Every person who takes the UPCAT yearns for immediate acceptance into the course of their choice. This doesn’t always happen, though. Sometimes, someone gets a notice of a “degree course with available slot.”
What does this mean? Let’s find out.
The Long and Short of It
In simple terms, it means that you’ve been placed on the waiting list for the course in question. Note that this doesn’t mean that U.P. has rejected you; you’ve passed the UPCAT and you’re certainly qualified to study in the university.
The hitch is that your score ranking does not qualify you to get into your chosen course immediately. Should a slot become available later, however, the school will notify you and you can grab it then.
Fret not, as there is something you can do. One option is to take another course—say your second choice—in U.P. while you wait, and then transfer to your first choice if or when a slot becomes available. This can happen when an applicant who originally made the list decides not to pursue the said course, thus opening it up for you.
You can also do what I did: I studied in another university (for the meantime) that offered me the same course. Fortunately, I did well enough on that school’s exam so as not to be wait listed. Should you decide to go that route, you can always try for U.P. again next time if you’re really crazy about studying there.
Remember: don’t worry if the door you originally wanted to enter is closed for now. God always has a way of opening other doors for you.