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San Beda College Application and Entrance Exam Basics

By: Kevin San Miguel Cuevas

 San Beda College Introduction

San Beda College—known for its excellence in studies focused on criminal justice and the judicial system in the country—is a private sectarian college run by the Benedictine monks. Presently, they stand three (3) campuses: one in Mendiola, Manila in Alabang, Muntinlupa and another in Taytay, Rizal. The first campus in Mendiola was founded in 1901 as the El Colegio de San Beda starting as grade school for all-boys. Later, it began to grow with degree and non-degree collegiate programs. They soon expanded and grew with SBC-Alabang (formerly known as Benedictine Abbey School) and SBC-Rizal as their biggest campus and department for Basic Education.

Now, celebrating its 110 years of Connectedness and God’s Glory San Beda College still aims to defend endless Catholic battlements in the field of education specifically for the Filipino nation.

San Beda Admission Qualification

To qualify, aspiring San Beda applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. You must have a GWA of 82 and above in your senior year and no grades lower than 80 especially in the major subjects and must not have enrolled or taken any college units or subjects.

2. Must possess good moral character.

3. In addition, if you are entering the College of Nursing in SBC-Manila, you should have:

  • Pleasing personality;
  • Height now lower that 152.4 cm for women and 157.48 for men;
  • And must not have any physical deformities or abnormalities.

San Beda Application Requirements

The necessary paperwork for both campuses is as follows:

  • Fully accomplished Application and Recommendation Forms
  • Three 2×2 ID Pictures In White Background
  • Certified Photocopy Of Form 138 (High School Report Card)
  • Certificate Of Good Moral Character (From The Applicants’ High School Principal)
  • Two Certified Photocopies Of The Applicants’ NSO Birth Certificate
  • One Long Brown Envelope with your name written in the upper-right corner of the back
  • Payment of application and transaction fee of ₱600.00 for Manila and ₱500.00 for Alabang

Take note for transferees and foreign applicants have a different set of requirements. Click here for Alabang and click here for Manila requirements and processes.



For Manila Applicants:

SBC-Manila College of Arts and Sciences Application and Recommendation Form

SBC-Manila College of Nursing Application and Recommendation Form

For Alabang Applicants:

SBC-Alabang Application Form

SBC-Alabang Principal’s Recommendation Form

SBC-Alabang Recommendation Form


San Beda Application and Admission Process

Application in San Beda is not a hassle. Just pay the application fee of ₱600.00 for Manila and ₱500.00 for Alabang at the Cashier and give the receipt together with your other requirements to the Admissions Center and you should be issued a Testing Permit and Testing Schedule. Should you fail to attend the scheduled exams, the applicant is advised to call the Admissions (contact list posted below this article) to reschedule the exam but no applicant can reschedule their exam more than once over than that may result to forfeiture of application.

You can submit your application concerns starting the second quarter of the school year until May of next year. Deadlines, however, may subject to change without prior notice to this blog. Application and exam scheduling are in first come first serve basis.

Assuming that you have already taken the exam (we’ll talk about them later), the next step is to ask the Admissions about the test result on the date given to you by the examiner/proctor either by call or by notice in their official website.

FOR MANILA APPLICANTS, after passing the entrance exam, you will have a series of more tests to pass through. For WAITLISTED APPLICANTS, they need to attend a formal face-to-face interview with either the College Head or Admissions Head. Applicants are instructed to wear proper attire for the interview. If it may be deemed necessary, one may undergo more than one. Upon passing the interview, you must undergo a medical examination in any hospital/clinic conducted by a licensed physician. The examinations are as follows: Blood Count (CBC), Electrocardiogram (ECG), Chest X-ray, Urinalysis, Fecalysis and Drug test. After taking such medical exams, go straight to the SBC Clinic with the results for analysis and reading. You will be given a clearance to the CON Board of Admission/Guidance Office if you passed the medical exam.

