FAQs on Undergraduate Admission


A. Through the UP College Admissions Test (UPCAT)

You are qualified to apply as a freshman to UP through the UPCAT for SY 2020-2021 if:

  • You are a high school graduate from 2019 or earlier and have not taken any college courses,
    Or, you are a senior high school student expecting to graduate before SY 2020; AND
  • You have final grades for three (3) high school years preceding the year of graduation; AND
  • You have not taken the UPCAT before.

The UPCAT consists of 4 subtestsLanguage Proficiency (in English and Filipino), and Reading Comprehension (in English and Filipino)Science, and Math. Standardized UPCAT scores are combined with the weighted average of the last 3 years of high school final grades to determine the UP admission grade (UPG). To implement the policy of demographic access, UP also considers socioeconomic and geographic factors in its admission process. 

For more information on the UPCAT, contact the Office of Admissions:

Office of Admissions
University of the Philippines
Kalaw Corner Quirino Streets,
UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines 1101

Telefax: +63 2 9274561
Telephone: +63 2 981-8500 loc. 3287/3828/3830/3831
Email: oadms@up.edu.ph
Website: https://upcat.up.edu.ph
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/UPSystemOfficeOfAdmissions

B. Through the Iskolar ng Bayan Program

If you are a Filipino public high school graduate in the Top Ten of your graduating class, you may apply for freshman automatic admission (i.e. without having to take the UPCAT) for SY 2020-2021, as provided by the Iskolar ng Bayan Law of 2014. The law also requires that you comply with other admission requirements of the university and enroll in a UP Campus that is in the same region as your high school.

  • You are entitled to free tuition and other school fees for the first year of college.
  • Application forms for the Iskolar ng Bayan program may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) or Office of Scholarships and Student Services (OSSS) of the campus you wish to enroll in.
  • There are limited slots per campus for the Iskolar ng Bayan Program.

C. Through International Qualifications

Foreign OR Filipino applicants who have graduated or are graduating from a secondary school school abroad (i.e. international applicant) and have not enrolled in college before SY 2020 may be admitted as freshmen by automatic admission (i.e. without taking the UPCAT), provided they meet other admission requirements, including qualifications for college admission by national or international foreign-administered examinations. For details, please visit https://upcat.up.edu.ph.

D. Transfer Admissions (Not for Freshmen)

Students from other universities may apply for transfer to a UP campus after earning 33 academic units in another school with a weighted average of 2.00 or better on the UP marking system. Information regarding transfer procedures to UP may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar of the respective UP campuses.

Office of the University Registrar (OUR)

University of the Philippines Visayas

New Administration Building, 
Miagao, Iloilo, Philippines 5023

+639854345235 | +639453446794
admissions.our.upvisayas@up.edu.ph / our.upvisayas@up.edu.ph


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