College and Senior High School application for Academic Year 2021-2022 are now open.
* You may email the documents with your full name and reference number to
email@example.com (Subject: Request for Clearance - Surname, Given Name)
for our assistance.
* Priority Program. This is the program that the applicant prefers to be
admitted to. This is their primary interest in which they intend to further
their knowledge and skills.
* Alternative Program. In case the applicant does not meet the criteria of
his/her priority program, they will be considered in this program subject to
the criteria set by the College. Once an applicant qualifies in their priority
program, the alternative program is no longer processed.
* Track and Strands. These are Senior High School programs that equip for
employment, business, or further education. Select a track/strand that is
aligned to your college plans or career goals.
* Application fees of applicants for College or SHS belonging to the TOP 10 of their batch (based on their Grade 11 and Grade 9 academic standing, respectively) may be waived upon submitting a certification from their school principal indicating their academic standing. This applies only to candidates coming from the public schools in the Philippines.
A Filipino or a foreign applicant who graduated or is graduating from a foreign school or from an international school here in the Philippines may apply through the submission of international credentials, provided that the following criteria are satisfied:
For International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma:
For Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level:
* GCSE, O Levels, and N Levels holders must have completed their A Levels or
are completing their A Levels to be eligible to apply for the degree programs
offered by the University.
For Advanced Placement (AP) International Diploma:
For Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), General Achievement Test (GAT), and Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR):
For Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT):
For American College Test (ACT):
What is LEAPMed?
The Learning-Enhanced Accelerated Program for Medicine or LEAPMed is a 6-year academic program that leads to a Medical Degree. Qualified students will undergo a 2-year BS Basic Human Studies program before proceeding to the 4-year medical program leading to their Medical degree, earning 2 degrees in 6 years.
Who may apply for LEAPMed?
Graduating Grade 12 students from the STEM strand (Thomasians or non-Thomasians) or GAS-Health Allied strand (Thomasians only) with a General Average of no less than 90.00 in Grade 11 may apply. Graduates of previous school years are not qualified.
How do I apply for LEAPMed?
In the Program Preference of your application portal, indicate your interest by selecting Yes to the question: Are you interested in applying for the LEAPMed program of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery? You then continue with selecting your Priority Program and Alternative Program.
Who gets in to LEAPMed?
The top 200 applicants based on the USTAR shall undergo an interview process to assess their preparedness for the LEAPMed program. Finally, only ninety (90) students will be accepted to the program.
How much is the application fee?
Application fee for LEAPMed applicants is P3,000.00. This is similar to applying to UST Med school.
What if I do not qualify in LEAPMed? What will happen to my application?
Your application will be processed first to qualify you for LEAPMed. In case you do not qualify for LEAPMed, your application will then be processed in relation to your Priority Program and then to your Alternative Program.
Please be advised of the following:
1. Upon registering, enter your UST Manila Student Number and your birthday. This will carry your academic record to the USTAR application system. There is no need to enter your Grade 11 grades.
1.1. You only need to enter your Grade 10 grades if you did not finish your Junior
High School in UST-Manila.
1.2. In the Documents Uploading tab, upload a copy of your Student ID instead
of the required Form 137 or Form 138.
2. If you answered YES to the question, “Did you finish Grade 10 at University of Santo Tomas – Manila”, enter your Junior High School student number. Your student number in Senior High School is different from your student number in Junior High School.
2.1. Since you are a UST Senior High School student and finished Grade 10
also in UST, the Grades tab will not appear in your application portal.
2.2. In the Documents Uploading tab, upload a copy of your current
school Student ID instead of the required Form 137 or Form 138.
3. For Student Ranking, enter “1” for Rank and “1” for Total Students on both Track/Strand-wide ranking and Batch-wide ranking. The system will automatically generate the ranking upon processing of the USTAR. There is no need for you to request your ranking from the UST Senior High School Office. In the Documents Uploading tab, upload a copy of your Student ID instead of the Student Ranking Certificates.
3.1. If you have a student ranking certificate, you may either enter the numbers
indicated in the certificate or simply enter "1" on the spaces provided. In either
case, the system will still automatically generate the ranking upon the
processing of the USTAR.
4. Qualifying through the exemption criteria shall apply for AY 2021-2022.
About the USTAR
1. What is the USTAR?
The projected prolonged threat of the COVID-19 situation will not allow the administration of the University of Santo Tomas Entrance Test (USTET) during the current application period, as it imposes health risks to both our applicants and the University staff.
Instead, admission to UST for the AY 2021-2022 shall be through the University of Santo Tomas Admission Rating (USTAR). The USTAR is a composite score derived from several data points largely from the academic performance and record of the applicant.
