How to gain direct entry admission into Nigerian university (2022)

Ever wondered what direct entry admission is?

Well wonder no more because this blog will not only explain what admission through DE means, it will also show you how to gain admission into any Nigerian university through direct entry.

There are several ways to get admission into university in Nigeria. One of such ways is direct entry, abbreviated as DE.

Direct entry admission is entering school without writing UTME in the admission year. Though you might have sat for UTME previously.

Though not a very convenient way to enter a Nigerian university, its worth the heck primarily because one-year advantage it gives while in school.

What does that mean?

When you gain admission into university through direct entry, you start from 200 level instead of year one. So you end up doing a four-year course for three-years.

But you want to know more about direct entry and how to get admission through it. And I’m committed to showing you the way

How to gain admission in Nigeria through direct entry

First things first. You need to know that direct entry admission was not intended for everybody.

That is, there are category of students that direct entry is most suited for. That’s what you’re about to find out.

Here’s how to get direct entry admission in Nigeria.

1. Have a national diploma or degree

You are eligible for direct entry admission if you hold a national diploma or university degree. That is, a national diploma (ND) from a polytechnic or a diploma from a university or a university degree.

Maybe you graduated from a polytechnic and you still want to attend a university. OR you did a diploma course at university and have desire to have a university degree.

OR you even attended a university but didn’t like the course you study and want to try something else. You can still come back to school through direct entry.

You don’t need to write JAMB again. DE admission is for you if you have any of those diploma or university degree.

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2. Have a JUPEB certificate

JUPEB is a one-year program at a university. On completion, a successful candidate is awarded a JUPEB certificate.

This certificate is to be used to seek DE admission into a university. Either at the university you did the JUPEB or other university.

So having a JUPEB certificate puts you in a strong position for DE admission into a Nigerian university.

3. Have complete o’level result

O’level result is either WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, or GCE.

Complete o’level result means having at least 5 credits subjects relevant for the course you want to study. Having a complete o’level result makes you eligible for direct entry admission into a uni in Nigeria.

So regardless of your diploma or JUPEB certificate, an o’level is a basic requirement to get admission through direct entry.

4. Get JAMB Direct Entry (DE) form

Getting a JAMB direct entry form is the first process to getting direct entry admission. The previous tips are what qualifies you for direct entry.

Where do I get it from?

Approach JAMB, just the way you got UTME form..

JAMB direct entry form is usually sold like JAMB form. Often times, application starts once JAMB registration ends.

So you’ll immediately be issued a JAMB DE Registration Number when you get the form.

On your JAMB Direct Entry form, select your first choice university and course.

Submit your DE application form online. That’s it.

You won’t get a chance to be admitted into the university through Direct Entry if you don’t first pick JAMB Direct Entry form.

It’s the first and primary thing to do.

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5. Get your school Direct Entry form

Nigerian universities sell direct entry forms, but that’s usually after JAMB Direct Entry application has ended.

So you have to wait for further instructions from the university you chose. While some universities invite Direct Entry candidates for post utme, other universities don’t. Though all universities sell DE froms.

For example, UNIBEN and some schools conducts post utme for direct entry candidates before admission, whereas UNICAL and others don’t.

In this case, candidates are selected and admitted without any qualifying exam.

6. Wait for admission list

Direct Entry admission list is next after completing the previous processes. Most schools release their DE admission list less than 3 weeks after application ends.

In fact, most universities admission policy dictates that 10% admission slot is reserved for direct entry candidates. So in a case where 100 students are to be admitted, 90% is reserved for UTME and 10% for DE.

Though admission through DE is competitive, you have a great chance of being admitted if you have the minimum requirements mentioned earlier.

Among other things, DE gives you a chance at studying your dream course. If at all you were denied in your previous attempts through UTME.

I hope you liked this post? You may also like to check out some of my other posts:

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60 thoughts on “How to gain direct entry admission into Nigerian university (2022)

  1. Hello sir I have an nce certificate in electrical/ electronics engineering,can I apply for direct entry at the university of Lagos and please what course can I apply for using this certificate

  2. Please can I get admission to any federal universities with a lower credit 2.97 Statistics National Diploma
    And I want to switch to course like Agricultural economics or Agricultural Extension or just Economics
    Wat of International relations .pls I need your advice thanks

    1. Yes you can get admission, but you may not be eligible to switch to agriculture or economics through direct entry since your diploma was in statistics. You can only be able to continue in statistics or related fields through direct entry. Otherwise you start all over.

    1. I have degree in microbiology and seeking for direct entry to study nursing in any of Nigeria universities…what I don’t understand is this JUPEB certificate….what is all about and must I have it before getting admission?thanks

      1. JUPEB is just another way to get direct entry admission apart from the other ways you may already know. And then, a degree in microbiology does not normally meet the requirement for direct entry admission to study nursing.

  3. Please can a 2.2 graduate of biochemistry apply for nursing via direct entry in uniben or any other university thanks

  4. Pls sir can I get a direct entry into Lasu with lower credit with my ND to study ML or microbiology

  5. What of if you have Upper Credit And Complete O’Level and Also Collecting The DE Form from Jamb And the School Of your Choice, won’t This Process Lead You To Gaining Admission without JUPEB

    1. Yes, you don’t really need JUPEB to gain direct entry admission. As long as you have ND Upper Credit, you already qualify for direct entry admission also into any Nigerian university.

  6. Please sir I had Upper Credit in Business Administration and Mgt and can I do Direct Entry into Lasu to study History and international Relations?

  7. Good evening sir. Do UNICAL conducts post utme for direct entry candidates. And what is their requirements—accept lower credit?

    1. UNICAL hasn’t conducted entrance exam for direct entry candidates before. A minimum of upper credit is required if you are using bachelor’s degree. But the requirement is different if you’re applying with a diploma or other certificate.

  8. A graduate of Biochemistry from Unical with a second class upper wants to go back for a second degree in Radiography in Unical via Direct Entry.
    Please, what are his chances?

  9. Pls sir I just finish my diploma in unilorin can I apply for direct entry at the same sch if yes pls wat are the requirements needed for it

    1. No, that diploma don’t meet the requirements for admission into Nursing through direct entry. Perhaps you can consider other programs for direct entry admission such as microbiology, genetics and biotechnology, public health technology and others.

  10. I did diploma in uyo, diploma in Mass communication can I get a direct entry form into unilag history and strategic studies

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