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by Abbie Escarilla on www.facebook.com/academic.clinic

Ateneo Survival Guide: On Facilities Outside of the Ateneo Campus

Despite what people may think, an Atenean’s time isn’t spent entirely on studying.  Students also need to attend to more mundane matters like sleeping, washing their clothes (or having them washed) and taking that occasional breather from the stresses of college life.

If you’re fairly new to the Katipunan area, there are a few places that can help provide these services for you.

Bed, Board and Laundry

For those who prioritize proximity for board and lodging, the most obvious choices would be the Cervini and Eliazo dormitories within the Ateneo campus itself.  On the other hand, if you prefer some space away from the learning institution, there are a bevy of decent alternatives available.

One Burgundy Plaza and Burgundy Place along Katipunan Avenue are but two examples of these.  These are also noted for housing two popular gimmick areas (more on those later).

The other streets near Ateneo also host other places you can stay in.  You can find the likes of Golden Crescent Mansion (Rosa Alvero St.); Eagle Star Condominium and My Place (F. de la Rosa St.); CDM, Sunrise and Casa Baronessa (E. Abada St.); Loyola Heights Condominiums (along the corner of E. Abada and F. de la Rosa) and the new Studio 87 (Xavierville Avenue).

There are still other places you’ll stumble upon when you leave the Ateneo premises.  Besides, available boarding houses usually advertise within the campus and without.  Just keep your eyes peeled.

It helps if you can do your own laundry, but if you’re really stressed out and you need help, there are at least four laundry services nearby:  Rustan’s Supermarket has an Alphinc (or something like that) laundry service inside and a Laundromat nearby.  The Casa Baronessa compound I mentioned above has Laundry 415, while Loyola Heights Condominiums serves as the headquarters for E_Labako and Wash In A Rush.

Entertainment Venues

Unfortunately, there aren’t too many malls in the immediate area (Though there is SM Marikina, if ever you feel like traveling a bit).  If you’re an electronic gamer like I am, you’re in for a treat:  there are several places you can visit for your video gaming needs.

Among the plethora of internet cafes in the area, two of the most noteworthy ones are Hobby Stop (corner of Katipunan and F. de la Rosa, in front of Ateneo Gate 3) and Blue Skies (a short walk away from Hobby Stop along F. de la Rosa).  I’ve noted these two because they offer more than just internet services and games for MMORPG and LAN parties—they sport some next-gen consoles as well (The former has several PS3s.).

If you’re looking for niche establishments that cater to one specific console, however, consider dropping by Frii Spirit (at One Burgundy Plaza) or XBX Interactive (at Burgundy Place) for Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 gaming, respectively.

Finally, if you’re feeling a bit “crabby,” you may also wish to check out a place dubbed Game Crab over at FBR Arcade along Katipunan.  It’s the place to go to for board game fun.

Lots to Go Around

Whether it’s sleeping quarters, or laundry or just plain old entertainment, there’s no scarcity of places to visit around the Ateneo area.  Take the time to tour the surrounding streets when you can.  Who knows?  You may just like what you’ll find.

Ateneo Survival Guide: University Culture

Every school has a unique culture all its own.  In fact, the atmosphere of a school may very well be one of the deciding factors of whether to study in it or not.

If you’re thinking of studying in the Ateneo College, allow me to tell you a little bit about it.  This should also help mitigate the effects of the culture shock for you as well, especially if you didn’t come from the Ateneo high school.

Before I proceed, a caveat:  I’ve based the following observations on my experience of the school’s culture at the time.  Since the only constant is change, your experience of the said culture may end up being a little different from what I’ll be describing here.

The People

My mother once told me that you could immediately spot an Atenean by counting the number of books that that person carried around.

Of course, that was during her time.  Nowadays, Ateneo college students can look pretty laid back—except during exam time.  If it’s the geeks who carry the books, it’s the rest who carry themselves with a certain sense of confidence or accomplishment.

Oh, and it’s fairly easy to spot a guy who came from the campus’ high school—he’s usually the one following the ladies around.  Seriously.

The presence of the fairer sex may be no big thing for you if you’ve spent some time in a co-ed institution, but for those who’ve had to live with a sausage fest for four years, studying in the college may be likened to a captured wild stallion escaping his corral.  It is a breath of fresh air in more ways than one.

Over on side of the university’s teaching staff, expect to run into a motley crew of professors and other school staff:  they can range from the extremely orthodox to the delightfully kooky to the maddeningly eccentric.  Some may astound you, others may entertain you, still others may bore you to tears, but one thing’s for sure, you will learn something from them, regardless.