2. Why not online USTET?
Conducting the USTET online has several challenges, both on the part of the applicant and the University.
3. How do I qualify based on my USTAR?
The accepting academic units (Faculties, Colleges, Institutes, and Schools) shall set an USTAR cut-off score for their programs. Programs may have different cut-off scores depending on the level of competency they require of their students especially considering that many of them are CHED Centers of Excellence, CHED Centers of Development, or PAASCU Level IV. You qualify to the program you applied for if your computed USTAR reaches the cut-off score set by the academic unit for that program.
4. Should my Track/Strand be aligned to the program I am applying for?
An applicant may apply to any program regardless of their track or strand. It must be remembered, however, that the Senior High School tracks and strands are preparatory course work to the courses in college. Applicants whose Senior High School track or strand is aligned to the program they are applying for shall have an advantage over
applicants coming from a different track or strand. Nevertheless, we recommend that you apply to the program that you truly aspire for regardless of your track or strand.
4.1. Are students of General Academic Strand (GAS) in a disadvantage?
Not necessarily, because we shall also look into the individual subjects an applicant has taken in preparation for their college program. If their electives are aligned with the program they are applying for, their USTAR will be higher than others’.
5. There are applicants who have high grades but, sadly, the quality of education that was provided to them is not yet as excellent as others. Does the USTAR consider this?
Yes. This is why several data are requested in your application. All these data, including your school’s past performances in the many years of the USTET shall be taken into consideration.
(This is the reason why the USTET is administered. The USTET provides an evaluation of all applicants using a standard measure that determines an applicant’s cognitive aptitude and academic competencies based on what is expected of an incoming college or senior high school student of the University. But because of the risks brought about by the pandemic, we are suspending it for now.)
6. Sometimes, a student gets a grade they feel or believe they do not deserve. How will this affect their USTAR?
The USTAR looks at all of the information submitted by the applicant. It is the applicant’s consistency of performance that will qualify them into the program they apply for. One or two grades, whether it is higher or lower than was expected, shall not be the determining factor whether one will qualify or not. This is the reason why we require the academic performance record of the applicant in the past two years.
Regarding the Application Procedure
7. I forgot my reference number. May I know my reference number?
Your reference number is automatically sent to your email address after the initial registration in the online application. Check your spam box in case it is not in your inbox. In case you were not able to receive the message, kindly send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: Request for Reference Number – Surname, Given Name) indicating therein your complete name, address, and birthday.
8. I keep getting the error “duplicate entry detected” when I submit my basic information. What should I do?
Very likely you were already given a reference number. Check your email (including your spam box) to find your reference number. Use this to continue your pre-registration.
9. I am a Grade 12 transferee. I also shifted to a different strand. Which school and what strand should I indicate in my application?
Indicate your (current) Grade 12 school and Grade 12 strand in your application.
10. What do I do if my school is not listed?
Very likely your school name is in the list. Kindly follow these tips for searching your school:
If your school is not found in our school database, please follow this procedure:
11. Why am I not able to upload my ID picture?
Please check if the picture you are uploading is in .jpg format and is below 2MB.
12. I am a General Academic Strand student and my subjects are not in the listed subjects. What should I do?
GAS students, except for Work Immersion, shall select their subjects listed in the other strands.
13. How do I encode my subject grade if I had a failing mark?
Encode the same subject two times: first indicating the initial grade, then indicating the passing grade on the other.
14. What do I do if I could not get a certification from my school related to my co-curricular and extra-curricular activities?
Only data that can be validated will be used for the USTAR. Indicating something that has no official reference or is different from the submitted reference document shall be grounds for disqualification of application.
15. I made a mistake in my entry of data. What should I do?
16. I uploaded the wrong document/s. What should I do?
17. What grades are needed for the USTAR?
The USTAR will look into your performance in the last 2 academic years. For college applicants, all your Grade 10 and Grade 11 grades are required. For Senior High School applicants, all your Grade 8 and Grade 9 grades are required.
18. What is an Honors Class?
Honors classes are special classes offered to academically exceptional students. Not all schools offer them.
(Being part of a cream section is not an honors class. It also does not mean being part of the honor roll.)
18.1. Does belonging to a Special Science Class (SSC) or to a Science,
Technology and Engineering (STE) program considered as Honors
Yes. SSC or STE are considered as Honors Classes.
19. What awards are considered for the USTAR?
Winning in an international, national, regional, or in a school division level competition is a remarkable feat. The USTAR will consider these achievements in your application. Landing in first, second, or third place, as well as receiving a special citation in these levels of competition are the ones given consideration. This only applies to awards received in the last 2 academic years.
