Admission to the University

Through the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) - Choice of Campus and Degree Program

You are eligible to apply for first-year admission to UP through the UPCAT for SY 2024-2025 if:

  • You are a senior high school student expecting to graduate in 2024 in time for the opening of SY 2024-2025, OR you are a senior high school graduate from 2023 or earlier provided you have not taken any college courses before the opening of SY 2024-2025; AND
  • You have final grades in Grades 8 to 11 by end of SY 2022-2023; AND
  • You have not completed your application in UPCA 2021, UPCA 2022 and UPCA 2023 nor taken the UPCAT before.
    The UPCAT consists of 4 subtests: Language Proficiency (in English and Filipino), Reading Comprehension (in English and Filipino), Science, and Mathematics. Standardized UPCAT scores are combined with the composite of final grades in Grades 8 to 11 to determine the admission score (“UPG”). To implement the policy of democratic access, UP also considers socioeconomic and geographic factors in its admission process. (

SELECTION for a Campus
Admission into UP is very selective due to high demand. Applicants come from very diverse backgrounds but they are all ranked based on indicators of academic preparedness for university life.

  • Selection for admission to a campus is based on the applicant’s rank, campus quota and/or cut-off grade.
  • A successful applicant can receive an offer of admission to only one of the applicant’s UP campus choices.

SELECTION for a Degree Program
The successful applicants for a given campus are ranked according to grade predictors and quotas of their chosen degree programs. Some degree programs are more competitive due to high demand.

  • Applicants should choose only degree programs they are interested in. If an applicant is not successful for his/her first choice of campus, the process continues in order of priority of the remaining choices.

All forms for UPCAT shall be submitted online (except for certain regional areas). Applicants shall electronically accomplish Form 1 (Personal Data Sheet) in March 2023 and Form 2B (High School Record) in September 2023, and upload their photo and electronic signature. Some questions in Form 1 will be used for research and have no bearing in the evaluation for admission. However, we encourage applicants to fill out information as completely as they can to enable the University to conduct better analyses of data. High Schools shall be requested to (i) log on to the School Profile link in March 2023 to accomplish Form 2A (High School Profile) to inform and/or update the university on the most recent school information relevant to the application, and (ii) submit to UP in September 2023 a certified copy of the applicant’s Student Permanent Record/Form137/SF10, signed by the authorized school representative and enclosed in a sealed envelope with a wet signature of such representative on the flap.

In the event you are not admitted into the degree program and/or UP campus of your choice, the UPCAT portal will provide you with access to the DIWA Portal which indicates degree programs with available slots and/or UP campuses for which you are eligible to apply. This portal, which is also managed by the UP Office of Admissions, makes use of the same email address and password that you used for submitting your UPCAT application. In order for UP to process your appeal, we will require you to indicate two (2) degree programs and/or a UP campus through such portal. In case your appeal is successful, you will be required by this portal to state whether you are accepting or declining the slot within a specified deadline, and if applicable to you, your assigned learner reference number (LRN).

  • Some campuses may not be open to appeals.
  • Each campus may have additional criteria in processing appeals.
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 the Iskolar ng Bayan Law of 2014 (INB) program. You must obtain a UPG better than or equal to the designated minimum for an applicant to qualify for the UP campus where you will file an INB application which must be in the same region as your high school (except for UP Open University). You must also comply with all the requirements of the degree program you have indicated in your INB application form offered by such UP campus. In order to guide your choice of degree program, the relevant UP campus will provide a list of priority programs.

  • Application forms for the INB program may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) or Office of Scholarships and Grants (OSG) of the campus you wish to enroll in.
  • There are limited slots per campus for the Iskolar ng Bayan Program.
International Qualifications

Foreign OR Filipino applicants who have graduated or are graduating from a secondary school abroad (i.e., international applicant) and have not enrolled in college before SY 2024-2025 may be admitted as first year students by automatic admission, provided they meet other admission requirements, including qualifications for college admission by national or international foreign-administered examinations. For details, please see the information below and visit

Transfer Admissions (Not for first year applicants)

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.

Application for Admission for SY 2024-2025

Minimum Application Requirements
  1. Senior high school student expecting to graduate before SY 2024-2025 from a DepEd-accredited high school or an accredited secondary school abroad; OR
  2. Graduate of a DepEd-accredited high school or accredited secondary school abroad; AND
  3. Must have final grades for Grade 8, 9, 10 and Grade 11;
  4. Must not have taken any college subject/s prior to the opening of SY 2024-2025;
  5. Must not have taken the UP College Admission Test in the AY 2020-2021 intake or earlier; AND
  6. Must not have applied and completed the UP College Application for the AY 2021-2022 (UPCA 2021), AY 2022-2023 (UPCA 2022), or the AY 2023-2024 (UPCA 2023) intake.
Checklist of required documents

Please be mindful of the following steps in filing your application. Upon completing Form 1 in the Online Portal and clicking on ‘Submit Form 1’, a request will be sent to your high school to verify your enrollment. After SY 2022-2023, when all final grades in Grades 8 to 11 are available, your school will be requested to provide you with a copy of your school record either in digital or hardcopy. You are encouraged to follow up this request to expedite your application. Upon receipt, use this document as reference in filling out Form 2B in the same portal. A certified true copy of your grades placed inside a sealed envelope authenticated with a wet signature of an authorized school official on the flap should also be provided to UP by your high school.

