General Information on Freshman Admission

The University of the Philippines (U.P.)

The University of the Philippines is a center of the arts and sciences, the professions and health sciences, agriculture and forestry, fisheries and aquaculture. It has about 4,710 faculty and 46,192 students in nine campuses all over the country. The four biggest campuses are in Diliman in Quezon City, Los Banos, Manila and Iloilo/Miag-ao. There are also five regional campuses: Baguio, Cebu, Davao, San Fernando in Pampanga and Tacloban. Altogether, the University has 56 colleges offering 413 degree programs.

As the premier State University, U.P. offers a wide range of degree programs, conducts basic and applied research, and performs many public service functions. Aspiring for academic excellence, it maintains a high standard of education. For this reason and on account of its limited resources, U.P. has found it necessary to set quotas (i.e., upper limits on freshman admission) for each campus and for some degree programs (referred to as quota programs). "Non-quota programs" impose no upper limits. Some degree programs are offered in just one campus while others are offered in two or more campuses.


General Admission Requirements

Graduates of accredited high schools may be admitted as freshman on the basis of their:

1. performance in the U.P. College Admission Test (UPCAT),
2. weighted average in the first three years of high school,
3. choice of U.P. college/unit, and
4. qualification for college admission through the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE).

Graduates of high schools abroad may be admitted as beginning freshmen into non-quota programs without taking the UPCAT provided they meet other specific requirements. For further details, inquire at the Office of the Registrar.

Foreign applicants and students transferring from other schools may be admitted, provided requirements set by the University are met.

What is the U.P.C.A.T.?

The UPCAT (UP College Admission Test) is a three and a half hour examination consisting of subtests on language proficiency, reading comprehension, mathematics and science. The language used in the UPCAT is English and Filipino.

Applicants who take the UPCAT are ranked according to their University Predicted Grade (UPG). The UPG is the result of combining the applicant's weighted scores in the UPCAT subtests and the weighted average of his grades in high school. The UPG is a measure of the applicant's potential to do well in college at the University of the Philippines.

WARNING: All UPCAT applicants and their parents are warned that U.P. has not authorized any individual, group or entity, public or private, to conduct UPCAT review sessions.

What are the Specific Requirements?

Eigible to take the UPCAT are:

1. Students of DECS-accredited high schools who have not taken the UPCAT previously and are high school seniors (i.e.,Fourth Year/Grade12) expecting to graduate at the end of the schoolyear; or high school graduates who have not taken and/or are not taking any college subject.
2. Holders of Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) certificates who are eligible for admission to college.

In both 1 and 2 above, the applicants must have final grades corresponding to the First, Second and Third Year of the 4-Year secondary school curriculum in DECS-accredited high schools (or Grades 9, 10 & 11 for international/foreign and similar schools.)

All UPCAT applicants must submit the following requirements:

1. Official copy of Form 137 or consolidated transcript of records with high school grades as specified above;
2. Correctly and completely accomplished forms (U.P. Form #1 & #2);
3. Four (4) identical recent 2" x 2" photographs; and
4. A non-refundable application fee:
- P250 for Filipinos with annual gross family income of more than P6O,OOO; or
- P300 for resident foreign applicants; or
- $35 for non-resident foreign applicants.

Exempted from Payment of the application fee are:

1. Filipinos whose annual gross family income is P60,000 or less;
2. Those who are among the top ten graduates or prospective graduates from public high schools; and
3. Those from Regions 5-12, CAR & ARMM who are among the top five graduates or prospective graduates from private high schools.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS: There is no minimum high school grade requirement for taking the UPCAT. The UPCAT can be taken only once; those who have taken the UPCAT before are not allowed to take it again.

Where to obtain UPCAT forms?

UPCAT application forms can be obtained from the UP Office of Admissions, Diliman, Quezon City; the Office of the University Registrar of all UP campuses; UPCAT Regional Test Centers; High School Principals and Guidance Counselors of both public and private high schools; and U.P. Alumni Association Chapters.

The application form is free of charge and may be photocopied.

Where to file UPCAT forms?

UPCAT application forms may be filed with the U.P. Office of Admissions in Diliman, Q.C. or sent by mail to the Office of Admissions, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 1101.

Where to take the UPCAT?

The UPCAT will be administered in six UP campuses and in 59 regional test centers all over the country. The same test will be administered simultaneously in all test centers, thus, every applicant will have the same chance of admission to the UP campus of his choice, irrespective of where he files his application and where he takes the test.

Applicants are advised to take the test at the UP campus or regional test center nearest their residence.

How to qualify for admission at UP?

Remember that when you applied to take the UPCAT, you had to choose two campuses out of nine (Baguio, Cebu, Diliman, Iloilo, Los Baños, Manila, Mindanao, San Fernando, and Tacloban) and two degree programs per campus. You stated your choices according to your oder of preference. Therefore, your application will only be processed for the campuses and programs you yourself chose and in your stated order of preference.

There are two steps in being admitted to the University: the first is to qualify for a campus; the second, to qualify for a degree program.

