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UPCAT Quota and Non-Quota Courses

When I applied at the University of the Philippines during my freshman days, I received notification that I had been waitlisted as far as my chosen quota course was concerned.  The university informed, me, however, that I had the option of going for a non-quota course if I wanted to.

There appears to be some confusion regarding what quota courses are.  Let’s clear things up a little.

Definition of Terms

The phrase “quota course” simply refers to a course that’s in high demand—there are only a limited number of slots available and a lot of students trying to get into it.  Because of the higher cut-off requirements, high-ranking applicants with respect to the UPCAT and their UPGs call first dibs on these courses.

In the past, the university reportedly determined whether a course was quota or non-quota based on enrollment statistics.  A course sometimes moved from quota status to non-quota status and back depending on how things went.  The word going around these days, however, is that U.P. no longer makes this distinction between courses.

There’s the Rub

There’s a reason for this change.  Apparently, some people put non-quota courses as their first choice on the U.P. application form, even if that course isn’t what they really want.  The idea is that it’ll be easier for them to get into the university that way but its not true [read this post to learn more].

In lieu of this, a wise forum poster offered sound advice:  don’t worry whether your course is a quota or a non-quota one.  Just write down the exact course that you want on the application form and do your best on the UPCAT.

I did that, and to this day, I don’t regret it.

**  If you insist on looking for a list of Quota and Non-Quota courses in UP though, well here is the last list they have released about that one:

U.P. Diliman Quota Non-Quota
BS Architecture (5 yrs) BA Anthropology
BS Biology BS Applied Physics (5 yrs)
BA Broadcast Communication BA Araling Pilipino
BS Business Administration BA Art Studies
BS Business Administration & Accountancy (5 yrs) BS Chemistry
BS Business Economics BS Clothing Technology
BS Chemical Engineering (5 yrs) BA Communication Research
BS Civil Engineering (5 yrs) BS Community Development
BS Computer Engineering (5 yrs) BS Community Nutrition
BS Computer Science BA Comparative Literature
BS Economics BA Creative Writing
BS Electrical Engineering (5 yrs) B Elementary Education
BS Electronics & Communications Engineering (5 yrs) BA English Studies
BS Hotel, Restaurant & Institution Mgmt. BA European Languages
BS Industrial Engineering (5 yrs) BS Family Life & Child Development
BS Mathematics BA Filipino
BS Mechanical Engineering (5 yrs) BA Film & Audio-Visual Communication
BS Molecular Biology & Biotechnology B Fine Arts*
BA Political Science BS Food Technology
BA Psychology BS Geodetic Engineering (5 yrs)
BS Psychology BS Geography
BS Geology
BA History
BS Home Economics
B Interior Design
BA Journalism
B Landscape Architecture
B Library & Information Science
BA Linguistics
BA Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino
BS Materials Engineering (5 yrs)
BS Metallurgical Engineering (5 yrs)
BS Mining Engineering (5 yrs)
B Music (5 yrs)*
BA Philosophy
B Physical Education
BS Physics (5 yrs)
BA Public Administration
B Secondary Education
BS Social Work
BA Sociology
BA Spanish
BA Speech Communication
B Sports Science (5 yrs)
BS Statistics
BA Theater Arts*
BS Tourism


U.P. Manila Quota Non-Quota
BS Biochemistry BA Behavioral Sciences
BS Biology D Dental Medicine (6 yrs)**
BS Computer Science BA Development Studies
BS Nursing*** BS Industrial Pharmacy (5 yrs)
BS Occupational Therapy BA Organizational Communication
BS Physical Therapy (5 yrs) BS Pharmacy
BS Public Health BA Philippine Arts
BS Speech Pathology BA Political Science
BA Social Sciences (Area Studies)


U.P. Los Baños Quota Non-Quota
BS Chemical Engineering (5 yrs) BS Agribusiness Management
BS Civil Engineering (5 yrs) BS Agricultural Chemistry (5 yrs)
BS Computer Science BS Agricultural Economics
BS Economics BS Agricultural Engineering (5 yrs)
BS Electrical Engineering (5 yrs) BS Agriculture
BS Industrial Engineering (5 yrs) BS Applied Mathematics
BS Applied Physics
BS Biology
BS Chemistry
BA Communication Arts
BS Development Communication
BS Food Technology
BS Forestry
BS Human Ecology
BS Mathematics
BS Mathematics and Science Teaching
BS Nutrition
BA Philosophy
BA Sociology
BS Statistics
D Veterinary Medicine (6 yrs)


U.P. College Baguio Quota Non-Quota
BS Computer Science BA Communication
BA Language & Literature
BS Mathematics
BS Physics
BA Social Sciences
BS Biology



U.P.E.P. Pampanga Quota Non-Quota
BS Business Management
BA Economics
BA Psychology



U.P. Cebu College Quota Non-Quota
BS Management BS Biology
B Fine Arts (Painting)
BS Computer Science
BA Mass Communication
BS Mathematics
BA Political Science
BA Psychology



U.P. Tacloban College Quota Non-Quota
BS Computer Science BS Biology
BS Accountancy (5 yrs) BS Management
BA Communication Arts
BA Social Sciences (Economics)
BA Social Sciences (Political Science)
BA Social Sciences (Psychology)



U.P. Visayas Quota Non-Quota
BS Accountancy (5 yrs) BS Applied Mathematics
BS Biology BS Aquaculture
BA Broadcast Communication BA Community Development
BS Business Adm. (Marketing) BS Fisheries (Fisheries Business Management)
BS Chemistry BS Fisheries (Fish Processing Tech.)
BS Computer Science BS Fisheries (Marine Fisheries)
BS Economics BA History
BS Food Technology BA Literature
BA Political Science BS Management
BA Psychology BA Sociology
BS Public Health
BS Statistics



U.P. Mindanao Quota Non-Quota
BS Applied Mathematics
BS Architecture
BS Biology
BA Communication Arts
BS Computer Science
BA English (Creative Writing)
BS Food Technology
BA Social Sciences


* The College of Music, College of Fine Arts and the BA Theater Arts program of the College of Arts and Letters require their prospective freshmen who qualify through the UPCAT to pass a talent test to determine their suitability for the profession.

** A screening examination will be given by the College of Dentistry after the second year to determine fitness and manual dexterity.

*** The College of Nursing requires its prospective freshmen who qualify through the UPCAT to pass an interview and/or an aptitude test. Only qualifiers who belong to the upper 40% of their graduating class will be admitted.