The University of the Philippines (UP) as the National University is mandated to perform its unique and distinctive leadership in knowledge creation and public service. The UP is a vast System of 8 Constituent Universities located in 17 campuses, with 258 undergraduate programs to choose from, and UP students are from almost all regions of the country. They stand shoulder to shoulder to create a community of varied ideas, experiences and cultures. This is Tatak UP – a celebration of both diversity and unity.

  • UP Baguio in the mountain province of Benguet is a leading institution in the Northern Philippines in the areas of science, mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities. It is internationally noted for its Cordillera Studies program.

  • UP Cebu is the 8th constituent university and is located in Cebu City, a significant center of commerce and education in the Central Visayas. It offers 9 undergraduate programs under 4 academic clusters with a strong focus on its information technology and business programs.

  • UP Diliman in Quezon City with its sprawling campus provides an eclectic and dynamic learning atmosphere with more than 1,500 faculty and close to 24,000 students. There are 67 undergraduate and 223 graduate degree programs across 26 colleges, centers & institutes, among which are 22 CHED Centers of Excellence.

  • UP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga located at the Clark Special Economic Zone offers three undergraduate programs with a focus on business and industry, and provides research opportunities on the development of indigenous people in Clark and Subic.

  • UP Los Baños at the foot of Mt. Makiling is the country's recognized leader in agriculture, forestry and environmental management. It has 9 CHED Centers of Excellence: agricultural engineering, agriculture, biology, chemistry, forestry, information technology, mathematics, veterinary medicine, and development communication.

  • UP Manila in the Ermita District is the premier institution for the health sciences with extension campuses of its School of Health Sciences established in Luzon (Baler, Aurora), Visayas (Palo, Leyte), and Mindanao (Koronadal, South Cotabato). It offers 18 undergraduate programs through its 9 degree-granting units.

  • UP Visayas with beautiful campuses in Iloilo City, Iloilo; Miag-ao, Iloilo; and Tacloban, Leyte, is the acknowledged authority in marine science education and research, fisheries, and aquaculture in the country.

  • UP Mindanao in Davao City has 9 undergraduate programs offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics, and the School of Management, providing affordable quality education to diverse, marginalized and deserving sectors in the Southern Philippines.

  • UP Open University is the nation's most comprehensive distance education institution with online degree programs at the baccalaureate, masteral and doctoral levels, plus certificate and diploma programs, and continuing education courses. At the undergraduate level it offers an Associate in Arts degree (AA), pioneering Bachelor's degress in Multimedia Studies (BAMS) and in Education Studies (BES) using online teaching technologies.

In line with the guiding spirit of ONE UNIVERSITY ONE UP, and the university's commitment to high standards of academic excellence, undergraduate degree programs in UP require qualification through the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT). UP as the National University also takes affirmative steps in its admission process to enhance the access of disadvantaged students to high quality education. Tuition is free in UP.

UPCAT 2020 will be administered nationwide on October 5 & 6, 2019.



You are qualified to apply as a freshman to UP through the UPCAT for SY 2020-2021 if:

  • You are a high school graduate from 2019 or earlier and have not taken any college courses,
    Or, you are a senior high school student expecting to graduate before SY 2020; AND
  • You have final grades for three (3) high school years preceding the year of graduation; AND
  • You have not taken the UPCAT before.

The UPCAT consists of 4 subtests: Language Proficiency (in English and Filipino), and Reading Comprehension (in English and Filipino), Science, and Math. Standardized UPCAT scores are combined with the weighted average of the last 3 years of high school final grades to determine the UP admission grade (UPG). To implement the policy of demographic access, UP also considers socioeconomic and geographic factors in its admission process. (https://upcat.up.edu.ph)

SELECTION for a Campus

Admission into UP is very selective due to high demand. UPCAT applicants come from very diverse backgrounds but they are all ranked based on the UPG as an indicator of academic preparedness for university life.

