UPCAT GENERAL INFORMATION
 
1. The University of the Philippines 9. Modes of Payment
2. Admission into the University through the UPCAT 10. The Application Process
3. Qualifying for a Campus 11. Deadlines for Filing of Applications
4. Qualifying for a Program 12. Taking the UPCAT
5. What if I do not Qualify for a Campus? 13. After the UPCAT
6. Specific Conditions for UPCAT Eligibility 14. Information on Scholarships
7. Important Reminders 15. Undergraduate Degree Programs
8. Requirements to be Submitted 16. Non-Baccalaureate Programs
 

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES

The University of the Philippines has eight constituent universities -- UP Diliman (with an extension program in Pampanga), UP Baguio, UP Los Baños, UP Manila (with Schools of Health Sciences in Baler, Palo, and Koronadal), UP Visayas (with campuses in Iloilo/Miagao and Tacloban), UP Cebu, UP Mindanao, and the Open University. The Diliman campus is the University’s flagship campus and offers the largest number of degree programs. Other campuses are known for specific areas of specialization. For example, UP Manila is the country’s Center of Excellence in the health sciences; UP Los Baños is a distinguished center of academic excellence in agriculture, forestry and related sciences in Asia; UP Visayas is noted for its program in fisheries which is recognized as one of the best in Asia; UP Baguio is noted for its Cordillera Studies program; and the UP Open University provides educational opportunities beyond the boundaries of a conventional university (i.e., through distance learning).

As the premier State University, UP offers a wide range of degree programs. Some degree programs are offered in only one campus (e.g., BS Nursing, BA Filipino) while others are offered in two or more campuses (e.g., B Fine Arts, BS Statistics). Most of these require qualification through the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT). To maintain its high standard of education and to maximize its limited resources, UP has had to limit slots for freshman admission to each campus and to its various degree programs.

Some programs are in much greater demand than others so that their freshman slots are often more quickly filled. Other programs may not be as much in demand so that their limits are rarely, if ever, reached. Programs where the demand surpasses the available slots are considered to be over-subscribed. One must qualify for these programs through the UPCAT. Graduates of foreign high schools may qualify for admission into programs that are not over-subscribed as beginning freshmen without having to take the UPCAT provided they meet other requirements. Details on the specific requirements may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar of the respective UP campuses.

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ADMISSION INTO THE UNIVERSITY THROUGH THE UPCAT

If you decide to take the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) on August 3 or 4, 2013, you will be one among many thousands who aspire to enter the University of the Philippines. (Last year, there were over 74,000 examinees.)

The UPCAT consists of 4 subtests: Language Proficiency, Science, Mathematics and Reading Comprehension. Standardized scores on these subtests are combined with the weighted average of final grades in the first three years of high school to determine qualification into UP. Moreover, to implement the policy of democratization to make the UP studentry more representative of the nation’s population, socio-economic and geographic considerations are factored in the selection of campus qualifiers.

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QUALIFYING FOR A CAMPUS

In your application, you are asked to choose two campuses from among ten (Baguio, Cebu, Diliman, Iloilo, Los Baños, Manila, Mindanao, Pampanga, Tacloban and Open University) and indicate them in order of preference. You will also indicate two degree programs per campus on your UPCAT application form and rank them in order of preference. Your application will be processed according to your campus and course choices and in the order you specified.

All applicants are ranked based on their admission grades and then screened based on the choice of campuses. The top-ranking applicants, based on the quota and cut-off grade set by each campus, will qualify. Entry into UP Diliman or UP Manila tends to be competitive because these campuses are chosen by more applicants. If you qualify for your first choice, you will no longer be considered for your second choice of campus. But if you do not qualify for your first choice, you are automatically considered for your second choice of campus.

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QUALIFYING FOR A PROGRAM

Once you qualify to enter a campus, you are then screened for acceptance into one of the degree programs you chose. Different grade predictors are used for different programs. Campus qualifiers are ranked according to the degree program predictor. Top-ranking qualifiers are accepted according to the number of slots available for that program.

If you make it to the quota for your first choice of course, you will no longer be screened for your second choice. If you don’t make it to your first choice of degree program, you will undergo the same screening process for your second choice. If you still do not make it, you will remain qualified for that campus but must then find a degree program that can accommodate you. Remember, if you are an UPCAT qualifier, you only need to find a program that will accept you. The campus Registrar’s Office will help you find that program. Qualification into UP is therefore a matter of qualifying for a campus, regardless of course choices.

