Best Civil Engineering Schools in the Philippines

James Ryan Jonas

Have you ever dreamt of designing and building skyscrapers and other large infrastructures? If yes, then you might be interested to take a degree in BS Civil Engineering and eventually become a licensed Civil Engineer.

Continue reading below to find out the best civil engineering schools in the Philippines based on past Civil Engineering Licensure Examination results.

Licensed Civil Engineers

Generally, Civil Engineers are tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Plan, design, and facilitate the construction and maintenance of infrastructures like roads, railways, airports, bridges, power plants, and water systems
  • Design and Build strong, large structures and buildings according to specifications
  • Creating detailed designs using a range of computer software and complex calculations
  • Managing resources and budgets, schedules and materials
  • Assessing the sustainability of projects and the impact to the environment
  • Ensures that projects run smoothly and infrastructures are completed within time and budget

As a civil engineer, you can choose to either become a consulting engineer or a contracting engineer — or even do both simultaneously! Consulting engineers design works and projects, usually off-site from the construction area. Contracting engineers, meanwhile, take the designs, implement them on the site, and manage the construction of the structure.

Civil Engineering Licensure Exam

In the Philippines, to become a licensed civil engineer, an individual must:

  • 1. Be a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in the Philippines; and
  • 2. Pass the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination, which is administered by the Board of Civil Engineering under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

The Civil Engineering Board Exam is conducted twice a year, in May and in November of every year.

If you plan on becoming a civil engineer sometime in the future, ready yourself in thee subject areas which are part of the coverage of the Civil Engineering Licensure Exam:

  • Mathematics, Surveying and Transportation
  • Hydraulics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering and Construction

Best Schools for Civil Engineering in the Philippines

Do you want to know which universities in the Philippines are able to produce the achieve the highest passing rates in previous Civil Engineering Board Exams?

Below are the data from past Board Exams showing the Civil Engineering Licensure Exam passing rates of the top universities in the country offering BS Civil Engneering!

Schools ranked by Civil Engineering Licensure Exam Passing Rate

1University of the Philippines DilimanQuezon City97%259265
2University of the Philippines Los BanosLos Banos95%161168
3Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng MaynilaManila94%8085
4University of Pangasinan PHINMA Education NetworkDagupan City92%8895
4Carlos Hilado Memorial State College - Talisay CampusTalisay City92%6469
5Ateneo de Davao UniversityDavao City90%4954
6Visayas State UniversityBaybay City89%7078
7Technological University of the PhilippinesManila88%227256
8University of Santo TomasManila86%374431
8Bohol Island State University - Main CampusTagbilaran City86%102118
9Father Saturnino Urios UniversityButuan City85%4148
10Mapua UniversityManila83%389468
10Pangasinan State University in UrdanetaUrdaneta City83%8096
11De La Salle UniversityManila82%179216
11Central Philippine UniversityIloilo City82%7389
11De La Salle University DasmarinasDasmarinas City82%5769
12Malayan Colleges LagunaCabuyao80%82102
13Ateneo de Naga UniversityNaga City79%7088
13University of Southern MindanaoKabacan79%6379
14Camarines Norte State College - Main CampusDaet78%7798
15Polytechnic University of the PhilippinesManila77%265342
15Catanduanes State University - ViracVirac77%124160
15Xavier UniversityCagayan de Oro77%91117
15University of Rizal System - Morong CampusMorong77%81104
16University of Negros Occidental - RecoletosBacolod City76%106139
17University of Eastern PhilippinesCatarman75%7093
17Saint Mary's UniversityBayombong75%6688
17Mindanao State University - GensanGeneral Santos City75%5472
17Surigao del Sur State University - Main CampusTandag City75%2736
18Mindanao State University - Main CampusMarawi City74%98132
19National UniversityManila73%97132
20Cagayan State UniversityTuguegarao City72%142197
20Central Mindanao UniversityMaramag72%130180
20Colegio de San Juan de LetranManila72%811

Note: The table above only ranks the passing rates of First-time takers; repeaters are not included in the passing rate. All figures are based on the four (4) previous Licensure Exams in Nov 2017, Apr 2017, Dec 2016, and May 2016. 

Source: PRC Philippines (

James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.