The University of the Philippines is the first and premier state institution of higher learning in our country. It was founded on June 18, 1908 by Act No. 1870 of the First Philippine Legislature. This Act, also known as the University Charter, specified the functions of the University. These functions are to provide advanced instruction in literature, philosophy, the sciences and arts, and to give professional and technical training.

The University of the Philippines is presently composed of six constituent universities: UP Diliman, UP Los Baños, UP Manila, UP Visayas, and the recently established UP Mindanao and the UP Open University, aimed at distance education. During the 1,130th meeting of the Board of Regents on April 15, 1999, the elevation of UP College of Baguio from the status of a regional unit of UP Diliman to an autonomous unit was approved. Altogether, the universities have an aggregate of 54 colleges. And from an initial enrollment of 50 in 1909, it has grown to 56,659 in 1999. All academic units of UP follow the University’s academic year which is divided into two semesters with at least 16 weeks each, and a summer session of six weeks following the second semester.

The core of UP’s Undergraduate curriculum is the General Education Program that moulds critical minds, grounds academic work in Philippine culture, and re-imagines the nation’s past in anticipation of the future to broaden the horizon’s wisdom. The GE Program also ensures that UP produces leaders who, in the corridors of power, will exhibit sensitivity to the socio-cultural dislocations, the political impact, and the environmental harm that certain types of technology may bring. Ultimately, it lays down the foundations of civic virtues-the unwavering commitment to freedom, the unquenchable thirst for truth, and the impassioned yearning for social justice.

The University of the Philippines was established in June 18, 1908, as the American University of the Philippines by an act of the First Philippine Legislature. Act No. 1870, otherwise known as the “University Act”, specified the function of the University, which is to provide advanced instruction in literature, philosophy, the sciences, and arts, and to give professional and technical training. The University began with the establishment of the Philippine Medical School (later incorporated into the University as the College of Medicine and Surgery) in 1905, which started operating in 1907, a year ahead of the rest of the UP System. Together with the College of Fine Arts and the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Medicine occupied buildings distributed along Padre Faura (Ermita district) and R. Hidalgo (Quiapo district) in Manila, the School of Agriculture was in Los Baños. A few years later, the university opened the College of Law and the College of Engineering in Manila, as well as academic units under the College of Agriculture and Forestry in Los Baños. It became necessary to establish more academic programs, as well as to expand its facilities. The Board of Regents approved the need to look for a larger site, and a 493-hectare lot was acquired by the university in Diliman, then a town in the province of Rizal. Construction of the new campus began in 1939.

Type:  Public non-sectarian; coed

Application Period:  First week of May to first week of July

Application Fee:  Filipinos with annual gross family
income of more than P100,000.00:
P 450.00
Non-resident foreign applicants: $ 50
Applicants taking UPCAT in the
Middle East: $ 100

Campus:  Diliman, Los Banos, Manila, Cebu, Iloilo
Tacloban, San Fernando, Baguio

Office to Contact:  The Office of Admissions
University of the Philippines
Solidor Hall, Diliman, Quezon City
(+632) 9274561;
(+632) 9818500 loc. 3827 to 3831

Entrance Exam:  University of the Philippines College
Admission Test (UPCAT)

Examination Date:  First or second week of August

Exam Coverage:  Math, Science, Language Proficiency,
Reading Comprehension

Testing Centers:  All U.P. campuses and 73 other testing centers


To be eligible to take the UPCAT, one must meet certain specific requirements.

The applicant must belong to one of the categories listed below:

1.  A Senior students (e.g., Fourth Year, Grade 12, Senior 6) of DepEd-accredited schools or secondary schools abroad (expecting to graduate at the end of the school year);
2.  A Graduate of DepEd-accredited schools or secondary schools abroad;
3.  Those declared eligible for admission to college after taking the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT).

One must also have:

1.  Final grades for the First, Second and Third Years of the 4-year secondary school curriculum in DepEd-accredited schools (or, Grades 9, 10 and 11 – or, their equivalent – for international or foreign schools); and
2.  Not taken the UPCAT previously.

Important Reminders:

There is no minimum high school average grade requirement for taking the UPCAT.

The UPCAT can be taken only once. Those who have already taken the UPCAT are not allowed to take it again.

