STUDYING AT THE U.P. OPEN UNIVERSITY

The UP Open University (UPOU) is the Philippines national center of excellence for open and distance learning and the national e-learning competency center. It was established on 23 February 1995 as the fifth constituent university of the University of the Philippines System, with the mandate to provide Filipinos everywhere access to quality higher education through innovative methods of teaching and learning thatare designed to be responsive to their needs as well as to national development needs.

Admission Qualification

Admission to UPOUs programs is open to the following individuals:

  1. High school graduates who have taken and passed the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT)
  2. High school graduates who have taken and passed the UPOU Undergraduate Admission Test (UgAT)
  3. Transferees from other colleges or universities
  4. UPOU undergraduate students who wish to shift from their current program of study
  5. Individuals with a post-secondary formal Associate degree or a Bachelor’s degree
  6. Individuals who have earned a valid high school diploma through the Philippine Equivalency Placement Test, or the accreditation and equivalency test administered by the Bureau of Alternative Learning Systems of the Department of Education (DepEd)

Specific requirements for each of these groups of applicants are set out below.

Qualification through UPCAT

Senior students (i.e., Fourth Year, Grade 12, Senior 6) of DepEdaccredited schools and secondary schools abroad who are expecting to graduate at the end of the school year prior to entry to UPOU, should take and pass the UPCAT. See http://upcat.up.edu.ph/ for the requirements for taking the UPCAT.

Qualification through UgAT

The following should take the UgAT:

  1. High school graduates who are not qualified to take the UPCAT.
  2. Individuals who have completed less than 33 units of college.
  3. Individuals who have completed at least 33 units of college but with a GWA lower than 2.0 from a non-UP unit or 2.5 from a UP unit

Note: The UgAT can be taken only once.

Transferees

A transferee is an individual who is enrolled in another college or university at the time of application to any of UPOU’s undergraduate programs.

To qualify for admission:

  1. A transferee from another UP unit should have completed at least 33 units of college with a GWA of 2.5 or better.
  2. A transferee from a non-UP unit/college/university should have completed at least 33 units of college with a GWA of 2.0 or better.

Applicants with college units but who are not currently enrolled

Applicants with college units from a UP unit should:

  1. Show proof of honorable dismissal from the UP unit or program s/he was previously enrolled in; and
  2. Have completed at least 33 units, with a GWA of 2.5 or better for admission to the BAMS or BES.

Applicants with college units from a non-UP unit should:

  1. Have completed at least 33 units with a GWA of 2.0 or better; and
  2. Show proof of honorable dismissal from the college or university s/he was previously enrolled in.

Applicants with fewer than 33 units of college, or who have earned at least 33 units of college but with a GWA lower than 2.5 for former UP students, or 2.0 for non-UP students, shall be required to take the UgAT.

Current UPOU students

A current UPOU undergraduate student wishing to shift from their current program to another UPOU undergraduate program (for example, shifting from AA to BAMS or BES) should have completed at least 18 units of college units with a GWA of 2.5.

Other applicants

The following individuals are eligible for admission:

  1. Individuals who have passed the UPCAT but never enrolled in college.
  2. Graduates of UPOU’s AA program.
  3. Individuals with a post-secondary formal Associate degree with a GWA of 2.0 or better.
  4. Individuals with a Bachelor’s degree.

Note: All applicants, except for current and former UPOU students, are required to complete the online UPOU DE (Distance Education) Readiness module. Instructions on how to access this online module will be sent to applicants by email. Be sure to indicate a valid email address in your application form.