Campus and Academic Life

One look at the Ateneo compound will tell you that it’s quite conducive to the pursuit of knowledge.  Several buildings housing classrooms, departments and other facilities are spread out over the entire campus.  The landscape people made sure the area was dotted with grassy fields and a bit of foliage for good measure.  All in all, it’s perfect for contemplative walks or peripatetic sessions.

Like any good academic institution, Ateneo has its fair share of student organizations for that extra-curricular flavor.  In fact, there are probably just as many organizations as there are courses.  Some organizations cater directly to certain majors, such as the various management societies.  Look around enough and take your pick—chances are you’ll be able to find something that captures your fancy.

The academic pace in Ateneo can get pretty hectic during the so-called hell periods (hell week, hell month, etc.).  Fortunately, the University has its set of chapels and its very own church where one can concretely practice theology.  It’s not surprising to see the number of pray-ers getting down on their knees as the final exams draw closer and closer.

The Choice

If this sounds like a good atmosphere for you, by all means, apply at the Ateneo.  It won’t be an easy journey, but then again, the really worthwhile experiences normally aren’t.  If there’s one thing I can guarantee you about it, however, it’s this:  after going through it, you’ll never be the same again.

Ateneo Scholarships

For some, studying in an Ivy League University like Ateneo is nothing short of a dream.  And yet, there are those who deserve such an education but who don’t possess the financial means to avail of it.  What about them?

The Good Book tells us to “Ask and ye shall receive.”  In other words, one alternative is to apply for a scholarship.  The Ateneo doesn’t offer financial aid to just anyone, though.  As with the normal registration procedure, there are certain requirements that must first be met.

ADMU Scholarship Application

Applying for financial aid per se is a relatively simple task:  just fill up the scholarship form and submit it along with the regular application form.  You may download the former from the Ateneo website for free.

There are other requirements that you need to submit along with the said form, however.  These include:  a letter from one or both parents detailing your need for financial assistance, a couple of scholarship recommendations, certificates of compensation and employment from your parents and a certificate of payment tax withheld (or an income tax return).

Of course, the school won’t ask you for the latter two requirements if the parent or parents involved aren’t working.

A word of caution:  don’t assume that the school will automatically accept your application just because you’ve submitted all the paperwork.  The powers-that-be will still need to check out your ACET scores, your performance in high school and certain intangible qualities you possess (read: attitude).

Types of Ateneo Scholarships

Depending on the above factors, the university may award the applicant with partial or full tuition exemptions and then some.  The extras come in the form of allowances for books and transportation, and sometimes even a combination of those.

Do note that there are other forms of financial aid available:  athletes, high performers of science high schools or other Jesuit institutions and DOST exam-takers may also avail of special scholarships.  The DOST case is especially interesting—exam passers may enjoy the DOST scholarship on top of the Ateneo one.  How’s that for fun?

Sometimes, excelling students will find themselves automatically awarded Freshman Merit Scholarships thanks to scholarship review committee decisions.  The case of Roselle Ambubuyog is one such instance.

I was still in college when I’d heard of this prodigy.  Her scholastic record, grit and determination won the hearts of the committee over, and the school deemed it fit to offer her a full scholarship with all the trimmings.  It’s interesting to note that another prestigious university also offered her financial aid at the same time, but since the latter was a partial scholarship, Ms. Ambubuyog opted to study in the Ateneo instead.

Going for Broke

In the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” Will Smith’s character advises his son to go after what he wants, and never to let anyone tell him that he can’t do it.  This is sound advice for potential Ateneans as well.

If you’re dead set on studying at the Ateneo and you have a good academic record and the right attitude to match, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll get the financial help you need.  Go ahead and ask, by all means.  You’ll be glad you did.

4 Days Until ACET!

The Ateneo College Entrance Test (or ACET for short) is set to take place on September 19 and 20, 2009 (that’s this coming Saturday and Sunday). This is the bulletin that has been lifted directly from the Ateneo de Manila University website:

The Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) will be administered at the AHS and AGS campuses on Sept. 19 & 20, Sat. & Sun.: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

For those who are taking the ACET:  Good luck to all of you!  Have a good night’s rest before the exam, keep your head clear during the exam, and forget about the ACET after the exam; there’s time enough for remembering once the results are out.

For those who expect to be in the area on September 19 and 20:  I wish you good luck, too – good luck in beating the heavy traffic, that is.  If you don’t need to be there (or if you don’t have to go through the area), please find some other place to go to (or some other place to go through).

ACET Schedule and Important Dates

Studying at the Ateneo de Manila University requires no small amount of discipline and organization, particularly when the hell weeks come along.  In fact, new students will quickly realize that the need to develop these traits comes way before they’re even accepted into the college.

