Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the University of the Philippines?
The University of the Philippines (UP) is the national university of the Philippines. Seven constituent universities and one autonomous college spread across 15 campuses all over the country comprise the UP System.
For more information about UP, please click here.

2. What does constituent university mean? How does it differ from an autonomous unit?

A constituent university (CU) is a group of colleges headed by a chancellor, with a defined vision and purpose that meets the following requirements: it is necessary to UP, the region where it is located, and the country; it possesses the capacity and faculty resources to offer appropriate programs of quality; it has enough personnel items to run on the accepted standard of quality; it conforms to established University standards and requirements in the recruitment of, grant of tenure to, and promotion of faculty, the formulation and evaluation of academic programs, rules on student progress, etc.
A new CU is and must always be created by the University through its Board of Regents (BOR).
A college is a degree-granting unit consisting of various departments, institutes, or divisions, with the dean as head. College can also mean school, provided that the latter offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. An autonomous college, in particular, is one such unit, though it does not fall under any constituent university and is a scaled-down version of a CU. Both college and university enjoy autonomy in the formulation of their thrusts, taking into consideration their regional location and how they can contribute not only to the UP System but to the country as well.
When a college is declared autonomous from a CU, it is usually a temporary status until it meets all the requirements to be elevated to CU status. An example of this is UP Baguio. Since its inauguration in 1961, it was a regional unit of UP Diliman (UPD) and was then called UP College Baguio. In April 1999, the BOR approved its elevation from a UPD unit to an autonomous college under the Office of the President of the University and was called UP Baguio. In 2002, it was elevated to CU status.

3. How can one qualify for admission into UP?

Prospective UP students are screened through the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT).
The Varsity Athletic Admission System (VAAS), administered by the College of Human Kinetics of UP Diliman, awards slots to exemplary athletes and talented dancers who may not have taken or passed the UPCAT, after a stringent system of tryouts. VAAS students are required to represent the university in national or international sports competitions to maintain their status as UP students.
Learn more about the UPCAT and admission procedures

4. What are the degree courses offered by UP?

UP offers several undergraduate degree non- baccalaureate degree programs, for a full list, please visit this page from the Office of Admissions.

5. What is UP’s tuition rate?

Since it is funded partly by the Philippine government, a UP student shoulders minimal tuition and other fees which are roughly less than half than that of other universities like the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas while providing a wider range of courses and programs.
Through the Socialized Tuition System, students avail of discounted tuition fees to full tuition fee waivers, plus cash subsidies, according to their individual income brackets.
Click here for more information on the Socialized Tuition System.

6. What financial assistance programs are available to UP students?

The top 50 UPCAT passers are automatically awarded the Oblation Scholarship. Oblation scholars enjoy full tuition exemption, as well as special allowances.
There are also other scholarships that students can apply for. To know more about these scholarships, please contact the following:

UP Diliman:
Office of Scholarships and Student Services
Room 303/305, Vinzons Hall
Tel: (632) 928-7228 (632) 981-8500 locals 4503; 4505; 4506

UP Manila:
Office of Student Affairs
Second Floor,UP Manila Student Center, Padre Faura St.
Tel: (632) 526-2274
Fax: (632) 525-4105

UP Los Baños:
Office of Student Affairs
Telefax: (6349) 536-2238

UP Visayas:
Office of Student Affairs
Tel: (6333) 513-7019 (Miagao) and (6333) 337-2929 (Iloilo City)
Email: – click on “Financial Information” tab

UP Mindanao:
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
UP Mindanao Main Campus, Brgy. Mintal, Tugbok District, Davao City
Telefax: (6382) 293-0402

UP Open University:

UP Baguio:
Office of Scholarship and Financial Assistance
Tel: (6374) 446-5230


7. What kind of services and benefits can one expect as a UP student?

UP students are represented by a Student Regent in the Board of Regents, the University’s highest governing body, as well as by a University Student Council in each constituent campus.
They enjoy benefits such as selected free services and discounts in health service clinics within the system, and in the Philippine General Hospital, the premier tertiary referral center in the country.
Meanwhile, the eLib allows them to access the largest database in the Philippines. They also have access to other facilities like UP’s many research centers and institutions.
Spacious campuses in various UP units inspire the students’ youthful and creative energies.
Outside the classrooms, students mount theater, dance and musical performances, art exhibits, poetry-reading sessions, film screenings that set their imagination free, quench their thirst for new experiences and explore the dimensions of their creativity.
The vigorous cultural life in UP makes classes beyond the classroom shape a collective consciousness that is critical yet constructive, global yet uniquely Filipino, and imaginative yet rooted in the nation’s heritage.

For more information on the University of the Philippines, you may contact the:

University of the Philippines System Information Office (UPSIO)
2nd Floor, Math Building Annex, Institute of Mathematics
Carlos P. Garcia Avenue, University of the Philippines,
Diliman, Quezon City 1101