The University of the Philippines has released the application guidelines for the UPCAT. Here are the highlights:
Ways to Get into UP
Did you know that there are several ways of getting into UP aside from the UPCAT?
Through the UPCAT
This is the most popular way of getting into UP. Students who aspire to enter the University of the Philippines have to take the UPCAT. For incoming freshmen of SY 2016-2017, the UPCAT will be administered nationwide on August 30, 2015.
Through International Qualification
Filipino and Foreign graduates of high schools abroad may qualify for freshman admission without having to take the UPCAT, provided they meet other requirements. Details on the specific requirements may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar of the respective UP campuses.
Through the “Iskolar ng Bayan” Program
If you are one of the graduates from the Top Ten of the graduating classes of public high schools, you may apply for freshman admission for SY 2016-2017 without having to take the UPCAT. This is provided by a transitory provision of RA 10648, the Iskolar ng Bayan Law.
If you qualify for admission in UP under the Iskolar ng Bayan program, you are entitled to free tuition and other school fees for the first year of college.
Who may take the UPCAT?
We have always been asked this question by many parents and students. More so, there has been a lot of confusion because of the transition to the K-12 curriculum.
UP has finally spoken. Here are the specific conditions for eligibility based on the guidelines released by UP.
Note: Graduation means that the student can go to college already. Moving from Grade 10 to Senior High (Grade 11) is not considered graduation.
Aside from these, you must also:
Deadline of Filing of Application
Applications filed after the deadlines may be subject to late fees.
Online UPCAT Application
UP has rolled out an online application process, aside from the manual application that is currently being used. However, as of current writing, it is still not accessible.
UPDATE: The UPCAT Online Application is already available.
Online UPCAT Review
Aside from the online UPCAT application, UP is including an online UPCAT review. Watch out for that.
In the meantime, you may want to check out the Review Masters Online UPCAT Review. Review Masters has been giving a free online UPCAT review for several years already and we have helped thousands of students through the online review. Here’s the link: Review Masters Online Review Portal
We will be updating this page from time to time so make sure that you bookmark this page for future reference.
For more information, visit the UPCAT General Information.