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: 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 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 degrees 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, 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 2019-2020, UP welcomes the first batch of freshmen who will continue to university after the full implementation of Senior High School. UPCAT2019 will be administered nationwide on September 15-16, 2018.



You are qualified to apply as a freshman to UP through the UPCAT for SY2019-2020 if:

  • you are a high school graduate from 2018 or earlier, OR
  • you are a senior high school student expecting to graduate before July 2019, AND
  • you have final grades for three (3) high school years preceding the year of graduation; AND
  • you have not taken any college courses before SY2019-2020 and have not taken the UPCAT before.

The UPCAT consists of 4 subtests: Language Proficiency (in English and Filipino), 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, the selection of campus qualifiers also considers socioeconomic and geographic factors. 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.

Qualifying for a Campus

All UPCAT applicants are ranked based on the UPG to determine Campus Qualifiers.

  • Selection is based on the applicant’s choice of campus and rank, plus the campus quota and cut-off grade.
  • If you do not qualify for your first choice of campus, you are automatically screened for your other choices.
Qualifying for a Degree Program

Campus qualifiers are ranked according to grade predictors of their chosen degree programs.

  • Admission into a degree program is based on rank per chosen degree program and program quota. Acceptance into a degree program is based on rank per chosen degree program and program quota
  • If you don't make it to your first choice of program, you will be screened again for your next choice

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.


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 2019-2020, 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 abroad (i.e. international applicant) and have not enrolled in college before SY2019-2020 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.


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 2019-2020 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. With 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.
  Metro Manila Private Schools27 July 2018
  Metro Manila Public Schools03 August 2018
  Regional Private and Public Schools10 August 2018

Applications received after the August 10 deadline will be processed only if test permits are still available.



Before you start your application, please prepare the following documents that you are required to submit together with your application Forms 1 and 2. Refer to this checklist before submission.

Category of Applicant   Required Documents
All applicants Four (4) recent 2X2 identical photographs
  Completed UPCAT forms:
    Form 1 Personal Data Sheet
    Form 2 High School Record
IF High school graduate High school diploma
IF Graduating in 2019 from a local HS DepEd Certificate of Recognition or Permit to Operate
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


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

For ONLINE application of UPCAT Form1: go to https://upcatonline.up.edu.ph.

    • You will need to read the UP Privacy Notice for UPCAT Applicants before filling up Form1.
    • 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Print out the pdf copy of your accomplished Form1, which will be sent to your email upon completion of Form1.
  3. Print out UPCAT Form2 which will also be sent to your email with Form1.
  4. Sign in the appropriate boxes provided in Forms 1 and 2 for your signature.

For MANUAL application of UPCAT Form1:

  1. Get application forms from:
    • Your authorized school representative
    • The System Office of Admissions in UP Diliman
    • 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. (Refer to checklist above)

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 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. PESO payments: for LBP, use ONCOLL slips; for PNB use BILLS PAYMENT slips; DOLLAR payments: for PNB, use CASH DEPOSIT slips;
    3. Name of Applicant and school must be indicated in the payment slips, accomplish 3 copies.
    4. Online/Internet payments and fund transfers are not allowed at this time.

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 Baguio, UP Cebu, UPEP in Pampanga, UP Los Baños, UP Iloilo, UP Tacloban and UP Mindanao

Include a self-addressed stamped envelope or use 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 (https://upcatonline.up.edu.ph)

  1. For applications filed through an authorized school representative, pick up your Test Permit from the school representative, 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 15 or 16, 2018. 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 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 (https://upcat.up.edu.ph) for announcements and posting of UPCAT results by March 2019. 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:

  • 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 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 Baccalaureates (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.


The University of the Philippines is highly committed to admitting the best students and providing increased access to quality higher education. For AY 2019-2020, 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. In addition to tuition and other fee subsidies given 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, 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.

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 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.

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 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.