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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.

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Many applicants who aspire to enter the University of the Philippines have to take the UPCAT. For incoming freshmen of SY2016-2017, 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 try other UP campuses if your admission grade is within their posted cutoff 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.

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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 http://upcat.up.edu.ph.

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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.

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FIRST, You must be:

  1. A Senior student expecting to graduate at the end of the school year from a DepEd-accredited high school or a secondary school abroad; OR
  2. A Graduate of DepEd-accredited high schools or secondary schools abroad; OR
  3. Certified eligible for admission to college after taking the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT).

SECOND, You must also:

  1. Have Final grades for three (3) high school years preceding the year of graduation in a high school with DepEd recognition/permit to operate the curriculum during the transition period from the old Basic Education Curriculum to the new Enhanced Basic Education (K-12) Curriculum; AND
  2. Have not taken any college subject/s prior to the semester/academic year for which the UPCAT is to be taken.


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

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  1. Correctly and completely accomplished UPCAT Forms 1 & 2, and:
    1. If the applicant is a transferee or has taken some subjects from another high 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 with all the grades earned therein;
    2. If the applicant is a member of a Cultural Minority Group, a certification of CMG status from the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)/Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA) is required;
    3. If the applicant is graduating from a K-12 transition program curriculum, a certification of DepEd recognition of the transition program is required (this may be obtained from your principal).
    4. If the applicant took the PEPT, a PEPT certificate of eligibility to enter college/university must be attached.
  2. Four 2"x2" identical recent photographs taken within the last 6 months.
  3. Receipt of payment for Application Fee, or documents for Exemption from payment.
    1. 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
    2. 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 (submit 2014 ITRs 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 2015-2016 (submit a ranked overall list of the school’s TOP TEN students across all curricular programs and/or campuses as of SY 2014-2015 signed by the School Head/Principal).

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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:
    Asia United Bank Corporation, Bank of Commerce, Bank of the Philippine Islands, BDO Private Bank, Inc, BDO Unibank, Inc, China Banking Corporation , Citibank NA, Development Bank of the Philippines, East West Banking Corporation, Land Bank of the Philippines, Maybank Philippines, Inc, Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company, Philippine National Bank, PhilippineTrust Company, Philippine Veterans Bank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Robinsons Bank Corporation, Security Bank Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank, The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, Union Bank of the Philippines, United Coconut Planters Bank


  1. Land Bank and PNB will be charging a service fee of P25 for every application;
  2. Different banks have their own fees for the purchase of Manager’s Checks and Cashier’s Checks.

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Carefully read the information and instructions provided in this Bulletin.

  1. There are two forms that have to be submitted. You have the option of filling out the application Form 1 (UPCAT Application for Freshman Admission) online or manually. Form 2 (Secondary School Record) has to be filled out by your high school principal or school head, then you must submit it with Form 1.
    For Online application of Form 1:
    1. Visit the UPCAT website (http://upcat.up.edu.ph) for instructions on how to fill out the Online UPCAT Application Form1 and subsequent steps in filing your application.
    2. Fill out UPCAT Form 1 online at https://upcatonline.up.edu.ph/. You will be asked for an email address which you will later use for logging on to your application account. This email address will also be used to send you notifications regarding the status/progress of your application, as well as the link to the UPCAT Online Reviewer .
    3. Upon completing the UPCAT Form 1, you will be e-mailed a printable copy (.pdf format) of the accomplished form as well as your UPCAT Form 2. Print these forms and sign in the appropriate boxes provided for your signature.
    NOTE. 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.
    For Manual application of Form 1:
    1. You may get application forms through:
      • your authorized school representative, OR
      • directly from the Office of Admissions in UP Diliman, OR
      • from the Office of the University Registrar in a UP campus outside UP Diliman.
    2. Fill out Form 1 completely and sign in the appropriate boxes provided for your signature.
  2. 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.
  3. Pay the UPCAT Application fee (see Sec. III. Modes of Payment) or if exempted, prepare the originals and photocopies of the necessary documentary proof for Exemption (see Sec. II.3.b. Exempted).
    1. If paying thru LBP or PNB, accomplish 3 deposit slips and have them validated, then attach 1 validated slip to your application.
    2. If paying with MC/CC, attach the MC or CC (payable to UPCAT) to your application.
    3. 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.
  4. Submit the completed Forms 1 & 2 and all other required documents (see Sec. II for required documents) to the UP Office of Admissions, University of the Philippines, 1101 Diliman, Q.C. either in person, OR through the authorized school (not a bank) representative, OR by mail. You can also submit your completed forms and all other required documents to selected regional UPCAT application filing centers in: UP Baguio, UP Cebu, UP Iloilo, UP Los Banos, UP Mindanao, UP Pampanga and UP Tacloban.
    Include 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.
  5. You will be notified by email regarding the status of your application and the details of your Test Permit. You may also log on to your UPCAT Online Account (https://upcatonline.up.edu.ph) to monitor the status of your application and possible deficiencies you need to attend to.
  6. Claim your Test Permit. Remember the date, time and place of your UPCAT session.
    1. 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).
    2. For personally filed applications, pick up your test permit from the Office of Admissions on the same day.
    3. For applications filed thru regional filing centers or by mail, wait for your Test Permit to arrive in the mail. It will be mailed to your school. The list of examinees with processed applications will also be sent to your school’s official e-mail address. If your name is not among the listed examinees for your school, check with the Office of Admissions (9818500 Local 3827, 3828 or 3831), and follow-up with the UPCAT Examiner assigned to the UPCAT Test Center nearest to your high school on August 28 (the Friday just before the UPCAT).

