A total of 104,071 students are set to take the exams, the first in-person college admission test of the university since the COVID-19 pandemic.

After three years of postponement due to the pandemic, the highly anticipated University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) returned this June 3, 2024 (Saturday) with thousands of senior high school students aspiring entry to the country’s premier state university.

UPCAT applicants will take the test in 102 testing centers across the country.

According to UP President Angelo Jimenez, one examinee arrived as early as 1am in Diliman on Saturday to avoid the expected heavy traffic around the campus. Furthermore, several accounts online also shared stories of applicants and their parents camping out hours before the scheduled examination.

Jimenez said that the university will only be able to accommodate 15,000 students (14.42% of current applicants) for the freshman intake for the 2024-2025 academic year.

“Selection for admission to a campus is based on the applicant’s rank, campus quota and/or cut-off grade. The successful applicants for a given campus are ranked according to grade predictors and quotas of their chosen degree programs. Some degree programs are more competitive due to high demand,” he added.