USC Becomes the ONLY University Outside Metro Manila to Enter the 2025 QS World University Rankings

In this age of fake news, digital manipulation, historical revisionism, and widespread social media consumption, it’s crucial to have critical thinking skills, knowledge, and expertise to navigate information overload and make informed decisions. This is why many parents carefully choose the best universities for their children, looking for institutions known for providing high-quality education and having a strong global reputation.

This year, the University of San Carlos has proven to be one of the best universities in the Philippines, being the only one outside Metro Manila to make it into the 2025 QS World University Rankings. With its four campuses offering programs at all educational levels, strong international partnerships, and a steady influx of foreign students, the university has become a multicultural academic community united by the common pursuit of global standards.

USC Joins UP, ADMU, DLSU, and UST in the University Rankings 2025

The University of the Philippines (UP) made a significant leap in the rankings this year, climbing from 404th to 336th. It also ranks 18th in Asia, according to data compiled by the UK-based higher education company.

Following UP, Ateneo de Manila University improved its position from 563rd to 516th, and De La Salle University rose to the 641-650 range from 681-690 last year. The University of Santo Tomas now ranks in the 851-900 range, while the University of San Carlos (USC), the only Cebu-based university on the list, is currently ranked 1401+ after debuting last year.

In Asia, the National University of Singapore remains the top university, ranking 8th globally. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) continues its reign as the top university in the world for the 13th consecutive year.

The 2025 QS World University Rankings is the largest edition ever, featuring over 1,500 universities across 105 higher education systems.  To analyze the data gathered, the company employed its largest-ever methodological enhancement, which introduced three new additional metrics, including sustainability, employment outcomes, and international network.

At present, the University of San Carlos ranks 88th in Asia, with scores of 7.2 in academic reputation, 1.8 in citations per faculty, 9.6 in employment outcomes, 9.4 in employer reputation, 3.3 in faculty-student ratio, 2.1 in international faculty ratio, 6.4 in international research network, 2.1 in international students ratio, and 1 in sustainability.

This year’s top 10 universities are MIT, Imperial College London, University of Oxford, Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Stanford University, ETH Zurich, National University of Singapore, UCL, and California Institute of Technology (Caltech).