The Department of Physics is an honors program: students must belong to the upper 15% of those who took the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET).  They must also have high grades in high school, especially in English, Science, and Mathematics.  Many of the students who join the department come from science high schools all over the country.  Many also come from Catholic high schools, such as Ateneo de Manila High School.  
Majority of the students in the department are under scholar-ships.  Those who got high ACET scores receive either Merit Scholarship or San Ignacio de Loyola Scholarship (for public school students). Others have Ateneo College or DOST Scholarships.  The Physics Department also has its own Fr. Daniel McNamara, SJ Scholarship for deserving students from the provinces.  For graduate students, the department has several graduate assistantship positions that cover full tuition and fees plus allowances.  Graduate students who teach in any school automatically get 50% tuition scholarship.  The depart-ment also has MS Physics offshore programs in Angeles University Foundation (Pampanga) and Ateneo de Davao University where students study under CHED scholarship.
Some students take the Junior Term Abroad program by studying in Europe. Others do research internships in US and Japan.