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The UPCAT Reconsideration Process

Every UP applicant knows that the application form contains a choice of two campuses.  Supposedly, this is acts as a failsafe in case the students do not meet the cut-off score for their first choice.  However, there are times when they don’t meet the cut-off scores for both campuses.  What should they do during times like these?

Enter the UPCAT reconsideration process.  The good news is that they’re not limited to two and only two campuses—the reconsideration procedure allows them to take their pursuit of a university education to other UP units except UP Diliman.  They can actually register there provided they meet certain conditions.

Reconsideration in a Nutshell

The university mails the UPCAT results to all applicants sometime in February.  It is imperative that you wait for your letter to arrive before applying for reconsideration.  Why?  Because you will need to have your UPG score and your UPCAT subtest scores for the reconsideration process.  Moreover, the reconsideration period wont even start until around the latter half of March to early April [after the confirmation of slots of those who passed, after the shiftees and transferees and sometimes the DPWAS students have been processed]. This part appears to be no longer true. Apparently, UP Manila’s reconsideration deadline is now the same as its slot confirmation deadline. Anybody else had this experience? Please share any information you may have or your own reconsideration experience which may help future UPCAT applicants.

Students planning to file for reconsideration should then contact the registrar’s office of the UP unit they wish to enroll in [again except UP Diliman].  This is important because different campuses have different cut-off scores.

To apply for reconsideration at a specific campus, the applicants must meet the minimum cut-off score of that campus.  The higher their actual score, the better the chances of getting their reconsideration application approved.

For example, UP Manila requires a minimum cut-off score of 2.580, but that will place the students’ reconsideration applications with a few hundred others.  To stand a better chance of getting in, it would be better if their scores were at least at 2.4.

The Process

 Assuming they pass the cut-off score requirement, all applicants have to do is to bring their photocopied UPCAT results with them to the registrar’s office of the campus they’re interested in.  From there, they’ll need to fill up the reconsideration form and indicate two BS and BA courses of choice.  They’ll also need to pay a 100-peso processing fee [note: reader WHA recently left a comment to say that the reconsideration fee is now 150.00 – at least for UP Manila; any one has info on other campuses?].

Just like your original UPCAT application, you’ll have to choose your courses carefully in this step.  This is because each college or course will also have their own UPG cut-offs or subtest cutoffs and your UPG will still be ranked here in comparison with the other recon applicants to that course.

The reason for selecting multiple courses is simple:  in case any courses have run out of available slots, applicants can always go for the next program down the line.  Even if they don’t get into their first program of choice, they can always shift courses a year later.  It’s easier to do when they’re already in the system than to fight for slots before the school year begins.

The reconsideration phase starts around March, with the deadline falling around the middle of April.  The results will come out sometime during the last week of May. Please check notes in the earlier part of this post.

Final Considerations

 In case you’re wondering, the process is the same across all UP units except UP Diliman which does not entertain reconsideration requests.The only thing that varies between them is the cut-off score requirement.  For some UP campuses though like UPLB, it would help a lot if you have indicated their campus as a choice in your original UPCAT application.  If you have any questions about the cut-off scores or the reconsideration process itself, don’t hesitate to ask the friendly folks over at the different university registrar’s offices.

 Read More:  U.P. UPG Cut-Off Scores and Reconsideration


Ms. Merly of the UP Diliman Admissions Office

Ms. Jona of the UP Manila Registrar’s Office