By: Marnelli Catacutan
When you found out you flunked the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT), your dreams of walking around the academic oval while wearing your U.P. shirt, witnessing rallies started at the Palma Hall, riding Ikot and Toki jeepneys just to get into your next class… just popped like bubbles. You didn’t find your name on the UPCAT passers list. You must have started moping around, regretting why you didn’t study one more week, blaming yourself for watching a drama series instead of studying basic Chemistry, and probably, you have just said goodbye to your UP dreams. To Oble. To the UP life.
Well, let me break it to you: it’s not the end of your UP chronicles just yet.
Upon the release of results online, you could go to UP-OUR (Office of the University Registrar) to find out your UPG (University Predicted Grade; 40% high school grade and 60% UPCAT grade). Just present your valid ID and they’d give you a small piece of paper indicating your UPG. You can’t do something with it though. You have to wait for the letter sent by UP indicating your UPG and subtest scores. If your UPG met the cut-off of other UP campuses or even the campus of your choice in the application, file a reconsideration right away after receiving the letter.
You got reconsidered? Congratulations! Welcome to UP, Iskolar ng Bayan!
You didn’t get reconsidered? And you want to study in UP Diliman? You want to study in the flagship campus of the premiere national state university? Yes, but I failed UPCAT. I didn’t get reconsidered, too.
You want to get into UP Diliman, but wasn’t able to take the UPCAT? Yes.
Do you really, really want to study in UPD? Yes!
Then here’s what you’ve got to do:
- Enroll in a university, acquire at least 33 units (excluding PE subjects and Theology), and maintain at least a General Weighted Average of 2.0 (on a 1-point grading system, of course; UP will re-compute your GWA if you have a different grading system, you don’t have to worry). Some colleges and degree programs set GWA cut-offs for as high as 1.50, and higher GWA means higher chances of getting in, too, so do your best.
Every year, UP Diliman releases its cut-off grades per degree program, including requirements and schedules, so check out for that at upd.edu.ph. They usually update their T2 (Transfer 2) requirements by March.
- File for an application for transfer. You’ll need 1 original copy and 4 photocopies of your True Copy of Grades or Report of Ratings (do not file for a TOR from your school until you’re accepted), fully-accomplished Form 3, and two 2×2 or two passport-size ID pictures.
► Form 3. This could be obtained from OUR or you could download it from the website and print your own copy. In this, you’d be asked personal information and you get to choose 3 degree programs (ranked according to your preference) you wanted to apply for.
► Degree programs. There are no degree programs that are easy to get into. There are only programs that are hard to get into, and programs that are harder to get into.
► Not all degree programs accept transferees. In 2014, here are the programs who didn’t accept transferees:
- Industrial Engineering
- Community Nutrition
- Food Technology
UPD-Institute of Biology doesn’t accept T1, T2, S1, S2; In short, they’re exclusive to their very own UPCAT passers. If you’re interested in taking BS Bio, you could take Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BS MBB) instead.
**Business Administration and Accountancy only accepts applicants from CHED level IV schools only.
► No shifting policy. Some people apply for degree programs that are not much applied for hoping for a slot. Do not (if you do not really like the program). Some of them have this ‘no shifting policy’ wherein upon admission, you’d be asked to sign a contract that says you couldn’t shift-out from your current degree program and you would have to finish it if you want to stay in UP. Some of them are Community Development, Social Work, and Family Life and Child Development.
- Wait until May and call OUR or the college you applied for to inquire if you have passed the initial requirements. This is mainly about meeting the required GWA so you are most likely to perceive beforehand if you made it. After this, contact the colleges of your initially passed degree programs and ask for schedules for submission of other requirements, as well as exams, interviews, aptitude tests, orientation or whatever you’re program would require.
- Do well in your exams, interviews, aptitude tests, orientation, etc. At this stage, they say, your GWA wouldn’t dictate your admission anymore.
Remember, you are battling against thousands of people (around 6000 to 8000 applies each year and less than ten percent gets in); you are battling against UPCAT passers; you are battling against students running for Latin honors around the country; you are battling to become one of the cream of the cream.
Ranked according to priority for slots:
- S1= shiftees within the college
- S2= shiftees within UP Diliman
- T1= transferees within the UP System (transferees from UPM, UPMin, UP Tacloban, UP Iloilo, UPV, UPDEPP, UPOU)
- T2= transferees from other universities
- Wait for the results. You may contact them through phone, by going to their office or by waiting for announcements in their Facebook pages.
- If you get in: Congratulations! Now, you’d be working on your papers to officially be an Iskolar ng Bayan. You’d be needing the following:
- 2 2×2 ID pictures
- College admission slip
- Medical Certificate (from the Public Health department of UP Health Services)
- 2 fully accomplished information sheets (OUR)
- Honorable Dismissal
- Transcript of records
- Photocopy of your NSO-birth certificate (bring with you your original copy for reference) and marriage contract if married.
Upon registration, you’d be given your University Admission Slip, your student number and your temporary CRS account for enlisting courses.
Good luck, Isko/ Iska! God bless!