Admission to the Associate in Arts


This article will guide you through relevant information about the admission qualifications, procedures, and requirements to the Associate in Arts program. Please read through this article carefully.

The Associate in Arts (AA) program is open for admission every TrimesterYou may click on any section in the Contents to directly navigate you to the information you need. 


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What are the admission qualifications for the AA program?

Who can apply for admission to the AA program?

  1. High School or Senior High School graduates who have never enrolled in college; admission is through Undergraduate Assessment Test (UgAT);
  2. Passers of the DepEd’s Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test for secondary level; admission is through UgAT;
  3. Transferees (with college units).



What is the Undergraduate Assessment Test (UgAT)? 

The UgAT is designed to assess both scholastic aptitude and the applicant’s capability to undertake independent learning. The UgAT can be taken only once and it consists of the following subtests: Language Proficiency, Reading Comprehension in English and Filipino, Science, and Mathematics.

  • The UgAT is administered by UPOU
  • Details of the UgAT will be emailed by the UPOU Admission Section
  • Qualified transferees are not required to take the UgAT



What is the admission procedure through UgAT?

In order to be admitted to the AA program, the applicant must:

  1. have submitted the complete documentary requirements for admission before the application deadline.
  2. have taken and passed the UgAT. Details about the exam will be emailed by the UPOU Admission Section.
  3. have completed the UPOU Distance Education (DE) Readiness Module. Link to the DERM will be emailed by the UPOU Admission Section.

What is the admission procedure through transfer admissions (transferees)?

The following are considered as transferee:

  • a current or former student of another UP unit or school/university;
  • a graduate of a 2-year diploma, certificate, associate, or technical and vocational (tech voc) program; or
  • former college, diploma, certificate, associate, or technical and vocational (tech voc) student who stopped schooling.


To be admitted as transferee, the applicant must:

  1. have satisfied the transfer admission requirements
    • If coming from a UP unit: completed at least 33 units of college and a GWA of 2.5 or better
    • If coming from a non-UP unit: completed at least 33 units of college and a GWA of 2.0 or better
  2. have submitted the complete documentary requirements for admission before the application deadline.
  3. have completed the UPOU Distance Education (DE) Readiness Module. Link to the DERM will be emailed by the UPOU Admission Section.


Notes:
1. PE, NSTP, theology and technical courses from a 2-year or tech voc program are excluded in the computation of units and GWA.
2. Applicants who did not meet the transfer requirements will be required to take and pass the UgAT.



What are the admission requirements for the AA program?


  1. Print copy of the signed application for admission form generated from the Online Application System.
  2. Original and photocopy of academic credentials:
    • For applicants without college units yet:
      • If high school or senior high school graduate: Original Form 137 and Form 138 with school’s dry seal;
      • If PEPT or ALS A&E Passer: Original copy of the test results and certified true copy of the diploma;
      • If the applicant holds international scholastic records: Original copy of scholastic records with citation ‘for college admission’ duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post located in the student applicant’s country of origin or legal residence;
    • For applicants with college units (transferees):
      • If a former UP student: Original copy of the Official Transcript of Records (OTR) indicating date cleared by the concerned UP units and a Permit to Transfer;
      • If a former college student of another higher education institution: Original copy of the Official Transcript of Records (OTR). The OTR should bear the school’s dry seal and imprint, and the Registrar’s signature in ink, and must bear acceptable remarks.
      • If a former college student of multiple schools: Original copy of the Official Transcript of Records (OTR) from the last school attended. The latest OTR should reflect all credentials from prior school/s. The OTR should bear the school’s dry seal and imprint, and the Registrar’s signature in ink, and must bear acceptable remarks.
      • If the applicant holds international scholastic records: Original copy of scholastic records with citation ‘copy for UP Open University’ duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post located in the student applicant’s country of origin or legal residence;
  3. Proof of payment of application fee (non-refundable) amounting to PHP 350.00 for applicants based in the Philippines or USD 75.00 for applicants based abroad. View the payment procedures here.
  4. Two pieces identical 2” x 2” photos and two identical 1” x 1” photos, with your name and the program applied for printed at the back of the photos;
  5. Photocopy of NSO or PSA Birth Certificate;
  6. Photocopy of government-issued IDs with photo;
  7. If below 18 years old (minor), original copy of the filled out and signed Consent and Assent Form for Minors.
  8. Additional requirements for foreign applicants (non-Filipino):
    • Scholastic Records duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post located in the student applicant’s country of origin or legal residence;
    • Photocopy of data page of the student’s passport showing date and place of birth, and birth certificate or its equivalent duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post.


What are the admission procedures for the AA program?


Step 1: Apply for admission and upload the admission requirements through the Online Application System (OAS) before the deadline. Monitor the progress of your application through the OAS. Please visit this link to view UPOU's admission deadlines


Step 2: Mail or bring the complete and valid admission requirements on or before the end of the deadline to the address below:


The Admission Section 

Office of the University Registrar 

UP Open University 

Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines 


Note

If a deadline has passed, applications for that deadline will no longer be accepted and will be evaluated for next Trimester.

If you missed the deadline, you can expect the next deadline to be around the same date/period as the previous deadline. To be sure, always visit this page for updates.


Step 3: If required, take the Undergraduate Assessment Test (UgAT). Details of the UgAT will be emailed by the UPOU Admission Section.


Step 4: Complete the DE Readiness Module (DERM). The link to the DERM will be emailed by the UPOU Admission Section. 


Step 5: Wait for an email from the OUR for the admission results. Results of the evaluation will be released after the evaluation of the Undergraduate Admissions Committee and before the registration/enrollment period of the applied term.




How much is the tuition for the AA program?


Tuition is PhP 1,000.00/unit. Trimestral tuition for undergraduate programs is PhP 14,400.00 for the maximum allowable load of 12 units. Click on the links for the schedule of tuition and payment procedures.




I have other questions.


You may read through this General Information Bulletin for Undergraduate Admission for more details.


For more information about the program, please visit the program webpage here: Associate in Arts


For further admission inquiries and follow-ups on the status of your application, send an email to the UPOU Admission Section via the UPOU Helpdesk.

You can also browse through http://www.upou.edu.ph/home/ or https://registrar.upou.edu.ph/ for more information. You may call us at 049 536 6001 to 06 local 199 for assistance. 



Note

Due to the COVID-19 situation, UPOU landlines may be unattended at times since staff are observing a skeletal schedule. It would be best to reach us via the UPOU Helpdesk.




We look forward to having you as our student!