Where to enter college?

Two months from now, you will be entering college, another chapter in life that needs to get serious (probably a little serious than highschool). Don’t worry. College life is not bland, hence it is exciting.

Probably, you are already firm with your chosen course. Whatever course you will take, you must choose the best school or university to go to. It is an edge for you when you apply for a job in the future if you finished a degree in a reputable and best university. Your chosen university is a stepping stone and the start of having a stable life financially.

In choosing the best university for you. Try to consider its affordability (well of course, its your parents money and you must spend it wisely), stability (the university is offering for decades and decades of excellent education and produced fine alumni), reputability (good image, and at least one of the best), and your heart.

Here are some of the best schools and unversities (in no particular order) in the Metro you can choose from. At least I can name four. Guaranteed. I hope it could help.

University of the Philippines (UP) established in 1908

Diliman, Manila or Los Baños (outside Metro Manila) is one of the best universities in the whole Philippines. In fact, it ranked number one as the the country’s best school according to the study done by PRC and CHED and 299th in the world. It produced many alumni including Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Benigno Aquino, Loren Legarda, Juan Flavier, Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, Pia Guanio, Karen Davila, Yeng Guiao, Bejie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc and a lot lot more. It is government-owned so the tuition is not that affordable. Quality is here, guys.

University of Santo Tomas (UST) established in 1611

The oldest university in Asia is UST and older than Harvard of the US. If we are to complete the title, UST is the pontifical and royal catholic university of the Philippines. Yeah that HEAVY!! But they do accept other religion too. And hey, they are already preparing for its 400th foundation, an event to look for. The campus is located in España, Manila. Being a tiger means being an achiever. So GO USTE!

Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) established in 1859

“Lux in Domino” (Light in the Lord) is its motto. The university boasts its greatest alumni, none other than the great Dr. Jose Rizal. Certainly, if you study here, rest assured that you are in great hands, and worthy of the big bucks you pay.

De La Salle University (DLSU) established in 1911

Facilities are at par from the rest? DLSU boasts of its new facilities to achieve its mission, “to become the leading research university in Southeast Asia”. If you want to go green, DLSU is for you.

No matter what school you choose, be proud of it. And it is not your school that will make you successful, but success depends on you. So make the best out of your college life and good luck.

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One Response

  1. Some colleges and universities have developed an aura of respectability (or conceitedness), a halo of superiority, and a sense of academic distinctiveness. Because of these, some institutions are glamorized and being put on the pedestal. This academic status (or halo) may be the result of long tradition, difficulty of entrance examination, long waiting list of candidates for admission, or it could be just all about a neatly woven propaganda. Attempts to rate (or advertise) universities according to certain predetermined elements are, in many ways, helpful. But those ratings (or advertisements) undeniably do not take into account other elements that are of greater importnace— the quality of unstruction, the personal influence of the faculty on the students, and the atmosphere of the institution itself.

    To a large extent, institutions differ in real effectiveness of instruction, and there are some that possess a high prestige and merit it, while some are simply tagged as “lesser fancied school”. Leaders in all walks of life are by no means confined to being graduates of those so-called “high-ranking” schools. Undeniably, much depends upon what a student brings with himself, and being a graduate of such institutions guarantees nothing in the way of learning and success. After all, life is more than just about schools.

    I am from New Era University. I am not from any of those “top” schools; but I’ve learned what I’m supposed to learn.

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