19.1. Do they have to be individual competitions? Can I include it if I was
a member of the team when we joined the competition?
You may include it whether it was an individual or a team competition.
19.2. Can we include awards related to sports or culinary or other
You may include them considering that there are programs in the University that value these achievements, for as long as they are international, national, regional or school division level.
19.3. What would be considered as special citations?
Special citations are given to selected participants for exemplary performance. Examples are: Best Robotics Design, Best in Dish Presentation, Most Valuable Player, among others.
20. What leadership roles are considered in the USTAR?
Having a good academic record while at the time being able to lead and be of service to your school community is an admirable accomplishment. As all leadership roles are important, the USTAR will consider leadership roles at the level of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer (or their equivalent) at the level of student council or club/organization in the last 2 academic years.
21. I share the same rank as another student (example: 1.5 or 5.33) but the application system only accepts whole numbers for ranking. What should I do?
For cases like this, round up to nearest whole number.
22. My number days present is not a whole number (example: 195.5) but the application system only accepts whole numbers for attendance. What should I do?
For cases like this, round up to nearest whole number.
23. My school is requiring a proof that the certificates I am request are indeed needed for the USTAR. What should I present them?
You may present your Application and Conforme form to your school wherein the requirements are indicated. You may also refer them to the Application Procedure tab in the application website where the requirements are also indicated for their information.
24. How do I get a clearance from the UST Office of the Registrar considering the quarantine restrictions?
You may email your documents with your full name and reference number to email@example.com (Subject: Request for Clearance - Surname, Given Name) for our assistance.
25. Is online payment allowed?
For those with BPI online accounts, you may pay the USTAR application fee through their Bills Payment facility. Under Billers, select UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS [USTSCH].
25.1. How can I enroll in BPI Biller?
1. Log in to BPI Online and go to “Other Services.”
2. Select “Manage Recipients.”
3. Click on “Add recipient.”
4. Select Biller as the type of recipient.
5. Confirm the details of your enrollment. Click on “Confirm.”
6. Enter the One-Time PIN (OTP) then select “Submit.”
Important Reminder: Online transfer to the BPI account number indicated in
the Payment Slip are not allowed since this will not be recognized by our system.
Other than this, only over the counter payment is allowed with the USTAR application fee account with BPI and Metrobank.
26. Metrobank is not accepting our payments [September 01, 2020]. What should I do?
Please proceed to BPI for your payments. We shall advise when Metrobank is again ready to accept payments. Another advisory shall be released on September 29 regarding this matter. Thank you.
27. How do I pay the application fee if I am outside the Philippines?
Applicants outside the Philippines may remit the payment of the non-refundable application fee using the following details:
Account Name : UNIVERSITY of SANTO TOMAS
Account Number : 0154-0068-77 (Dollar account)
Name of the Bank : Bank of the Philippine Islands (España – UST Branch)
Bank Address : España, Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Swift Code : BOPIPHMM
28. How can I apply if my international credentials do not meet the minimum requirements stated in the guideline for Application Through International Credentials?
You may still apply through the USTAR.
29. Is the Applicant Number different from the Reference Number?
Yes, they are different. You are given an Applicant Number only after you have fully completed your online application. Having an applicant number means that you are now considered an official applicant. The Reference Number allows you access to your application portal. Only those with Application Numbers will have access to the Results Portal later on.
Other frequently asked questions
30. If I passed or have taken the USTET already but did not enroll this year, do I still need to apply through the USTAR?
USTET results are valid only for the academic year they are applied for. You need to apply again, this year through the USTAR. Your credentials will be assessed based on the standards of the program set for the year and compared with the batch you are now hoping to enter with.
31. If I enter a different university this year and hope to transfer to UST next year, can I apply through the USTAR?
The USTAR is only for freshmen applicants who have not entered any tertiary level education. If you have entered another university, even for a while, you are no longer eligible to apply through the USTAR. You become a transfer applicant. Some programs are open for transfer applicants starting June 2021.
32. What will I do if I lost my BPI or Metrobank deposit/payment slip?
You may request for a second copy of the payment slip from the bank. In case it is not retrieved, you must submit a notarized affidavit of loss.
33. About how much is the tuition fee in UST?
34. When do I apply for scholarships?
Kindly inquire with the Office for Student Affairs after the release of the USTAR results.
35. "Why do I still need to study if there is no more USTET?"
You study because you want to learn. At every stage of your education, do your best because each step prepares you for the next regardless of your past. You do not study to pass exams. You study to learn. Also, you need to graduate first before you are allowed to enroll in any College or in Senior High School. Do your best always. We wish you well.
[Updated: September 25, 2020]
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