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WHAT IF I DO NOT QUALIFY FOR A CAMPUS?

If you do not qualify to any of your campus choices, you have several options:

FIRST : You can try other UP campuses if:
1 your rating is within their posted cut-off, and
2 they still have available slots.

Present your Non-Qualifier’s Slip (which will be sent to you in the mail and which will indicate your admission rating) to the Registrar’s Office of the campus you want to enter. However, there is no guarantee of acceptance as each campus makes its own decisions according to its own criteria.

SECOND : If no UP campus can accommodate you, you can enroll in a college or university other than UP. After earning 33 academic units with a weighted average of 2.00 or better on the UP marking system, you can apply for transfer into a UP campus. Again, each campus has its own rules on transfer and accepts only a limited number of transfer students. Information regarding transfer to UP may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar of the respective UP campuses.

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I. SPECIFIC CONDITIONS FOR UPCAT ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to take the UPCAT, you must meet certain specific requirements.

FIRST : You must belong to one of the categories listed below:
1 Senior students (e.g., Fourth Year, Grade 12, Senior 6) of DepEd-accredited schools or
secondary schools abroad (expecting to graduate at the end of the school year);
2 Graduates of DepEd-accredited schools or secondary schools abroad; or
3 Those declared eligible for admission to college after taking the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT).
NOTE: Graduates of DepEd-accredited schools or secondary schools abroad and those declared eligible for admission to college after taking the PEPT
a must not have taken any college subject/s previously;
b must not be taking any college subject/s at present; and
c will not be taking any college subject/s prior to or for the semester/academic year for which the UPCAT is to be taken.

SECOND : You must also have:
Final grades for the First, Second and Third Years of the 4-year secondary school curriculum in schools with DepEd recognition/permit to operate said curriculum (or Grades 9, 10 and 11 or, their equivalent for international or foreign schools); and

THIRD : You must also NOT have taken the UPCAT previously.

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

There is no minimum high school average grade requirement for taking the UPCAT.
The UPCAT can be taken only once.

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II. REQUIREMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED

1 Correctly and completely accomplished UPCAT Forms 1 and 2

a. If the applicant is a transferee or has taken some subjects from another school (e.g. for summer courses), then a signed and certified legible photocopy of the Permanent Secondary School Record (F137) from the other school must be attached to UPCAT Form 2 containing all the grades earned therein.

b. Likewise, if the applicant needed more than 4 years to finish high school, a signed and certified photocopy of the F137 must be submitted.

2 Four 2"x2" identical recent photographs taken within the last 6 months.

3 UPCAT Application Fee or documents for Exemption

a. The non-refundable UPCAT application fee is:
(1) P450 for Filipinos with annual gross family income of more than P100,000 and resident foreign applicants studying in the Philippines; or

(2) US $50 for non-resident foreign applicants; or

(3) US $100 for applicants taking the UPCAT in the Middle East

b. Exempted from payment of the application fee are Filipino applicants belonging to either of these groups:
(1) Those with annual gross family income of P100,000 or less (supported by 2012 Income Tax Return (ITR) of earning members of the family or BIR Certification of Exemption); or
(2) Top ten graduates or prospective graduates of public high schools for SY 2013-2014 (supported by a ranked listing of the school's TOP TEN students as of SY 2012-2013 signed by the School Head/Principal).

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III. MODES OF PAYMENT

The application fee may be paid through any of the following (payable to UPCAT):
1 Any Land Bank (LBP) branch, Account No. 1462-2220-13 (only for peso payments); or
2 Any Philippine National Bank (PNB) branch, Account No. 393496000021 (for peso payments) or Account No. 393496000039 (for US dollar payments); or
3 Manager's/Cashier's Check/s (MC/CC) preferably from any of the following:

Allied Banking Corporation, Banco de Oro Universal Bank, Bank of the Philippine Islands, China Banking Corporation, Development Bank of the Philippines, Land Bank of the Philippines, Metropolitan Banking Corporation, Philippine National Bank, Prudential Bank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Security Bank Corporation, Union Bank of the Philippines, United Coconut Planters Bank

NOTE:
(1) Land Bank and PNB will be charging a service fee of P25.00 for every application;
(2) Different banks have also set their own fees for the purchase of Manager's Checks and Cashier's Checks.

