The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery prides itself with more than one hundred and thirty-eight years of academic excellence. To date it has been named a Center of Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Republic of the Philippines. Over the years, admission into the UST medical school has progressively evolved into stringent terms because of a consistently growing number of first year applicants, ranging from 1,400 to 1,700 aspirants annually. In its commitment to safeguard its mission and vision, the Faculty aligns itself intimately with the Catholic and Christian identity of the University Of Santo Tomas (UST) and the dedication to a holistic and outstanding standard of education. Therefore, the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery has set down the criteria and guidelines in the selection of its students.

  1. About four hundred and fifty (450) candidates are accepted into the First Year level of the program for Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) yearly.  Among this number, seventy to seventy-five percent (70%-75%), on the average,  of the available slots are reserved for the graduates of UST, while twenty five to thirty percent (25%-30%) for non-UST graduates. Foreign students comprise about 5%-7% of the total first year population
  2. Anyone wishing to enter Medicine must have a strong foundation in the biological sciences during their undergraduate college years. Without such background it would be difficult to catch up with the intense demands of studying Medicine. Hence, the preferred preparatory programs for entry into medical school are Biological Sciences programs that are primarily structured as pre-medicine courses such as B.S. Biology (and its equivalents in various University systems); and  Allied Sciences programs like B.S. Medical Technology, B.S. Pharmacy, B.S. Nursing, B.S. Public Health, and B.S. Physical Therapy. Other B.S. and B.A. degree holders may still apply but it is highly recommended that they take extra units in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry (including Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Physics.

    It is understood that successful applicants should have graduated with respected AB/BS degree without issue.

  3. Freshmen slots are limited and therefore highly competitive. As a rule, scholastic standing and NMAT performance are given the biggest weight when narrowing the probable candidates for admission. Hence, to have a good head start the applicant must present a scholastic performance recorded average of at least 2.00/B+/86%, WITH NO FAILURES before the period of application; and a National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) score of at least eightieth percentile (80%ile).
    **No appeal for reconsideration will be entertained for those who fail to submit the requisite application credentials once the results have been released.
  4. In addition to the NMAT, the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery reserves the right to require other forms of diagnostic examination/s as may be deemed necessary to further assess the intellectual, psychological, moral, and physical competencies of the applicants, as a supplementary screening procedure.
  5. English is the medium of instruction in the Faculty. Non-English speaking international applicants must present TOEFL/ESL results with a total TOEFL score of 93 (and its equivalent in ESL) with a minimum of 22 for Writing and Speaking in order to follow the program. In addition, international students and/or non-Filipino (non-Tagalog) speaking applicants must learn to speak Filipino as an eventual requirement for second-year to fourth-year levels as they undergo actual patient encounters in the hospital wards and in the ambulatory clinics.
  6. Certificate of good moral character from the following:
    1. School, and
    2. Parish Priest / Pastor / Minister  or head of religious group  who can    support the spiritual and  moral standing of the applicant
    All required certificates of good moral character must be submitted on or before the end of the application period.  No other written/verbal endorsements from individuals other than the above listed will be counted in favor of the applicant.
  7. Professional License issued by the Government Licensure Agency (e.g. PRC) and Certifications of the applicant’s leadership credentials and involvement in socio-civic/religious missions or volunteer work as well as other graduate/post-graduate diplomas will be given appropriate credit during the admission screening process. Likewise, alumni, siblings or children of alumni and/or employees of UST are given appropriate point credits.
  8. As a rule, the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery does NOT accept transferees from any other medical school nor any applicant who has previously taken units in the Doctor of Medicine Program of another school.
  9. Applicants with records of being convicted of any crime or felony are not eligible for admission.