Teaching, forward-looking research and active community service are the main thrusts of De La Salle University. Its traditions of Religio, Mores and Cultura guide the administration, faculty, students and staff to be Christian achievers for God and country.
As a result, collegiate students leave the university secure in their intellectual flexibility and refined skills. These are top considerations in the job market and postgraduate studies globally.
DLSU belongs to the top 500 educational institutions in the world, the best Philippine private university, based on research quality, graduate employability, international outlook and teaching quality. This is according to the London-based Times Higher Education Supplement as evaluated by peers, faculty, job recruiters and international students. In 2000, DLSU-Manila was ranked number 71 among the universities in Asia for academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty and financial resources, citations in international journals, and internet bandwidth.
In the Philippines, DLSU-Manila is the first private university that was awarded with Level IV status by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). The Level IV status distinction is given to institutions that excel in a broad area of academic discipline and enjoy prestige and authority comparable to that of international universities. Likewise, the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has conferred Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development awards to a good number of DLSU academic departments for several years.