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IV. THE APPLICATION PROCESS

1 Obtain application forms through your authorized school representative, directly from the UP Office of Admissions in Diliman, from the Office of the University Registrar in a UP campus (outside UP Diliman) nearest you, or from the UPCAT website (www.upcat.up.edu.ph).

2 Carefully read the information and instructions in the GenInfo Bulletin.

3 Fill out UPCAT Form 1 (UPCAT Application for Freshman Admission).

4 Give UPCAT Form 2 (Secondary School Record) to your high school principal or school head. Only a duly authorized school official may fill out this form.

5 Pay the UPCAT Application Fee (see Sec. III. MODES OF PAYMENT) or prepare the originals and photocopies of the necessary documentary proof for exemption (see Sec. II.3.b Exempted).

a. If paying thru LBP or PNB, accomplish 3 deposit slips and have them validated, then attach 1 validated slip to your application.

b. If paying with MC/CC, attach the MC or CC (payable to UPCAT) to your application.

c. If you are qualified for exemption, attach supporting documents (i.e. photocopies of the Income Tax Returns of earning members of your family, BIR Certification of Exemption, or certified Top Ten List) to your application.

6 Make sure you have all the requirements that must be submitted together with UPCAT Forms 1 and 2.

a. Four recent and identical 2"x2" photos;

b. As required, a certified and signed legible photocopy of your Permanent Secondary School Record (F137) from schools attended other than your present school (if you are a transferee) or from your present school (if you needed more than 4 years to finish high school);

c. Proof of payment of or Exemption from the UPCAT Application Fee (see Sec. IV.5, above); and

d. A self-addressed stamped envelope or return courier service if the Test Permit is to be mailed back to you. Be sure to use your school address.

7 Submit the completed forms and all other required documents directly to the UP Office of Admissions, University of the Philippines, 1101 Diliman, Quezon City either through the authorized school (not a bank) representative or by mail.

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DEADLINES FOR FILING OF APPLICATIONS:

14 June 2013 - Metro Manila schools

21 June 2013 - Non-Metro Manila schools

*Applications filed after the deadlines may be subject to late fees.



8 Pick up your Test Permit. Take note of and remember the date, time and place of your UPCAT session.

a. For applications filed through an authorized school representative, pick up your Test Permit from this representative (usually a week or so after the date of submission to the Office of Admissions).

b. For personally filed applications, pick up your test permit from the Office of Admissions on the same day.

c. For mailed-in applications, wait for your Test Permit to arrive in the mail. It will be mailed to your school. If it fails to arrive by the second week of July, Check with the Office of Admissions (981-8500 Locals 3827, 3828 or 3831), and follow up with the UPCAT Examiner assigned to the UPCAT Test Center nearest to your high school on August 2, 2013 (the Friday just before the UPCAT).

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V. TAKING THE UPCAT

1 Go to your designated Test Center on the date specified in your Test Permit. Be there by 6:30 for the morning session or by 12:30 for the afternoon session.

2 Bring only your Test Permit, two good quality pencils, a sharpener, a rubber eraser and snacks. (The test administration will last about five hours). The use of cellphones and/or calculating devices during the test is strictly prohibited and can be a cause for disqualification.

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VI. AFTER THE UPCAT

1 Check the UPCAT website (http://www.upcat.up.edu.ph) for announcements and posting of UPCAT Results (around February 2014). A list of qualifiers from your school will be sent to your Principal. Individual notices will also be sent to all examinees.

2 If you qualify for admission to UP, register according to the instructions provided by the college or unit to which you have been accepted.

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VII. INFORMATION ON SCHOLARSHIPS

The University of the Philippines has a Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program, also known as STFAP or the ISKOLAR NG BAYAN PROGRAM. It provides possible tuition discounts and/or additional financial assistance for financially needy students in the form of monthly subsidies for living and travel expenses and a semestral book allowance.

A number of scholarships, study grants and awards donated by government and private companies or individuals, are also available. Most are intended for financially needy students, though some are awarded in recognition of outstanding academic performance.

