Admission into universities in Nigeria typically necessitates meeting specific essential criteria.

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    Nearly all higher education institutions in the country share six fundamental prerequisites for prospective students who have completed their secondary education and are seeking admission.

    Admission aspirants must, however, meet all of these prerequisites before a Nigerian university or polytechnic will consider them for any program.

    Meanwhile, the same rules apply to both highly competitive colleges and second-choice universities.

    Interestingly, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is one of these highly competitive universities, and, like other institutions, there are basic requirements for admission.

    Brief information about Nigeria’s National Open University (NOUN)

    The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) as it is known now has developed into a top ODL institution in Africa, offering practical, adaptable, affordable education to everyone who seeks knowledge.

    There are currently 78 Study Centers scattered across the six geopolitical regions of the nation. There are currently more than 500,000 students enrolled.

    NOUN uses information and communication technology (ICT) to provide education geared toward the worldwide economy as a devoted trustee of the Nigerian people. The university provides outstanding academic programs in the arts, health, law, physical, social, agricultural, and management sciences that are tailored to the demands of every sector of the global economy.

    This article provides a comprehensive guide on applying for admission to NOUN (National Open University of Nigeria) and outlines the essential prerequisites for a successful enrollment into the institution.

    Basic requirements for undergraduate programmes at NOUN

    Here are the requirements for admission into NOUN :

    • Typically, a candidate for undergraduate admission to NOUN must possess at least 5 O-level credits, including English Language and Mathematics.
    • For some programs, there may be additional prerequisites, which can be seen after choosing the program and level of entrance on the faculty’s admission website.
    • Select the Faculty, the program, and the entry-level so that the View Requirement button is enabled before applying for a program. The Apply button on the pre-payment application page becomes active when you click this button, revealing the appropriate entry requirement.
    • Before submitting, complete all the remaining fields on the page.
    • When you successfully submit the pre-payment form, you are directed to Remita where you can get an RRR invoice to use as payment for the application form.
    • A candidate who makes a payment online with a credit card will automatically be given access to the online form, which must be completed before submission.
    • For applicants who pay at a bank branch, the next step is to click “Continue After Payment” and enter their RRR and Unique ID. They have the option to alter the program they originally applied for.
    • Applicants who made their payment using an RRR created during the previous semester or earlier must start the application procedure over up until the point at which they are forwarded to remita. When users click Proceed after making a payment, they should now enter the freshly generated UniqueID and the previous RRR used for payment.
    • Whenever a payment is successful, an online application form is generated and must be filled out before being submitted online. The admissions procedure is computerized, and the result happens almost immediately!

    Guidelines for applying to NOUN’s postgraduate programs (essential requirements)

    • An applicant must fulfill all matriculation criteria of at least five (5) credit passes, including English Language and Mathematics, in order to be eligible for admission into any of the University’s postgraduate programs. A passing grade in mathematics is required for some programs.

    To be eligible for admission into Postgraduate Diploma Programs, applicants should meet the following criteria:

    1. Hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree from a university recognized by NOUN Senate, with a minimum of a pass grade in any discipline.
    2. Alternatively, possess a Higher National Diploma (HND) with a minimum of a Lower Credit grade.
    3. For the Postgraduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting, candidates must have been called to the Bar.
    4. Additionally, candidates interested in the School of Business and Human Resource Management Postgraduate Diploma programs may be considered based on individual merit if they hold professional qualifications such as ACA, ACIS, ACIB, ACII, ACIA, and others.

    To be eligible for Master’s degree programs, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    1. Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant field of study from a university recognized by the NOUN Senate, with a minimum of a second-class lower classification. However, candidates with lower classifications and a minimum of 2 years of relevant post-qualification experience may be considered on an individual merit basis.
    2. Alternatively, possess a Postgraduate Diploma in a related field of study from a recognized university.
    3. Alternatively, hold a Higher National Diploma (HND) with a minimum of an Upper Credit grade in the relevant field of study.
    4. Candidates who possess membership certificates from relevant professional bodies are eligible to apply for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

    To be eligible for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs, candidates are required to hold a master’s degree in the relevant field of study from a university recognized by the NOUN Senate. Additionally, they should have achieved a minimum average score of 60% or a cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 on a 5-point scale in their master’s degree program.

    A step-by-step guide for applying for admission to NOUN

    1. Visit the site
    2. On the Home Page, go to the Menu Bar, Click on Apply for Admission
    3. Select either Undergraduate Programme or Postgraduate Programme. Other programme is not available at the moment
    4. Goto “Choose Faculty” (note it can be found at the left hand side of the screen)
    5. Select Faculty
    6. Fill displayed form
    7. Click below to view admission criteria
    8. Click “Apply” to proceed
    9. Take note of the UNIQUE ID displayed
    10. Click ‘Continue’ button
    11. Select Bank Branch as payment type
    12. Click “Pay”
    13. Copy and take your RRR number to any bank branch for payment.

    After payment:

    1. Perform step 1 to 3
    2. Goto “Continue After Payment”
    3. Input Unique ID, RRR number and Programme
    4. Click “Proceed”
    5. Fill Form. Note: all fields marked with red star are compulsory.

    After filling form:

    1. Click “Submit”
    2. Print Admission Letter
    3. proceed to print or visit the nearest study center for screening

    Nigeria’s list of approved open universities is published by NUC.

    According to our source, Chris J. Maiyaki, the National institutions Commission’s (NUC) acting executive secretary, has revealed the number of open institutions that have been given the go-ahead to function in Nigeria.

    Five of Nigeria’s 260 approved institutions, according to Maiyaki, are open universities.

    During the visit of Proffer Shitij Kapur, President and Principal of King’s College London, he made this statement.

    List of newly recognized courses for Nigerian institutions by the NUC

    In order to establish a new core curriculum and basic academic criteria for institutions, NOUN established a committee in 2021.

    The group was made up of academics from different faculties at Nigerian institutions. The NUC’s executive secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, said that a thorough evaluation of the benchmark minimum academic standards being used by Nigerian institutions led to the creation of the new core curriculum and minimum academic standards.

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