  • Selection for admission to a campus is based on the applicant’s rank, campus quota and/or cut-off grade.
  • A successful applicant can receive an offer of admission to only one campus out of 2 choices.
SELECTION for a Degree Program

The successful applicants for a given campus are ranked according to grade predictors and quotas of their chosen degree programs. Some degree programs are more competitive due to high demand.

  • Applicants should choose only degree programs they are interested in. If an applicant is not successful for his/her first choice of campus, the process continues in order of priority of the remaining choices.
  • Applicants who are selected for a given campus but have not been selected for any of their chosen degree programs in that campus will be assisted by the Office of the University Registrar to choose a degree program with available slots (DPWAS).

If your application to any of your campus choices is not successful, you may appeal for admission to a degree program in another UP campus if your UPG is within the campus’ cut-off grade, and the program has available slots.

  • Some campuses are not open to appeals. Please check the different campus websites to find out which campuses are open to appeals.
  • Each campus may have additional criteria to the UPG in processing appeals.


If you are a Filipino public high school graduate in the Top Ten of your graduating class, you may apply for freshman automatic admission (i.e. without having to take the UPCAT) for SY 2020-2021, as provided by the Iskolar ng Bayan Law of 2014. The law also requires that you comply with other admission requirements of the university and enroll in a UP Campus that is in the same region as your high school.

  • You are entitled to free tuition and other school fees for the first year of college.
  • Application forms for the Iskolar ng Bayan program may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) or Office of Scholarships and Student Services (OSSS) of the campus you wish to enroll in.
  • There are limited slots per campus for the Iskolar ng Bayan Program.


Foreign OR Filipino applicants who have graduated or are graduating from a secondary school school abroad (i.e. international applicant) and have not enrolled in college before SY 2020 may be admitted as freshmen by automatic admission (i.e. without taking the UPCAT), provided they meet other admission requirements, including qualifications for college admission by national or international foreign-administered examinations. For details please visit https://upcat.up.edu.ph.


Students from other universities may apply for transfer to a UP campus after earning 33 academic units in another school with a weighted average of 2.00 or better on the UP marking system. Information regarding transfer procedures to UP may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar of the respective UP campuses.



  1. Senior high school student expecting to graduate before SY 2020-2021 from a DepEd-accredited high school or an accredited secondary school abroad; OR
  2. Graduate of a DepEd- accredited high school or accredited secondary school abroad; AND
  3. Must have final grades for three (3) high school years preceding the year of graduation;
  4. Must not have taken any college subject/s prior to taking the UPCAT; AND
  5. Must not have taken the UPCAT before.
  Regional Public HS2 August 2019
  Regional Private HS9 August 2019
  Metro Manila Public HS16 August 2019
  Metro Manila Private HS23 August 2019

Applications received after August 23 will be processed only if test permits are still available.

UPCAT 2020 will be held on October 5 and 6, 2019.



Before you start your application, please prepare the following documents that you are required to submit together with your application. Refer to this checklist before you submit Form 1.

All applicants Four (4) recent 2X2 photographs that are all identical
  Fully accomplished UPCAT Forms:
    Form 1 Personal Data Sheet
    Form 2 High School Record
IF High school graduate High school diploma
IF Graduating in 2020 from a local HS DepEd Certificate of Recognition or Permit to Operate
ONLY IF Transferee (i.e. has taken subjects from another high school) Certified clear photocopy of the Permanent Secondary School Record (F137) from other school with all the grades earned within
For Foreign Applicants Only Proof of payment of UPCAT application fee
Applications with deficient documents will not be accepted for processing of test permits.


Carefully read the information and instructions provided in this Bulletin. Click on each step to view more information.

For ONLINE application for UPCAT Form 1: Go to https://upcatonline.up.edu.ph.