Category of Applicants

Required Documents

All applicants

Fully accomplished Forms:

  • Form 1 Personal Data Sheet (filled out by the applicant in March-April 2023)
  • Form 2A (filled out by the high school in March-April 2023)
  • Form 2B High School Record (filled out by the applicant in September 2023 provided the applicant took the UPCAT)

A certified true copy of the Permanent Secondary School Record (F137/SF10) signed in wet signature of the authorized school personnel (sealed in an envelope with wet signature on the flap) should be submitted to the UP Office of Admissions.

IF High school graduate

High school diploma

IF Graduating in 2024 from a local HS

DepEd Certificate of Recognition or Permit to Operate

(to be submitted by the high school)

ONLY IF Transferee (i.e., has taken subjects from another high school)

Certified clear photocopy of the Permanent Secondary School Record (F137/SF10) from other school with all the grades earned therein

For Foreign applicants only

Proof of payment of application processing fee

Application process

STEP 1. Fill out application Form 1. Online application opens by March 8, 2023. (Manual application will only be available in selected regional areas.)

For ONLINE application: Go to

  • You will need a valid email address for logging on to your application account and for receiving notifications about your application status and results. We encourage use of a personal email address (not school-related email address) to facilitate application. Please make sure that you correctly encode your full name and date of birth as shown in your birth certificate, and your school name. If your school is not in the choices provided, please send an email to
  • We strongly encourage the use of secured e-mail accounts preferably with two-step verification to better protect your right to data privacy.
  • Do not create multiple accounts as these will cause much delay in accessing your application forms.
  • You are required to read the UP Privacy Notice for Applicants for First Year Admissions Academic Year 2024-2025 before creating your account and filling out Form 1.
  • Make sure you have a stable internet connection.
  • Fill out Form 1 completely and accurately.


STEP 2. For schools with an existing valid email address in our database, the Online portal shall automatically forward a request to your high school principal/school head to fill out Form 2A (High School Profile).

  • Only a duly authorized school official may fill out this form.
  • You will be notified accordingly once your high school has accomplished Form 2A.
  • For updates in the school email address in our database, the authorized school official must send a request to for the correct email format.

The non-refundable Application Fee is:

  • P450 for resident foreign applicants studying in the Philippines
  • US$50 for non-resident foreign applicants

MODES OF PAYMENT: The application fee may be paid through any of the following:

  • Land Bank (LBP) Account No. 1462-2220-13 (only for peso payments)
    Account Name: UPS Trust (UPCAT)
  • Land Bank (LBP) Account No. 3074-0029-26 (for US dollar payments)
    Account Name: UPS Trust (UPCAT)
    Swift Code TLBPPHMM with Address:
    Landbank UP Diliman Branch
    2nd Floor PNB Bldg.
    Apacible Street, UP Campus Diliman
    Quezon City Philippines


  1. Landbank will be charging a service fee of P25 for every application;
  2. Different banks have also set their own fees for the purchase of Manager’s Checks and Cashier’s Checks.
  3. Send a picture or scanned copy of the proof of payment to

STEP 4. Claim your Test Permit. You will be notified by email if your Test Permit is already available. Due to the expected large volume of applicants, test permits will be distributed in a scheduled basis in May 2023.
Upon filing your UPCAT application, you will be asked to indicate how to claim your test permit. Please choose from the following options:

  • in person at the Office of Admissions
  • through an authorized representative who will be required to present and provide a copy of her or his government issued ID, letter of authorization from you and your school ID or any valid government issued ID card and a copy thereof
  • by prepaid return courier pouch you will provide
  • at the Regional Test Center a day before your examination schedule

STEP 5. Take the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) scheduled on August 10-11, 2023
Go to your designated Test Center on the date specified in your Test Permit: August 10 or 11, 2024. Be there by 6:30am (morning session) or 12nn (afternoon session).

  • Bring only your Test Permit, School ID or any valid government issued ID card, 2 good quality pencils, sharpener, rubber eraser and snacks.
  • The test administration will last about five hours.

The use of cellphones, calculating devices, and/or cameras during the test is strictly prohibited.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to observe minimum public health standards at all times.

If you are a member of an Indigenous People’s Group, please obtain an official certification (i.e., National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos) and submit when you take the UPCAT during your assigned test date to your proctor.


STEP 6. Fill out Form 2B in September 2023.
Do this once you receive a copy of your High School Records and your final grades in Grades 8 to 11 are complete. Go to You will need the email address and password you used for signing up in the application portal to log on to your application account.

  • You are required to read the UP Privacy Notice for Applicants for First Year Admissions Academic Year 2024-2025 before filling out Form 2B.
  • Make sure you have a stable internet connection.
  • Fill out Form 2B completely and accurately.

STEP 7. Check if the completed Forms 1 and 2B are uploaded in the Online Portal.

  • You will be notified by email regarding the status of your application.
  • You may also monitor the status of your application by logging on to your UP College Application online account (

Visit regularly for announcements and updates regarding your application for admission.

Please check with your school if a copy of your school record (sealed in an envelope with wet signature on flap) has been sent to UP.

Non-submission will render your application incomplete and shall not be processed.

Application results

Check the UP website for announcements on the application results. You will need the same email account that you used for application to view your application results. If you qualify for admission to UP, register according to the instructions provided by the college or unit to which you have been accepted.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • 8182

    BA Literature
  • 8241

    BA Media Arts
  • 8022

    BA Political Science
  • 8023

    BA Psychology
  • 8145

    BS Economics
  • 8034

    BS Applied Mathematics
  • 8038

    BS Biology
  • 8132

    BS Computer Science
  • 8176

    BS Accountancy
  • 8099

    BS Management

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

Office of Admissions

  • Kalaw Corner Quirino Streets, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 1101
  • +63 2 89274561
  • +63 2 8981-8500 loc. 3287/3828/3830/3831