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.
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.
You are qualified to apply as a freshman to UP through the UPCAT for SY 2020-2021 if:
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|START OF ONLINE APPLICATION PERIOD||July 16, 2019|
|SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS||July 16, 2019 - August 23, 2019|
|DEADLINE FOR FILING OF APPLICATIONS||2 August 2019 – Regional Public HS
9 August 2019 – Regional Private HS
16 August 2019 - Metro Manila Public HS
23 August 2019 - Metro Manila Private HS
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.
|CATEGORY OF APPLICANT||REQUIRED DOCUMENTS*|
|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.|
For ONLINE application for UPCAT Form 1: Go to https://upcatonline.up.edu.ph.
The non-refundable UPCAT Application Fee is:
Applications should be submitted to the UP Office of Admissions, University of the Philippines, 1101 Diliman, Q.C, by any of the following ways:
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).
Upon filing your UPCAT application, you will be asked to indicate how to claim your test permit. Please choose from the following options:
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).
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 UP 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:
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.
An international applicant may apply for automatic admission (i.e. without taking the UPCAT) if s/he meets the following requirements:
|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). 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 Award 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.
Note: Unless otherwise indicated in parenthesis, an undergraduate program is ordinarily completed after four years.
(UPCAT not required)
(UPCAT Minimum Grade of 2.800 required)
**Subject to change in program name from Certificate to Associate in Arts
|0103||Batac City, ILOCOS NORTE||MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITY|
|0122||Dagupan City, PANGASINAN||DAGUPAN CITY NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|0126||San Fernando City, LA UNION||DON MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITY-MID LA UNION CAMPUS|
|0125||Urdaneta City, PANGASINAN||URDANETA CITY NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|0129||Vigan City, ILOCOS SUR||UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN PHILIPPINES|
|0202||Aparri, CAGAYAN||CAGAYAN STATE UNIVERSITY AT APARRI|
|0201||Basco, BATANES||BATANES NATIONAL SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL|
|0206||Bayombong, NUEVA VIZCAYA||NUEVA VIZCAYA STATE UNIVERSITY|
|0207||Diffun, QUIRINO||QUIRINO STATE UNIVERSITY - LABORATORY HIGH SCHOOL|
|0208||Ilagan City, ISABELA||ISABELA NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|0223||Tuguegarao City, CAGAYAN||CAGAYAN STATE UNIVERSITY-ANDREWS CAMPUS|
|0399||Angeles City, PAMPANGA||ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION|
|0327||Balanga City, BATAAN||BATAAN PENINSULA STATE UNIVERSITY|
|0307||Baler, AURORA||AURORA NATIONAL SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL|
|0322||Cabanatuan City, NUEVA ECIJA||ARAULLO UNIVERSITY-PHINMA|
|0321||Clarkfield, PAMPANGA||UP DILIMAN EXTENSION PROGRAM IN PAMPANGA|
|0306||Iba, ZAMBALES||ZAMBALES NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|0332||Malolos City, BULACAN||BULACAN STATE UNIVERSITY|
|0302||Meycauayan City, BULACAN||MEYCAUAYAN COLLEGE|
|0323||Olongapo City, ZAMBALES||OLONGAPO CITY NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|0330||San Jose Del Monte City, BULACAN||COLLEGE OF SAINT ANTHONY|
|0326||Tarlac City, TARLAC||TARLAC NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|0402||Alitagtag, BATANGAS||ALITAGTAG NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|0499||Bacoor, CAVITE||BACOOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL|
|0433||Dasmariñas City, CAVITE||CONGRESSIONAL INTEGRATED HIGH SCHOOL|
|0403||Imus City, CAVITE||GOV. D.M. CAMERINO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL|
|0411||Indang, CAVITE||CAVITE STATE UNIVERSITY|
|0423||Lipa City, BATANGAS||INOSLOBAN MARAWOY HIGH SCHOOL|
|0404||Los Baños, LAGUNA||UP LOS BAÑOS|
|0424||Lucena City, QUEZON||MANUEL S. ENVERGA UNIV. FOUNDATION|
|0428||Trece Martires City, CAVITE||TRECE MARTIRES CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL|
