General Admission Requirements
Graduates of foreign and Philippine high schools accredited by the Department of Education (DepEd) may be admitted as freshmen into the University based on the following:
- Performance in the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT); and
- Weighted average of final grades obtained in high school.
A total combined score of 1,200 for the verbal and mathematics subtests in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will also qualify an applicant for automatic admission as freshman to the University.
Those who wish to study at the university take the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT). It is administered on the first weekend of August every year. The UPCAT is a four-hour long examination consisting of subtests on language proficiency, reading comprehension, mathematics and science. The UPCAT is in English and Filipino.
Standardized scores on these subtests are combined with the weighted average of final grades in the first three (3) years of high school to determine qualification into UP. Moreover, to implement the policy of democratization to make the UP studentry more representative of the nation’s population, socio-economic and geographic considerations are factored in the selection of campus qualifiers.
UPCAT applicants are ranked based on their admission grades which are the combinedUPCAT scores, high school grades, and equity factors where applicable. Admission grades like the University Predicted Grade (UPG) measure the applicant’s potential to do well in the University.
Every year, thousands of senior high school students take the UPCAT exam at UP constituent units and designated exam centers across the country. In 2010, over 65,000 examinees took the UPCAT.
For transferees, here are links with the necessary information.
Information on admission of foreign students may be found at the following pages:
UP Los Baños
UP Visayas (Requirements are in a downloadable file)
UP Open University
UP Cebu (Requirements are found in the form available on the home page under Registrar’s Corner)
There are a number of private and government funded scholarships available to UP students, both in the undergraduate and graduate level. To view the updated list of these scholarships, please visit the links below:
In consonance with the mandate of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), as provided for in Article XIV, Section 1 of the Philippine Constitution, “to protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all,” and Article XIV, Section 2(3) “to establish and maintain a system of scholarship grants, student loan programs, subsidies, and other incentives which shall be available to deserving students in both public and private schools, especially to the underprivileged,” the CHED Commission en Banc (CEB) approved the Revised Guidelines for the Implementation of Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs) Effective AY 2014-2015, signed as CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 13, series of 2014, by virtue of CEB Resolution Nos. 045-2014 and 148-2014 dated January 27, 2014 and March 10, 2014, respectively.
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