For Freshmen Applicants:

1.  Correctly and completely accomplished UPCAT Forms 1. Likewise, if the applicant needed more than 4 years to finish high school, a signed and certified photocopy of the  F137 must be submitted.);
2.  Four 2″x2″ identical photographs taken within the last 6 months;
3.  A non-refundable application fee.
P450 for Filipinos with annual gross family income of more than P100,000 and resident foreign applicants studying in the Philippines
US$50 for non-resident foreign applicants
US$100 for applicants taking the UPCAT in the Middle East

Exempted from payment of the application fee are Filipino applicants belonging to either of these groups:

1.  Those with annual gross family income of P100,000 or less (supported by the latest and updated ITRs of earning members of the family); or

2.  Top ten graduates or prospective graduates of public high schools as of the end of the previous school year (supported by a ranked listing of the school’s TOP TEN students signed by the School Head/Principal).

Modes of Payment

Through any of the following (payable to UPCAT):
1.  Any Philippine National Bank (PNB) branch, Account No. 075-800048-6 (for peso payments) or Account No. 275-7059935 (for US dollar payments);
2.  Postal Money Order (PMO); or
3.  A bank Manager’s/Cashier’s check.

For Transferees:

In general, a transfer student may be admitted provided that:
1.  He can present at least 33 academic units with a general weighted average of 2.00 or better for all the collegiate academic units taken outside the University;
2.  He will have to complete, in the University, not less than 50% of the units required for his program; and
3.  The quota set by the Dean of the College concerned has not yet been filled up.

Applicants will be ranked based on their general weighted average in comparison with other applicants. The cut-off average will be determined by the quota set by the Deans of the colleges/units for that particular semester.

Transferees should complete the following items:
1.  UPCAT Application Form 2
2  A signed and certified legible photocopy of the Permanent Secondary School Record (F137) from the other school must be attached to this Form containing all the grades earned therein
3.  Four 2″x2″ identical photographs taken within the last 6 months
4.  Pay application fee (P450.00 for Filipinos with annual gross family income of more than P100,000 and resident foreign applicants studying in the Philippines

For Foreign Applicants (Undergraduate Program):

1.  Completion of high school program in the country where he/she had his/her secondary education (including the completion of a one- or two-year pre-university education in a country where such is a prerequisite for admission to a bachelor’s degree program)

2.  Qualifying in a college-qualifying national or international foreign-administered examination such as General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examination and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or equivalent examination:

GCE: 3 ordinary level passes and 2 advanced level passes
SAT: minimum total score of 1200
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Foreign students may also take the UPCAT.

3.  In the case of an applicant whose native language or whose medium of instruction in the secondary school is not English, a minimum score (500 if paper based or 173 if computer based) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


The following lists the campuses and the programs they offer:

BS  Biology
BA  Communication
BS  Computer Science
B  Fine Arts
BA  Language & Literature
BS  Mathematics
BS  Physics
BA  Social Sciences

BA  Business Economics
BS  Business Management
BA  Psychology

BA  Anthropology
BS  Applied Physics (5 yrs)
BA  Araling Pilipino
BS  Architecture (5 yrs)
BA  Art Studies
BS  Biology
BA  Broadcast Communication
BS  Business Administration
BS  Business Administration & Accountancy (5 yrs)
BS  Business Economics
BS  Chemical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Chemistry
BS  Civil Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Clothing Technology
BA Communication Research
BS  Community Development
BS  Community Nutrition
BA  Comparative Literature
BS  Computer Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Computer Science
BA  Creative Writing
BS  Economics
BS  Electrical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Electronics & Communications Engineering (5 yrs)
B  Elementary Education
BA  English Studies
BA  European Languages
BS  Family Life & Child Development
BA Filipino
BA  Film & Audio-Visual Communication
B  Fine Arts
BS  Food Technology (5 yrs)
BS  Geodetic Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Geography
BS  Geology
BA  History
BS  Home Economics
BS  Hotel, Restaurant & Institution Management
BS Industrial Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Interior Design
BA  Journalism
B  Landscape Architecture
B  Library & Information Science
BA  Linguistics
BA  Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino
BS  Materials Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Mathematics
BS  Mechanical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Metallurgical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Mining Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
B  Music (5 yrs)
BA  Philosophy
B  Physical Education
BS  Physics (5 yrs)
BA  Political Science
BA  Psychology
BS  Psychology
BA  Public Administration
B  Secondary Education
BS  Social Work
BA  Sociology
BA  Speech Communication
B  Sports Science (5 yrs)
BS  Statistics
BA  Theatre Arts
BS  Tourism