    • You will need a valid email address for logging on to your application account and for receiving notifications about your application status and results.
    • Do not create multiple accounts as these will cause much delay in the printing of your application forms.
    • You are required to read the UP Privacy Notice for UPCAT Applicants before filling up Form 1.
    • The UPCAT Online application should be accessed on a laptop or pc, not on a mobile phone/tablet.
    • Make sure you have a stable internet connection.
    • Please use legal size (8.5X13) bond paper for printing Forms 1 and 2. Review your application before printing.

  1. Sign up and Log in
  2. Fill out UPCAT Form 1 completely online.
  3. Print out the pdf copy (NOT the DRAFT copy) of your accomplished Form 1, which will available for download online upon completion of Form 1.
  4. Print out UPCAT Form 2 which will also be available online with Form 1.
  5. If you need to make changes in your application after you have printed out Form 1, fill up the Request to Revise Application Form available online. Applications with manual corrections/edits will not be accepted.
  6. Be sure to sign in the appropriate boxes provided in Forms 1 and 2.
  • Only a duly authorized school official may fill out this form with your high school records.
  • Make sure both you and the school official sign Form 2 and that you get back the accomplished Form 2 before the deadline for submission of application.

The non-refundable UPCAT Application Fee is:

  • P450 for resident foreign applicants studying in the Philippines
  • US$50 for non-resident foreign applicants

MODES OF PAYMENT: The application fee may be paid through any of the following:

  • Any Land Bank (LBP) branch, Account No. 1462-2220-13 (only for peso payments);
  • Any Philippine National Bank (PNB) branch, Account No. 108610027120 (for peso payments) or Account No. 108660027136 (for US dollar payments);


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

Applications should be submitted to the UP Office of Admissions, University of the Philippines, 1101 Diliman, Q.C, by any of the following ways:

  1. Directly in person;
  2. Through an authorized representative (school, organization, etc.); OR
  3. By courier service (with same day/next day delivery) with a prepaid return pouch (if the test permit is to be mailed back to you).

You will be notified by email regarding the status of your application and the details of your Test Permit. You may also monitor the status of your application by logging on to your UPCAT Online Account (https://upcatonline.up.edu.ph).

You will be notified by email if your Test Permit is already available. Due to the expected large volume of applicants, availability may take 2 weeks after we receive your application forms.

Upon filing your UPCAT application, you will be asked to indicate how to claim your test permit. Please choose from the following options:

  1. I will pick up my test permit at the Office of Admissions;
  2. An authorized representative (must bring authorization letter and ID) will pick up my test permit;
  3. I will provide a prepaid return courier pouch with my return address.


Go to your designated Test Center on the date specified in your Test Permit: October 5 or 6, 2019. Be there by 6:30am (morning session) or 12nn (afternoon session).

  • Bring only your Test Permit, 2 good quality pencils, sharpener, rubber eraser and snacks.
  • The test administration will last about five hours.

The use of mobile phones, calculating devices, and/or cameras during the test is strictly prohibited and will be a cause for immediate rejection of application for admission to UP.


Check the UPCAT website (https://upcat.up.edu.ph) for announcements on the availability of UPCAT results by April 2020. You will need the same email account that you used for application to view your application results. If you qualify for admission to UP, register according to the instructions provided by the college or unit to which you have been accepted.


UP Manila launched a Return Service Program in 2001 for students of its Health colleges to sign a contract that requires them to work in the Philippines for a period of not less than 2 years within 5 years after graduation.

The Return Service Agreement (RSA) covers the different courses offered by:

  • College of Allied Medical Professions
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health, and
  • School of Health Services.

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 this website http://alumni.upm.edu.ph/?q=node/5 or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 525-3802.


A foreign OR Filipino applicant who has graduated or is graduating from a secondary school/home school abroad (i.e. international applicant) and has not enrolled in college may be admitted to the freshman class by automatic admission OR by taking the UPCAT. Filipino students from Philippine high schools in the Middle East may also apply.

