Planning to Apply to the University of the Philippines? Here's What You Need to Know

by Samantha Onglatco   |  Oct 31, 2021
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It’s college application season once again! When it’s this time of the year, things can get admittedly quite stressful especially for applicants. You’re not just thinking about your acads and extracurriculars, but you’re also preparing for college applications in multiple universities!

Just this week, the University of the Philippines, one of the most prestigious schools in the Philippines, released its requirements for application. Unlike the usual application, this year's process is quite different now in compliance with the COVID-19 health protocols in place. Here’s a quick guide we made just for you on everything you need to know if you plan on applying to UP: 

The application process can be accomplished completely online through UP’s admission portal.

To save you the hassle of submitting your application manually, you may now use the admission portal to submit your application once you have completed it! All you need is to sign up with a valid email address (preferably your personal one) then fill out the necessary details. But before you sign up, you are required to read the Privacy Notice for Freshmen Applicants for 2021-2022! You will also be receiving notifications through your email regarding updates on your application status and results. Remember not to forget your email address and password once you sign up! 


The admission process for Filipino applicants is free. However, resident foreign applicants studying in the Philippines must pay a total of P450, while non-resident foreign applicants must pay a total of $50. Don’t forget to keep your official receipt as proof for payment! 

What are the requirements for UP college applicants? 

The minimum basic requirements are pretty easy to accomplish! The basic requirements for all applicants are as follows:

  1. Form 1, also known as the Personal Data Sheet to be filled out by the applicant
  2. Form 2A to be filled out by your High School
  3. Form 2B High School record to be filled out by the applicant
  4. A certified true copy of the Permanent Secondary School Record (F137/SF10) signed in wet signature

For high school graduates, you must also submit your diploma, while graduating students for 2022 must submit a DepEd Certificate of Recognition or Permit to Operate. If you’re a transferee, you have to provide a certified clear photocopy of the Permanent Secondary School Record (F137/SF10) from other school with all the grades you’ve earned in your previous school. Resident foreign applicants and non-resident foreign applicants must also submit proof of payment of the application processing fee. 

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Will there be UPCAT for A.Y. 2022-2023 applicants?

No final decision has been made on whether or not there is going to be an admissions exam. You’ve probably heard of the infamous UPCAT admissions test from previous batches. Because of logistical concerns with the current health situation, however, the University of the Philippines decided not to hold an admissions exam for last year’s applicants.

Usually, the performance in the admissions test and high school grades are the main components in obtaining the UP admissions grade (UPG). Without the admissions test, the university uses your final grades from Grade 8-12 as a basis for the UPG, while respective departments of the programs you’re applying for might request for additional requirements to qualify for admission. As of now, there is no final decision on whether or not the same will apply for this year’s batch of applicants. 

In the event that there is one, the UPCAT consists of four subtests: Mathematics, Science, Language Proficiency, and Reading Comprehension! Each applicant is given a Test Permit which includes the place where they will be taking the test. Make sure to bring two pencils, an eraser, a sharpener, and snacks. The test typically lasts for around five hours. 


The deadline for filing of applications is on November 30, 2021. 

You have a month left to accomplish the minimum basic requirements for admission. If you haven’t started yet, now is the time to begin! Don’t wait for the last minute to accomplish those forms to avoid more stress. We’re cheering for you, future Isko and Iska! Good luck!


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