Aside from the arch rivalry of De La Salle University and Ateneo De Manila University, the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas are the other two of the competing universities in the Philippines which might leave you asking: which is better, the University of the Philippines or the University of Santo Tomas?
University of the Philippines Campus
University of Santo Tomas Campus
In terms of ranking, the University of the Philippines is way ahead of the University of Santo Tomas. In terms of location or land size, the University of Santo Tomas is bigger than the University of the Philippines. In terms of surveys and performance? University of the Philippines is one of the top universities in the country, surpassing University of Santo Tomas. But what about in other aspects?
It actually depends on your preference. University of the Philippines is a state university whereas University of Santo Tomas is a private institution which means that the tuition fee in UST is three times, or even five times higher than the tuition fee in UP.
University of the Philippines has produced most of the country’s government officials (7 Presidents, 13 chief justices). The university is known for its Law and Governance programs which is why most of the Philippines’ Presidents, Senators, and Chief Justices graduated from here. Meanwhile, the University of Santo Tomas takes pride in its Arts, Engineering, and Medicine Courses. They even have their own hospital which serves as their students training ground wherein they can take in and treat real patients.
When it comes to the location, the University of the Philippines (in Manila) is just an LRT ride away. Meanwhile, the travel going to their campus in Diliman can be quite a hassle especially if you don’t own a car and live a bit far from the place. The University of Santo Tomas is easy to get to if you will go there via the LRT, the problem is, you still have to ride a jeepney going to the campus itself and this is where you will encounter the heavy traffic in Espaa. So if location is going to be our basis, it will depend on which university is more accessible to where you will be coming from. If you will be coming from a faraway place but want to study in either of these universities, there are many establishments near these universities which offers lodging.
With regards to the cost of education, food, and other utilities and amenities, studying at University of Santo Tomas is way expensive than studying in the University of the Philippines. They both offer quality education in their respective fields, the only difference is that University of Santo Tomas is a private school while University of the Philippines is a state university. So if you are looking into saving more, then you should opt for University of the Philippines but if money is not a problem, then you can always go for University of Santo Tomas.
In the end, it will all come down to your choice and your preference.