The University of the Philippines (UP), founded in 1908, was declared as the National University in 2008. It has produced 30 out of 31 National Scientists; 34 out of 57 National Artists; 7 out of the 14 Presidents of the Republic; 12 Chief Justices of the Supreme Court; and hundreds of thousands of graduates serving the country. With 8 constituent universities spread throughout 15 campuses nationwide, UP provides a unique culture of diversity that is founded on shared values for honor and excellence:
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 degree programs at the baccalaureate, masteral and doctoral levels, plus certificate and diploma programs, and continuing education courses.
In line with the guiding spirit of ONE UNIVERSITY ONE UP, and the university's commitment to high standards of academic excellence, these programs 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.
For SY 2018-2019, UP welcomes the first batch of freshmen who will continue to university after the full implementation of Senior High School. UPCAT2018 will be administered nationwide on October 21-22, 2017.
You are qualified to apply as a freshman to UP through the UPCAT for SY2018-2019 if:
The UPCAT consists of 4 subtests: Science, Math, Language Proficiency (in English and Filipino), and Reading Comprehension (in English and Filipino). 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. To implement the policy of demographic access, the selection of campus qualifiers also considers socioeconomic and geographic factors.
Campus qualifiers are ranked according to grade predictors of their chosen degree programs.
If you still do not make it to your last indicated course choice, you will remain qualified for that campus but must then find a degree program with available slots (DPWS) in that campus. The campus Registrar's Office will help you find that program.
If you do not qualify to any of your campus choices, you may appeal for admission to a program in another UP campus if your admission grade is within the campus' posted cutoff grade, and the program has available slots. Present your Non-Qualifier's Slip indicating your admission grade (sent to you in the mail) to the Registrar's Office of the campus you want to enter. There is no guarantee of acceptance as each campus may have additional criteria for admission through appeals.
Filipino graduates from the Top Ten of the graduating classes of public high schools may apply for freshman automatic admission (i.e. without having to take the UPCAT) for SY 2018-2019, provided you meet other UP admission requirements, as provided by a transitory provision of the Iskolar ng Bayan Law of 2014.
Foreign OR Filipino applicants who have graduated or are graduating from a secondary school/home school abroad (i.e. international applicant) and have not enrolled in college before SY2018-2019 may be admitted as freshmen by Automatic Admission (i.e. without taking the UPCAT), provided they meet other requirements, including qualifications for college admission by national or international foreign-administered examinations as specified.
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.
You may apply as a freshman to UP through the UPCAT for SY2017-2018 if you are a secondary school graduate OR you are a senior high school student expecting to graduate in 2017. In addition, you must not have taken the UPCAT and any college courses.
|START OF APPLICATION PERIOD||July 17, 2017|
|DEADLINE FOR FILING OF APLICATIONS||18 August 2017 – Metro Manila Private Schools
25 August 2017 – Metro Manila Public Schools
September 1, 2017 - Non-Metro Manila Schools
& applications thru Regional Filing Centers
(Late Applications will be subject to late fees)
Before you start your application, please prepare the following required documents that you have to submit together with your application. Attach this checklist to the front of your Form 1.
|Category of Applicant||Required Documents|
|All applicants||Four recent 2X2 identical photographs|
|Proof of payment of UPCAT application fee|
|Completed UPCAT Forms 1 and 2|
|IF High school graduate already||High school diploma|
|IF Graduating in 2018 from a DepEd-accredited HS||DepEd Certificate of Approval or Permit to Operate transition program|
|IF Philippine Education Placement Test (PEPT) taker||PEPT Certificate of Eligibility to Enter College and PEPT grades|
|IF Transferee (i.e. has taken subjects from another high school)||Signed and certified legible photocopy of the Permanent Secondary School Record (F137) from other school with all the grades earned within|
|IF Exempted from payment of application fee:|
|Annual gross family income is PhP130,000 or less; OR||2016 ITRs of earning family members or BIR Certificate of Exemption|
|A Top Ten graduate/prospective graduate of a public high school||Certified Ranked overall list of the school's TOP TEN students across all programs and/or campuses|
Carefully read the information and instructions provided in this Bulletin. Click on each step to view more information.
For ONLINE application of UPCAT Form1:
The UPCAT Online application should be accessed on a laptop or pc, not on a mobile phone or tablet. Make sure you have a stable internet connection.
Pelase use legal size (8.5"x13") bond paper for printing Forms 1 and 2.
For MANUAL application of UPCAT Form1:
Only a duly authorized school official may fill out this form with your high school records. Make sure both the school official and you sign Form2 and that you get back the accomplished Form2.
