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The University students are referred to as TUPians. TUP encourages its students to become an active member of the University community. The Office of Student Affairs as the main unit of the University in student relations sees to it that the welfare of the students are attended to across all campuses and ensuring that their studies within the University contribute significantly towards harnessing them into better individuals of the society.

For the School Year 2007-2008, there were about 18,000 students enrolled in the different campuses of the University. More than 60% of TUP's student population came from the Manila Campus.

For the past 105 years, the University ensures that the highest standards for skills development, training, and education are eminent to the graduates that it has produced. Significantly, the University positions itself as one of the primary contributor of technically adept workers, professionals, and educators in the country and abroad.

The graduates of the University easily find employment despite the high unemployment rate in the country. This is mainly attributed to the five-month supervised industrial training (SIT) prior to graduation which provides the necessary hands-on experience and placement. The programs of the University are strongly linked with the industry sector particularly on the industrial orientation and on-the-job training of technical and engineering students. Advisory committees are organized to assist in curriculum development, facility planning and program evaluation. In addition, skills upgrading programs are jointly organized for industrial workers.