To help, the university’s Office of Admission and Aid has released the latest application schedule for the year.  Let’s take a closer look at it and get organized.

The ACET Application Period

June 15, 2009 – August 14, 2009:  for incoming Metro Manila freshmen, school year 2010 – 2011

June 22, 2009 – August 14, 2009:  for incoming provincial freshmen, school year 2010 – 2011

June 15, 2009 – December 16, 2009:  application form issuance for transfer applicants for school year 2010-2011

November 16 – December 16, 2009:  registration for transfer applicants for school year 2010-2011

If the early bird gets the worm, then the early applicant gets the first crack at a much-coveted slot in the university.  Ateneo has a bit of a head start over other universities in this respect.

Regardless of whether you’ll be coming from Metro Manila or the province, keep in mind that the deadliest deadline for sending in your completed application forms is at 5:00 p.m.

ACET Testing Dates

September 19 and 20, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m./ 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.:

for Metro Manila incoming freshmen, school year 2010-2011

September 19, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:  for Metro Manila incoming freshmen, school year 2010-2011

January 16, 2009, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:  for provincial transfer applicants, 2010-2011

January 17, 2009, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:  for Metro Manila transfer applicants, 2010-2011

The ACET schedule is a little different from other universities’ entrance exam schedules in the sense that you only get one weekend for it this year.  Please note that the applicable provincial testing centers are the ones in Zamboanga City, Naga, Iloilo, Davao, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro.  For more information on other testing centers, kindly visit this site.

As is the case with the application period, the transfer students get a different schedule.  Depending on where they’ll be going, they’ll be taking on either January 16 or January 17, instead.

Releasing of Results

My contacts at the Loyola Schools Office of Admission and Aid have told me that the release date for the ACET results will be around the second week of January 2010.  Since the transfer applicants get to take the test a bit later, they’ll get wind of their results sometime in May of the same year.

As of the time of this article’s writing, no specific release dates have been given, so feel free to check with the nice folks at the said office.  You may get in touch with them in a number of different ways.

If you’d rather drop by in person, the Metro Manila campus is located along Katipunan Avenue in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.  Alternatively, you may call them at 426-6001. It’s a trunk line that connects to all school departments, so just press the appropriate number or ask the operator to connect you to the College Office of Admission and Aid.

Why Study in Ateneo?

Why go to Ateneo de Manila University?  An old jest says, “If you’ve got the money and the brains, go to Ateneo.”  This is a typical joke of university students; nevertheless, it is not without basis.  Over the years, Ateneo has developed a reputation as a superior higher-education institution in more ways than one.

If you’re not entirely sure why you should consider Ateneo University as an option, do read on for the things that make Ateneo a good university option and why you should go and file that ACET application.


As I mentioned in another article of mine, the Ateneo University bears the distinction of being one of several Philippine Universities mentioned in the Times Higher Education Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings, 2008 Edition.

Even without this honor, though, Ateneo’s reputation for quality education has already preceded it.  My mother, a Maryknoll alumna, once told me that you could always spot an Atenean in her day by looking for two telltale signs:  a distinct English twang and a ginormous pile of books.

Admittedly, the English twang has mixed with Filipino over the years, yet the books and the brains are still very much there.


The Ateneo University has apparently undergone a bit of a renovation process lately.  For example, older complexes such as the Social Science Buildings have also received much-needed facelifts.  Besides that, some nice new buildings have sprung up in recent years- one of which is the John Gokongwei School of Management.

Aesthetically speaking, the Ateneo campus is ideal for those philosophical, peripatetic sessions.  While not as large as, say, the UP Diliman campus, Ateneo still has its share of tree-studded walkways and wide open spaces.

The University Church is always a good place to stop by for some quiet contemplation or emergency prayer session when exams come up.  The Moro Lorenzo Sports Complex is also a nice place to work off a sweat, or even to vent those primal emotions once in a while (and believe me, there will be times when you will need to do so.).

“Heading Down the Mountain”

As Ateneo is a Catholic University, you can expect to go through some form of social outreach program as part of your education.  This may sound like a double-edged sword for some, but the good news is that the program can potentially exercise your compassion and empathy muscles like no other one can.

A good case in point is the course on Theology of Liberation.  It has a mandatory outreach program that requires students to spend some quality time with the underprivileged for a few days.  Students will then be asked to process the experience and share their thoughts and insights about it, and perhaps even do something about it if possible.  It’s amazing what you can learn if you’ve never been exposed to this kind of thing before.