Since 1991, the UP Oblation Scholarship has been awarded to the top fifty UPCAT qualifiers. The benefits include free tuition, miscellaneous and laboratory fees, a semestral book subsidy and a monthly incentive and transportation allowance. Recipients may enjoy the UP Oblation Scholarship throughout the normal length of time required to finish their chosen degree program, provided they maintain the required grade point average. For those in the accelerated medical program (INTARMED), however, only the first four years are covered by this grant.

For additional information, you may write directly to the
OFFICE OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUDENT SERVICES, Vinzon's Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City or e-mail stfap@up.edu.ph.

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UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
Requiring qualification through UPCAT
( ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015 )

 

CAMPUS/PROGRAM

COURSE CODE

UP BAGUIO

 

BS  Biology
BA  Communication a
BS  Computer Science
B    Fine Arts b
BA  Language & Literature
BS  Management Economics
BS  Mathematics
BS  Physics
BA  Social Sciences (Economics) c
BA  Social Sciences (History) c
BA  Social Sciences (Social Anthropology) c

1038
1160
1132
1118
1189
1045
1101
1107
1194
1195
1196

UPEP PAMPANGA

 

BA  Applied Psychology
BA  Business Economics
BS  Business Management

3023
3201
3135

UP DILIMAN

 

BA  Anthropology
BS  Applied Physics (5 yrs)
BA  Araling Pilipino
BS  Architecture (5 yrs)
BA  Art Studies
BS  Biology
BA  Broadcast Communication
BS  Business Administration
BS  Business Administration & Accountancy (5 yrs)
BS  Business Economics
BS  Chemical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Chemistry
BS  Civil Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Clothing Technology
BA  Communication Research
BS  Community Development
BS  Community Nutrition
BA  Comparative Literature
BS  Computer Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Computer Science
BA  Creative Writing
BS  Economics
BS  Electrical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Electronics & Communications Engineering (5 yrs)
B    Elementary Education
BA  English Studies
BA  European Languages
BS  Family Life & Child Development
BA  Filipino
BA  Film
B    Fine Arts b
BS  Food Technology (5 yrs)
BS  Geodetic Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Geography
BS  Geology
BA  History
BS  Home Economics
BS  Hotel, Restaurant & Institution Management
BS  Industrial Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Interior Design
BA  Journalism
B    Landscape Architecture
B    Library & Information Science
BA  Linguistics
BA  Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino
BS  Materials Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Mathematics
BS  Mechanical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Metallurgical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Mining Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
B    Music (5 yrs) b
BA  Philosophy
B    Physical Education
BS  Physics (5 yrs)
BA  Political Science
BA  Psychology
BS  Psychology
B    Public Administration
B    Secondary Education
BS  Social Work
BA  Sociology
BA  Speech Communication
B    Sports Science
BS  Statistics
BA  Theater Arts b
BS  Tourism

4001
4129
4094
4036
4156
4038
4141
4040
4043
4044
4078
4046
4079
4047
4178
4048
4049
4007
4180
4132
4195
4145
4080
4181
4139
4158
4010
4086
4021
4279
4118
4088
4081
4091
4092
4012
4093
4190
4082
4196
4016
4121
4122
4017
4159
4188
4101
4083
4084
4085
4147
4123
4020
4124
4107
4022
4023
4110
4148
4138
4112
4025
4027
4161
4114
4028
4116

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a Concentration in Journalism or Speech Communication.
b UPCAT qualifiers must also pass a Talent Test.
c Minor in Philosophy, Political Science, or Psychology.

Note: Unless otherwise indicated in parenthesis, an undergraduate degree is ordinarily earned after four years of studies.

UP MANILA

 

BS  Applied Physics
BA  Behavioral Sciences
BS  Biochemistry
BS  Biology
BS  Computer Science
D    Dental Medicine (6 yrs) d
BA  Development Studies
BS  Industrial Pharmacy (5 yrs) d
BS  Nursing d
BS  Occupational Therapy d
BA  Organizational Communication
BS  Pharmacy (5 yrs) d
BA  Philippine Arts
BS  Physical Therapy (5 yrs) d
BA  Political Science
BS  Public Health d
BA  Social Sciences (Area Studies)
BS  Speech Pathology d

7129
7187
7183
7038
7132
7126
7128
7098
7103
7104
7144
7105
7149
7106
7022
7111
7193
7113

UP LOS BAÑOS

 

