Despite being highly contested and controversial, the concepts of religion and women empowerment are both given importance in the Philippines. Taking these two concepts together and subsequently following the footsteps of other religious orders before them, the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing settled in the Philippines to establish what is known today as St. Scholastica’s College Manila.
For more than a century, SSC has been a pioneer Catholic college for girls. It offers a wide variety of programs, from the arts to the sciences, and it is proof that women are truly valuable and able-bodied members of our modern society.
St. Scholastica’s College was founded by the first five Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing in 1906 upon the request of Manila Archbishop Harty, the same Archbishop who spearheaded a separate Catholic college which would eventually be DLSU. From a small, windowless wagon in which the first batch of nearly sixty students was taught, the “Free School” eventually moved to its current site and was given government recognition.
The Second World War was a particularly difficult time for the college, but it bounced back from being seized by the Japanese and burning down after being ambushed. Since then, it has revolutionized its goals to focus on the education of women. Enrollment is exclusively for women, but the enrollment of male students has been allowed in the Cognate, Music, and Fine Arts programs.
St. Scholastica prides itself in having nurtured several alumnae who have been the first women in their fields—such as the first female president in the Philippines and Asia (the late Corazon Aquino), the first female Supreme Court Justice of the Philippines (the late Cecilia Muñoz-Palma), and the first female commercial pilot of the Philippines (Aurora Carandang)—as well as recognized and revered women in the performing arts.
SSC Admission Qualifications
To become eligible for admission into SSC, a student must fall under any of the following criteria:
- Filipino female graduates of DepEd-accredited high schools in the Philippines; or
- Foreign female graduates of high schools abroad.
Although St. Scholastica’s College is exclusively for women, male students are accepted in the Cognate, Fine Arts, and Music programs. Being a Catholic college, SSC prefers students of the Catholic faith.
SSC Application Requirements and Procedures
The following requirements must be completely submitted prior to becoming eligible for SSC’s entrance exam:
- Duly accomplished application form (downloadable at http://www.ssc.edu.ph/sscweb_content/pdf_forms/College%20application%20form.pdf) with colored 2”x2” photo;
- Two uly accomplished SSC recommendation forms (signed by principal or class adviser and teacher or counselor; downloadable at http://www.ssc.edu.ph/sscweb/pdf/college%20recommedation%20form.pdf);
- One 1”x1” photo identical to 2”x2” photo (for exam permit);
- Photocopy of current Form 138, NSO birth certificate, and marriage contract (for married students);
- Certification of the school’s grading system from the Principal or the Registrar (only for those with letter grades); and
- Study permit and Alien Certificate of Residence (for foreign applicants only).
Secure an application permit from the Admissions Office, then proceed to the Business Office to pay the non-refundable, non-transferable application and testing fee of PhP500.00 (US$20.00) prior to submitting the above requirements. Secure an examination permit bearing your testing schedule.
SSC Application and Entrance Exam Schedule
SSC holds its entrance exams for the college level every Saturday at 8:00 AM to 12:00 NN, from the last week of August until the following May (prior to the applicant’s first academic year). Requirements must be submitted three days prior to the desired testing date. It is important to remember that admission into SSC is on a first-come, first-served basis.
SSC Provincial Testing Centers and Schedules
If you aren’t residing within Metro Manila, you may contact one of the schools under the Association of Benedictine Schools (ABS) for information about testing. Application begins in August, while the testing dates are to be made known through announcements. The complete list of ABS may be found at http://www.ssc.edu.ph/sscweb/other%20links/ABS.html. Note, however, that not all these schools will entertain inquiries about testing, especially if there are not enough applicants in a certain area. Contact the main campus directly for updated information.
Release of SSC Entrance Exam Results
The results for the SSC Entrance Exam are relayed by mail soon after the day of examination (containing a reply slip to confirm enrollment). They may also be viewed at the SSC website by entering the applicant’s birth date and the receipt number of the application and testing fee. Late applicants (around March and April) must call the Admissions Office two weeks after the examination. Some applicants may be required to undergo an interview on a certain future date.
SSC Entrance Exam Coverage and Feedback
The SSC Entrance Exam covers basic topics in core high school subjects (sans Science) and lasts for four hours. It is known to be very easy and needs mostly stock knowledge from your years in high school, but you can never go wrong with humble prayers (especially since SSC is a Catholic college).
SSC Contact Information
The details in this article may change without prior notice. Contact SSC directly for more accurate and updated information about its admission procedures using the following contact information, and be sure to check http://www.ssc.edu.ph/sscweb/About%20Us/contact%20us.html for a directory of their offices and other associated institutions.
2560 Leon Guinto Street
Malate, Manila, P.O. Box 3153
Philippines (Zip Code: 1004)
Trunk Line: (632) 567-7686
http://www.ssc.edu.ph/ (SSC official website)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Scholastica%27s_College (SSC Wikipedia page)