How to qualify for a campus?

To be admitted to the campus of your choice, you must meed the cut-off UPG (University Predicted Grade) of that campus. If you fall within the quota and qualify for your first choice of campus, you are no longer screened for your second choice.

What is the UPG?

The UPG (University Predicted Grade) is a combination of your weighted scores in the UPCAT subtests on language proficiency, reading comprehension, mathematics and science, and the weighted average of final grades in your first three years of high school. Every UP campus has its own cut-off UPG, which may vary from year to year.

UP Diliman and UP Manila are the campuses for which admission is extremely competitive because most applicants want to be admitted to either one. Their cut-off UPGs are usually among the highest among the campuses.

The only way, then, to qualify for admission to a campus is to rank within the quota and meet the required UPG of one of the two campuses you applied for.

What if you meet the UPG?

If you meet the cut-off UPG of a campus you chose, you qualify to be admitted to that campus. You will then receive a notice of admission.

How to qualify for a degree program or course?

Once you qualify for a campus, the next step is to be admitted to one of the degree programs you chose. A screening procedure for all programs is followed for this purpose.

Some programs have quotas and they are so marked in the General Information for Freshman Admission. These programs have their own predictors, such as the UPG and/or predicted grades in certain areas like mathematics or science. Campus qualifiers are ranked according to the degree program predictors. Those who fall within the quota are admitted to the degree program.

What if you don't qualify in any of the degree programs you chose?

If you don't qualify for your first choice of degree program, you will undergo the same process for your second choice. If you do not qualify for your second choice, you will still be listed for that campus but you must choose another degree program that can accommodate you. Since you are an UPCAT campus qualifier, you only need to find a program that will admit you.

The Office of the Registrar will help you find that program. And although it may not be your first preference, you may learn to appreciate it over time. Otherwise, you may try to shift to another degree program after your first year in the university.

Problems with Admission?

What if you appear in the pending case list?

If you don't find your name in the list of qualifiers, check the list of Pending Cases. This is the list of applicants who failed to submit all the required documents/credentials when they filed their application to take the UPCAT. The UPCAT results of these applicants cannot be released until the required documents/credentials are completed and processed. If you find your name on this list, you should immediately contact the Office of Admissions to find out what document/s or other credential/s you need to submit so that your UPCAT results can be released.

It is important to note that inclusion in the list of Pending Cases does not guarantee admission to the University.

What to do if you score below the UPG?

If you don't qualify for admission to either campus of your choice, you will be so informed. Your notice will also indicate your UPG. You may then want to try to be admitted to any of the other seven UP campuses. To do this, you need to find out if: (a) your UPG meets the cut-off UPG of that campus, and (b) the campus still has available slots. The information you need is available from the Campus Registrars' offices.

If both conditions are met, you should then present your UPG to the Office of the Registrar of the campus to which you want to be admitted. There is no guarantee of admission, however, as each campus makes its own decision.

If no other campus can accommodate you, you have no choice but to enroll in another college or university. Subject to certain requirements, you may later apply to transfer to a UP campus. Bear in mind that each campus has its own requirements/rules on transfer students and has limited slots for them.

Results of the UPCAT will be announced in the newspapers and the UP website and will also be posted in designated areas in all UP campuses sometime in February.

Information on Scholarship

The University gives recognition to students with outstanding academic performance. Starting the first semester 1991-92, the U. P. Oblation Scholarship has been awarded to the top fifty UPCAT qualifiers. The benefits of the U.P. Oblation Scholarship include free tuition, miscellaneous and laboratory fees, semestral book subsidy, incentive allowance per month and transportation allowance. The recipient can enjoy the U.P. Oblation Scholarship throughout the normal length of time required to finish his chosen degree program except for the INTARMED Program when only years I - IV will be supported.

A number of scholarships, study grants, and awards donated by government and private companies or individuals, are also available from the University. Most are intended for financially needy students, while some are awarded in recognition of outstanding academic performance.

Students can avail of the benefits under the STFAP program only after admission and enrollment in U.P. For additional information, call the Office of Scholarships and Student Services, U.P. Baguio, at (074) 446-5230.

Students who feel they need additional subsidies such as free tuition or tuition discounts, free miscellaneous fees and laboratory fees, subsidy for living expenses or travel when the student's hometown is very far from the U.P. campus or subsidy for books, may apply for those benefits under the STFAP program. However, students can avail of the benefits under the STFAP program only after admission and enrollment in U.P. For additional information, call the Office of Scholarships and Student Services, U.P. Baguio, at (074) 446-5230.

Masters Degrees - You may want to visit the website of preferred Graduate Degree Program.

College of Arts and Communication
Master of Arts in Language and Literature


College of Science
Master of Science in Mathematics


College of Social Sciences

Master of Arts in Science and Development Studies

Master of Management

Contact the Admissions Office

For more information about UP Baguio admission and related student matters, please direct inquiry to the Office of the University Registrar.

University Registrar
U.P. Baguio
2600 Baguio City, Philippines
TELEFAX: (074) 442-5592

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