These Are the Top Courses the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Is Known For

In a 2018 survey, companies identified PUP graduates as a top choice in the hiring process.
by Hannah Lazatin   |  Jan 25, 2022
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Preparing for college applications? One of the schools you might be considering is the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. If you're interested in becoming a future Iskolar ng Bayan, here are a few things to note about the university as well as its application process.

History of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines, or PUP, was first established as a public government institution known as the Manila Business School and was commissioned as part of what’s now known as the Higher Education Modernization Act. The institution itself, which marked its start at 1904, was renamed multiple times and finally settled on its current name in 1978, when it received its university status.

Over a century later, PUP education can be accessed through its 22 branches around Central Luzon, South Luzon, and Metro Manila, according to In the last 20 years, the university added many offerings, including the College of Law, the College of Communication, and the College of Architecture and Fine Arts, and courses such as Public Administration and Governance, among others. 


Top Courses PUP Is Known For

PUP has time and time again been recognized for producing sought-after graduates who possess a stellar work ethic that employers are after. In a 2018 survey conducted by JobStreet, companies identified PUP graduates as a top choice in the hiring process

The institution has made a name for itself in the fields of business, information technology, science and engineering, education, and government and public service. Many come there for its programs in Journalism and Filipinology, of which it received a Center of Development award from the Commission on Higher Education. Of course, it is also renowned for its entrepreneurship courses, which helped it get its start, and its bachelor’s degree on Information Technology.

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Application Process at PUP

Applications at PUP are now done online, and for incoming freshmen, this means they begin their PUP journey by setting up their PUP iApply account. Successful applicants must take the PUP College Entrance Test (PUPCET). To take this, they would need to prepare and submit:

  1. Their photo
  2. Grade 10 and 11 report card with general weighted average
  3. Grades in English, Math, and Science in Grades 10 and 11

Once they’ve submitted these requirements to register, they must also prepare the following if they are granted admission:

  1. PUPCET ePermit, which is downloadable from the PUP website
  2. Certified True Copy of their Senior High School Card
  3. Certificate of Completion for Senior High School
  4. Original birth certificate from PSA
  5. Certificate of Good Moral Character from their Senior High School principal or guidance counselor
  6. Certificate of Rating from DepEd
  7. School ID or any valid ID with a picture


How Much Is Tuition Fee at PUP?

Given that PUP is a public university, the tuition fees are relatively low cost, with a range of P3,000 to P10,000 per semester. Some of the general fees that incoming PUP students need to know about are the PUPCET fee, the tuition fees under the PUP Student Information System, and miscellaneous fees.

Famous Alumni From PUP

If, finally, you successfully enroll at one of PUP’s many branches, then you’ll get to join the ranks of Iskolar ng Bayan and be among the many alums who have made their marks. One of the younger notables is Gian Scottie Javelona, a Computer Engineering undergraduate who is now CEO of OrangeApps, and became a millionaire at 24, skyrocketing him to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2017. The school has also produced many C-suite members from companies like Megaworld Corporation, BDO, and SGV & Co. 


Graduates of its journalism course went on to pursue bigger dreams, including reporters and anchors such as Ted Failon, CNN’s Jaime FlorCruz, and Manila Bulletin’s Irene Fernando, among others. Prominent alumni in the spotlight also include evangelist Eddie Villanueva and actor-comedian Bayani Agbayani.


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