Top Universities and Colleges in Cebu, Philippines

The Top Ten

University 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 ...more

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 ...more

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& ...more

Locally and abroad USC alumni are among the leaders in business, industry, professional practice, community and public service. For those graduates of 1970's to 1980's prominent alumni include the following industry leaders which include top export business magnates in the Phils. Such as the former Benson Dakay founder, chairman of the board, CEO of Shemberg Biotech Corp. The largest carrageenan manufacturer and exporter of the Phils. ; Mr. Justin Uy considered the "mango king of the Phils. " chairman of the board & CEO of Profoods International Corp. The largest mango and tropical fruit processing company and exporter in the Phils. (Mr. Dakay & Uy) are both awardees of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Phils. , Presidential Awards for Entrepreneurship; Outstanding Carolinian USC Alumni, Top Exporters Awards, Outstanding Chemical Engineer of the Phils. For Entreprenuership (Mr. Uy); Mr. Jack Gaisano chairman of the board and CEO of Metro Gaisano Corp and chain of stores ...more

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


Right.. You say you are the best university in Cebu? Have you seen your school in Top 10 Universities in the Philippines lately?


Yes. A resounding yes. But as I read from top to bottom each school seemed to claim the number 1 spot. I don't see the relevance. I have a childhood friend, only a high school graduate, successful with his own business, got a lot of assets and a God-fearing religious fellow. One time we met each other at the church'car park. I asked him, why didn't you park your car in front so you'll be the first to get out? He humbly replied, "It's ok. I don't need to hurry. I want to give that chance to others.

Simple yet so inspiring! Many have learned God's humble ways. But only few have emulated and applied those ways in real life.

I think this school should be the leading school in cebu simply because the students from this school excel in different kinds field of endeavor.. The school itself teaches its student to have faith in God.. To be family oriented and know how to serve the community by helping those in need individual.. The school has a state of the arts facilities.. They have their hometel for their harm and tourism students they have their own radio and T.V. station for their masscomm students.. They have their very huge library consest thousands of books.. That's why I choose this school

University of Cebu

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!

I hope you will give time to entertain those students who wish to apply as working student in your institutions that believing they can progress their talents, skills and knowledge through subject matter.
I just heard some news that those applicants who applying that have no connection inside the campus wouldn't easy to avail the previllge.
I'm hoping that does not the real reason behind.
Thank you and more power.

University of Cebu boasts its brilliant and multi-awarded students every year. We produce world class seafarers, nurses, hoteliers, it specialists, accountants, engineers and we always get spots in licensure exams. We always bring out the best in every student.
We also have international scholarships and employements such as the Norwegian Shipowners Association, International Maritime Employers Corp, Australian Trade Training Course (HRM).
Because in UC, you get more and pay less.

I am a proud student of University of Cebu. Though I am still a new student of this school, I already encountered things which could indeed give me enough perceptions on how to become a good citizen of this country. Despite of the big fact that this school is not well-equipped of things like those of USJR and USC, I could proudly say that UC is the best, for they build students with great intellectual capacities and principles in life. More power to us all. BIBA UCnians

Cebu 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!

Cebu Normal University has Level 4 accreditation for the College of Nursing and Teacher Education and is the first HEI to have achieve such honors! It is Region 7's Center of Nursing Excellence and the Region 7's Center fof Teacher Development. CNU has produced 12 Topnotchers in 2012 and 3 Topnotchers in 2013 in the Nursing Licensure Examinations with 100% passing percentage. It is also one of the three Best Performing Schools in the Nursing Licensure Exams. It has produce 3 topnotchers in the 2012 Licensure Examinations for Teachers!

Considered to be the premier School for Education and Nursing in the Visayas. It is the cheapest HEI in Cebu, but offers High quality education, being true to its motto; Quality wit h Integrity

CNU is sometimes called Cebu Nursing University. The college of nursing is one of the best nursing schools because even if cnu don't have the hospital still it produced a quality graduates. The college of Educationl in CNU is the bread and butter of the university hence 90% of the graduates are employed and 10% are under employed Hence others work in bpo. The quality and love for work is highly performed in the work place by education, nursing and arts and sciences graduates. Indeed, CNU is our ticket to the world.

Many of the students in cebu really want to study in this university but not all of them can study in CNU although it is affordable but other student will not qualified to their requirements specially of their entrance exam. Almost 100 percent of their students are academically tested because they don't accept students that has a 80 below grades and must have a 85 average.

