How to Gain Admission into Nigerian University Without a JAMB

Are you aware it’s possible to gain admission into the Nigerian university even without a Jamb result? Well, I want you all to know that JAMB is not the only means prospective students in Nigeria gain admission into the Nigerian university. Yearly, many students who were not successful with their jamb usually give up their hope of securing admission for that particular academic year hoping to wait till next year to write another JAMB exam while some students that make it through this exam still have to internal screening exams by the university (POST-UTME).

There is a reassuring hope for any Nigerian who wants to gain admission into the Nigerian university without sitting for JAMB. In this article, we would be highlighting different ways you can become a university student without JAMB.

Best Ways To Gain Admission Into A Nigerian University Without JAMB

Here are the top ways you can enter some universities in Nigeria without writing JAMB

1. The National Open University Of Nigeria

This program was established in the regime of Olusegun Obasanjo to help Nigerians of advanced age to have a university education. To gain admission into the National Open University, you do not require JAMB.

The National Open University awards degrees is like every other University institution in Nigeria. If you are employed and want advanced studies, you can apply for the National Open University without JAMB.

Since its establishment, it has embraced over ten thousand Nigerian students. NOUN has campuses in almost all the major cities in Nigeria. In other to apply for the NOUN, you have to make an application via their online portal, and then pay the required fees. You would also be required to fill a form, where you would upload your O-level results.

One advantage of the National Open University is that there is nothing like a school going on strike. The major disadvantage is that their graduates are not allowed to participate in NYSC. Though the management of the university is working to resolve this issue with the government. So hopefully soon, they will be allowed to participate in NYSC. So if you will like to enroll in NOUN, visits their official website: to know the courses available and locate the closest study center nationwide.

The NOUN is a good way to pursue admission without getting to write JAMB at all.

2. IJMB- Interim Joint Admission Matriculation Board

Another way you can gain admission without the use of JAMB is by going through IJMB. You can gain admission into a Nigerian University without writing JAMB using the IJMB program. Though, the only university that can admit you are universities that are affiliated with the IJMB. In later paragraphs, we would give you a list of Nigerian universities that accept IJMB. For now, let us learn more about the IJMB.

What is the IJMB?

IJMB stands for Interim Joint Matriculation Board. IJMB is an Advanced-Level (A-Level) Course, which you take for 9 months, after which you take a final exam that gives you a certificate. This certificate can then be used to apply for Direct entry admission into the 200 Level in any university of your choice. JUPEB stands for Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB).

This program is majorly coordinated by Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. They run a curriculum that is approved by the Nigerian government. When a prospective University student completes this program, he/she can apply for 200 level in any IJMB approved university.

The IJMB has different study centers across Nigerian states. They have expanded since their establishment and have different coordinating bodies in various Nigerian Universities.

When IJMB came into existence, its primary aim was to help students in northern Nigeria to gain admission without JAMB. Today, the platform is available in universities across Nigeria. So, if you have lesser chances of getting admission into a Nigerian university via JAMB, then make IJMB a must-choose.

Successful candidates can use their certificates to apply for direct entry admission into the 200 level in any university of their choice.

List Of Nigerian Universities That Accept IJMB

Here are the Universities in Nigeria that admit students to the IJMB program.

  • Ekiti State University Ado-Ekiti
  • The University Of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun State
  • Abia State University Uturu
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University
  • University Of Ilorin
  • University Of Ibadan
  • Ahmadu Bello University Zaria
  • The University Of Agriculture Makurdi,
  • Benue State, Nigeria
  • Bayero University Kano State, Nigeria
  • Federal University Of Technology Minna
  • Delta State University
  • University Of Jos
  • University Of Benin
  • University Of Calabar
  • University Of Uyo
  • Ambrose Ali University
  • Igbinedion University
  • Osun State University

3. The Cambridge A” Level Program

Another way to gain admission without JAMB into a Nigerian University is through Cambridge A” Level program. In this program, you are required to attend lectures for a duration of 12-18 months. After this duration, you would be required to write your Cambridge examinations. When you now pass your Cambridge examinations, you can now apply to any Nigerian university as a direct entry student.

4. Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board

If you are tired of writing JAMB multiple times, then JUPEB is a sure way to gain admission without any huddles. This program is a proven, approved, and certified 9-month program that is moderated by the University of Lagos. They also have different coordinating bodies across Nigeria. The JUPEB program was originally designed for candidates that cannot secure admission into regular degree programs for one reason or the other. All that is required to register for the JUPEB program is your O-level Result.

After you complete the JUPEB program, you would be awarded a certificate. it is with this certificate that you can apply for direct entry in JUPEB affiliated universities for 200 level admission.

Universities That Accept/Run The JUPEB Programme

  • Abia state university
  • University of Maiduguri
  • University of Jos
  • University of Benin
  • University of Calabar
  • University of Ilorin
  • University of Abuja
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe university
  • Federal University, Gusau
  • Akwa Ibom state university
  • Anambara state university
  • Benue state university
  • Kaduna state university
  • Kano state university of Technology
  • Imo state university
  • Enugu state university
  • Ebonyi state university
  • Delta state university
  • Cross River state university
  • Bauchi state university
  • Gombe state university
  • Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
  • Nasarawa state university
  • Ondo state university
  • Plateau state university
  • Rivers state university of science and technology
  • Osun state university
  • Technical university Ibadan
  • Taraba state university

5. Pre-degree/Remedial Programmes

Pre-degree/Remedial/Foundation Programmes are offered by many universities and are designed to support candidates who do not meet certain requirements for admission.

There are two types of pre-degree programs, we have the remedial and the IJMB. In the course of subsequent paragraphs, we would be reviewing the Remedial pre-degree program. This is a program that is designed to aid candidates that are not successful in JAMB to gain admission.

Upon completion of the pre-degree program, you would be offered admission into 100 levels in your applying university. In the course of this, your O level results must be complete and you have to be aware that not all the courses are accepted. The result of your Remedial pre-degree program expires after one year.

Also what noting, is that the pre-degree program has a duration of 7-12 months and its certification is no substitute for a university degree. The program is only designed to help candidates bypass jamb and get admitted into relevant undergraduate degrees of their choice. Let us go further and envisage a complete list of Nigerian universities that accept pre-degree in Nigeria.

List Of Nigerian Universities That Accept Predegree In Nigeria

  • Ekiti state university
  • University of Calabar
  • University of Nigeria Nsukka
  • University of Jos
  • The Lagos state university
  • University of Ilorin
  • University of Uyo
  • Osun state university
  • Obafemi Awolowo university
  • Olabisi Onabanjo University
  • Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta
  • University of Lagos
  • Adekunle Ajasi university
  • Delta state university
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University
  • University of Port Harcourt
  • Delta State University
  • Ahmadu Bello University

6. Diploma programs

Some universities still offer Diploma programs. This program usually lasts for 2 years after which you will obtain a certificate which you can use to apply for admission into 200 level in that university or any other university.
Other acceptable A-level certificates like A-level GCE certificate can be used equally to secure direct entry admission into 200 level in any university. All these programs are offered by many universities as well as some educational agencies.

7. Part-time/Weekend/Evening Programmes:

Almost all universities offer part-time degree programs. The part-time degree programs are just the same as full-time degree programs (That is admission through JAMB) in terms of the certificate. The differences are that, not all courses are offered in a part-time program, part-time programs take an extra year, and finally, part-time graduates do not go for the National Youth Service Corps.

Similarly, almost all polytechnics run evening and weekend programs. There’s one they equally call the Daily Part-time program (DPT) in some polytechnics. If you enroll in any of these programs, you will obtain your National Diploma certificate after 2-3 years just like those that gained admission through JAMB. You can use the National Diploma certificate obtained to apply for direct entry admission into the 200 level in any university of your choice if you do not want to continue with your HND in the polytechnic.

This is really cool if you are working and schooling at the same time as it will give you time for both. We equally provide information on Part-time/evening and weekend programs as well. So you can always visit the Part-time Admission Updates for such information or updates.

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