Top 5 Philippine Universities for Accountancy

Contemplating of taking an accountancy course but you still have no idea of what university you are going to take it in? 

Well, worry no more.

This article is all about the top five performing universities when it comes to accounting. This list is based from the percentage of passers in the result of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Board Exam held last October, 2016.

Top 5. Bicol University – Daraga

Bicol University is a top regional state university in the Bicol region which has produced top and quality graduates. In fact, they ranked 3rd top performing university in the 2015 Certified Public Accountant Board Exam. Though, this year’s result may have put them 2 ranks down, now at 5th place, it is still not bad with 84.93% passers. Their accountancy program is housed in their Daraga campus which is a laid back campus with a good scene of the Mayon Volcano.

This school is a perfect choice for you to take your accountancy degree because not only they are in the top 5 performing schools in accountancy, they also offer low cost tuition fees with only 5,000 – 7, 000 pesos per semester. If you want to study in this university, you can find out more about the requirements and entrance exam here.

Top 4. Ateneo de Zamboanga University

If you are in the Mindanao area and wanted to take an accountancy degree, you might as well check out Ateneo de Zamboanga University. Now at top 4 in 2016 Certified Public Accountant Board Exam with 87.14% passers, Ateneo de Zamboanga has upped its game from its 6th place in last year’s results.

One of the perks of this university is that it is located in the province wherein you don’t have to worry over the traffic, congestion and pollution brought about by the bustling cities in Metro Manila. You can get the same quality of education since they have been focusing on preparing and producing top quality accountants. Interested to get in AdZU? Here’s a link you can access o find out more on their curriculum.

Top 3. De La Salle University Manila

Aside from being 143rd in QS University Rankings: Asia 2016, De La Salle University Manila takes pride in their accountancy degree programs. Not only did its rank move one notch higher, from being 4th place in the 2015 CPA Board exam result to 3rd place in 2016 CPA Board Exam top performing universities in the Philippines, two of its passers even made it to the top 10.

This premier university has maintained and even improved its accountancy curriculum through a good partnership with firms and business industries and provided the best training ground for the students. You can check out their accountancy curriculum in their website here.

Top 2. University of Santo Tomas

This four-century old University has been producing new set of graduates who are ready to take and conqueror the corporate world, not just equipped with skills and knowledge required but also the ability to learn and adapt to change in their entire career. The Bachelor of Science in Accountancy program of the Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy, though one of the newest college of UST, it has already received its second-highest accreditation status of Level III 1st Re-accreditation from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), granting the school administrators to revise and introduce new curriculum and opening new learning techniques honing to further capacitate the students and prepare them not just for the CPA Board exam but also, in the professional world.

Taking its pride with excellence, Thomasians has maintained its 2nd place from 2015 to 2016 CPA Board exam top performing universities with a 90.72% passing rate. Its continuous effort to improve its curriculum will assure you that choosing this university will give you an advantage to other schools. You may check out their website here.

Top 1. University of the Philippines – Diliman

Ranked as the 1st in the 2016 top performing schools in the Philippines with a 100% passing rate CPA Board Exam will definitely entice you to enrol in this University. Its consistency being number one in the CPA Board exam top performing universities, UP Diliman has also been ranked as 70th in QS University Rankings: Asia 2016 for top performing schools in Asia.

This elite university has screened thousands of students vying for the slots in the university. Only 60 to 90 students make the cut for the accountancy curriculum, leaving only the cream of the top. If you think you can surpass their extreme selection, learn more about their curriculum here.


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