Ask any aspiring college student which university they’d like to attend and chances are high that De La Salle University (DLSU) is on their list. As one who’s benefited from a hybrid education, I can understand why DLSU would be a prime candidate.
While DLSU is fair game for anyone who’s interested in studying there, the first thing that they have to do is to pass the university’s college entrance test-the DLSUCET (De La Salle University College Entrance Test). Before we get into that, do know that the institution needs applicants to turn in several things first.
The Paperwork before the Paperwork
If you want to get a green signal for the DLSUCET, your first order of business is to fill out the DLSUCET application form. You can get this form from either the DLSU official website or the university Admissions Office. Upon completion of the form, the school will hand you your brochure.
There’s no reaping without sowing-so be sure to prepare the application fee beforehand. DLSU will charge six hundred pesos (if you’re a Filipino citizen) or fifty US dollars (if you’re a foreign student). This will cover everything from the application form to the actual processing of your exam.
The Devil is in the Details
Besides that, DLSU also requires a certified true copy of your secondary school records, a photocopy of your birth certificate and a couple of recommendation letters.
Please note that the school records I mentioned above should cover the period from your freshman high school year to your junior year. Just ask your school registrar fro assistance with this particular DLSUCET requirement.
Regarding your recommendation letters, feel free to ask any of the following people to write them for you: your high school guidance counselor, your class adviser or your high school principal.
Finally, the university also needs three identical pictures of your mug-size 2 x 2, to be precise.
Special Cases: Transferees
Transfer students and international students have a little extra work to do when it comes to applying at DLSU. Let’s take a look at each of them in turn.
DLSU Admissions will ask transferees for their Transcript of Records and a list of courses that they’ve already taken. DLSU tends to frown on the following: failing grades, incomplete grades or grade point averages (GPAs) that fall below the 85% mark or its equivalent. Better make sure that your record is free of these eyesores.
Sound strict to you? It is. The good news is that DLSU may credit units from the applicants’ completed courses. The catch is that the credited units can go no higher than twenty percent of the total unit number in the applicants’ course of choice.
Special Cases: International Students
International applicants, on the other hand, will need to turn in both their high school records and their passports. A photocopy of the Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) may serve as an alternative to the birth certificate I mentioned previously.
It doesn’t end there, however. Even if you pass the DLSUCET as an international student, you’ll still need to go for an interview with the coordinator of the school’s International and Graduate Student Services (IGSS). All you have to do is to secure your clearance from him or her and then proceed as usual.
The Early Bird Special
As with most other things, being early has its advantages. The scheduled date for your chance at the DLSUCET will ultimately depend on how soon you can turn in the paperwork, so be sure to get those documents in ASAP!
If you’ve already done so, just be patient and wait. The school will inform you when it’s your turn to face the music (read: tackle the DLSUCET), so until then, use your time constructively.