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You are about to take a huge step towards a new life chapter. You can find many tips and guides out there, but there's nothing like good old advice from college 'survivors' themselves.

Going into college is one the biggest steps in every student's life. While it is exciting and fun, the thought of starting a new campus life can also be coupled with stress and anxiety for some.

Deciding on what college course is one of the hardest decisions you will have to make. And the decision-making may come with several factors to consider, from location to financial aid.

We've gathered the ultimate College Courses List to ensure that you're well-aware of everything you need to know about courses and what's being offered in universities right now.

If you're stuck on square one, perhaps you'd want to check out this list of the best courses to take in college based on their popularity in the country to help you narrow down your options.

It's no secret that the pandemic changed the game for everyone. As the world is shifting its gears, consider how the next years of your life will pan out before deciding on a course.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to apply for my college application?
You will need to prepare all the necessary documents for your college application. These differ per school, but the usual needs are:
  • Accomplished Application Form with attached 2x2 photo
  • Official Receipt of Application Fee
  • Original and Photocopy of PSA/NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate
  • Original and Photocopy of Transcript of Records or Certified True Copy of Grades
Will I need to take an entrance exam?
As the country deals with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges and universities in the Philippines have suspended their respective entrance exams 2-years in a row.* These include top schools such as the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, and De La Salle University.

This may depend on the school. But, many have opted for the online application system. Instead of an entrance exam, students are evaluated based on their high school academic performance and criteria, recommendations from teachers, and a personal essay (if applicable).

*News as of School Year 2022-2023. May be subject to change depending on the situation.
How much are colleges in the Philippines?
According to the Republic Act No. 10931, or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA), enrolled college students in the Philippines are offered free tuition and miscellaneous fees in state universities and colleges (SUCs). This means parents can send their children to any of the 112 universities nationwide that offer free college education.

Meanwhile, for private schools, this can be costly. As reported by Coins.ph, college tuition can range from PHP 70,000 to PHP 250,000. This does not take into account possible tuition fee increases. If you want to have the specific price for your dream college, you can check out our Course and Strand Finder — A tool that helps you search for schools based on education level, tuition range, and locality.
How do I apply for scholarships in the Philippines?
Contrary to popular belief, scholarships aren't just for students at the top of the class. There are different factors to financial aid opportunities.

First, you will need to figure out what type of scholarship you are under. There are four (4) types: Merit-based (academic), Skills-based (arts and sports), Needs-based (family income), and Context-based (family background). Next, you will need to find out where you will apply. There are three (3) different bodies that offer scholarships: Foundation and Corporations, Schools, and the Government.

Finally, the next part comes the application process. You will need to take note of the deadlines for your chosen scholarship and submit your application form and supporting documents before then. For tips on the process, you may check this guide.

For more information, go to our scholarships page here.
Should I apply for a course aligned with my track/strand?
Not necessarily. You can apply to any degree program you genuinely want to study in and to develop your knowledge and skills for, regardless of your academic background. It's important you prioritize a course you truly aspire for rather than sticking to a set path.

However, take note that Senior High School tracks and strands act as preparatory course work. Aside from a possible subject mastery advantage, those taking up courses unrelated to their tracks and strands will need to take up a bridging program to deal with the mismatch. This lets students take additional classes to help them catch up on the required subjects in college.
Which courses require board exams after graduation?
According to the Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines, there are currently forty-five (45) Professional Regulatory Boards. Below is a full list of the professions that would need a board exam before the actual practice:
  • Accountancy
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Criminology
  • Customs Brokers
  • Dentistry
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Environmental Planning
  • Fisheries Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Foresters
  • Geodetic Engineering
  • Geology
  • Guidance Counseling
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Librarianship
  • Master Plumbing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Technology
  • Medicine
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Midwifery
  • Mining Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Professional Teachers
  • Psychology
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Real Estate Service
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Sanitary Engineering
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Veterinary Medicine

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