University of the Visayas The University of the Visayas is an educational institution located at Cebu City, Philippines. It is billed as the first school in the entire province of Cebu who gained a university status.

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 is the "first University in Cebu". That's why, I chose this school as my Alma Mater. As for me, I am very proud because this school is committed to the best education to the masses. It is the source of numerous professionals since before and more effective field practice and exercise to their own respective profession all over the country. So, UV leads to academic excellence.

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!

Cebu Institute of Technology

It is a UNIVERSITY of the NEW ERA... granted University status at present standards and not like any other school that started as a university when established at ancient standards. Students are less exposed to malls due to its location and are molded with values to develop working ethics of doing ordinary things extraordinarilly... and despite its humble beginings, CIT never stopped in producing TOPNOTCHERS in different courses... 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...

Simply the best! If you are smart, hard working, creative and willing to top in your choice of education, then CIT will help you with that decision. CIT has produced the best and the brightest graduates in Cebu and beyond. Surely, the education you'll get is worth the time and value for money. CIT tops again that's the mantra!

CIT - UNIVERSITY is the BEST University! It is where learning is fun and interesting. Molding every students not only ACADEMICALLY BUT they trained every technologian to become a GOOD LEADER in the future as well. Facilities are provided by the school so that students are fully equipped with knowledge and hands on experience. CIT-U TOPS AGAIN! ALL HAIL MAROON AND GOLD!

University 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 ...more

The University of the Philippines Cebu is no less than any UP campuses. Valuing honor before excellence, this University truly produces competent and great graduates that the Philippines can ever have. UP brings out the best in each of its students and pushes them to do more than better. With well published researchers and research-centered faculty members, UPCEBU indeed, is the best University in the Province.

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!

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.

Cebu 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 ...more

Primum Homo Esto--Let Him First Be a Man. Cebu Doctors' University has always been true to this. It is one of the best medical schools in the Philippines. The students are respectful, compassionate and dedicated. It is equipped with advanced facilities and competent faculty to meet excellence and produce graduates who are true to their profession.

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.

Velez 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.


Medtech in Velez goes beyond my expectations. It will make you think back how you get in here in the first place because of the discipline that squeezes out the best in you during your 3rd year life and there could be no greater achievement in the medtech field than to make it up here. It's the discipline here that makes out all the difference.

Southwestern University

My Alma Mater... I had wonderful learning experiences at South Western University back in my college years. I admired the facilities provided by the school, they have the best of what a school should have, and environment very conducive for learning. I remember the school had so many foreign students, which means internationally accredited. Great faculty members and school produced a lot of top notchers. I am proud I graduated from South Western University, Cebu. Thumbs up!

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...

More foreigner students studying in this institution and their curriculum is worldwide granted and credited. They produced competitive graduates in competitive era. They always produced board topnotch students and lead every Filipino to excel in other countries because of their excellent education. They are striving for excellent...

I like southwestern because of very high technology like having good facilities one of this is the elevator it could you give you comfortable in going upstairs. Very nice faculty and staff they have good service to the students. The learning was so great, you have to be fill success in southwestern university.

The Contenders

University 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.

As far as I enrolled here, the strategies towards teaching here is for global arena exposure. The quality of styles never focus in discussion itself, there is a satisfaction of a holistic formation of their clientele.

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.

We may be just few, but distinctly matters in MANAGING UPON ONESELF.
With affordability, affable foreigners, appreciative auditorium and most visited rizalinian museum USPF can make it.. Even better

Cebu Technological University

The best university here in Cebu most especially in Engineering. This is the only university in Cebu that includes MACHINE SHOP in the engineering curriculum even the Industrial Engineering students here learn how to operate,maintain and troubleshoot industrial machines, design and develop electrical and electronic systems, control operations using programmable logic controllers.Also, IE's here are required to present at least 4 researches and projects which includes theses,design projects, feasibility studies, an undergraduate research, and many more and the best part is they have to construct two of their research studies simultaneously in their 4th year and another two in their 5th year summing a total MINIMUM number of 4 GENUINE researches in just two years...It is quite obvious that the training here is RIGOROUS...and not just that, the growing number of board exam top-notchers in Electrical,Mechanical and Civil Engineering speaks for itself and the fact that CTU is a state ...more

The students in CTU undergone waves of examination prior to admission, especially Engineering courses. The school focuses on the technicalities of the courses like after lectures are demonstrations and applications. Although the school is in the challenge of providing conducive environment for learning, the performance of the graduates especially on those courses with board exam are exceptional.

