12 Ways to Gain Admission Without JAMB in 2020 in Nigeria

How to Get Admission in Nigeria without JAMB.

Did you know? JAMB is not the only route to gaining admission in Nigeria. You can still be admitted to study that your choice course without passing through the hurdles of writing JAMB and POST UTME.

Have you written JAMB UTME once or more without gaining admission? You are not alone. Some even go as far as trying to upgrade their JAMB score all to no avail. You can read our article on how to upgrade JAMB score to find out more.

Do you want to know how to get admission in Nigeria without JAMB? Relax as I am going to dissect this topic and show you 12 ways of gaining admission without having to write JAMB.

The dream of every student is to be academically successful. One of the parameters for measuring this success is the ability to gain admission as at when due.

However, after leaving the secondary school, it becomes almost impossible for so many students to keep furthering their education.

Not that they are dullards nor that they have not tried to, but because JAMB keeps jamming them. Some have wasted two, three, four or more years at home writing and rewriting JAMB. This has led a lot of students into frustration and depression.

But I have good news for you. You can actually gain admission in Nigeria without JAMB.

So if you have been asking: How can I get admission without JAMB? Which university gives admission without JAMB? List of Federal Universities without JAMB etc., you are in the right place.

In this article, you are going to know the List of Nigerian Universities without JAMB, Federal universities without JAMB, State universities without JAMB etc.

Without wasting much of your time, let us look at how you can gain admission without JAMB:

How to Get Admission in Nigeria without JAMB


  1. National open university of Nigeria (NOUN)
  2. IJMB
  3. Private Universities
  4. Part time/weekend programmes
  5. Evening programmes
  6. Diploma Programmes
  7. Pre-degree programmes
  8. Foreign universities
  9. Cambridge A-level
  10. JUPEB
  11. Certificate programmes
  12. Direct form purchase

I am going to take them one by one so that you can understand what each of them means and the processes involved.

National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

National Open University Of Nigeria

The National Open University of Nigeria is an accredited Federal University in Nigeria. It is one of the Federal universities in Nigeria where you can gain admission without JAMB.

NOUN is modeled after the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programme. The university was initially established on 22nd July, 1983 and later suspended by the same government on April 25 1984.

On April 12, 2001, the then president of Nigeria, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo began the resuscitation of the University which finally took off in 2002.

The good thing about NOUN is that once you meet up with their admission requirements, your admission is 100% sure and you don’t need sit for JAMB. You can also be studying and working at the same time and their students now go for NYSC.

NOTICE: Application for admission into NOUN is currently ongoing and will close on February 21, 2020. Visit NOUN Portal to Register. We compiled the List of courses offered in NOUN. You can check them out.

NOUN Admission Process

1.Visit the official NOUN portal.

2. On the Home Page, navigate to the Menu Bar and Click on Apply for Admission

3. Select either Undergraduate Programme or Postgraduate Programme.

4. Select Faculty

5. Fill the displayed form (you can scroll down to select your course of choice to see the admission requirements

6. Click “Apply” to proceed.

7. Note down the UNIQUE ID displayed (write it down)

8. Click on ‘Continue’ button

9. Select Bank Branch as payment type

10. Click on “Pay”

Write down your RRR number and take it to any recognized bank and make your payment.

After payment

1. Repeat steps 1 to 3

2. Go to “Continue After Payment”

3. Input your Unique ID, RRR number and choose Programme

4. Click on “Proceed”

5. Fill the displayed Form.  NB: all fields marked with red asterisk are compulsory.

6. Click “Submit”

7. Print the Admission Letter

8. Take the admission letter to the nearest study centre for screening.


What is IJMB? The Interim Joint Matriculation Board also known as IJMB is a nine month Advanced Level (A’Level) programme moderated by Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

It is a federal government programme and certified by the National Universities commission (NUC).

A successful completion of the programme qualifies one for 200 level admission into any Nigerian university that accepts IJMB through Direct Entry (D.E).

The programme runs for nine months after which one can apply for Direct Entry into 200 level.

That the IJMB programme is moderated by ABU does not mean that it qualifies one for admission into ABU only. Most Northern universities and a few Universities in the East and West including FUNAAB, UNIZIK, ABSU, UI, etc. accept IJMB.

Though for the University of Ibadan, you will still be required to write JAMB and will not be admitted into 200 level.

Private Universities

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Though relatively expensive, one of the easiest ways to gain admission in Nigeria without JAMB is through the privately owned institutions.

These institutions are not very strict on making JAMB the only route to admission. It is true that you can apply through JAMB but whereby you have the financial muscle to afford the private institutions, and you really want to study in one, you don’t need to write UTME in that regard.

The private universities and their polytechnics counterparts are usually more equipped and more staffed than the public institutions. Little wonder it’s usually more expensive.

To be admitted in one, you can always visit their official website and read their admission requirements and also look up their admission process.

You can then go ahead with the necessary steps to apply and get screened by the private university or polytechnic of choice.

Part-time/weekend programmes

Another way of gaining admission without JAMB is through part-time and/or weekend programmes.

Most universities and polytechnics offer part-time and/or weekend programmes. The part-time programmes are just the same with the full time programmes in terms of certificate.

However, the major difference is that lectures are usually attended during the weekends, including Sundays for some schools.

Another difference is that it takes longer time (one additional year in most cases) to complete than it takes for regular programmes. Furthermore, graduates of this programme doesn’t go for National Youth service corps (NYSC) exercise.

