Everything You Need to Know Before Applying to the Philippine Women’s University

by Renee Isabella Aguila   |  Feb 16, 2023
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In Malate, Manila, you'll find one of the country's welcoming universities, the Philippine Women's University. You'll think that it's a solely female educational institution, however, it has been admitting both men and women for several decades already. Founded in 1919, the university offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs to choose from, making it a top choice in the areas of Nursing, Education, Music, and Business.

Before you decide to apply to the Philippine Women's University, here are some things you should know about it:

History of the Philippine Women's University

The Philippine Women's University in Malate, Manila was first known as the Philippine Women's College during its establishment in 1919. Its founders were a group of Filipino women consisting of Clara Aragon, Concepcion Aragon, Francisca Tirona Benitez, Paz Marquez Benitez, Carolina Ocampo Palma, Mercedes Rivera and Socorro Marquez Zaballero with the assistance of Filipino lawyer José Abad Santos. It first opened as an exclusive college to women with an initial enrollment of 190 students. This is because of the institution's main goal to prepare women for "life service and leadership" during a time wherein women's rights and suffrage were just beginning to attain national consciousness in the country.

As the years passed, the university's programs grew alongside its population, eventually accepting male students to the institution in the 1970s. Additionally, the university opened other campuses across the country such as in Ilo-ilo and Davao. They also created a Career Development and Continuing Education Center (CDCEC) as a way to bring the university's education to other areas in the country. There are currently several CDCEC franchises in Calamba, Sta. Cruz, Baguio, Camarines Norte, Tarlac and Bulacan owned and operated by private individuals and groups.


Top Courses the Philippine Women's University is Known For

With over 10 departments that house various programs, the Philippine Women's University has a lot to offer to incoming students. These include courses from the Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Fine Arts and Design, Food Science and Technology, Hospitality Management, International Relations and Diplomacy, Music, Nursing, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Social Work, and Tourism. Still, it's important to take note that the university's strong suits lie in Nursing and Education with top performances in their respective licensure exams.

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How to Apply to the Philippine Women's University

Are you ready to become a Patriot? Applying to the Philippine Women's University is easy since you don't have to take any entrance exam. Just make sure you prepare the documents the university asks for ahead of time so your application can be processed smoothly.

  1. Prepare the following documents:
    • High School Card Form 138 (original and photocopy)
    • Letter of Recommendation/Certificate of Good Moral Character from High School Principal/Guidance Counselor (original and photocopy)
    • PSA certified birth certificate (original and photocopy)
    • Two (2) colored 1.5" x 1.5" ID pictures

    • Note: For art and music program applicants, you'll be required to take an Art Test or pass a Video Audition in line with your program.

    1. Register and fill out the Online Application Form. 
    2. Next, you will receive an automated email verification with applicant number and password.
    3. Go to the Philippine Women's University Applicant Portal to enter your application number.
    4. Check the status of your application in the applicant portal within 2-3 business days. You will receive a decision letter for this.

    You can check out the full admission details here.


    How Much the Tuition and Other Fees Cost at the Philippine Women's University

    If you plan to pursue your college studies at the Philippine Women's University, you can expect to spend an estimate of P110,000 to P120,000 for its tuition fees each school year. However, this still depends on the degree program you've applied for. Keep in mind though that the university offers scholarship programs that can help cut down your costs such as academic scholarships, athletic scholarships, student assistantship discounts, and honor student discounts, among others.

    Famous Alumni from the Philippine Women's University

    One notable alumni from the university includes, Leonor Orosa-Goquingco, a National Artist for Dance. Surprisingly, South Korean actor Hwang In-youp studied in the institution's Davao campus back in college, years before he starred in True Beauty and 18 Again. Furthermore, entertainment personalities such as Boy Abunda, Ruffa Gutierrez, and Jason Dy have also studied at the Philippine Women's University.

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