If you’ve ever lined up at the University of the Philippines (or any other learning institution, for that matter) during registration period, you know how horribly long the queues can get.
The good news is that the institution has made things a wee bit easier (during the initial phase, anyway) with its online application system. Take a gander at the details below.
Processing the Process
The first thing you need to do is to read the terms and conditions posted on the official UP website. Scroll down the page and agree to the disclaimer written there, and then click on the “go to account creation” tab.
It’ll take you to a page where you need to key in your account details: e-mail address, username, password, plus a recall question and an answer in the event that you experience memory retrieval failure. Click on the “create account” tab.
Please note that the registration process involves several phases, none of which may be skipped. You can, however, postpone completing the process until a more convenient time. Simply log out anytime after the page that reads “Preliminary Registration for Student Account.”
Once you do finish the process, you’ll get a confirmation message. Congratulations! Please remember to print out twin copies of the registration form. You’ll need them for the next series of steps.
The online aspect was only the first part of the registration; the second part still remains. Better get your documents ready as you’ll be taking a trip—first to your school and then to the state university.
Why visit your own school, you may ask? Simple: the UP admissions office won’t accept any printed applications forms that don’t have your principal’s certification stamped on them.
After you receive your certification, but before you drop by UP, make sure you also have four recent 2 x 2 photos of your mug (all identical) and proof of payment of the UPCAT application fee. This proof may take the form of cashier’s or bank manager’s checks, Postal Money Orders or deposit slips from either Landbank or PNB.
It’s entirely possible for students to be exempted from paying the application fee (see this webpage for more details on exemption conditions). If this applies to you, make sure to include documents that confirm this as well. Examples include certified Top Ten Lists, BIR certification or photocopies of the Income Tax Returns of your family’s breadwinner(s).
Transferees and students who took longer than the usual four years to finish high school will also need to present their Permanent Secondary School Record (aka F137), duly signed and certified, of course.
If you prefer to have the staff mail your test permit to you, include a self-addressed stamped envelope (with your school address) alongside the set of requirements mentioned above.
A Final Word
Once you get those things out of the way, all that remains is to obtain your test permit (usually obtained from the admissions office on the same day) and wait for the big UPCAT day. As of the time of this article’s writing, the deadline for online applications had already passed last June.
Fret not, though: the university will keep potential students in the know. If you have any questions about the whole process in the meantime, just visit the UPCAT online registration webpage or the FAQ page.