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Enrollment Requirements at the University of the Philippines

Are you a graduating student?  A fresh graduate?  Or probably a college student who wants to shift course or transfer in to another university?

Have you considered enrolling in one of the most prestigious university in the country?

If you got what it takes, University of the Philippines might be a good choice for you.

Supposing you want to enroll, you may be wondering what are the necessary requirements before you can qualify in the university.

Before we proceed to the main requirements especially for the entrance examination, you must know some things that are important first.

Everyone is welcome to enroll in UP, weather you are a Filipino citizen or a foreign one, no problem about religious differences, politics views, and other things. Health also is a very important factor in the university’s addition process.

Every applicant for admission shall undergo a thorough health examination. No person shall be accepted to this University found by the University Health Service to be with a dangerous, communicable, contagious or infectious disease or who is physically unfit to take the courses in any college of the University.


Incoming freshmen:

The entrance requirements for each course shall be prescribed by the faculty of the college offering the course and approved by the University Council and the President of the University.

Let’s focus on the things that foreign people should consider before enrolling.

For new students:

International students seeking admission to the University shall be required to meet all prescribed entrance requirements for the program; specially the Upcat)provided that their previous training was obtained in an institution of recognized standing; and provided further, that there is a place for them in the college or school.

Applicants who graduated from high schools abroad and have not enrolled in college may be admitted as beginning freshmen into non-quota programs without taking the UPCAT; provided that they meet the following requirements:

Completion of the high school program in the country where they had their secondary education;

Qualify in an equivalent college-qualifying national or international foreign administered examination such as the General Certificate of Education (GCE)Examination or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or equivalent examination:

GCE: ordinary level passes and 2 advanced level passes

SAT: minimum total score of 1200

IBE: International Baccalaureate Diploma; and in case of an applicant whose native language or whose medium of instruction in the school is not English, a minimum score of 500 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 173 in the computerized TOEFL.

A graduate from a high school abroad who fails to satisfy the requirements for automatic admission (i.e., item 2 above) may take the UPCAT.

For transfer students:

International transfer students may be admitted for as long as there are vacant slots within the quota set by the University Registrar and the dean of the college concerned for the course to which they seek admission. These Students may be accepted provided that they have: – An average grade of “2” or “86” or “B” or better;

– Completed at least 33 units of academic courses in a non-UP college;

– Satisfied other requirements prescribed for the degree programs for which they are seeking transfer.

These transfer students shall complete no less than 50% of the units required for the program

So there you go, if you think you want to try then there’s no harm in doing so. For more information visit or contact: Office of the University Registrar UP Manila Padre Faure Tel: 5240534 e-Mail: website:

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