PLM accepts additional 3,500 students for Academic Year 2020-2021

The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila is accepting another 3,500 freshmen students for academic year 2020-2021, bringing the tally of passers to 5,000 applicants who will start their college years under blended learning.

This represents one-fifth of the 25,000 who applied for the PLM Admission Test, out of which 21,193 applicants took the physical examinations conducted until February. The list of passers can be viewed below.

The University will process more applicants whose test schedules were cancelled due to the declaration of enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila, as well as new applicants for the upcoming school year. The final admission exam is scheduled on June 11, which will be done fully online as a necessary adjustment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PLM passers profile
PLM passers profile

These PLMAT passers are expected to pursue their undergraduate degree under the “new normal,” with the University tapping blended learning strategies through virtual and out-of-classroom lectures in keeping with physical distancing guidelines. Flexible learning arrangements would likewise allow PLM to cater to more students through online solutions.

This year’s batch of successful applicants are top performers based on their respective high school performance and admission test scores. The highest admission score was 88.63%. High school grades form part of the assessment for the PLMAT, as these show a student’s potential to sustain good scholastic performance in college.

Nearly all passers pursued academic tracks while in senior high school, with two-thirds (62.3%) enrolled under the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics strand. A fifth (20.96%) took the Accountancy, Business and Management strand, while a tenth (10.62%) came from the Humanities and Social Sciences strand.

Two-thirds of the current roster of passers are females, while the remaining 34.2% are males.

By place of residence, 3,000 or 60% of passers live within the City of Manila. Of these passers, 1,114 are residents of Tondo while 607 come from Sampaloc. The communities of Santa Ana, Malate, and Sta. Cruz also count a combined 752 passers.

One-fourth of successful examinees come from the rest of Metro Manila, while 14% or 700 passers reside outside the National Capital Region. An increasing number of students from outside Manila have shown interest in taking the PLMAT, making PLM a university of choice among Filipino youth.

By course, 560 students have been accepted as Accountancy students, followed by 350 admitted as Civil Engineering freshmen.

The College of Engineering and Technology took in the most number of students at 1,288, followed by the PLM Business School with 1,237 students and the College of Science with 698 freshmen.

PLM passers profile
PLM passers profile

A tenth or 500 of the current passers are yet to determine their courses, as they did not meet the quota requirements of their three preferred courses. They will be interviewed by the Office of Guidance and Testing Services to help them decide on a new degree program.

Another set of 500 candidates have been waitlisted, who will be considered during the next round of rankings to include the last batch of examinees this June.

View the full list of passers here.