The University of the Philippines recently announced that it will be accepting freshman applications on January 7, forgoing the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT).
An online portal will be set up to receive applications from graduating senior high school students as well as other aspirants for school year 2021-2022. Their acceptance will be based on their high school performance.
Specific colleges or departments can also perform additional evaluations for applicants if considered necessary for their chosen degree programs. Applicants will be informed of such assessments or other requirements beforehand.
High schools will be asked to log on to the grades submission link in order to provide high school records of applicants.
UP clarified that applicants without access to technology need not send in electronic applications; instead they will coordinate with their high schools for other modes of submission.
Further details will be posted on the online portal and the deadline of submission of requirements is Feb. 15.
Other universities have followed suit, adapting to alternative admission policies. Ateneo de Manila University has said that they will also forgo their own admissions test and base acceptance on applicants’ high school records, among other criteria. The University of Santo Tomas will determine acceptance to their school via an admission rating, a score “derived largely from the academic performance and record of the applicant.”