Alumni and netizens weigh in on UP admissions

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FILE PHOTO: UP Cebu Oblation statue (Source: Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO/up.edu.ph)
FILE PHOTO: UP Cebu Oblation statue (Source: Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO/up.edu.ph)

The University of the Philippines (UP) released the results of its college admissions for the academic year 2021-2022 on Thursda (July 15). This year, UP aspirants were evaluated based on their grades without the annual UP College Admissions Test (UPCAT).

(Source: University of the Philippines/Facebook)
(Source: University of the Philippines/Facebook)

The results are now available on UP’s admissions application portal. UP instructed applicants to access the application portal according to the initials of their surnames, which are assigned matching time slots, in order to manage site traffic. To view the results, applicants will need their login and password from the application period.

While Thursday may have been a day to celebrate for some, some Twitter users reached out to the Senior High School graduates who failed to qualify to the prestigious state university. 

Tonyo Cruz a columnist and alumnus of the University of the Philippines-Los Banos (UPLB) pointed out that they can still file an appeal and grab slots for other UP courses. 

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Twitter user @batchoooi, a University of the Philippines also advised non-qualifiers on how to re-apply for a slot. 

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Raoul Manuel, former UP Student Regent and Kabataan Partylist National Spokesperson said that he still aimed for more accessible and quality education. 

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Twitter user @datzxahir, a member of UPLB's official student publication, UPLB Perspective, called UP's admission process "elitist and anti-poor."

   

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Twitter user @cczeli, a student of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, called for the abolishment of UP college admissions and college admissions in general to "make quality and free education accessible."

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Meanwhile, Twitter user @albertraqueno offered a positive outlook on the matter.

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The pandemic caused university councils across the UP system unanimously decided to cancel the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) for AY 2021-2022. The UPCAT exam was scheduled to be given in the third quarter of 2020. According to UP, over 100,000 people took the last UPCAT exam before the pandemic, which was for the academic year 2020-2021.

Freshmen applicants for AY 2021-2022 submitted their application forms and high school grades to an online site, which were utilized to evaluate them.

Classes in UP via the flexible learning system are scheduled to start on September 17.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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