4 Ways To Enter University in Nigeria | Must Read

There are four different admission routes to enter any University in Nigeria. It depends on you which one you will prefer to use to gain admission into Nigerian Universities.

how to enter university in nigeria

Firstly, there is a need for you to be aware of the Nigerian University admission requirements. Knowing these requirements is a sign that you are taking a good step in the right direction.


General admission requirements in Nigeria

  • You must have at least 5 O’Level credit passes which must include English and Mathematics. The remaining three credit passes must be relevant to your course of study. For example, Medicine and Surgery (Math, English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology), Economics (Mathematics, Economics and any two of Arts or Social Science subjects), Engineering (Math, English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology), and Law (English Language, Literature in English, Mathematics, and any other subjects from Arts, Social Sciences or Science).
  • The minimum age requirement or age limit is 16 years, i.e., you must not be less than 16 years of age during the admission year.

Having satisfied the general requirements, you can now move must to the next thing.


How to enter University in Nigeria

Like I said earlier, I will discuss four ways to gain admission into any University in Nigeria

  1. Through JAMB

JAMB provides two avenues through which any candidate can enter university in Nigeria. The first one is UTME and the second one is Direct Entry (DE).

When you sit for UTME and meet the JAMB cut-off mark (I prefer candidates to score at least 200) then you are on your way to gain admission into 100 level in any University of your choice.

Admission into 200 level in any University in Nigeria is made through Direct Entry (DE) after you might have finished your OND/HND with at least Upper credit. Candidates who sat for JUPEB, IJMB, and Cambridge A level and did excellently well can also gain admission through DE into any University in Nigeria.

I will discuss more on JUPEB, IJMB, and CIE A and As below

  1. Through Cambridge A level (CIE A and As)

Most prestigious Universities in Nigeria do offer admission into 200 level to candidates who did well in this exam (when you have BBB, ABB, AAB, and AAA). After you have finished this exam, you will have to purchase Direct Entry form for the university to offer you an admission.

  1. Through JUPEB

Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB) is approved by FG and saddled with the responsibility of conducting common and standard examinations for the candidates, who are seeking Direct Entry admissions into University courses at the 200 Level in Nigerian.

  1. Through IJMB

Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) is an approved programme by the Federal Government, and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is the moderator of it. It is also an excellent way to gain admission into 200 level through DE once you have at least 13 points in the final exam.

Lastly, to enter university in Nigeria, you can also obtain a pre-degree form from some universities in Nigeria who are conducting the programme. The programme is for candidates seeking admission into 100 level.

I believe the above information about admission in Nigeria is helpful to you.

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Bolarinwa Olajire

A tutor with demonstrated history of working in the education industry. Skilled in analytical skills. Strong education professional with a M. SC focused in condensed matter.

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