CTU is a good university, Where all student united as one big happy family. No matter what happen they always do good things,even thought some universities judged their university but still they go throught and believe that facilities and advance technology is not the key to success but the full determination will go beyond through success of their students. CEBU TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY right to be part of top 10 university in Cebu...

If you want to invest in a great education then this University is what your looking for. People always get a specific impression of you from where you go to school and students here are admired because they learned stuffs here not entirely based on theories but in applications. Every penny is worth it, not to mention that the tuition is affordable.

Asian College of Technology

The best IT school in Cebu. They have more than 8,000 students and most belong to the CCS (College of Computer Studies) department. They have the biggest computer laboratory in the country with 240 all working computers connected to the mainframe server where we can store our works. They also have Mac labs consist of 25 iMac computer.

They also have the best facilities for HM students. Their facilities complies with the international standards and recognized abroad. 2, 11, 12 and 13 floor is where all facilities for HM are located. They made the upper floor a 5 star hotel setting complete from reception desk, bar, till rooms where HM students can practice.

They are the best school in Cebu for BSHM and BSIT.

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.

I was an IT student in this school and I agree that during my college days here though I only took 2.5 years, I learned a lot not only in the subjects that I took but also the importance on how to be a better person. My profs helped me to understand the lessons very well. Thank you to all my professors specially to Sir, Maghanoy you are my best teacher when I was an IT student. However I am also looking forward to study Business Management which I really love the most. See you soon ACT school.

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!

University of Santo Tomas - Carcar Campus
St. Theresa's College

St. Theresa’s College does not only promote academic excellence but it also seeks to effect an orientation and opportunity, sharing of goods and binding it all, the unity among people. Moreover, it aims to drawing forth socially oriented Christian attitudes, values and skills from students who in turn and in their own good time shall become agents of social change in the community where they live.

It is also meant to establish mutuality in relationship with partner communities, as our mission towards transformation. It is also meant to establish mutuality in relationship with partner communities, as our mission towards transformation

Imbued with the values of Jesus and His disciples, Blessed Mother Mary, St. Teresa of Avila and Mother Marie Louise De Meester, and in partnership with families and the community, Saint Theresa’s College commits
to provide a transformative education where excellence in virtue, science, and the arts develops persons for creative leadership in view of nation-building towards a transformed and integral world-community.

It is meant to nurture the orientation of the school to raise the level of consciousness and commitment of the entire school community to be in constant dialogue with people in their aspirations and life values.

Indiana Aerospace University

Biggest aeropsace university in Asia

Best Aviation Colloge ever!

Biggest aerospace lage unya sa Customs administration nila tagak-tak! Bottom as always in an individual exams.. Asa and hustisya ana? University unta pero murag technical lang and skwelahan.

Cebu Eastern College

Does this school having a entrance exam?

Cebu Eastern college is a nice school

I love Cebu Eastern College!

I'm proud to be an Easternians ^_^

Salazar 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

I am very much proud being a SALAZARIAN! We may not like other universities which is popular because of its name we can only be proud of the scholarships that our school has provided for they give us the oppurtunity to pursue our dreams even in the reality of being poor...

Despite of being poor in I.T. facilities, Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute of Technology (SCSIT) offers its best in terms IT Education.
Most of the best computer programmers here in the Philippines are came from this Institution. No doubts, I'm one of theme.

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"

AMA Computer University

Does this school having an entrance exam?

I'm proud to be at AMA...

AMA is IT.


Sacred Heart School - Ateneo de Cebu

Besr school in terms of education


De La Salle Andres Soriano Memorial College

Affordable La Sallian quality education. One and only La Salle school in region 7.

Excellence is not just our standard it's our way of life.

One of the best.


Datamex Institute of Computer Technology

Despite being a neophyte in the field of learning it has afforded to extend scholarships to deserving students.

The tuition fee is very affordable

It had no votes. Duh.

"I'm proud to be DICT students.."

Colegio de la Inmaculda Concepcion

I can say that this school will definitely teach you not only to excel in academics but also will teach you how to be independent and to be morally good.

I am from mandaue branch. I can truly say that this school helps you to be independent and advanced in lessons because of their IW's.

The school made me practice independence

Talisay City State College - Cebu

Why there's a bias description towards the school. You don't know the reason why the school faced a downfall so don't judge it.

One of most promising college in our country today

Low & very affordable tuition fee

Proud to be a talisay city state college student... Go go go... talisay.

Don Bosco Technology Center

Good training for values and academics.

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