BA  Behavioral Sciences
BS  Biochemistry
BS  Biology
BS  Computer Science
D  Dental Medicine (6 yrs)
BA  Development Studies
BS  Industrial Pharmacy (5 yrs)
BS  Nursing
BS  Occupational Therapy
BA  Organizational Communication
BS  Pharmacy (5 yrs)
BA  Philippine Arts
BS  Physical Therapy (5 yrs)
BA  Political Science
BS  Public Health
BA  Social Sciences (Area Studies)
BS  Speech Pathology

BS  Agribusiness Management
BS  Agricultural Chemistry (5 yrs)
BS  Agricultural Economics
BS  Agricultural Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Agriculture
BS  Applied Mathematics
BS  Applied Physics
BS  Biology
BS  Chemical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Chemistry
BS  Civil Engineering (5 yrs)
BA  Communication Arts
BS  Computer Science
BS  Development Communication
BS  Economics
BS  Electrical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Food Technology
BS  Forestry
BS  Human Ecology
BS  Industrial Engineering (5 yrs)
BS  Mathematics
BS  Mathematics and Science Teaching
BS  Nutrition
B  Sociology
BS  Statistics
D  Veterinary Medicine (6 yrs)

BS  Biology
BS  Computer Science
B  Fine Arts (Industrial Design)
B  Fine Arts (Painting) b
BS  Management
BA  Mass Communication
BS  Mathematics
BA  Political Science
BA  Psychology

BS  Accountancy (5 yrs)
BS  Biology
BA  Communication Arts
BS  Computer Science
BS  Management
BA  Social Sciences (Economics)
BA  Social Sciences (Political Science)
BA  Social Sciences (Psychology)

BS  Accountancy (5 yrs)
BS  Applied Mathematics
BS  Biology
BA  Broadcast Communication
BS  Business Administration (Marketing)
BS  Chemical Engineering
BS  Chemistry
BA  Community Development
BS  Computer Science
BS  Economics
BS  Fisheries
BS  Food Technology
BA  History
BA  Literature
BS  Management
BA  Political Science
BA  Psychology
BS  Public Health
BA  Sociology
BS  Statistics

BS  Agribusiness Economics
BA  Anthropology
BS  Applied Mathematics
BS  Architecture
BS  Biology
BA  Communication Arts
BS  Computer Science
BA  English (Creative Writing)
BS  Food Technology


Since 1991, the U.P. Oblation Scholarship has been awarded to the top fifty UPCAT qualifiers. The benefits include free tuition, miscellaneous and laboratory fees, a semestral book subsidy and a monthly incentive and transportation allowance. Recipients may enjoy the UP Oblation Scholarship throughout the normal length of time required to finish their chosen degree program, provided they maintain the required grade point average.  For those in the accelerated medical program (INTARMED), however, only the first four years are covered by this grant.

The University of the Philippines has a Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program, also known as STFAP or the ISKOLAR NG BAYAN PROGRAM.  It provides possible tuition discounts and/or additional financial assistance for financially needy students in the form of monthly subsidies for living and travel expenses and a semestral book allowance.

A number of scholarships, study grants and awards donated by government and private companies or individuals, are also available. Most are intended for financially needy students, though some are awarded in recognition of outstanding academic performance.
The Board of Regents may authorize increases in student fees including tuition, scholarships, and financial assistance.

For additional information, you may write directly to the OFFICE OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUDENT SERVICES, Vinzon’s Hall, U.P. Diliman, Q.C.


University library
University health service
Track and field oval
Tennis courts
University gymnasium
Sunken garden
Swimming pool
Billiard and bowling facilities
Diliman Shopping Center
Banking facilities
UP Post Office
Computer center
Creative Writing Center
UP Theater
National Engineering Center
UP Film Center


Download Application Form Here

Deadline of Submission:

  • June 17, 2011 (Friday) – if you’re from a Metro Manila school
  • June 24, 2011 (Friday)- if you’re from a non-Metro Manila school


  1. Sabrina Nunez

    .. ano po ba ang required na general average kapag kukuha ng scholarship ?? ..
    please do responce po .. TNX .

  2. Rudytte Jean Marie Macahis

    Do you have a schedule for social work review? When is it? How long the review will take? How much?

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