By Automatic Admission

An international applicant may apply for automatic admission (i.e. without taking the UPCAT) if s/he meets the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a 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); AND

  2. Qualifications for college admission by any of the following national or international foreign-administered examinations: the SAT, OR the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examination, OR the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), OR other equivalent examinations approved by UP.

    1. SAT: (scores must not have been taken more than 4 years before application)
      Minimum SAT Scores Old SAT Redesigned SAT
      TOTAL SCORE 1200 1270
      Math 600 620
      Critical Reading 600 -
      Evidence-based Writing +
      Critical Reading
      - 650

    2. GCE: 2 ordinary (O) level passes and 3 advanced (A) level passes; OR
    3. 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).

Through the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT)

Filipino or Foreign graduates from accredited high schools/home schools abroad may take the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) if unable to satisfy the requirements for automatic admission. They must follow the same UPCAT application process with the required supporting documents as all other UPCAT applicants, and pay the non-refundable application fee (US $50 for non-resident foreign applicants). The UPCAT has subtests that are in Filipino.

Only correctly filled up application forms with the required supporting documents and the non-refundable application fee will be processed. 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.


The University of the Philippines is highly committed to admitting the best students and providing increased access to quality higher education.

For AY 2020-2021, all eligible students will be granted free tuition and miscellaneous fees when they enroll in the University of the Philippines, in accordance with the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017 (Republic Act 10931).

In addition to the higher education subsidy granted by the National Government, the University also provides other forms of financial assistance to qualified students. These are grouped according to financial needs they address:

ISKOLAR NG BAYAN ACT.   By virtue of RA 10648, applicants who belong to the Top 10 graduates of a public high school AND may be automatically admitted (without taking the UPCAT) to UP under the Iskolar ng Bayan Program if they graduated from public high schools from the region where a UP constituent university is located. The total number of grantees shall be limited to approximately five (5) percent of previous year's freshmen enrollees. Once selected, grantees' tuition and other fees are waived on their first year in UP.

UP GRANTS-IN-AID PROGRAM (UP GIAP).   In October 2018, the University instituted the UP GIAP to reduce the cost paid by students during enrollment, based on the assessed paying capacity of the household to which an undergraduate student belongs. Using the information submitted by applicants, the University may waive a portion or the full cost required to enroll. In certain cases, the UP GIAP may grant monthly stipends (P3,500/month) to students from low-income households. There is no limit to the number of grantees under the UP GIAP.

STUDENT AND GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS (SAGA).   The UP's SAGA is a program for continuing undergraduate and graduate students to gain experiences on leadership and ethics in the workplace, in the course of assisting UP in fulfilling its teaching, research, and public service functions. Student Assistants (SAs) are given allowances based on hours rendered: The SAGA rates are P60/hour for undergraduate students, P100/hour for MA/MS students, and P140/hour for Doctorate students.

UP TUITION LOAN PROGRAM   Students may avail of short-term loans through the Student Loan Board. Students must be settled before the end of the semester or trimester.



UP PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP AND LEADERSHIP AWARDS.   These are competitive scholarship awards to students with outstanding academic accomplishments and leadership achievements. Continuing students with a General Weighted Average of at least a "1.75" or better (for applicants to the UP Presidential Scholarship Awards) and "2.75" or better (for applicants are eligible to the UP Presidential Leadership Awards) may apply. The total number of scholars is limited to the number of slots that are vacant every academic year.

Since 1991, the UP Oblation Scholarship has been awarded to the top fifty UPCAT students. 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.

The INTARMED (Integrated Arts-Medicine) PROGRAM is a 7-year curriculum that allows high school graduates to directly enter the UP College of Medicine. INTARMED scholars are chosen from the UPCAT top 50 males and top 50 females to participate in this accelerated medical program.

Other scholarships, study grants, and awards donated by government and private companies or individuals, are also available. For inquiries, please email the UP System Office of Student Financial Assistance ([email protected]), or check the websites of the Office of Student Affairs and Office of Scholarships and Grants of the different UP campuses.