University of the Philippines Los Baños

Our undergraduate students are among the best high school graduates from all over the country. Being a state university, "selection is based on intellectual and personal preparedness of the applicant irrespective of sex, religious belief and political affiliation.”

Our graduate students, on the other hand, are carefully chosen from graduates and professionals who respond to the challenge of continuing and lifelong learning.

Through our undergraduate and graduate curricular programs, we nurture individuals with the culture of scholarship and imbue them with the value of public service. As a community of scholars who live by honor and excellence, UPLB students are dedicated to discovery and learning. 

To enter the University of the Philippines Los Banos, one has to pass the UP College Admission Test or UPCAT. If you decide to take the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT), you will be one among many thousands who aspire to enter the University of the Philippines.

The UPCAT is a competitive test. On the average, 70 to 80 thousand aspiring students take the test each year with only 16-17% passing.

The UPCAT consists of 4 subtests: Language Proficiency, Science, Mathematics and Reading Comprehension. Standardized scores on these subtests are combined with the weighted average of final grades in the first three years of high school to determine qualification into UP.

Moreover, to implement the policy of democratization to make the UP studentry more representative of the nation’s population, socio-economic and geographic considerations are factored in the selection of campus qualifiers.

UPLB admits more than 2,500 students and produces about 1,800 graduates every year. Examinees that select UPLB as their preferred campus and garner a University Predicted Grade (UPG) within the standard cut-off are automatically eligible for admission.

In 2010, UPLB had a standard UPG cut-off of 2.42 while the actual cut-off was 2.8 (this actual cut-off was retained in 2011). Seventy percent of slots are given to incoming freshmen with the highest scores, while the remaining thirty percent are given to public high school students and members of minority groups.

Foreign applicants who have graduated from a high school abroad and has not enrolled in college may enter UP without taking the UPCAT if he or she has met certain requirements: completion of high school program; qualifying in a college-qualifying national or international foreign-administered examination such as the GCE or SAT or IB Diploma; and/or the minimum score in TOEFL.

Foreign applications who failed to satisfy the said requirements for automatic admission should take the UPCAT.

For application forms and important dates, visit the UPCAT Resource Site

For degree programs offered by UPLB colleges and schools and the career prospects of graduates of these programs, visit the Colleges and Schools area of this site.

For more information on our Admission Policies, click on the respective links below:

  1. Undergraduate
  2. Graduate
  3. Non-degree
  4. International students



Information from the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) website,