UP: No extension of UPCAT application deadline

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30) — The country's premiere state university will not be extending the deadline for application, despite the throng of people that lined up Monday.

A video clip shared by the Philippine Collegian on Twitter said as many as 10,000 senior high school students trooped to the University of the Philippines Diliman's registrar's office to file their University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) forms.

 

Monday was the deadline set by the university for private school students in Metro Manila to submit their applications.

Parents and students began arriving at the campus the night before to beat the deadline. The crowd had swelled by the time the registrar's office opened and people began pushing their way to the front of the line.

There were reports of people fainting due to the heat and size of the crowd.

Despite the day's events, a statement released by the Philippine Collegian said the UP Office of Admissions would not be extending the deadline.

 

Dropboxes would instead would be provided for students to leave their forms, it added.

"Those remaining in line at the University Registrar will still be accommodated, while submissions via courier today will also still be accepted, according to the Office of Admissions," it said.

Social media lit up with comments about the crowd of applicants. One even called the experience "traumatizing."

 

But there were expressions of gratitude and hope from those who were able to get their test permits.

 

 

Students from public schools from the National Capital Region can still submit their UPCAT forms until August 3, while students from private and public schools from other regions have until August 10 to submit their UPCAT forms.