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Which university is most preferred by employers hiring fresh grads

When it comes to hiring fresh graduates, employers now consider applicants who graduated from universities outside the “big four.”

This is according to a recent survey conducted by, where 550 companies participated.

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) topped the employer’s choice survey, with 45 percent of the companies preferring to hire graduates from the said school.

Below is the complete list of top schools that matter to employers:




While the big four universities dominated the list last year with University of the Philippines (UP) at the top spot, their ranks this time are shuffled.

Last year, PUP ranked 4th in the same survey. considered PUP as the big game-changer in the list.

The big four universities include UP, University of Sto. Tomas, (UST), Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU).

According to findings, PUP graduates possess the most traits many companies look for in applicants.

“Respondent-companies state that PUP graduates, in general, are very hard-working, often going the extra mile in their job,” said in press statement.

Even though six out of 10 companies consider the school where applicants graduated, the biggest consideration still remains with the applicant’s behavior, according to the study.

Interestingly, nine out of 10 employers consider hiring a fresh graduate who is not from the list of schools as long as the candidate possesses the skills they are looking for.

“Where a fresh graduate got his or her diploma won’t matter as much as his or her eagerness to learn and showing the ability to absorb concepts and apply them in the office setting,” Philippines country manager Philip Gioca said. —Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena/JST, GMA News