This article will tell you the steps you need to accomplish after you receive the decision letter informing you that you have been accepted as a student in the Ateneo de Manila University.
Congratulations! You have received the decision letter from the Ateneo de Manila University informing you that you have been one of the chosen few to be accepted as a new student in the university. What do you need to do next?
- Answer this question please: do you wish to enroll in the Ateneo de Manila University?
YES: Good for you. Move on to the next step, please.
NO: Why are you still here? Kidding aside, if you have other plans, then you won’t need the information you’ll find below so move on to other sections in Academic-Clinic.com that pertain to your chosen university. Can we interest you in the University of the Philippines? How about the De la Salle University? Or choose your university from among this list of universities.
- Confirm your acceptance or slot in the Ateneo de Manila University
It doesn’t matter if you are a Filipino student, a foreign student or a Filipino and Whatever student (Dual Citizen, in other words), you will need to confirm your slot – and you need to do it fast.
Confirmation of your slot means the university will reserve you a spot in the course you have selected. Intake of new students per course is typically limited or restricted; the place on a course is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. If you don’t confirm your slot immediately, you will lose your place in your desired course and will have to settle for a slot in a different course.
Important Note: If you have been accepted for the first semester of Academic Year 2009-2010 (begins this June 2009), you have only until April 10, 2009 to secure your slot and confirm your intention to enroll in the Ateneo de Manila University, so be quick about it.
What do you need to do to confirm your slot? You will need to submit certain documents to the Ateneo de Manila University. Note that you will find the same information in your acceptance letter.
Confirmation Requirements for accepted applicants
- Form 138 or your Report Card (original)
First on the list of things you need to submit is your Form 138, also known as your report card from fourth year high school.
- Birth Certificate (photocopy)
You also need to submit a photocopy of your birth certificate. You should keep the original copy, of course, but be sure to bring it along for verification purposes. If this is not convenient, at least bring a Certified True Copy of your birth certificate, still for verification purposes.
- Reply Slip
Check the acceptance letter that you have received from the university and look for the Reply slip. Fill it out completely then send it back to the university with the required attachments.
- PhP4,000.00 Confirmation Fee
Keep in mind that there’s no such thing as a free lunch; the school will charge you four thousand pesos to confirm your application. You need to pay to secure your slot.
Again, remember to confirm your slot on or before the deadline. One thing you will quickly learn about Ateneo is the fact that it’s deadline-driven. Yes, most schools are probably like that, but the Blue Eagle Institution tends to go the extra mile in this area.
Take note that that applies to applications, first and foremost. If you so far as miss the deadlines for submission of documents, you will likely have a hard time explaining yourself and getting into the university for that school year.
Special Leeway for International School graduates
If you are a graduate of an international school (whether based locally or abroad), ADMU gives you some leeway. If your Form 138 or Report Card is not yet ready (that is, waiting for the report card will make you late confirming your slot), you can send the following in its place so your slot may be conditionally confirmed:
- A certification of graduation from your High School Principal or School Headmaster. This certification must indicate the exact date when the Report Card will be released.
- A letter signed by you and your parents indicating that you have no intention of withdrawing your conditional confirmation of your slot in the university.
If your determination to enroll in the university has not flagged after taking care of all the above-outlined tasks, you need to move on to the next step.
- Answer this question, please: do you like the course or program to which you have been accepted?
YES: That’s good. Skip the next step and go on to step #5.
NO: Don’t worry, this can be easily fixed.
Determine what course you would like to pursue. After making a decision, write a Letter of Request for Change of Course to the Ateneo de Manila University Office of Admission and Aid on or before the designated deadline. Remember, however, that you cannot request a change of course if you haven’t confirmed your slot so be sure to do step number 2 first before you request a course change. After confirming your slot, immediately submit your Letter of Request for Change of Course.
Important Note: If you have been accepted for the first semester of Academic Year 2009-2010 (begins this June 2009), you have only until April 13, 2009 to submit a Letter of Request for Change of Course. The decision on your request will be released on April 17, 2009.
After submitting your course change request, move on to the next step.
- Answer this question: has your request for change of course been approved?
YES: Go on, don’t be shy. Do your little dance routine. After that, you can go on to the next step.
NO: That’s tough but no deal breaker. You can still apply for a course shift after your first year in the university. Get over this minor inconvenience and move on to the next and final step.
- Enroll for your first semester.
I should think this section needs no elaboration. Paste on a smile to your face and be your sweet and pleasant self when you go to the university registrar for enrollment.