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, 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, qualification in undergraduate degree programs in UP is highly competitive. 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.
The University Councils (UCs) of the UP System unanimously decided that there will be NO UP College Admission Test for the 2021 applicants in light of health and logistical issues brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. The UCs further approved an additional assessment by academic units to qualify for a degree program, if deemed necessary. Applicants will be notified of such assessment or other additional requirements after the evaluation of their High School Records.
In the absence of a college admission test for the specific intake year 2021-2022, a composite of the final grades in Grade 8, 9, 10 and first semester of Grade 11 shall be the basis to determine the UP admission grade (UPG). Specific degree programs may request for additional requirements to qualify for admission, if deemed necessary. To implement the policy of democratic access, UP also considers socioeconomic and geographic factors in its admission process.
Admission into UP is very selective due to high demand. Applicants come from very diverse backgrounds but they are all ranked based on indicators 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 admission score 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 for SY 2021-2022, 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 2021-2022 may be admitted as freshmen by automatic admission, provided they meet other admission requirements, including qualifications for college admission by national or international foreign-administered examinations. For details please visit https://upcollegeadmissions.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.
To minimize exposure to the coronavirus, all forms shall be submitted online. Applicants shall accomplish Form 1 (Personal Data Sheet) electronically and upload their photo and electronic signature. Some questions in the PDS will be used for research and have no bearing in the evaluation for admission. However, we encourage applicants to fill out information as completely as they can to enable the University to conduct better analyses of data.
High Schools shall be requested to log on to the Grades Submission link to accomplish Form 2 (High School Records) on behalf of the applicants.
|START OF ONLINE APPLICATION PERIOD||7 January 2021|
|DEADLINE FOR FILING OF APPLICATIONS||15 February 2021|
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||Fully accomplished Forms:
Form 1 Personal Data Sheet
Form 2 High School Record
|IF High school graduate||High school diploma|
|IF Graduating in 2021 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 therein|
|For Foreign Applicants Only||Proof of payment of application processing fee|
For ONLINE application: Go to https://upadmissionsonline.up.edu.ph.
The non-refundable Application Fee is:
Check the UP website https://upcollegeadmissions.up.edu.ph for announcements on the application results. 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.
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. Filipino students from Philippine high schools in the Middle East may also apply.
An international applicant may apply for automatic admission if s/he meets the following requirements:
|Minimum SAT Scores||Old SAT||Redesigned SAT|
|Evidence-based Writing + Critical Reading||-||650|
The University of the Philippines is highly committed to admitting the best students and providing increased access to quality higher education. For AY 2021-2022, 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, applicants who belong to the Top 10 graduates of a public high school 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.
GRANTS-IN-AID PROGRAM (GIAP). UP created the Grants-in-Aid Program (GIAP) to reduce the cost paid by students during enrollment, based on the household's paying capacity to which a student belongs. Through the GIAP, UP may subsidize a portion of the full cost required during enrollment and, in some instances, grant additional subsidy to waive miscellaneous fees and grant monthly cash allowances. Please visit https://slasonline.up.edu.ph/ for more information about other learning assistance programs that are currently available.
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.
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 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.
Note: Unless otherwise indicated in parenthesis, an undergraduate program is ordinarily completed after four years.
(UP Minimum Grade of 2.800 required)