How Hard is it to get into UP, Ateneo, and La Salle?

If all you want is to graduate from college, there are more than enough schools that you can choose from. But if you want to gain advantage and have more opportunities over others, you must enroll in the top universities in the country.

The University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila, De La Salle University, and University of Sto. Tomas are the only Philippine universities included in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world university rankings this year.

University of the Philippines (QS ranking: 367)

UP is known as the country’s best University. It has the most National Centers of Excellence among higher education institutions in the country with 23. Last year, 103,000 students took the UPCAT and it is expected that less than 10,000 will pass.

Ateneo de Manila University (QS ranking: 551-600)

Ateneo is known for getting outstanding students every year. According to our source, only around 30% of Ateneo High School students passed the first round of Ateneo college entrance test this year. This might be because the university wants to get the best students from different schools all over the country.

De La Salle University (QS ranking: 701-750)

De La Salle University famous for being the first of the only two institutions to be granted the highest-level accreditation (Level IV) by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). It boasts its curricula that provide its students the opportunity to be exposed to the actual work setting through different practicum programs offered in all courses. It is also the center of excellence for 14 programs.

Out of the approximately 120,000 students who take the entrance exams of these top universities annually, only about 10 percent get in. Now that UP is tuition-free, there could be more test-takers this year. Some students of La Salle High Schools can now enroll in DLSU directly. These mean that there will be limited slots in both UP and La Salle. This will result to more students applying in Ateneo, which will result to less chances of getting in the university as well.

These are some of the reasons why in the Philippines, review centers are thriving; education is a priority for most parents and we are sure that they are willing to spend to make sure that their children get the best education they can provide.

A review can help you focus on the subjects and topics needed to be mastered. The right review center can make you admission to your dream school happen.

AHEAD Tutorial and Review Center offers a comprehensive and test-based review for the entrance test of UP, Ateneo, and De La Salle. We also offer a Senior High School and Science High School entrance test review for incoming high school students.

With more and more incoming college students competing to get into the country’s best universities, you need all the help you can get.

For more information on AHEAD’s college entrance test review, click here.

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