Admissions just got trickier
If you’re looking to take up your college studies at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) for the next school year, you might want to take note of a major change.
Instead of the usual UST Entrance Exams (USTET), the institution will now judge admissions based on the ‘academic performance and records of the applicant’. The new parameters, called the UST Admission Rating or USTAR for short, was adopted due to the ongoing quarantine restrictions in the metro.
A brief look at the university’s official admissions page reveals that the now-viral announcement has been replaced with a simple hashtag #USTAR2021.
There will be no USTET for sy 2021-2021 and the UST Admission Rating will be use instead.
In short, admissions will be based only in your grades and records etc. THERE WILL BE NO EXAM. pic.twitter.com/xxUlo9WtQQ
— UPCAT QUESTIONS (@UPCATQuestion) August 13, 2020
The decision didn’t exactly sit well with many aspiring Thomasians. Some see USTET as a second chance to make up for their academic deficits, while others point out that not all grading systems are created equal. Plus, as of writing, there isn’t a clear breakdown of the USTAR parameters.
me upon reading the news about ustet pic.twitter.com/DkzEEDC356
— Puñeta (@filostrathoe) August 13, 2020
Sa mga nagsasabi na ustar is the safest alternative for ustet, then you haven't screened all avenues. Students who have been a victim of professors politicizing grades are on a verge of academic suicide because of this bullshit
— PLBN • #AcademicFreedom #SeeUsHearUs (@BudotsII) August 13, 2020
this will be so unfair for students who are studying in schools that have a biased grading system
u have high grades ? Good for u but what abt students who may not have high grades but have the potential to pass the ustet and actually study sa ust https://t.co/xqZyu2Vw5o
— mia (@miaoponce) August 13, 2020
teachers' pet/s after seeing ustet upd8 chz
— ͏ ͏ ' (@maynsabb) August 13, 2020
UST to aspiring thomasians after announcing no USTET this year: pic.twitter.com/bvQywqtEjk
— mark geronimo (@markgeronimo_) August 13, 2020
UST’s decision might only be the first in what could become a new normal for other universities. And while there’s always the possibility that the move could be reversed given the strong reactions, here’s hoping a fair consideration will be given to all, regardless of their academic background.