The Jesuit Training System

Perhaps the one thing that makes an Ateneo education stand out most is the Jesuit philosophy behind the college education that they provide.

You see, the Jesuits have a rather unique approach when it comes to education.  They believe in the soundness of a strong core curriculum as an academic foundation.  While Ateneo does allow for specialized training, it is not interested in being overspecialized.  Allow me to explain.

The Ateneo Core Curriculum requires that each and every student receive basic to intermediate training in various subject matters including Mathematics, English, Filipino, Philosophy and Theology.

The point of the whole thing is to provide the student with at least a general competence in a variety of subjects, so that no matter where he or she is placed, that student will always possess a certain degree of knowledge in something other than his or her field of specialization.

It’s basically an exercise in versatility.  If you think of an Ateneo graduate as a specialist with a primary and a secondary specialty, then the core curriculum subjects make up that person’s secondary specialty.

The First Step

The points I’ve mentioned above are some of the many good reasons for choosing Ateneo as your source of tertiary education.  Granted, it an Ateneo education is no easy trek (both academically and financially), but you will find the results to be well worth your effort in the long run.

Ateneo de Manila University: Acceptance Procedures for Students of Dual Citizenship

If you have dual citizenship – that is, a Filipino AND a Something-Else citizen – you will need to do the following after you received the letter informing you of your acceptance to the Ateneo de Manila University:

1. Confirm your slot

The decision letter from the ADMU will tell you how to do this.  Be sure to follow the instructions to the letter and submit all the required forms by the designated deadline.  The slots in each course or program are given away on a first-come, first-served basis; if you don’t immediately confirm your slot, you may lose your place in the course of your choice and you will thus have to settle for a spot in a different course.  This course may not be as ideal as your original course, in which case you will have to file for a request to change course or wait until after your first year to shift courses.

2. Present the following documents at the Office of the Registrar.

You will need to go to the Office of the Registrar and present the following so you may be enlisted as a Filipino student:

  • Philippine Passport (photocopy)

You must submit a photocopy of your Philippine passport and keep the original passport handy for verification purposes.

  • Foreign Passport (photocopy)

Since you are a dual citizen, you will also need to show the Office of the Registrar a photocopy of your foreign passport.  Of course, you’ll need to have the original with you for verification purposes.

3. Enroll for your first semester in the university.

Do this and let your ADMU student life begin!

Ateneo de Manila University: Acceptance Procedures for International Students

If you are a foreigner who has been accepted to the Ateneo de Manila University, you will need to do the following:

1. Confirm your slot

The decision letter from the Ateneo de Manila University contains information on how to confirm your slot in the university.  Follow it to the letter, please.

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.

2. Fulfill Pre-Registration Requirements

After you have confirmed your slot, you will need to go to the Office of the Registrar to submit the following pre-registration requirements:

  • Foreign Passport (photocopy)

You must turn in a photocopy of your foreign passport (again, you need to bring along your original passport needs for verification).

  • Student Visa or any other Valid Visa

After you have been accepted to the Ateneo de Manila University, you must visit the Philippine embassy or consulate nearest you to obtain your visa.  Generally speaking, you need a Student Visa to study in the Philippines.  However, any other valid visa (that is, a visa that puts no restriction upon you to study in the Philippines) will be accepted.

  • Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) I-Card

The ACR I-Card is an alien identification card that looks pretty much like a credit card.  Embedded in it is a microchip with your biometric information.

The ACR I-Card is simply the card-version of your paper Alien Certificate of Registration.  This card version, however, has formally replaced your paper ACR and you will need to present it for transactions where your alien registration status needs to be confirmed.  To get the ACR card, you will need to go to the Bureau of Immigration.

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 30, 2009 to submit all pre-registration requirements.  If you fail to do this, you will not be allowed to enroll.

  • Certificate of Residence for Temporary Status (CRTS)

This should be valid for the semester or term of your enrollment.

3. Enroll for your courses/classes.

At the designated enrollment date, enlist for your desired or prescribed courses.  Remember that international students are required to enroll in 3 Filipino language courses.

You will also need to pay a Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee of PhP 27,825.00 (around 580 USD at the current rates of exchange) apart from your tuition and other enrollment dues every enrollment.  Note that the Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee may vary slightly from year to year.

You will not be charged this fee if you are one of the following:

  • A resident alien (as defined by the Philippine Immigration laws)
  • Part of a special exchange program
  • A non-degree student

If you are one of the following, you may be granted an exemption from the Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee:

  • The child of OFWs
  • The child of Filipino expats
  • A missionary or part of a religious mission

To find out if you are exempted from the Foreign or Non-Resident student fee, you will need to submit the following:

  • Letter of Request for Exemption from the Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee
  • Documents to support your claim for exemption

Note:  There will be a much more detailed article on the Ateneo de Manila University’s application for admission and registration procedures for international students, so be sure to check Academic-Clinic.com from time to time.

