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Enrollment Requirements in Ateneo de Manila University

If you are interested to enroll in Ateneo, one of the most well-known university in the Philippines, Here are the requirements you need to know and prepare:

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Filipino or not, you can also apply to be an international student. All students, both Filipinos and foreigners are expected to have a sufficient grasp of both written and verbal English to be able to do graduate level work.

International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and e-mail or fax their copy of the test results as soon as possible to the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (E-mail:; Fax No.: [63-2] 426-5937). The original is mailed to:

Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

Ateneo de Manila University – Loyola Schools

Ground Floor, Kostka Hall

Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

1108 Philippines

Test scores cannot be more than 2 years ago. The required minimum TOEFL scores for admission is 80.

The university however has the right to ask its international applicants for additional proof of academic competence.

Important note: don’t forget to fill up the application forms properly, it could be a direct application from abroad or a downloadable form in the university’s page.

Each filled up forms should be accomplished together with the following:

– One (1) photocopy of the filled-out Application Form

– Four (4) 2” x 2” ID pictures

– Two (2) copies of the Personal Essay

– Three (3) duly accomplished Recommendation Forms

– TOEFL/IELTS results and one (1) photocopy

– Two (2) photocopies of authenticated* official transcript of records for the bachelor’s degree with the official grading system and its English translation, bearing the original signature of the registrar and the school seal.

– In case the applicant obtained said bachelor’s degree in less than four (4) school years, two (2) photocopies of the Certificate of Degree Equivalency issued by the Ministry of Education in the applicant’s country to determine the applicant’s earned degree.

– If the application is for Ph.D. studies, two (2) photocopies of authenticated* official transcript of records of graduate studies with the official grading system and its English translation, bearing the original signature of the Registrar and school seal.

– Two (2) photocopies of authenticated* certificate of graduation or certified true copy of diploma for the bachelor’s degree and graduate degree, if any, and their English translation.

– Two (2) photocopies of passport pages where name, photo, birthdate, and birthplace and valid visa appear.

– Two (2) photocopies of Marriage Certificate (for married women)

What does Ateneo look for in an enrollee?

Admission to the Loyola Schools is open to qualified persons both men and women. Admission is determined by the applicant’s fitness and readiness for the college programs, ability to contribute toward the welfare of the undergraduate school community, and potential to be of service to everyone within the context of national development.

What criteria should be considered for admission?

The Committee on Admission and Aid considers the applicant’s Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) results, high grades in high school, recommendations, extra-curricular activities and all other information written in the application form.

There is no cut-off grade for admission. The test results are in percentiles depending on the performance of the whole batch of examinees. Of course, applicants with high grades in high school and high scores in the ACET have better chances of being accepted.

You may ask yourself: How are high school grades evaluated when most of the schools differ in grading system?

The processing of applications is done by school. The Committee gets an idea of a particular school’s grading system by comparing the grades of the applicants within the school.

The admission application process takes almost a year, thus, all applications are considered for admission for the next school year. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply as early as June while undergoing their senior year in high school. There are no admissions for the second semester.

After processing the application, you might ask what could be the outcome or the decision.

You may get any one of the following decision letters: acceptance, waitlist and not accepted.

Decisions on college and scholarship applications are posted usually within the first few weeks of January,

All decision letters are sent to all applicants who submitted complete requirements.

If you are accepted, Follow procedure. Confirm your slot, quick.

• If you get into your preferred course, submit what documents you may need. Then, prepare for college. If not, write a letter asking for a change of course.

• In the event that you aren’t permitted to change your course, do not be afraid, alarmed or worried. You’ll be able to shift courses after your freshman year.

• Prepare for college.

If you are waitlisted, follo procedure. Wait. Pray.

In case of not being accepted, you can always try to transfer after a year.

I hope you consider this things and see if Ateneo will be a good choice for you.

Post Author: cedeline fae alvarez

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