this institution... And now I mastered my Animation and Designing Skills... Fly High ACT!
Asian College of Technology is a dynamic educational institution with esteemed professionalism committed to develop highly competent and globally competitive individuals.
Asian college of technology was spearheaded by a supernatural, extraordinary, witty, and a benevolent cebuano who was unselfish in sharing what he had learn't as he was a student. He exceeds a lot and founded A.C.T., so it means that this school has a quality of teachings and was aiming to fly high or soar high... If you graduate in this institution, or in this denomination, you will be able to get your job as fast as you want to.. Because A.C.T. is globally competitive that brings you to success.
[Newest]I am happy to hear this.. I love my educational institution, I learned a lot because of this school.

12University of Southern Philippines Foundation
Yes. Because I studied there. During my time. The facilities are now improving as well with the management. Please have a survey to this school.
For those who will conduct the survey. Do not just look into the popularity of the school. But the management, student, facilities, staff, profs and the school it self.
I think this school deserves to be apart of top 10 university in cebu..
The campus is perfect to quality education with excellent facilities and approachable professors. A well known school of social work in the country with graduates who are occupying managerial positions.
[Newest]The best school for social work profession and many other course

13Cebu Technological University
This school has the best training in terms of education. Lecture is useless if you can't apply what you've learn from it... This school focuses on applications for the students to discover more on their hidden skills and to give them more self-confidence...
CTU is one of the leading universities in Cebu. The school offers affordable tuition fees. The education system is more excellence. Many students were top especially engineering, education, nursing and so on. And there are also many became professionals. The students are highly trained.
I agree.. Some of the classes starts at 7:00 and the professors were really strict when it talks about time. I can say that they really well-trained the students, for they just preparing them for their Job in the future.
Excellent school! More on application than Lectures! Best school for me!
[Newest]This school has the best training in terms of education. Lecture is useless if you can't apply what you've learn from it... This school focuses on applications for the students to discover more on their hidden skills and to give them more self-confidence...

14St. Theresa's College
Always got a 1005 in LET EXAm
Theresians are very well-mannered, have class and are trained to be excellent leaders of our community. They are friendly and courteous to all. Well known for being great speakers.
Never forget to pray to God, even at the hardest times.

15De La Salle Andres Soriano Memorial College
Excellence is not just our standard it's our way of life.
One of the best.

16Sacred Heart School - Ateneo de Cebu

17Salazar Colleges of Sciences and Institute of Technology
This school does not deserve to be even in the top 100; poor class management by under qualified instructors. Poorly developed program materials, lack of textbooks, substandard classrooms etc... Place is something of a diploma mill
This school gives a luminescent torch of hope to all dreamers who are infected by poverty by proving the famous cliche which says: "Poverty is not the hindrance to success"
Very affordable tuition fee.

18Indiana Aerospace University

19AMA Computer University
I'm proud to be at AMA...

20Datamex Institute of Computer Technology
Despite being a neophyte in the field of learning it has afforded to extend scholarships to deserving students.
It had no votes. Duh.

21Cebu Eastern College
Does this school having a entrance exam?

22Talisay City State College - Cebu
One of most promising college in our country today
Low & very affordable tuition fee
A school of discipline...

23Saint Louis College- Cebu
WOW! Amazing this school is the best. it had their famous and the most strictest rule about their English drive. you must speak English anytime inside of this school. this school is just located in maguikay, mandaue city. this is owned by the cicm priestsand they have at least 10 campusses here in the Philippines... STUDY HERE NOW! Just call 345-1228

24Professional Academy of the Philippines

25Britech Interface College
Britech is the most advance computer learning school, everything you want to learn about computer is here, you'll regret if you are not going to enroll here! YOU want to learn about hacking? , tracking? , turning on/off all the cellphones? , in this college you'll know all of it, trust me
I love this college

26Cebu Roosevelt Memorial College
School has no modern recognizable approach online. One would think that its graduates or members of the institution's faculty would somehow be illuminated enough via their education to create a website of its own. I have several friends who have dropped out and/or transferred out because of the substandard and poorly developed core materals. Most had good study habits but were unhappy with the lack of course supplement. Very low passing levels by students of Education via first exam let in Cebu...

27St. Catherine's College

28Royal Christian College

29St. Joseph's School of Mactan

30Lyceum of Cebu
Lyceum of cebu is one of the school that has a big heart to all working students...
Lyceum of cebu gives 50% to all working students

31Colegio de la Inmaculda Concepcion

32Mt. Moriah College

33Informatics College
I am looking forward to affiliate with your institution I have a college in Papua New Guinea the demand is very high here
Highly technological with an internationally-based system and worldwide accreditation. It's main campus is in Singapore with others all over the world. The school provides our countrymen the chance for an internationally-acllaimed manner of education which is accreditaed worldwide, thus, job opportunities will not be hard to find
Is this colleges accept a scholarship student?
[Newest]The best school and very approachable staff and employees

34Rogationist Seminary College Cebu
Produces competent and god-fearing citizens and creative thinking semenarians.

35Center for Industrial Technology & Enterprise
If were talking about the best education

36St. Paul College - Cebu

37Philippine Air Force College of Aeronautics

38Talisay Malayan Academy

39Consolatrix College of Toledo City
Bonggacious! The best in Toledo! There's a big difference when you are a CONSOLATRICIANS!


41Cebu Aeronautical Technical School

42Mandaue City College

43Don Bosco Technology Center

44Felipe R. Verallo Memorial Foundation College

45San Roque Child Development School Montessori

46GT Northeast Academy

47Concord Technical Institute

48Madridejos Community College
MCC offers an excellent educational system in Bantayan Island. Low tuition fee. This institution is a semi-public school that serves as a "School For The Poor."

49Centre for International Education

50International Academy of Film & Television

51College of Technological Sciences

52San Carlos Seminary College

53Royal Oaks International School

54Northern Cebu College

55Saint Thomas Aquinas School Montessori

56East Visayan Academy

57Divino Amore Academy

58Cebu City Medical Center College of Nursing

59Cordova College

60St. Francis Academy, Balamban

61Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University

62St. Joseph's Academy - Mandaue City

63Samboan National High School

64Colegio de San Antonio de Padua

65Madridejos National High School
Former Madridejos Provincial High School.
This School competes not only in the entire Island but also in the whole Philippines. A lot of Professionals came from this School.

66Divine Mercy Computer College

67Bethany Christian School

68Araneta Learning Center - Bogo

69Larmen De Guia Memorial College

70Rosemont Hills Montessori College

71Tungkay National School

72Tojong Medical College

73City of Bogo Science and Arts Academy

74Benedicto College

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