The College of Social Sciences is founded on the principles of interdisciplinarity, social engagement, commitment to ethics, and relevance.

The CSS is also guided by their mission to offer multidisciplinary and socially committed programs that produces informed and competent agents of change, to address the social development needs of their community, to be conscious of personal and disciplinal biases in the production of knowledge, and to expand opportunities to exercise human freedom.

Among our public service activities include trainings on qualitative and quantitative research methods, seminar-workshops for teachers and development workers, lectures of eminent scholars and specialists, and engagements with community organizations, local government units, national agencies, and international partners.


One of our Programs passed the AUN-QA Assessment!

The College of Social Sciences and the Institute of Management is happy to announce that the Bachelor of Science in Management Economics (BSME) program has passed the ASEAN University Network – Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) Programme Level Assessment on November 2022, as part of the continuing effort to improve the standard of education we offer.


2nd SRCSS -- 16-17 May, 2024

2nd SRCSS — 16-17 May, 2024

The Student Research Conference in the Social Sciences (SRCSS) aims to gather undergraduate students at the College of Social Sciences ...


Livestream of Alex Taek-Gwang Lee’s lecture on “Theory of Society and Posfmodern Epistemology” on 30 August 2023 at the College of Social Sciences Audio Visual Room.

Machiavellian Festival 2023

12 December 2023 – Step into a world of cunning culinary creations at the Machiavellian Festival with the students of PolSci 192! Join us on Thursday (December 14), 1:30-3:00pm, at the CSS Courtyard for a (free) food festival, with dishes …

Econ Majors Prospects for MA Economics

11 December 2023 – LOOK: Economics major students joined the Graduate Programs Recruitment Drive organized by the UP School of Economics (UPSE) in partnership with the Department of Economics and Political Science UP Baguio (DEPS) today, December 11, 2023.

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Interested in applying?

How do I submit an application?

Traditionally, prospective UP students are screened through the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT). It is held once a year in the different constituent units of the University, as well as in select examination centers all over the country. The applications are filed prior to the date of the examinations.


In early 2023, the UP Office of Admissions announced the comeback of the UPCAT. Registration for UPCA 2024 opened in March 2023 and closed in April.

The complete requirements and procedures for admission are found in the UP College Admissions.

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What are the degree courses offered by the College of Social Sciences?
The College of Social Sciences offers two undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and the Bachelor of Science in Management Economics. The BASS program follows a major-minor scheme and offers major disciplines in Anthropology, Economics and History, as well as minor disciplines in Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
When should I apply?

The BA Social Sciences program admits UPCA/UPCAT qualifiers during the 1st semester of the academic year. Transfer students and UP Baguio students who would like to shift to the BASS program shall be governed by existing University/College rules and regulations.

What is the tuition rate?

The University of the Philippines Baguio is one of the universities that is covered by the Zero Tuition Fee Law that is under the Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. This was signed into law on August 3, 2017, enabling students to access free education at the tertiary level. Upon admission, you are automatically eligible for four years worth of free tuition.


As the national university, UP is funded by the Philippine government. With this, the tuition fees of UP students are minimal. Added to this, UP students are also able to access other support services which would further defray the cost of your education. Through the Student Learning Assistance System, you can avail discounted tuition fees to full tuition fee waivers, plus cash subsidies, according to your individual income brackets

What financial assistance programs are available to UP students?

The Office of Student Financial Assistance provides financial assistance programs, scholarship opportunities and learning assistance packages for students of the University. Formally known as the Socialized Tuition Office, the OSFA continues to perform its function as the policy and coordinating body for student financial assistance programs in UP.


You can visit UP Baguio’s Office of Student Financial Assistance office at the UP Baguio’s website or at the OSFA’s Facebook page.

What is required to complete my application?

The complete requirements and procedures for admission are found in the UP College Admissions website.

Where should I send my application materials?

You can send an online application at

Where and when do I see my application status?

Check the UP Admissions website for announcements on the application results. You will need the same email account that you used for application to view your application results. If you qualify for admission to UP, register according to the instructions provided by the college or unit to which you have been accepted.