There are at least three important things burning feverishly in the mind of every aspiring U.P. student: one, passing the UPCAT; two, make it into the course of choice; three, the UPG. Other articles here on Academic Clinic have already tackled the reality of passing the entrance exam. This little article will take a quick look at the other two concerns.
You may be wondering if quota and non-quota courses still exist. The answer is no. The university did away with the old system two years ago. In that system, U.P. limited the amount of students that could get into certain courses. Even if these students passed the entrance exam, they still weren’t guaranteed a slot in their program of choice due to the limited number of slots available.
These days, however, the RGEP (Required General Education Program) system stands in place of the old quota/non-quota system. In a nutshell, it requires students to take certain general education subjects regardless of their major. While seemingly a disadvantage for students who prefer to go straight to their core subjects, it offers the benefit of admitting any number of students into the program of their choice.
Won’t programs be bursting at the seams because of this? Not necessarily. The university has designed the RGEP is such a way that not all students take the required classes all at the same time. The classes are spread out over two—sometimes three—years over the course of a student’s tenure. Everyone will get their chance at some point. Thus, the UPG remains the main criterion for making it into a course.
Ms. Manilyn of the UP Admissions Office