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The University of the Philippines

The University of the Philippines, declared in 2008 as the National University, has seven (7) constituent universities and one (1) autonomous college spread out through 15 campuses nationwide. These campuses vary not only in geographical location but also in their renowned colleges, institutes, faculty and program offerings that shape their unique personalities:

  • UP Diliman in Quezon City is the University's flagship campus and offers the largest number of degree programs, including and Extension Program in Pampanga
  • UP Baguio is a leading institution in the areas of science and mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities in the Northern Philippines, and is also noted for its Cordillera Studies program
  • UP Los Baños at the foot of Mt. Makiling is the country's recognized leader in agriculture, forestry, and environmental management
  • 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), is the acknowledged authority in marine science education and research, fisheries, and aquaculture in the country
  • UP Visayas with 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 with strong programs in Architecture, biotechnology, and agribusiness expands access to high quality education to 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
  • UP Cebu is currently a rapidly developing autonomous colledge with a strong focus on its information technology and business programs

There are 175 undergraduate degree programs across the UP campuses. In line with the guiding spirit of ONE UNIVERSITY ONE UP, and the university's commitment to high standards of academic excellence, these programs generally require qualification through the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT). While admission into the UP System is very selective with an acceptance rate of 15-17% for the best and brightest freshmen, UP also takes affirmative steps in its admission process to enhance the access of disadvantaged students to high quality education.

For SY 2017-2018, UP will continue to provide access to high quality university education despite the significant decrease in HS graduates eligible to enter college due to the implementation of the K-12 Program. UPCAT2017 will be administered nationwide on September 18, 2016.

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A. Admission through the UPCAT

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.

Applications for the UPCAT will start in July 2016 and can be partly accomplished online which will enable faster processing of your application and will 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, or Office of the Registrar of a UP Campus near you and ask for 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 demographic access, 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 in order of preference. You will also indicate your choice of up to 4 degree programs per campus in order of preference. Your application will be processed according to your campus and program choices in the order you specified. Please note that UP Baguio and UP Visayas (Miagao, Iloilo City, Tacloban) will not be open for 2017 freshman admissions.

All UPCAT applicants are ranked based on their UP admission grades, then screened based on their choice of campuses. The top-ranking applicants per campus will qualify based on the campus quota and cut-off grade. If you do not qualify for your first choice, you are automatically screened for your second choice of campus.

Qualifying for a Program

Campus qualifiers are ranked according to different grade predictors of their chosen degree programs and are accepted based on the program quotas. 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 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 to other campuses of the UP System if your admission grade is within their posted cutoff grade, and they have programs with 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.

Transfer Admissions

If no UP campus can accommodate you for 2017, you can 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. As with freshman admissions, each campus may have additional rules on transfer. Information regarding transfer to UP may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar of the respective UP campuses.

I. Admission Requirements

  1. Senior high school student expecting to graduate before SY2017 from a DepEd-accredited high school or a secondary school abroad; OR
  2. Graduate of a DepEd- accredited high school or secondary school abroad; OR
  3. PEPT Certified Eligible for admission to college; AND
  4. With final grades for three (3) high school years preceding the year of graduation; AND
  5. Must not have taken any college subject/s prior to taking the UPCAT; AND
  6. Must not have taken the UPCAT previously.

II. How to Apply for the UPCAT

Carefully read the information and instructions provided in this Bulletin.

(Applications filed after the deadline will be subject to late fees)
August 30, 2016

Checklist of Required Documents

Before you start your application, please take note of the following required documents that you have to submit together with your application.

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 High school diploma
IF Graduating in 2017 from a HS with a DepEd approved K+12 transition program (i.e. SHS Early Adopter) 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 2015 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

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For ONLINE application of UPCAT Form1:

  1. For instructions, go to UPCAT website (upcat.up.edu.ph) or directly to https://upcatonline.up.edu.ph
  2. Fill out UPCAT Form1 completely online. You will need an email address for logging on to your application account and also for receiving notifications about your application.
  3. Print out the pdf copy of your accomplished Form1, which will be sent to your email upon completion of Form1.
  4. Print out UPCAT Form2 which will also be sent to your email with Form1.
  5. Sign in the appropriate boxes provided in Forms 1 and 2 for your signature.

It is recommended that the UPCAT Online application is accessed on a laptop or pc, not on a cellphone or tablet. Make sure you have a stable internet connection.

For MANUAL application of UPCAT Form1:

  1. Get application forms:
    • From your authorized school representative
    • Directly from the System Office of Admissions in UP Diliman
    • From the Office of the Registrar in a UP campus outside UP Diliman
  2. Fill out Form 1 completely and sign in the appropriate boxes provided for your signature.
  3. Attach required documents.

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:

  • P450 for Filipinos with annual gross family income of more than P130,000
  • P450 for resident foreign applicants studying in the Philippines
  • US$50 for non-resident foreign applicants

Exempted from payment of the application fee are Filipino applicants belonging to either of these groups:

  • Those with annual gross family income of P130,000 or less (attach to application 2016 ITRs of earning members of the family or BIR Certification of Exemption); OR
  • Top ten graduates or prospective graduates of public high schools for SY 2015-2016 (attach to application a certified, ranked overall list of the school's TOP TEN students across all curricular programs and/or campuses signed by the School Head/Principal)

MODES OF PAYMENT: The application fee (payable to UPCAT) 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. 393496000021 (for peso payments) or Account No. 393496000039 (for US dollar payments);
  • 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. 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 may be submitted to:

  1. 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.
  2. Selected regional UPCAT application filing centers in: 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.

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)

  1. For applications filed through an authorized school representative, pick up your Test Permit from the same, about a week after the date of submission of application;
  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 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 the Friday just before the UPCAT.


  • Go to your designated Test Center on the date specified in your Test Permit: SEPTEMBER 18, 2016. Be there by 7:00am.
  • 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 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.

IV. UPCAT Results

Check the UPCAT website (http://upcat.up.edu.ph) for announcements and posting of UPCAT results between February and March 2017. 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.

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B. Through International Qualifications

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.

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C. Through the Iskolar ng Bayan Program

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.

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Information on Scholarships

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 available for SY2017-2018 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 may 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. For inquiries or additional information, please email [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.

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UP Manila Return Service Agreement

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 Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Medicine, 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.

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Freshman Admissions for Foreign and Filipino Applicants from Secondary Schools Abroad

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.

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 national or international foreign-administered examination such as the SAT, OR the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examination, OR the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB):

a. 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

b. GCE: 3 ordinary level passes and 2 advanced level passes; OR

c. 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).

Admission 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).

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.


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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Please click on here for the the list of Undergraduate Programs.


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Non-Baccalaureate Programs

Please click on here for the the Non-Baccalaureate Programs.






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