- Class Rank: A rank that represents where a specific student's grade stands in comparison to his other schoolmates.
- Acceptance Rate: The percentage representing the number of students a schools accepts from among its applicants.
- Wait List: Essentially academic purgatory, schools get students from the waiting list to fill up slots for their incoming freshman class, after other students have confirmed their attendance of another university.
- Appeal: A process by which a student writes to an admissions committee to plead his/her case for acceptance to a university. Usually accompanied by an additional letter of recommendation or affirmation from a teacher.
- Yield: The percentage of accepted students who eventually end up enrolling. For example, ifUP had 100 passers and only 42 of them enrolled at UP, while the rest went toAteneo and La Salle, then their yield is 42%.
- Merit Scholarship: A scholarship awarded based on merit or your academic potential, as opposed to your need.
- Need-Based Scholarship: A scholarship awarded not on merit, but on need, meaning you don't have to be a superstar to get this.
- Letter of Recommendation: A letter, usually from a teacher or coach, that an admissions committee uses to help evaluate an applicant. It usually has a quantitative portion where they measure traits like leadership, etc. and a written portion. Students are almost always not allowed to see this.
- High School Transcript or Form 138: A form that certifies your identity and grades to another school. This is different from your form 137 or your report card.
- Application Essay: An essay or personal statement that an admissions committee uses to evaluate an applicant. The essay is usually written in response to a prompt, or a question that the university gives.
University of the Philippines
- HSWA: This stands for 'High School Weighted Average' which is your numerical general average from 1st to 3rd year including 'weight,' or additional points your school gives you to better reflect the difficulty of your high school.
- Quota Course: These are courses at UP that have a very limited amount of slots, but an exceedingly high amount of applicants, meaning getting a 'quota course' as your major is not a sure thing. Think of majors like Biology and Psych.
- UPG: 'University Predicted Grade' is a number they give applicants, which determines admission into the different UP campuses. 40% of it is your HSWA, and 60% is your UPCAT score, give or take the several penalties and "palugits" that UP gives. It is number from 1-5, and reflects UP's own grading system (hence University Predicted Grade), with 1 as the highest and 5 the lowest.
- DPWAS: 'Degree Program with Available Slot' is a status you get when you get your UP results. It means that you will be admitted to UP, but you would only get a course that has openings, so you don't really have control over this. Not to worry though, because 1 out every 3 UP Diliman passers don't actually attend UP, so you have a lot of slots to grab.
- BAA: 'Business Administration and Accountancy' is one of the most sought after and selective courses in UP Diliman. It lasts for 5 years, and students can sit for the accountancy boards.
- INTARMED: 'INTegrated Liberal Arts and MEDicine' is even more selective than BAA, and offers talented students a accelerated program that allows you to finish med school in 7 years. (Which is pretty fast.)
- Oble: 'Oblation Scholars' are the 50 highest scoring students in the UPCAT who getscholarships.
Ateneo de Manila University
- LS: The 'Loyola Schools' or the undergraduate/college unit of the Ateneo.
- AMF: 'Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Finance' is a selective 5-year major that awards an MA after five years. Very math heavy, and not for the weak hearted.
- Honors Course: Courses reserved for the top 15% of ACET takers.
- ME: 'Management Engineering' is by far the most popular honors course in the Ateneo and is made for future managers. Lots of math involved again, hence the 'Engineering' in the name.
- JGSOM: The 'John Gokongwei School of Management' is the management school of the Ateneo.
- AFMS: 'Ateneo Freshman Merit Scholars' are the 50 best applicants of the Ateneo who are given full scholarships.
- DL: 'Director's List' scholars are the next 200 best applicants of Ateneo, and are given 50,000 peso scholarships.