If you are accepted, you will have to pay the ₱2,000 reservation fee for the safety of your slot at the Admissions Center. For transferees, course accreditation follows as next step. The eligibility for enrollment is given upon submission of:

  •  Form 138/Original copy of the Report Card (for freshman), Transfer Credentials/Honorable Dismissal (transferee), and other documents required (i.e. admission contracts)

Students will be scheduled an enrollment day. After the enrollment, students will have to attend the Orientation Program.


FOR ALABANG APPLICANTS, the steps vary but however, you may undergo the medical examination at the SBC Clinic with fee of ₱500.00. Applicants will be scheduled a medical test. If you again failed to come in the scheduled medical test, you have to submit a letter for rescheduling. Applicants will be notified if they passed the medical test and will be issued a medical clearance. Applicants will be requested to pass the clearance to the Admissions Center to get a student number and enrollment scheduling goes afterwards.


San Beda Entrance Exam Schedule

Application deadlines vary in the two campuses. ALABANG starts their applications starting the first week of November and administers their first batch of examinees at last week of November. They hold different testing dates every year. For SY 2012-2013, here are the schedule to give you hints.


Level Testing Date Time
Incoming First Year and Transferees November 26, 2011 (Saturday)
January 7, 2012 (Saturday)
February 11, 2012 (Saturday)
March 10, 2012 (Saturday)
March 17, 2012 (Saturday)
April 11 & 18, 2012 (Wednesday)
April 23 & 30, 2012 (Monday)
8:00 – 12:00nn

NOTE: Stated in their website, they limit their examinees of 100 freshman applicants and 50 transferees per testing date.


For MANILA, they start their application school year-round but however administers the exams starting January and ends on May. They hold their exams on Saturdays same 8:00 – 12:00nn. For SY 2012-2013, here is the examination schedule just to give you a hint.


Level Testing Date Time
Incoming First Year and Transferees January 14, 2012

February 4, 2012

February 18, 2012

March 3, 2012

March 17, 2012

March 24, 2012

April 14, 2012

April 21, 2012

April 28, 2012

May 5, 2012

May 12, 2012

May 19, 2012

May 26, 2012

8:00 – 12:00nn


San Beda Provincial Application/Testing Process


For Manila Applicants, there are provincial testing centers in your province. The process doesn’t vary much but you may like to contact them. I have managed to include the contact numbers of the specific testing centers.



Testing Date: November 26, 2011 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon)



Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue, San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines 5000

Contact Number: (+63) (33) 321 1108



Testing Date: DECEMBER 10, 2011 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon)



V. Mapa Street  Lungsod ng Dabaw 8000

Contact Number: (+63) (082) 222 9500



Testing Date: January 14, 2012 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon)



Corrales Avenue  Cagayan de Oro
Contact Number: (+63) (088) 858 3116




Testing Date: FEBRUARY 4, 2012 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon)



Panganiban Drive., Brgy. Triangulo, Naga City 4400

Contact Number: (+63) (054) 473 8974


Unfortunately for Alabang Applicants in the far provinces, there are no provincial testing centers so you have to go and take the exam in Alabang Campus to be admitted there.


General CEU Exam Coverage and Feedback

Applicants who have taken the exam say that the test is relatively average to hard in its difficulty. Most of the questions in the exam come straight from the Fourth Year lessons and only an itsy bitsy of those from the lower years come into the test questionnaire. A good stock knowledge will serve best for you to pass the entrance exam.

Besides Math, Science and English subtests, the general exam also includes a Critical Thinking subtest to create variety to the subject tests. This is the most challenging part of the exam, applicants say.


San Beda Admissions Office Contact Information

The information above may change without no prior notices to our readers so please do re-check it with their communications lines with school authorities and staffs. If you have any other questions, concerns or additional queries about the admissions, requirements, process and policies please contact them directly.


SBC Mendiola, Manila Admissions

734-8062; 735-6011 Loc. 3117


SBC Alabang Admissions

809-7047 (Direct), Trunkline, Loc. 108



Mikee Parangue incoming San Beda-Alabang Freshman


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