There Will Be No UPCAT 2021. Here's How to Apply for U.P.

U.P. also encourages applicants to submit their applications online.

In a statement released by the University of the Philippines on November 10, it announced there will be no UPCAT 2021. This follows the decision of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in September to forego admissions exams because of the pandemic. 

But without admissions exams, how will U.P. select its next batch of freshmen for the academic year 2021 to 2022?

U.P.’s Board of Regents instructed its Office of Admissions to come up with a modified freshmen admissions system by February 2021. 

This “modified admissions system” could involve the use of data analytics to determine which students are eligible to study in the state university. 

U.P. could use as a basis for this “data” past grades of students in high school. 

A similar strategy is being used by ADMU to determine who to admit for the next school year. 

According to the ADMU’s website, admissions will be based on applicants’ academic and non-academic records from grades 9 to 12. This means the school will select prospective freshmen based on their past grades, awards, accomplishments, and teachers’ recommendations. 

For its part, UST will use a new admissions system called USTAR, which is a score that will be computed from a number of parameters derived largely from the academic performance and record of the applicant.

How to Apply for U.P. 

Applicants for admissions to the University of the Philippines must still submit the UPCAT application Form 1 (Personal Data Sheet) and Form 2 (High School Records). 

Submitting these records may be accomplished online, but U.P. will still accept manually accomplished forms. 


The start of the application period is in December 2020. U.P.’s Office of Admissions will announce the exact date through the Office of Admissions’ website and Facebook page, and the UP System website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.

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