|1701||Boac, MARINDUQUE||MARINDUQUE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|1721||Calapan City, ORIENTAL MINDORO||ORIENTAL MINDORO NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|1704||Cuyo, PALAWAN||PALAWAN STATE UNIVERSITY-CUYO|
|1705||Odiongan, ROMBLON||ROMBLON STATE UNIVERSITY|
|1722||Puerto Princesa City, PALAWAN||PALAWAN STATE UNIVERSITY|
|1702||San Jose, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO||OCCIDENTAL MINDORO STATE COLLEGE|
|0502||Daet, CAMARINES NORTE||OUR LADY OF LOURDES COLLEGE FOUNDATION|
|0522||Legazpi City, ALBAY||BICOL UNIVERSITY|
|0525||Masbate City, MASBATE||MASBATE NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL|
|0523||Naga City, CAMARINES SUR||BICOL STATE COLLEGE OF APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY|
|0526||Sorsogon City, SORSOGON||SORSOGON STATE COLLEGE|
|0504||Virac, CATANDUANES||CATANDUANES STATE UNIVERSITY|
|0621||Bacolod City, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL||COLEGIO SAN AGUSTIN-BACOLOD|
|0624||Iloilo City, ILOILO||UP VISAYAS IN ILOILO|
|0604||Jordan, GUIMARAS||GUIMARAS STATE COLLEGE - MOSQUEDA CAMPUS|
|0601||Kalibo, AKLAN||NORTHWESTERN VISAYAN COLLEGE|
|0626||Roxas City, CAPIZ||COLEGIO DELA PURISIMA CONCEPCION|
|0602||San Jose, ANTIQUE||ST. ANTHONY'S COLLEGE|
|0723||Cebu City, CEBU||UP CEBU|
|0725||Dumaguete City, NEGROS ORIENTAL||NEGROS ORIENTAL STATE UNIVERSITY|
|0704||Larena, SIQUIJOR||SIQUIJOR STATE COLLEGE|
|0728||Tagbilaran City, BOHOL||BOHOL WISDOM SCHOOL|
|0804||Borongan City, EASTERN SAMAR||EASTERN SAMAR STATE UNIVERSITY|
|0805||Catarman, NORTHEN SAMAR||DEPED NORTHERN SAMAR DIVISION, REGION VIII|
|0806||Catbalogan City, WESTERN SAMAR||SAMAR NATIONAL SCHOOL|
|0824||Maasin City, SOUTHERN LEYTE||SAINT JOSEPH COLLEGE|
|0801||Naval, PROVINCE OF BILIRAN||BILIRAN PROVINCE STATE UNIVERSITY|
|0822||Ormoc City, LEYTE||NEW ORMOC CITY HALL NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|0823||Tacloban City, LEYTE||UP VISAYAS TACLOBAN COLLEGE|
|0922||Dipolog City, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE||ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|0923||Pagadian City, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR||SOUTHERN MINDANAO COLLEGES|
|0924||Zamboanga City, ZAMBOANGA||WESTERN MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY|
|1022||Cagayan De Oro City, MISAMIS ORIENTAL||CAPITOL UNIVERSITY|
|1030||Iligan City, LANAO DEL NORTE||MSU - ILIGAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY|
|1028||Malaybalay City, BUKIDNON||BUKIDNON STATE UNIVERSITY|
|1004||Mambajao, CAMIGUIN||CAMIGUIN POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE|
|1024||Oroquieta City, MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL||MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|1121||Davao City, DAVAO DEL SUR||UP MINDANAO|
|1124||Digos City, DAVAO DEL SUR||DIGOS CITY NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|1103||Mati City, DAVAO ORIENTAL||MATI NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL|
|1123||Tagum City, DAVAO DEL NORTE||TAGUM CITY NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|1228||Cotabato City, MAGUINDANAO||NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY|
|1225||General Santos City, SOUTH COTABATO||MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-CETD|
|1204||Kabacan, NORTH COTABATO||UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MINDANAO|
|1226||Koronadal City, SOUTH COTABATO||NOTRE DAME OF MARBEL UNIVERSITY|
|1227||Tacurong City, SULTAN KUDARAT||SULTAN KUDARAT STATE UNIVERSITY|
|1321||Butuan City, AGUSAN DEL NORTE||FR. SATURNINO URIOS UNIVERSITY|
|1302||San Francisco, AGUSAN DEL SUR||AGUSAN DEL SUR NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|1322||Surigao City, SURIGAO DEL NORTE||SURIGAO STATE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY|
|1304||Tandag City, SURIGAO DEL SUR||JACINTO P. ELPA NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|1421||Baguio City, BENGUET||UP BAGUIO|
|1401||Bangued, ABRA||ABRA HIGH SCHOOL|
|1405||Bontoc, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE||MT. PROVINCE GENERAL COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL|
|1403||Lamut, IFUGAO||IFUGAO STATE UNIVERSITY|
|1406||Luna, APAYAO||BACDA NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL|
|1407||Tabuk City, KALINGA||ST. WILLIAM'S ACADEMY|
|1504||Bongao, TAWI-TAWI||MAHARDIKA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, INC.|
|1629||Las Piñas City, METRO MANILA||SOUTHVILLE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AND COLLEGES|
|1622||Manila, METRO MANILA||UP MANILA|
|1624||Quezon City, METRO MANILA||UP DILIMAN|