The University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) is an entry requirement for admission to the University of the Philippines. Freshman admission test consists of 4 subtests, namely the Language Proficiency (in English and Filipino), Reading Comprehension (in English and Filipino), Science and Math. The selection of campus qualifiers also considers the socioeconomic and geographic factors, which also implements the policy of demographic access.
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.
All UPCAT applicants are ranked based on the UPG to determine Campus Qualifiers. The 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.
The 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. Admission into a degree program is based on rank per chosen degree program and program quota. That means, 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.
In case you want to appeal because 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.
However, there is another way to gain admission to UP without having to take the UPCAT. If you are a Filipino public high school graduate in the top ten of your graduating class, you may apply for freshman automatic admission as provided by the Iskolar ng Bayan Law of 2014. The law also requires that you comply with the other admission requirements of the university and enroll in a UP Campus in the same region as your high school.
If you are a foreign or Filipino international applicant who graduated or are graduating from a secondary school abroad and have not enrolled in college before the semester may be admitted as freshmen by automatic admission provided you meet the other admission requirements, including the qualifications for college admission by national or international foreign administered examinations.
Senior high school student expecting to graduate from a DepEd accredited high school or an accredited secondary school abroad
Graduate of a DepEd accredited high school or accredited secondary school abroad
With final grades for 3 high school years preceding the year of graduation
Must not have taken any college subjects prior to taking the UPCAT
Must not have taken the UPCAT before
4 recent 2×2 photos
Completed UPCAT forms
Form 1 Personal Data Sheet
Form 2 High School Record
If high school graduate – submit high school diploma
If graduating from a local HS – DepEd Certificate of Recognition or Permit to Operate
If foreign applicant – proof of payment of UPCAT application fee
If transferee – certified clear photocopy of the Permanent Secondary School Record (F137) from other school with all the grades earned within
Benefits of Iskolar ng Bayan
Free tuition and other school fees for the first year of college
Application forms for the Iskolar ng Bayan 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
Limited slots per campus for the Iskolar ng Bayan
Step 1. Fill out Application Form 1 (UPCAT Application for Freshman Admission) online or manually.
For the manual application, you should get the application form through your authorized school representative, or from the System Office of Admissions in UP Diliman, or from the Office of the Registrar in a UP campus outside UP Diliman.
Step 2. Give the UPCAT Form 2 (Secondary School Record) to your high school principal or school head to be filled out.
Step 3. FOR NON-FILIPINO APPLICANTS ONLY: Pay the UPCAT Application fee.
Step 4. Submit the completed UPCAT Forms 1 and 2 and all other required documents.
Step 5. Claim your Test Permit.
To help you with the exam, UP has provided a reviewer you can access online.
Taking the UPCAT
Go to your designated test center on the date specified in your test permit. Bring only your test permit, 2 good quality pencils, sharpener, rubber eraser and snacks. The test will last about 5 hours.
The use of cellphones, calculating devices 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 for announcements and posting of the UPCAT results. 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.
Further reading, https://upcat.up.edu.ph/htmls/aboutupcat.html
Submit your application to
The University of the Philippines campus you intend to study.
UP Office of Admissions
Kalaw corner Quirino Avenue
UP Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines
Telephone: 02 981 8500 local 3287/ 3828/ 3830/ 3831
For your local UP campus, it would be faster if you personally call and inquire.