Everything You Need to Know Before Applying to the University of the East

To learn more about this university, here's a quick primer.
by Hannah Lazatin   |  Jan 29, 2022
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What started as a band of 110 students informally getting together to review for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) board exams in 1947 led to the opening of what would be known today as the University of the East, or UE. To learn more about this university, here’s a quick primer:

History of the University of the East

As mentioned, it all began when Dr. Francisco T. Dalupan, Sr. and some colleagues staged review classes for the CPA exam. Once that effort proved successful, the group went on to establish the Philippine College of Commerce and Business Administration (PCCBA) in Sampaloc, Manila. The opening was met with the enrollment of 350 students. The school was moved a year later to the main campus on Claro M. Recto Avenue. It officially became a university and was renamed to the University of the East in 1951. It saw the addition of the Colleges of Law, Medicine, and Engineering, as well as the Graduate School of Education and Business Administration in the coming years. In about 14 years after it was informally founded with 110 students, it grew its student body to 60,000 by 1960.


Today, the UE main campus in Manila has 12 buildings and the institute has satellite campuses in Caloocan, Laguna, and the UE Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Clinic in Quezon City.

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Top Courses UE Is Known For

UE offers a wide range of programs and among them is the Medicine and Information Technology bachelor’s degrees, which were recognized as Centers of Excellence by CHED and its Nursing, Chemical Engineering, and Civil Engineering programs were named Centers of Development

Since its establishment, UE’s College of Dentistry has also produced some of the country’s top dentists.


How to Apply to UE

Just like any other university, UE requires prospective freshmen students to submit admission requirements. Here are some requirements needed:

  1. Application form
  2. A recent 2x2” photo
  3. Grade 11 or Grade 12 report card (whichever is applicable)
  4. Transcript of records for transferees and degree holders
  5. Proof of payment
  6. Original copy of Certificate of Good Moral Character
  7. Original copy of PSA birth certificate


See the full list of requirements here. Once those requirements are prepped, applicants can proceed to the following admissions steps:

  1. Apply online at www.up.edu.ph/onlineadmission
  2. Upload your photo and other requirements listed above
  3. Take a screenshot of your reference number
  4. Pay for the application fee at the finance department or through other payment channels.
  5. Present the receipt to the UE Admissions office to receive the status of your application.

How Much Tuition and Other Fees Cost at UE

To apply to UE, applicants need to pay a non-refundable fee of P400 upon submitting requirements. School fees for undergraduate students range between P39,000 to P55,000 per semester, depending on the course of study. There is also typically a P10,000 downpayment upon enrollment and the tuition balance may be settled in installments. To check out the full breakdown of tuition fees per course, find it on UE’s official site


Famous Alumni From UE

If you want to picture yourself at the University of the East, it’s easy to do that by looking through famous alumni who have also marched down graduation and become a UE alumni. These people will help you envision what you, too, might become with a degree from UE. A couple of household names in showbiz include former Vice President and ABS-CBN news anchor Noli de Castro (BS Commerce), movie and TV star Christopher de Leon (AB Advertising), and Xian Lim, who was also part of UE’s varsity basketball team.


Many artists and writers have also hailed from UE, such as National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario, multi-awarded poets like Teo Antonio and Rogelio Mangahas, and lauded archaeologist Alfredo Evangelista. In business, billionaire Andrew Tan graduated with a degree in Business Administration, while in sports, a famous UE Red Warrior is basketball player Robert Jaworski who also later served in the Senate.


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