The non-refundable UPCAT Application Fee is:
Exempted from payment of the application fee are Filipino applicants belonging to either of these groups:
MODES OF PAYMENT: The application fee may be paid through any of the following:
Applications may be submitted to:
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.
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 ( upcatonline.up.edu.ph)
Go to your designated Test Center on the date specified in your Test Permit: OCTOBER 21, or 22, 2017. Be there by 6:30am (morning session) or 12nn (afternoon session).
The use of cellphones, 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 (http://upcat.up.edu.ph) for announcements and posting of UPCAT results between March and April 2018. A list of UP Qualifiers from your school will be sent to your principal. Individual notices will also be sent to all examinees.
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:
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.
An international applicant may apply for automatic admission (i.e. without taking the UPCAT) if s/he meets the following requirements:
Qualifications for college admission by national or international foreign-administered examination: the SAT, OR the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examination, OR the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), OR other equivalent examinations approved by UP.
|Minimum SAT Scores||Old SAT||Redesigned SAT|
|Evidence-based Writing + Critical Reading||-||650|
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).
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. 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 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.
The University of the Philippines (UP) offers a number of programs to support students in need of financial assistance. These are grouped according to financial needs they address:
ISKOLAR NG BAYAN ACT. By virtue of RA 10648, UP will admit and offer free tuition and other fees to students (1) who belong to the Top 10 graduates of a public high school, and (2) who 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.
SOCIALIZED TUITION SYSTEM (ST System). UP created the ST System to reduce the cost paid by students during enrollment, based on the assessment of the paying capacity of the household to which a student belongs. Using the information submitted by the students, the University may waive a portion or the full cost required during enrollment. To ensure that financially disadvantaged students can also afford living expenses in UP, the ST System waives the full cost of tuition and other fees, and in certain cases, grants monthly stipends (P3,500/month) to students from low-income households. There is no limit to the number of grantees under the ST System.
STUDENT AND GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS (SAGA). The UP's SAGA is a program for upperclassmen 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: Currently at P60/hour for undergraduate students, P100/hour for MA/MS, and P140/hour for PhD. The total number of student assistants varies every semester based on the number requested by UP units who will take in the students.
UP PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP AND UP PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP GRANT PROGRAMS. These programs are competitive scholarship programs awarded to students with outstanding academic accomplishments and leadership achievements. Undergraduate students with a general weighted average of at least a "1.75" and "2.75" are eligible to apply for the scholarships, respectively. The total number of scholars is limited to the number of slots that are vacant every academic year.
UP TUITION LOAN PROGRAM. UP's tuition loan program allows students to defer up to 100% of the amount of tuition and other school fees (except student fund), at zero interest when settled in full before the end of the term. The program also facilitates installment payment during the semester. There is no limits to the number of students who can benefit from UP's Tuition Loan Program.
Other scholarships, study grants and awards donated by government and private companies or individuals, are also available. For inquiries or additional information, please email the UP System Office of Student Financial Assistance at [email protected], or check the websites of the Office of Student Affairs/Office of Scholarships and Student Services of the different UP campus units (e.g. http://ovcsa.upd.edu.ph/osa.htm; https://uplbosa.org). For UP Diliman, you may go directly to the OFFICE OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUDENT SERVICES (OSSS), Vinzon's Hall, UP Diliman, QC, or check http://ovcsa.upd.edu.ph/osss.htm.
If you are an international applicant seeking freshman entry to UP, you are eligible to apply if you have graduated from a high school abroad or will graduate from a high school abroad before SY2017, and you have not yet taken college courses.
Filipino and Foreign graduates of high schools abroad may be eligible for automatic admission (i.e. without having to take the UPCAT), provided they meet the qualifications based on the SAT, or the General Certificate of Education Examination (GCE), or the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB).
For international applicants whose native language or medium of instruction in the secondary school is not English, a minimum score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is also required. Details on the specific requirements may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar of the respective UP campuses. International applicants who do not qualify for automatic admission may also apply by taking the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT). For further details, you may also visit upcat.up.edu.ph.
See Freshman Admissions for Foreign and Filipino Applicants from Secondary Schools Abroad for more information.
Filipino graduates from the Top Ten of the graduating classes of public high schools may apply for freshman automatic admission (i.e. without having to take the UPCAT) for SY 2017-2018. This is provided by a transitory provision of RA 10648, the Iskolar ng Bayan Law of 2014. 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. There are limited slots per campus for the Iskolar ng Bayan Program.
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 CU where they wish to enroll in. All eligible applicants must indicate their campus and degree program of choice. Applicants who prefer a campus outside their region do not qualify for automatic admission under the Iskolar ng Bayan program and will have to take the UPCAT for admission.