Admission to the Associate in Arts Program

With the UP system-wide revision of the General Education (GE) program and UPOU’s adoption of the 30-unit GE curriculum (based on the Framework for General Education in the University of the Philippines in the 21st Century), the Associate in Arts (AA) program has been restructured and expanded to contain the new GE curriculum at its core, and to provide a strong foundation in the Arts and Humanities. These domains of knowledge develop an “appreciation of human complexity”[1] and the interconnections between fields of human endeavor; the ability “to engage with ideas critically and independently”[2] and other lifelong learning skills such as “clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity”;[3] and the capacity for empathy, ethical action, and responsible citizenship[4] — all of which are essential for any career, including careers in business, law, medicine, politics, science, and technology.

  • Program Schedule/Offering: Trimester

  • Admission Schedule: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimester of every academic year

  • Admission Exam: 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
    • Qualified transferees are not required to take the UgAT
  • Admission Qualifications and Requirements:

The following can apply for admission to AA

  1. High School or Sr. High School graduates who have never enrolled in college; admission is through 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).

Admission 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 admissions.
  3. have completed the UPOU Distance Education (DE) Readiness Module. Link to the DERM will be emailed by admissions.

Admission 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 a
  • former college, diploma, certificate, associate, or technical and vocational (tech voc) 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 admissions.

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.

  1. Accomplished Application for Admission Form for Undergraduate program.
  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 an 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 (transferrees):
      • 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 an 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 an acceptable remarks.
      • If the applicant holds an 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;
  1. 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.
  2. 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;
  3. Photocopy of NSO or PSA Birth Certificate;
  4. Photocopy of government-issued IDs with photo;
  5. If below 18 years old (minor), original copy of the filled out and signed Consent and Assent Form for Minors.
  6. 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.
  • Admission Procedure:

    Step 1: Mail or bring all admission requirements on or before the application deadline to:

    The Admission Section
    Office of the University Registrar
    UP Open University
    Los Baños, Laguna 4031
    Philippines

    Step 2: If required, take the Undergraduate Assessment Test (UgAT). Details of the UgAT will be emailed by admissions.

    Step 3: Complete the DE Readiness Module (DERM). The link to the DERM will be emailed by admissions.

    Step 4: 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.

Application Deadlines for the
Associate in Arts Program

Academic Year 2020-2021

  • 1st Trimester : 24 April 2020 (F)
  • 2nd Trimester : 14 August 2020 (F)
  • 3rd Trimester : 18 December 2020 (F)

Schedule of UgAT

Academic Year 2020-2021

  • 1st Trimester : 20 June 2020 (S)
  • 2nd Trimester : 10 October 2020 (S)
  • 3rd Trimester : 13 February 2020 (S)

Contact Information:

Admission Section

Office of the University Registrar
UP Open University
Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines

Tel No: (6349) 536-6001 local 441/199
Email: admissions@upou.edu.ph