How to Get Direct Entry Admission into any Nigerian University

Direct Entry Admission into Nigerian Universities
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Today, I will be dishing out some helpful information on how you can gain admission into Nigerian Universities via Direct Entry Applications. Also, I will be providing answers to many questions students ask as regards direct entry and all you need to know.

But first of all, what is Direct Entry itself? Direct entry is a system of entry into any Nigerian university straight to 200level or 300level.

Normally,  when you obtain the unified tertiary matriculation examination form and sit for the examination, you can only gain admission into 100level in any Nigerian university.

But if you decide to get the direct entry form and you eventually meet the basic admission requirement, you will gain admission into that university of your choice and you will begin from 200 or 300level. This strictly depends on the entry credentials you used to gain admission.

Basic Admission Requirements for Direct Entry Applicants

There are some basic qualifications that are needed of you before you can be considered for admission into any Nigerian University via Direct Entry. The following basic qualifications are needed for any direct entry aspirant:

  • Ordinary National Diploma Certificate (OND)
  • Higher National Diploma Certificate (HND)
  • GCE A Level, HSC, DALF Certificate
  • An acceptable Baccalaureate Certificate
  • NCE
  • IJMB
  • Institute of chartered accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) or equivalents of these from accredited Polytechnics and colleges of education.


How to Apply for Direct Entry

1. You must be eligible to apply.

2. You must be informed and updated to know the exact date that the registration will begin.

3. Decide on the best institution to choose based on their requirements.

4. Apply through JAMB first.

5. While registering, select your choice school, department and faculty correctly.

6. Wait for your choice institution post direct entry screening.

7. Pass the screening and wait for the direct entry admission list.

8. Matriculate with 100level students.

9. Candidates are to note that irrespective of their choice of course of study or method of testing, they will also be tested on a general test “The Last Days at Forcados High School” by A.H. Mohammed for direct entry candidates.

JAMB Direct Entry Admission Requirements

Candidates with one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission by Direct Entry:

  • A minimum of O’Level credit pass in five (5) subjects at not more than two sittings with at least two prescribed subjects (for each discipline) at Principal or Advanced level. No subject shall be counted twice at both Ordinary and Advanced Level
  • Two passes (in prescribed subjects for each discipline) at the Advanced-Level Examination of IJMB, Cambridge, JUPEB or Institute of Baccalaureate with SSCE/GCE, NTS/NBC credits equivalents in three other subjects
  • Passes in two major subjects in the NCE with S.C.E., NTC/NBC credits or equivalents in THREE other subjects (mainly for Education Courses) and ND. For Education courses,Education may be accepted as a third A’ Level subject
  • Minimum of lower credit grade in National Diploma or National Innovation Diploma and the O’Level requirements

Answers to Questions People Ask about DE

1. What do I need to know to be able to effectively apply for 2021 Direct Entry admission?
  • Registration fee for the 2021 direct entry form is ₦5,000. Applicants are also, as common, to pay 500 only to obtain the reading text “The Last Days at Forcados High School” for direct entry candidates.
  • Candidates must note that e-PINS being purchased are coupled to individual profile and are not moveable.
  • Candidates are advised to maintain as private their safety details such as registration numbers, password/numbers of ATM Cards, email addresses and E-Pins
  • Each aspirant must personally create a JAMB profile on the JAMB portal through JAMB mobile app available on android, windows and ios platform or on the JAMB portal
2. What are the courses offered in Direct Entry admission mode?

All the courses offered in UTME are also obtainable in direct entry except just a few, like LAW and some others which you must start from 100level. You can apply for any of the courses in any department/faculty of your choice.

3. Do I need to go to my university of choice to obtain the Direct Entry form?

You do not need to bother yourself by going to any university before you obtain their direct entry form. Just get it from JAMB office or any of the selected banks that sells it, and then fill it online. Afterward, submit your certificate to Jamb office. Without submitting your direct entry form, Jamb will surely not work on your admission.

4. Which universities accept Direct Entry application?

All universities in Nigeria are logically destined to accept direct entry application from Nigerian students and offer them admission into year 2 or 3. Nevertheless, it is possible that some universities might no longer be interested in accepting direct entry students. For now, about 98% of all Nigerian Federal, State and Private Universities still accept direct entry students.

5. Am I to tender my academic transcript to my university as a Direct Entry student?

Some institutions accept your transcript, while others do not really pay attention to it.

Institutions such as University of Ilorin, Usman Danfodio University, Kwara state university, Ahmadu Bello University and many others does not necessitate you to submit transcript as a direct entry applicant. While universities like Obafemi Awolowo University and few others requires it.

Consequently, in order for you to be confident of what to do, when the post UTME date of your preferred institution is out, the university will emphatically state it that you should present your academic transcripts to a particular address inside the school. In case your school is unspoken about this, then you don’t need to worry or submit any academic transcript.

6. Who Can Apply for Direct Entry?

Well, not everyone can apply. Only those who have a previous degree i.e. NCE, HND, OND, JUPEB, e.t.c can apply for Direct Entry Admission.


How to Check Direct Entry Admission List and Status on JAMB CAPS

If you already have a JAMB profile, here are the steps outlined below on how to check JAMB admission status:

  • STEP 1: Go to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) E-facility portal at
  • STEP 2: Log in to your Jamb profile with your username and password.
  • STEP 3: After successfully logging in, scroll down then locate and click the ‘Check Admission Status‘ tab.
  • STEP 4: Select your Exam year and Enter your registration number in the required columns.
  • STEP 5: Finally, click on ‘Check Admission Status‘ to access your admission status.

Have you been offered admission? If yes, follow the link below to accept or reject your admission offer:

Recommended: JAMB CAPS Portal for Accepting/Rejecting Admission Offer.

If your school is yet to release admission list, it will read: “admission in progress, check back later” under the tag ‘Admission Status’. In this case, you won’t be able to click on the ‘Accept admission’ or ‘Reject admission’ button.

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