Ateneo de Manila University: Procedures for Accepted Applicants

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?

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

The ACET and Ateneo Application Process

The Ateneo de Manila University is one of the premiere higher-education institutions in the Philippines.  To put it simply, this is one of the best universities in the Philippines and you will choose well if you decide to study in this university.

Of course, the decision on whether or not you will get to study in the Ateneo de Manila University is not yours alone to make.  Aside from your parents’ consent (hey, they’re going to foot your hefty bill so they should have a say!), acceptance from the Ateneo de Manila University’s Committee on Admission and Aid is also necessary.

What exactly do you need to do to get accepted to the Ateneo de Manila University as a freshman student?

1. Procure an application form and exam permit.

That’s right.  Wherever you decide to study, you will need to accomplish lots and lots of forms; so get off your high horse and begin your romance with forms, forms, and more forms.

The Freshman Application Form may be secured from the Ateneo de Manila University’s Office of Admission and Aid.  Here’s the exact address:

Office of Admission and Aid

Rm 105, Ground Floor

Kostka Hall

Ateneo de Manila University

Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108

2. Fill out the application form and submit it to the Office of Admission and Aid

Of course, you need to fill out the application form.  What do you think of the application form – a souvenir?

Kidding aside, you should complete the form, gather all the required supporting documents (it will be indicated in your application form), and submit the application form and the required attachments to the Office of Admission and Aid before the deadline.

Remember please that the Ateneo de Manila University receives thousands of applications for admission every season.  The powers that be are not going to waste time on incomplete forms.  Therefore, make sure that your application form is fully accomplished and all the supporting documents are likewise complete.  Otherwise, your application won’t be processed.

3. Pay the application fee.

The application fee is a definite requirement.  The school naturally wants to recoup some of its expenses for giving you the chance to pay them some expensive tuition (wink!).  Local applicants – that is, graduates of local high schools – will be charged PhP 500 (applicants from high schools abroad, on the other hand, need to pay 50 USD).

You need to pay the application fee upon submission of your accomplished application form.

4. Accomplish your exam permit and submit to the Office of Admission and Aid.

Your exam permit will be your ticket to the ACET or the Ateneo College Entrance Test.  Fill it out completely and guard your copy with your life.

5. Show up for the ACET

On the designated date and time, show up at the testing center to take the ACET.  Do not forget to bring your pencils, pens and whatever it is that you are instructed (by your exam permit) to bring for the ACET.  Note that you cannot bring scratch papers, calculators, cell phones, and any electronic devices.  The testing center will provide you with all the scratch paper you’ll need.

Of course, there’s more to the exam than just showing up for the Ateneo College Entrance Test; you need to prepare for it, too.  If you love yourself and your parents, make sure you are prepared for the ACET before you sit in that chair and take it.

You can enroll in ACET review classes if you want.  Better yet, start rereading your notes – that is, if you can rely on your accuracy and diligence when you were writing down those notes – and your textbooks.  Study like there’s no tomorrow (there probably won’t be any if you fail the ACET, he he he).

Of course, ACET preparation cannot be done in one, two or even six months.  ACET review classes and refresher courses can help, certainly, but only to remind you of what you have already learned.  You can’t get into Ateneo de Manila University if you are not a conscientious student in the first place – or a genius who can absorb four years’ worth of high school education in a few months.

6. Wait for the decision.

After you have taken the Ateneo College Entrance Test, there’s nothing else that you can do except wait for the Committee on Admission and Aid’s decision on your application.

Such a decision can go three ways:  you may be accepted, waitlisted or rejected.  If your name is on that legendary Bulletin Board in Ateneo, you are either accepted or waitlisted (information to that effect will be displayed).  The decision over your application is made based on the information written down on your application form, your ACET test scores, your high school grades, and the glowing (or not-so-glowing) endorsement from your teachers (recommendation letters from teachers are some of the required attachments of your application form).

How about your prayers?  Will they help?  Praying will not help with your ACET test scores because you’ve already taken the exam; you should have prayed before you took the ACET.  Your prayers now won’t even help change your high school grades; they’ve already been made and recorded.  Your prayers, however, may still help in the sense that the members of the Committee of Admission and Aid may decide you have great potential even if your records are less than stellar – so do pray; it can still help turn the tide in your favor.