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UP weighs options for AY 2021-2022 admissions

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20201027 UP weighs options for AY 2021-2022 admissions-2RESIZE35By UP Media and Public Relations Office | October 27, 2020


The University of the Philippines is set to come out with a system of freshmen admissions unique to the pandemic situation, following a series of consultations with stakeholders.

UP experts had earlier come up with five options or scenarios, UP Office of Admissions Director Francisco de los Reyes, a data scientist, told UP News in an online meeting on October 20, 2020.

The scenarios are the following:

1) A paper-and-pen administration of the UPCAT, subject to IATF and LGU Covid19 protocols and coordination;

2) An online UPCAT;

3) A hybrid paper-and-pen and online mode for UPCAT;

4) A no-UPCAT scenario where UP may mine data from the applicant’s personal data sheet, high school records, the specific high school and performance of its graduates in UP, etc., to arrive at the University Predicted Grade (UPG);

5) A moratorium on freshmen admissions.

The Office of Admissions is holding discussions at every level over which option would be the best for all stakeholders involved. This decision, which is projected to be made during the next meeting of the UP Board of Regents on October 29, will ultimately be based on consultations currently being held with the UP faculty, high schools, UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) contact persons, testing centers, and volunteers. 

With a go-signal on any of Options 1 to 4, UP may accept applications by November 2020. The University aims to keep with the usual schedule of releasing the qualifiers list by April each year.

Based on the recent trend, the University expects over 100,000 applicants to be considered for freshmen admission for academic year (AY) 2021-2022.

De los Reyes assures the public that UP remains steadfast to the guiding principle of excellence and equity, whatever option will be taken; and that it will not compromise standardization or waver on the commitment not to disenfranchise any candidate for admission.

“Ultimately, planning for our next round of admissions will be inclusive, with the acknowledgment that some applicants do have the economic privilege, and with empathy for the marginalized,” de los Reyes says in a presentation.

In the meantime, the UP Office of Admissions is beefing up its automation program and IT infrastructure, in cooperation with the UP Information Technology Development Center and Data Privacy Office, which will greatly help it to cope with the pandemic. Foremost in development are dedicated portals for UPCAT inquiries and fully online applications. 


Frances Fatima M. Cabana

Director, Media and Public Relations Office

Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs

University of the Philippines

Quezon Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City

Tel. Nos. +63 2 8926-1572 or 8981-8500 loc. 2511

Other Nos. +63 981-8500 loc. 2549 to 2551

Webinar on “Keeping Mental Health In-Check"

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image 20RESIZE50The Office of Student Affairs, in collaboration with the Human Resource Development Office, Information Technology Office, and Ugnayan ng Pahinungod is inviting you to attend a Webinar on “KEEPING MENTAL HEALTH IN-CHECK: Ginhawa (well-being) in the New Normal’’ on 29 October 2020 (Thursday), 2 PM via Zoom. Dr. Violeta "Doc Bolet" V. Bautista, licensed clinical psychologist, director of the UP Diliman Psychosocial Services, and professor emeritus of the Department of Psychology, is the resource person. 

To register, please click the link:

Mid-Semester Reading Break on 2-6 November 2020

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12 October 2020

OVPAA Memorandum No. 2020-117

For:                 The Faculty, Chairpersons, Institute Directors and Deans


                        Through the Chancellors

From:              Maria Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista

Vice-President for Academic Affairs

Re:                  Mid-Semester Reading Break on 2-6 November 2020


One month of remote teaching and learning has passed with two more months to go before the end of classes.  It has been a tough month for our academic community as it faced unprecedented and multiple challenges. 

 To manage the stress of adjusting to the new experience of remote learning in the midst of a pandemic and to allow students to catch up, focus and understand the course learning materials given them, we are scheduling a System-wide Mid-Semester Reading Breakon the week of 2-6 November 2020

 For students, this is the time to do advance reading or to simply take a break from grappling with heavy course demands, on the one hand, and a high level of COVID19-induced anxiety, on the other. For faculty members, this break may be a time to further reflect on adjustments to be made in course delivery and assessment, if any, or to rest from close monitoring of learning among students with differential access to Internet connectivity and telecommunication signals. 

 During the Reading Week, we enjoin our faculty to refrain from

  • Conducting synchronous sessions and/or asynchronous activities and assessments; and
  • Setting deadlines for course requirements on these dates. 

 Thank you for your consideration. Stay safe.

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