The results of the UP College Admissions Test are out. I would expect about 55,000 students to receive rejections letters soon. Some of these flunkers will go into bouts of crying (or cursing). Some will keep silent but then suffer weeks of sleepless nights. Some will say, I don’t care, and mean it. And then, there are those people who would start research on how to enter UP anyway. I did not enter UP through an alternate route, but I know a lot of people who did. Most of them have already graduated from UP, and some are doing quite well. I’ve heard that UP these days will even inform students that they may ask for reconsideration. But that’s just one of several ways to enter UP even when your application has already been rejected.
Applying for Reconsideration
This will take a lot of leg work, but many students get in through this route. If your predicted grade (combined UPCAT score and high school grades) is not that low, this can be the way to get in. Check out your UPG (University Predicted Grade) rating. Then see if it is equal to or higher than the minimum they require for reconsideration. Here are the scores you need. (Check with the UP Office of Admission if they have updated this. Figures are for 2008.)
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*Note that cut-offs change yearly (the figures above were for applicants admitted 2009, as I recall). Right now UP Diliman does not accept applicants for reconsideration. These things can change, and as students may read this for years to come, I suggest that diligent readers contact UP for the most recent figures. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us say you got a score of 2.6. There is no way they will still consider you in UP Diliman or UP Manila. But you should still be considered for UP’s Baguio or Los Baños campus. You will have to check though which courses still have available slots. (If they do not have the course you want, you can still get in through a different course. After a year, you may be able to transfer to the course of your choice if you’ve obtained good grades. Most of the subjects you will take during your first year are common to all courses, so they will still be credited to the course you want to transfer into.) You may need to go to the UP campus several times.
There are those who say this method requires “kapal ng mukha” (thick face), but hey, do you want to get into UP or not? Also, you need to remember that there is no guarantee that your petition for reconsideration will be accepted. This time, you are fighting with other students who also got rejected for slots, and these other students may be even better qualified than you. Normally though, there are many slots available.
Enrolling in a Different University and Transferring to UP
This route requires that you get excellent grades in another college or university. You need to finish at least 33 units in another university with a weighted average of at least 2.0 (or its equivalent) before applying for transfer.
The Dean of the College you are applying to will set up the quota (the number of people that will be accepted). Applicants will be ranked based on their general weighted average. For this reason, a 2.0 is not really good enough. There are many applicants who want to transfer to UP, so you should aim to get grades that would put you in the Dean’s List. Also, there is a risk that not all the units you obtained from the other university will be credited to the course you’re transferring into.
Talent Determination Test
If you can draw, paint, or sculpt, you can still to the UP College of Fine Arts. If you can play an instrument well, or you can sing, then there is the College of Music. Both the College of Fine Arts and the College of Music give a Talent Determination Test (TDT). As I understand, the application for entrance to the UP College of Fine Arts is from January to March, right after the UPCAT results come in, though the TDT is actually held in summer (April). You still have time to prepare. The same rules apply if you want to change to another course in UP later on.
So you see, failing the UPCAT does not really mean kissing your dreams of studying in UP goodbye. It just requires a lot more effort to get in if you do not do it through the normal route.
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
UP OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS
Telephone: (632) 981-8500 locals 3827,3831,3828
PROGRAMS ACCEPTING TRANSFER STUDENTS
BA ANTHROPOLOGY BA HISTORY
BS APPLIED PHYSICS (5) BS HOME ECONOMICS
BA ARALING PILIPINO (PHIL STUDIES) BS INTERIOR DESIGN (for degree holders only)
BS ARCHITECTURE (5) BA JOURNALISM
BA ART STUDIES B LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
BS BIOLOGY B LIBRARY & INFO SCIENCE
BA BROADCAST COMMUNICATION BA LINGUISTICS
BS BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION BA MALIKHAING PAGSULAT SA FIL
BS BUS ADM & ACCOUNTANCY (5) BS MATERIALS ENGINEERING (5)
BS BUSINESS ECONOMICS BS MATHEMATICS
BS CHEMISTRY BS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (5)
BS CIVIL ENGINEERING (5) BS METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING (5)
BS CLOTHING TECHNOLOGY BS MINING ENGINEERING (5)
BA COMMUNICATION RESEARCH BS MOLECULAR BIOLOGY & BIOTECHNOLOGY
BS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT B MUSIC (5)
BA COMPARATIVE LITERATURE BA PHILOSOPHY
BS COMPUTER SCIENCE B PHYSICAL EDUCATION
BS COMPUTER ENGINEERING (5) BS PHYSICS (5)
BA CREATIVE WRITING BA POLITICAL SCIENCE
BS ECONOMICS BA PSYCHOLOGY
BS ELECTRICAL ENIGINEERING (5) BS PSYCHOLOGY
BS ELECT & COMM ENGG (5) BA PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
B ELEMENTARY EDUCATION B SECONDARY EDUCATION
BA ENGLISH STUDIES BS SOCIAL WORK
BA EUROPEAN LANGUAGES BA SOCIOLOGY
BA FILIPINO BA SPEECH COMMUNICATION
BA FILM & AUDIO-VISUAL COMM B SPORTS SCIENCE (5)
B FINE ARTS BS STATISTICS
BS GEODETIC ENGINEERING (5) BA THEATRE ARTS
BS GEOGRAPHY BS TOURISM
PROGRAMS CLOSED TO TRANSFER STUDENTS
Due to limited resources some programs are closed to transfer students. Those interested in taking any of the following courses may apply for some other related programs. If, after one year, their academic performance warrants it, they may apply for shifting into these programs.
BS CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (5) BS HOTEL,RESTAURANT & INST MGNT
BS COMMUNITY NUTRITION BS INTERIOR DESIGN (closed to undergraduate applicants)
BS FAMILY LIFE & CHILD DEV’T BS INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING (5)
BS FOOD TECHNOLOGY (5)