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Academic Information
Classification of Students


  • This refers to Shiftee 1 or students shifting to another program offered within the same college.
  • This refers to Shiftee 2 or students shifting to another program offered within the same UP Constituent University.
  • This refers to Transferee 1 or students transferring to another program offered ni another UP Constituent University.
  • This refers to Transferee 2 or students from another Higher Education Institution transferring to any UP Constituent University.
New First Year
  • This refers to students who entered college right after Senior High School and have never been enrolled in any higher education institution.
First Year
  • This refers to T2 students who are in their first term in the University, and second‐degree students who are at first year level based on their curriculum.
Continuing Student
  • This refers to students who have completed one term in the University, including S1, S2, and T1. T2s are eventually tagged as continuing students after their first term in the University.
Non-Degree student with credit
  • This refers to the student who is enrolled for credit but does not follow an organized program of study. He/she is either a degree holder or undergraduate student not currently enrolled in any other institutions of higher learning who satisfies appropriate requirements for admissions to the University at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels. They shall not be allowed to enroll for more than one (1) semester, except by special permission of the Dean of the college concerned and the University Registrar. Since they do not follow any organized program of study, a non‐ degree student is not a prospective candidate for graduation for any degree in the University.
Non Major 
  • Non-majors are students dismissed from their respective colleges, but not from the University, for failure to meet the retention requirements including grade point average or number of units passed. Their supervision shall remain with their respective colleges, during which time they shall be advised by the college secretaries, until they have transferred to another college. They shall also be assessed / counselled by the Office of Guidance and Counselling.
  • However, students can be a non-major only for one (1) year, during which time, they are expected to seek admission to another college'. Units earned as non-major can be credited towards the new degree program to which the student will be readmitted.


Academic Calendar

The general framework of the UPM Academic Calendar is approved by the Executive Committee, the details of which are prepared by the University Registrar subject to the approval of
the Chancellor and the UP President.
The Academic Year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is composed of at least 16 weeks or 100 class days, exclusive of registration and final examination periods.

In line with efforts to develop UP as a regional and global university, the Board of Regents approved on a pilot basis, the shift in the academic calendar starting Academic Year 2014 - 2015, from June-October to August-December for the First Semester, from November-March to January-May for the Second Semester, and from April-May to June-July for the Short Term.

All degree-granting units offer courses on a semestral basis, except for the College of Public Health for its graduate programs and the School of Health Sciences for its ladderized program which is offered on a quarterly scheme.
First Semester/Trimester
Second Semester/Trimester
Third Trimester
Academic Year
AY 2023-2024
AY '23-'24


Language of Instruction


English is generally used as the medium of instruction in the University.
The UP Language Policy provides for the development and use of the Filipino language while maintaining English as a global lingua franca. The Policy states that Filipino shall be the medium of instruction in the University at the undergraduate level, within a reasonable time frame or transition period. Graduate courses of study shall be in English, though there could very well be graduate courses of study in which the medium of instruction is Filipino.
English shall be maintained as the primary international language in the University to serve as its chief medium of access to the world’s intellectual discourse.