BS  Agribusiness Management
BS  Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Agricultural Biotechnology
BS  Agricultural Chemistry (5 yrs)
BS  Agricultural Economics
BS  Agriculture
BS  Applied Mathematics
BS  Applied Physics
BS  Biology
BS  Chemical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Chemistry
BS  Civil Engineering (5 yrs)
BA  Communication Arts
BS  Computer Science
BS  Development Communication
BS  Economics
BS  Electrical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Food Technology
BS  Forestry
BS  Human Ecology
BS  Industrial Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Mathematics
BS  Mathematics and Science Teaching
BS  Nutrition
BA  Philosophy
BA  Sociology
BS  Statistics
D    Veterinary Medicine (6 yrs) e

6175
6032
6037
6030
6031
6033
6034
6129
6038
6078
6046
6079
6006
6132
6050
6145
6080
6088
6090
6097
6082
6101
6194
6137
6020
6025
6114
6127

UP CEBU

 

BS  Biology
BS  Computer Science
B    Fine Arts (Product Design)
B    Fine Arts (Studio Arts) b
BS  Management
BA  Mass Communication
BS  Mathematics
BA  Political Science
BA  Psychology

2038
2132
2154
2155
2099
2163
2101
2022
2023

UP TACLOBAN COLLEGE

 

BS  Accountancy (5 yrs)
BS  Biology
BA  Communication Arts
BS  Computer Science
BS  Management
BA  Psychology
BA  Social Sciences (Economics)
BA  Social Sciences (Political Science)

8176
8038
8006
8132
8099
8023
8177
8170

UP VISAYAS

 

BS  Accountancy (5 yrs)
BS  Applied Mathematics
BS  Biology
BS  Business Administration (Marketing)
BS  Chemical Engineering
BS  Chemistry
BA  Communication and Media Studies
BA  Community Development
BS  Computer Science
BS  Economics
BS  Fisheries
BS  Food Technology
BA  History
BA  Literature
BS  Management
BA  Political Science
BA  Psychology
BS  Public Health
BA  Sociology
BS  Statistics

5176
5034
5038
5042
5078
5046
5241
5202
5132
5145
5087
5088
5012
5182
5099
5022
5023
5111
5025
5114

UP MINDANAO

 

BS  Agribusiness Economics
BA  Anthropology
BS  Applied Mathematics
BS  Architecture
BS  Biology
BA  Communication Arts
BS  Computer Science
BA  English (Creative Writing)
BS  Food Technology

9203
9001
9034
9036
9038
9006
9132
9157
9088

UP OPEN UNIVERSITY

 

B    Education Studies (4 yrs, trimester) f
BA  Multimedia Studies (4 yrs, trimester) f

A337
A341

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b UPCAT qualifiers must also pass a Talent Test.
d Covered by a Return Service Agreement.
e Passing the National Veterinary Admission Test (NVAT) is a requisite for admission to the Four-Year Professional Veterinary Medicine Curriculum.
f To be taken online.

Note: Unless otherwise indicated in parenthesis, an undergraduate degree is ordinarily earned after four years of studies.

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NON-BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS

 

Certificate in Fine Arts
Certificate in Fine Arts (Visual Arts)
Certificate in Fine Arts (Product Design)
Certificate in Fine Arts (Studio Arts)
Certificate in Music
Certificate in Sports Studies
Certificate in Theater Arts
Certificate in Forestry
Diploma in Creative and Performing Musical Arts
Sertipiko sa Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino

-    3 yrs: Diliman (CFA)
-    3 yrs: Baguio
-    3 yrs: Cebu
-    3 yrs: Cebu
-    3 yrs: Diliman (CM)
-    2 yrs: Diliman (CHK)
-    2 yrs: Diliman (CAL)
-    2 yrs: Los Banos (CF)
-    4 yrs: Diliman (CM)
-    2 yrs: Diliman (CAL)

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For more information on the UPCAT, contact the Office of Admissions

Visit the UP System Website

University of the Philippines
Office of Admissions
Kalaw corner Quirino Streets
UP Diliman, Quezon City

1101 Philppines

Telefax: (632) 927-4561
Telephone: (632)981-8500 local 3827, 3828, 3830, or 3831
E-mail: oadms@up.edu.ph
Website: http://upcat.up.edu.ph/

 

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