It is also worthy to note that it is not all courses offered in the regular programmes that are available in the part-time programmes.

However, the certificate obtainable is the same with the one for regular programmes. There is no place in the certificate that it will be indicated that your certificate is a part-time certificate.

Evening Programmes

Another easy way of securing admission into the higher institutions is through the evening programmes. This programme is majorly run by Polytechnics in Nigeria. Virtually all the polytechnics that I know of run the evening programmes.

The evening programmes certificate is the same with the regular programmes certificate. The only difference is that evening programme lectures usually take place in the afternoon/evening but not in the night.

Unlike the part-time programmes, the evening programme students go to school on daily basis and in some schools like Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, graduates of the programme can still enroll for the NYSC if they so wish.

One good thing about the evening programme is that after your National Diploma (ND), you can switch to the Regular programme for your HND.

Better still, you can use the same certificate to apply for Direct Entry (DE) into the University or still continue with HND evening programme – the choice is yours.

Unlike the Part-time programmes, it usually doesn’t take longer duration to complete and virtually all the courses in the morning programme is available in the evening programmes.

NOTE: The evening programme has many aliases in different polytechnics: Auchi Polytechnic calls it SPAT programme; Federal Polytechnic Nekede calls it Evening programme; at Oko Polytechnic, it is called Regular Two (RII) programme, etc. but they all follow the same model.

Diploma Programmes

You can try the Diploma programme if JAMB has not been favourable to you. It is usually offered by universities and modelled after the National Diploma programmes.

It is obvious that it is the mandate of the Polytechnics and Monotechnics to offer Diplomas, some universities, however, has keyed into the programme to boost admission.

The Diploma certificate when gotten qualifies one for Direct Entry (DE) into the 200 Level into the same university. In rare cases, it can also be used for admission into a different university.

The diploma programme on its own is a complete programme and so can be used to work in some firms that accept such.

The Programme is a two year programme.

Pre-Degree Programme

As the name implies, the Pre-degree programme is a programme one can run before the Degree programme itself. This programme is run by most universities and a successful completion of the programme qualifies you to go for admission into the same university through direct entry (DE).

The programme usually runs for one academic session and successful candidates are admitted into relevant degree programmes of the school they did the programme.

It is also referred to as foundation programme, Preliminary programme or remedial programme in some schools. It can also be further subdivided into Pre-science (for science students) and Pre-Arts (for Arts students).

Foreign Universities

If all other options have failed you, try the foreign universities. They do not require JAMB for admission. All you need do is to apply if you meet their requirements. They would have you screened, which is not usually rigorous and then you are good to go.

This option, however, is exclusively for the ones who can afford it because it is mostly expensive. It doesn’t end there, you also need to have an international passport (which involves money) if you don’t have one already, keep money for your air ticket and other miscellaneous expenses.

The University of Ghana is one of the cheapest Foreign Universities you can give a try for now.

Cambridge A’Level Programme

This is another way of securing admission into the university without involving JAMB. The Cambridge programme is an advance level programme which usually lasts for a period of 12-18 months.

In the course of this programme you would be required to take lectures in participating schools, after which you would write some examinations.

If successful in those examinations, you can then apply into any Nigerian university’s direct entry (DE) programme.


JUPEB is an acronym for Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board. It is a National examinations body approved by the Federal government of Nigeria. It was officially established on April 2014 by a consortium of 10 partnering universities led by the University of Lagos.

“The board has the responsibility of conducting common and standard examinations for the candidates, who have been exposed to a minimum of one-year approved courses in the different Universities’ Foundation and/or Diploma Programmes and are seeking Direct Entry admissions into University courses at the 200 Level in Nigerian and partnering foreign universities.

The first of such examinations was conducted in August 2014 and successful candidates were admitted into 200 Level by JAMB based on recommendations from the universities. With effect from 2015, JUPEB Examinations will hold in June annually”.

Some of the partnering foreign universities includes University of Bedfordshire, University of Central Lancashire, and University of the West of England, De Montfort University, Leicester, University of Birmingham, (UK) and Soochow University, China.

Certificate/Vocational Courses

YABATECH certificate courses advertisement

Some schools, especially universities of technology and most polytechnics offer certification courses. The aim of which is to produce skilled technical manpower to drive the economy. This certification courses does not require you to write JAMB nor POST UTME.

These courses are suitable for people who wish to acquire specific skills in some vocations either to become self-employed or otherwise.

The courses in most cases doesn’t last for more than two years. Some doesn’t even exceed 6 months.

Examples of such courses includes but not limited to

  • Printing technology
  • Fashion design and tailoring
  • IT/Web design
  • Welding and Fabrication etc.

YABATECH is a typical example of such schools that offer certificate courses.

Direct Form Purchase

Usually, to be eligible for admission in most higher institutions in Nigeria, one has to write JAMB. However, some institutions do not get enough applications from JAMB candidates and so in order to make up for the deficit, they resort to selling admission forms directly to candidate.

This usually happen in new universities which is not popular yet. You can always leverage this opportunity to secure admission. All you need do is keep your ears to the ground to know schools that are selling admission forms. How can you know? It’s simple – just subscribe to our blog and like our Facebook page to always get the latest news update.

What are the Requirements to Gain Admission without JAMB Through These Programmes?

All you need to apply for any of these programmes is your O’Level result (WAEC, NECO, GCE, etc.). You don’t need JAMB for any of the programmes so stop waiting for JAMB and take your destiny into your very own hands.

Time waits for no man, therefore, make hay while it shines.

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