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24 July 2015 - Metro Manila private schools

29 July 2015 - Metro Manila public schools

31 July 2015 - Non-Metro Manila schools

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

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  1. Go to your designated Test Center on the date specified in your Test Permit. Be there by 7:00am.
  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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  1. Check the UPCAT website (www.upcat.up.edu.ph) for announcements and posting of UPCAT Results (by February 2016). 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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The University of the Philippines is highly committed to admitting the best students and providing increased access to quality higher education. All UP students are provided partial tuition subsidies by government appropriations, but additionally the University provides possible tuition discounts and/or additional financial assistance for qualified students in the form of monthly subsidies for living expenses. Students may also avail of tuition loans and short-term loans from the Student Loan Board.

Since 1991, the UP Oblation Scholarship has been awarded to the top fifty UPCAT qualifiers. The benefits include free tuition, miscellaneous and laboratory fees, and a monthly incentive. 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.

The Iskolar ng Bayan Scholarship which provides free tuition fee and other school fees for the first year of college is now available for SY2016-2017 under RA 10648. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must comply with the ff. requirements of the Law:

  1. Must be a Filipino citizen;
  2. Must be enrolling for the first time in college and has no credited previous college work;
  3. Has graduated from any public high school in the country within 2 years prior to SY2016;
  4. Provides a certification, duly signed by the School principal, that s/he belongs to the Top Ten of the graduating class.

Applicants for the Iskolar ng Bayan scholarship through automatic admission do not have to take the UPCAT if they choose a UP campus that is in their region, but they still have to submit final grades for 3 high school years preceding graduation in order to satisfy application requirements of the University.

Other 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.

For additional information, you may write to the Office of Student Affairs of the different UP campus units. For UP Diliman, you may write directly to the OFFICE OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUDENT SERVICES (OSSS), Vinzon’s Hall, UP Diliman, Q.C., or e-mail [email protected].

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UP Manila launched a Return Service Program in 2001 for students of its seven health colleges to sign a contract that requires them to work in the Philippines for a period of not less than two years within five years after graduation.

The Return Service Agreement (RSA) covers the different courses offered by the College of Allied Medical Professions, College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, College of Medicine, and School of Health Sciences. Under the RSA, graduates are mandated to serve in the country, preferably in accordance with the roles and nature of their respective professions and along the three major functions of the university, but not limited to education/training, research, and direct service.

For further information on the RSA, please visit the Office of Alumni Relations website (http://alumni.upm.edu.ph/?q=node/5) or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 525-3802.

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Important: Unless you qualify under any of the requirements stated below, it will not be advisable for you to apply. Only correctly filled up application forms with the required supporting documents and the non-refundable application fee (US $50 for non-resident foreign applicants) will be processed.

General Requirements for Foreign Applicants

A foreign applicant who graduated from a high school abroad and has not enrolled in college may be admitted to the freshman class by automatic admission without taking the UPCAT, if s/he meets the following requirements:
  1. completion of high school program in the country where s/he had secondary education (including the completion of a one- or two-year pre-university education in a country where such is a prerequisite for admission to a bachelor's degree program)
  2. qualifying in a college-qualifying national or international foreign-administered examination such as General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examination and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or equivalent examination:
    • GCE: 3 ordinary level passes and 2 advanced level passes
    • SAT: minimum total score of 1200 (Math and Critical Reading Only)
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  3. in the case of an applicant whose native language or whose medium of instruction in the secondary school is not English, a minimum score (500 if paper based or 173 if computer based) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Filipino High School Graduates from Abroad

A Filipino who graduated from a secondary school abroad applying for freshman admission to the University must satisfy the same requirements as those for foreign students.

UP College Admission Test (UPCAT)

Filipino or Foreign graduates from accredited high schools abroad or accredited home schools abroad, who fail to satisfy the requirements for automatic admission (i.e., Item 2 under General Requirements) may take the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT). If the applicant takes the UPCAT but does not qualify, he/she can no longer be admitted under automatic admission. The student has the option to enter UP as a transferee after satisfying transfer requirements of UP.

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Office of Admissions
University of the Philippines
Kalaw Corner Quirino Streets UP Diliman, Quezon City
1101 Philippines
Telefax: +63 2 9274561
Telephone: +63 2 981-8500 loc. 3287/3828/3830/3831
Email: [email protected]
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