GENERAL INFORMATION BULLETIN ON FRESHMAN ADMISSION
Academic Year 2016-2017
 

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
UP 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).

Declared in 2008 as the National University, UP offers a diverse array of programs to choose from - there are 175 undergraduate degree programs across the UP campuses. Some are offered in only one campus (e.g., BS Geology, BS Agricultural Biotechnology) while others are offered in two or more campuses (e.g., BA Anthropology, BS Food Technology). Because there is great variety in the demand for the different degree programs of UP, the availability of slots for freshman admission for different programs also varies. In general, these programs require qualification through the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) to maintain the University’s high academic standards.

For SY 2016-2017, there is an expected decrease in HS graduates due to the implementation of senior HS as part of the K-12 Program. Nonetheless, for those who will be eligible to apply to UP, admission through the UPCAT will remain competitive and follow the same standards of academic excellence as in previous years.

 

ADMISSION INTO THE UNIVERSITY

  A.   THROUGH THE UPCAT

Many applicants who aspire to enter the University of the Philippines have to take the UPCAT. For incoming freshmen of SY 2016-2017, the UPCAT will be administered nationwide on August 30, 2015. Applications for the UPCAT will start in July and can be accomplished online which will enable faster processing of your application and will also link you with the free Online UPCAT Reviewer. If you do not have a computer and/or have limited internet access you may go to the Office of Student Affairs, the Learning Resource Center, or the Main Library, of a UP Campus near you and ask for assistance. You may also go to the Information Technology Development Center in UP Diliman for internet assistance.

The UPCAT consists of 4 subtests: Language Proficiency (English and Filipino), Science, Math and Reading Comprehension (English and Filipino). Standardized UPCAT scores are combined with the weighted average of 3 years of high school final grades to determine the UP admission grade. To implement the policy of enhanced access and democratization, the selection of campus qualifiers also considers socioeconomic and geographic factors.

QUALIFYING FOR A CAMPUS

In your application, you are asked to choose 2 UP campuses (Baguio, Cebu, Diliman, Los Baños, Manila, Mindanao, Pampanga, Iloilo, Tacloban and Open University) and to indicate them in order of preference. You will also indicate your choice of up to 4 degree programs per campus 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 UPCAT applicants are ranked based on their UP admission grades and then screened based on the choice of campuses. The top-ranking applicants, based on the quota and the cut-off grade set by each campus, will qualify. If you qualify for your first choice, you will no longer be considered for your second choice of campus. If you do not qualify for your first choice, you are automatically considered for your second choice of campus.

QUALIFYING FOR A PROGRAM

Campus qualifiers are then ranked according to the different grade predictors of the degree programs they chose. Top-ranking qualifiers are accepted according to the number of slots available for that program. If you don’t make it to your first choice of program, you will be screened again for your second choice using the same process, and so on until the last choice you have indicated.

If you still do not make it to your last indicated course choice, you will remain qualified for that campus but you must then find a degree program with available slots (DPWS) in that campus. 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.

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 appeal to other UP campuses if your admission grade is within their posted cut-off grade, and they still have available slots.

Present your Non-Qualifier’s Slip (which indicates your admission grade and will be sent to you in the mail) to the Registrar’s Office of the campus you want to enter. However, there is no guarantee of acceptance as each campus may have additional criteria for admission through appeals.

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 to 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.


  B.   THROUGH INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Filipino and Foreign graduates of high schools abroad may qualify for freshman admission 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. You may also visit www.upcat.up.edu.ph.


  C.   THROUGH ISKOLAR NG BAYAN PROGRAM

Filipino graduates from the Top Ten of the graduating classes of public high schools may apply for freshman admission for SY 2016-2017 without having to take the UPCAT. This is provided by a transitory provision of RA 10648, the Iskolar ng Bayan Law. If you qualify for admission in UP under the Iskolar ng Bayan program, you are entitled to free tuition and other school fees for the first year of college.

All eligible applicants must indicate their campus and degree program of choice. Those who choose a campus outside their region do not qualify for automatic admission and will have to take the UPCAT. Applicants will be ranked according to their high school weighted averages and then screened based on the decision parameters of their chosen campus. There are limited slots per campus for the Iskolar ng Bayan Program.

 

 

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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