UST General Santos (GenSan) has scheduled a special UST Entrance Test (USTET) at its campus on May 25 to select the first batch of students for the Mindanao campus.

More than 400 freshmen students are expected to enroll in UST GenSan for its first academic year, Professor Emeritus Maribel Nonato, the assistant to the rector for UST GenSan, said in an interview with the Varsitarian

These students are expected to be divided into two sections for each of the five pioneer programs: BS Accounting Information System, BS Entrepreneurship, BS Industrial Engineering, BS Medical Technology, and BS Pharmacy.

Nonato said the admission examination was considered “special” as it would be held outside the regular testing schedules set by the Office for Admissions (OFAD) for applications in UST Manila.

“It just so happens that because of the delay in the release of the approval of the programs, we have to offer a special [admission exam],” Nonato said. “We have to do this to ensure that we have students for the opening in August 2024.”

Nonato said UST GenSan anticipates more applicants for its health allied programs, particularly BS Medical Technology and BS Pharmacy.

“Hopefully, lahat ng applicants na ‘yun, if they will all get accepted, register, [and] enroll, then madami–we will go beyond the 400 [students na] projected namin for the initial year,” she said. 

The OFAD will administer the USTET at the Mindanao campus.

Asst. Prof. Fredeswindo Medina, former director of the Office of Alumni Relations, is the acting director for student admissions and records at UST GenSan. 

“What we have in GenSan is just the admission officer. The function of the admission officer is to process ‘yung lahat ng pumasa sa entrance exam,” Nonato said. 

Nonato said the results of the May 25 USTET at the Mindanao campus would be announced on June 15.

UST initially administered the USTET at the branch campus in January, when senior high school and college applicants for UST Manila took the admission exams.


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