The Philippines has a wet season from June to August, and a long dry season from September to May of the following year. During the wet season, rain and thunderstorm are expected almost daily. Temperature may however range from 30-32 degrees Celsius. During the months of December to February, the temperature is generally cooler and may range from 20-30 degrees Celsius. The weather is generally hot during March to May where the temperature may range from 32-37 degrees Celsius.
The Academic Year at Central Luzon State University is divided into two semesters and a summer session. The First semester starts on June every year and ends on October. Normally, after a two-week vacation, the Second semester starts at late October and ends on April of every year. This semester is interrupted by a two-week Christmas vacation that usually start on mid-December and ends on New Year's day. The Summer sessions starts on mid-April to May.
Modes of Instruction
The medium for instruction in the University is English. Most of the lectures, textbooks, instructional materials, and examinations are written in this language. For individuals who wishes to pursue a degree program or a training course in the University whose primary language is not English, a proficiency in this language is expected and required.
Admission to the University for the baccalaureate degree programs require completion of the secondary education program (high school) and passing the University Admission Test. The University observe an annual quota of 1200 freshman students. Application for placements starts on December of every year, and the admission examination is given on campus on the third week of January of the following year. Except on this schedule, no special admission examination is given. Students from other nations interested to apply for admission should send their application earlier to offset delays in mails. Documents required for submission include the official transcript of records and an application letter.
After completion of the first year curriculum which is common to all baccalaureate degree programs, students then apply for admission to the respective Colleges in the University. Each College observe a local admission requirements. For details, please see menu of specific programs.
For local individuals who have attended other universities or institutions in the Philippines and wishes to transfer to the university, a certificate of honorable dismissal from the institution where the units were taken, an official copy of the transcript of records, and a certificate of good moral character issued by the Dean or Director of Student Services (or equivalent) of the transferee's last school attended are required. For foreign students, presentation and submission of an authenticated copy of passport and visa, alien certificate of registration and study permit issued by the (Philippines) Department of Foreign Affairs, certificate of eligibility for admission issued by the (Philippines) Department of Education, Culture and Sports among others are required for submission.
Classes are held from 7:00AM-12:00NN and from 1:00PM-6:30PM daily except during Saturdays and Sundays. However, special class schedules may be held during Saturdays. Classes consist of both lectures and laboratory or field work.
Courses are credited based on the number of units. One (1) unit corresponds to either 1 hour of lecture or 2.5 hours of laboratory or field work. A degree program usually require more or less 160-190 units depending on the degree program. Graduate work requires 37-40 units for the Masteral Program, and 60 units for the Doctoral Program which include the masteral thesis or doctoral dissertation, and comprehensive examination.
The regular load per semester for the baccalaureate degree program ranges from 20-24 units, while the regular load for the graduate degree programs is 12 units. During summer sessions, the regular load is 9 units for baccalaureate degree programs and 6 units for graduate degree programs.
The academic performance of undergraduate students are evaluated based on the following grading scale:
1.00 - Excellent
1.50 - Very Good
1.75 - Good
2.00 - Satisfactory
2.75 - Fair
3.00 - Passing
5.00 - Failure
D - Officially dropped
INC - Incomplete
S - Satisfactory completion
U - Unsatisfactory completion
P - In progress
In the Graduate School, courses taken with a grade of 2.00 are credited and below this grade, no credit is given and the student has to repeat the course. Also, to continue with the graduate program, a student should maintain a grade point average of 2.00 or better.