One of the most important things to consider in choosing a college is the location of the campus. After all, you’re going to spend 4-5 years of your life there creating new experiences and learnings.
As college entrances exams are in full swing, you most probably have a university in mind already. Browsing through the list of schools in your locality, you can’t help but dream of entering one of the country’s biggest universities. But what will you do if your dream university is nowhere near your area? Luckily, you don’t have to go far to have quality education. There are a number of schools in the Philippines with multiple branches that provide the same level of academic excellence as their sister schools.
Here’s a list of universities with multi-campuses that you might want to consider:
1. University of the Philippines System
The University of the Philippines System was established in 1908 and is the country’s national university. It’s campuses in Diliman, Quezon City (UP Diliman) offers the most number of undergraduate and graduate programs in the UP system. UP Los Banos is known for its leadership in agriculture, forestry, and environmental management; while UP Manila is the leading academic institution in the health sciences. The other UP constituent universities are located in Visayas, Mindanao, Baguio, Cebu, and Open University.
2. Polytechnic University of the Philippines
The Polytechnic University of the Philippines or PUP has the most number of campuses in the country with a total of 22 schools spread across the country. Its campuses are located in Manila (Main and Open University), Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, Paranaque, Bataan, Bulacan (Sta. Maria and Pulilan), Nueva Ecija, Laguna (Binan, Calauan, San Pedro, Sta. Rosa), Batangas, Cavite, Quezon (Mulanay, Unisan, General Luna, Lopez), Camarines Sur, Occidental Mindoro, and Oriental Mindoro. PUP is also known as one of the largest schools in the Philippines in terms of student population.
3. Mindanao State University
One of the leading schools in the region, Mindanao State University is a public higher education institution in the country that provides a wide range of courses. Its main campus is located in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur while the other branches include MSU Maguindanao, MSU Sulu, MSU TCTO (Tawi-Tawi), MSU Naawan, MSU LNAC (Lanao del Norte), MSU MSAT (Lanao del Norte), MSU Buug, and MSU General Santos.
4. Western Mindanao State University
Another premier university in Mindanao is the Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City. WMSU’s main campus is in Baliwasan, while the other satellite branches are in San Ramon, Malangas, and Curuan housing 15 colleges from various disciplines. Aside from the campuses, WMSU also has External Study Units (ESU) located in Alicia, Aurora, Diplahan, Imelda, Ipil, Mabuhay, Molave, Naga, Olutanga, Pagadian, Siay, Pitogo, and Tungawan.
5. University of Rizal System
The University of Rizal is a system of schools located in Rizal Province and is composed of 10 extension campuses with each one offering different courses. Tanay serves as the main campus and houses the colleges of Agriculture. Agribusiness Management, and Science and Education.
The other campuses cater to the following colleges: Antipolo (Education, Hospitality and Industry, Business Administration); Angono (Arts and Letters, Education); Binangonan (Accountancy, Business, Computer Studies), Cainta (Education, Industrial Technology); Morong (Education, Engineering, Science, Industrial Technology, Hotel and Restaurant Management); Pililia (Social Sciences, Business, Education); (Social Work and Community Development, Education, Business, Agriculture); Taytay (Nursing, Education, Industrial Technology); and Cardona (Fisheries).
6. West Visayas State University
West Visayas State University, locally known as West or WVSU, is a public university in
Iloilo known for its excellence in Teacher Education, Nursing, Agriculture, and Medicine programs. Its main campus is located in La Paz, Iloilo City while the other branches are in Lambunao, Jainuay, Calinog, Pototan, and Himamaylan. The university also has the WVSU Medical Center that serves as a training ground for WVSU’s future medical practitioners.
7. De La Salle Philippines
De La Salle Philippines is a network of schools in the country that follows the La Sallian way of education. There are currently 16 La Salle Schools in the country.
The schools offering tertiary education are located in Cebu, Manila (De La Salle College of Saint Benilde and De La Salle University), Malabon, Cavite (De La Salle Health and Sciences Institute and De La Salle Dasmarinas), Surigao Del Sur, Batangas, Laguna, Antipolo, Misamis Occidental, and Bacolod.
8. St. Paul University
St. Paul University System is composed of Catholic schools that provide higher education programs on various courses. At present, the system is comprised of 9 university campuses spread across the Philippines and is managed by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres.
St. Paul College, Pasig, St. Paul University Philippines in Tuguegarao City, St. Paul University Iloilo, St. Paul University Manila, St. Paul University Quezon City, St. Paul University Surigao, St. Paul College of Makati, St. Paul University Dumaguete, and St. Paul College of Ilocos Sur.
9. Far Eastern University
The Far Eastern University or FEU is a private university in the country known for its programs in Business Administration and Teacher Education. The school’s main campus is in the university belt area in Manila while other branches include FEU Makati, FEU Diliman, FEU-Tech, Far Eastern College Silang, FEU-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, and FEU Alabang.
10. Don Mariano Marcos State University
Don Mariano Marcos State University or DMMSU is a leading public university in La Union. It is comprised of 7 campuses in Bacnotan (North La Union Campus); San Fernando City (Mid La Union Campus and Open University System); Agoo (South La Union Campus); Balaoan (Fisheries Research and Training Institute); Rosario (Institute of Agriculture); and Santo Tomas (Institute of Fisheries).
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