The University of Santo Tomas was recognized last December 4, 2018 with 10 awards given by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), during the latter’s General Assembly.

UST was recognized for having the highest number of accredited programs in the Philippines and NCR and for having the most number of Level IV (the highest accreditation) re-accredited programs in the Philippines.

UST was likewise cited for producing graduates who received the highest rating in the licensure exams for Architects, Certified Public Accountants, and Medical Technologists.

Furthermore, PACUCOA cited UST for having received international recognitions, namely: 1) ISO 9001:2015 certification; 2) QS Four Stars Award 2017; 3) Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) accreditation for hotel and restaurant management and travel management programs; and 4) First Philippine HEI to receive the Top Performing School in the Philippines recognition for Certified Management Accountant Certification Examinations from the Institute of Management Accountants.