How to gain admission without Jamb: JAMB has really frustrated millions of students in Nigeria. There are students that have written the examination for more than 5 years; and were even forced to leave school because they couldn’t make good JAMB score. In the just concluded JAMB 2023 examination, I heard the story of a girl that killed herself because she had less than 100 after checking her jamb result.
The truth is that; if someone could commit suicide just because of JAMB, it means that the person did not play with the examination at all. I mean, that person must have prepared very well for the examination and still failed. I can’t actually say why, but I know that JAMB examination is giving a lot of persons headache in Nigeria.
Even after writing my ultimate guide on how to write JAMB examination in Nigeria, some people could not still make good grades in the examination. It seems like the examination is not based on how you prepare sometimes. Trust me; even serious students fail JAMB these days.
Consequently, I have decided to write this article to disclose some of the ways to gain admission into any institution in Nigeria without JAMB. If you have been struggling to pass JAMB but it seems things are not working fine, this article will show you how you can gain admission without Jamb examination. Here we go!
Can i gain admission without JAMB?
Yes! You can gain admission in Nigeria without JAMB. I mean, it is possible to gain admission into any university, polytechnic or even college of education in Nigeria without writing JAMB examination. Basically, there are five different ways one can gain admission without Jamb. They include; admission into NOUN, applying for IJMB, through JUPEB and admission into some private university that offers admission without JAMB.
Don’t worry if you don’t know or understand the programs I just mentioned above. As we continue I will clearly explain all the 5 tentative ways of gaining admission without writing Jamb.
How to gain admission in without JAMB in Nigeria
Below are the ways you can gain admission without writing JAMB:
- Take an Interim Joint Admission Matriculation Board (IJMB) examination
- Apply for JUPEB admission
- Apply for Diploma/Pre-degree Programmes
- Apply for NOUN admission
- Apply for admission in a private university
Okay! Above is a list of the different ways one can gain admission in Nigeria without JAMB. Each of the point above will be explained better as we continue. I enjoin you to keep reading and make sure you share this information with others because there are thousands of students also looking for how they can gain admission without JAMB.
1. Take an Interim Joint Admission Matriculation Board (IJMB) examination: Applying for the Interim Joint Admission Matriculation Board (IJMB) examination is probably the most tentative way of gaining admission into any institution in Nigeria with JAMB examination.
It is actually similar to JUPEB program, but there are some differences between the two. In summary, I will explain what Interim Joint Admission Matriculation Board (IJMB) examination is about and how it works below.
The interim Joint Admission Matriculation Board (IJMB) is apparently not a new examination body in Nigeria. It has been in existence sine 1970 when it was established. It will surprise you to know that IJMB is actually a national examination body that has been approved by NUC and recognized by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
It is fully certified by the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) as an alternative to ‘A’ level Examination for candidates who may wish to seek for undergraduate admission into universities both in Nigeria and abroad. Surprisingly, students will not have to take JAMB examination again after this process.
How Interim Joint Admission Matriculation Board (IJMB) works
Below, i will explain how you can gain admission with IJMB:
The interim Joint Admission Matriculation Board (IJMB) programme runs for a period of twelve (12) calendar months, which is divided into two (2) semesters. Within this time, candidates would be lectured at their respective study centers and thereafter sit for the final examination.
When the program is eventually over, successful candidates (that is, candidates that performed very well) will secure admission into 200level in any Nigeria tertiary institution via Direct Entry.
So, instead of wasting one whole year waiting for JAMB to give you the score that you need to gain admission into your dream school, you can quickly apply for this program and be sure of gaining admission into your dream school the next year.
2. Apply for JUPEB admission: Applying for JUPEB admission is another super easy way to gaining admission into some institutions in Nigeria without JAMB. Quickly, I will explain to you what JUPEB is and how the program works.
First, i am sure that you have heard of JUPEB before. Well, if you haven’t, JUPEB is the acronym for Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board. Frankly speaking, JUPEB is a new program in Nigeria because it started in 2013. That notwithstanding, the number of students applying for the program keeps increasing every year.
JUPEB is actually an advanced level program that allows you to gain admission into any JUPEB approved institution without writing JAMB UTME. What I mean is that, after the JUPEB program, you will be offered admission, directly to 200level, in any institution of your choice without writing JAMB. This is actually the most striking thing about the program. You don’t need to submit your JAMB registration number or result just to gain admission through JUPEB.
Admission requirements for JUPEB
Below are the admission requirements for JUPEB program in Nigeria:
- Candidates are expected to have a minimum of five (5) credit passes in at least 5 subjects (English language and Mathematics inclusive) in WAEC, NECO, GCE or NABTEC at not more than 2 sittings.
- Candidate must also register, sit for JUPEB Examinations and pass excellently well in in four subjects. One of the subjects must be relevant to the proposed course which the candidate wants to study in the university.
- Each subject is to be broken into four courses to be taken, two per semester, by the candidate. The results in all the courses are to be merged at the end of the second semester to obtain the candidate’s grade in that particular subject.
You see, students are no longer running after JAMB Form these days. With JUPEB you can gain admission without JAMB. Nonetheless, before apply for this form, make sure you do a little more research about it. Also, be sure that the your dream school actually accepts JUPEB direct entry before to proceed to apply for it.
Below are some of the universities that accept JUPEB admission in Nigeria:
- Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State
- University of Nigeria, Nsukka
- Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti
- Bowen University, Iwo
- University of Lagos, Akoka – Lagos
- Lagos State University
- University of Benin
- Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife
- Babcock University, Ogun State
- Edwin Clark University
- Caleb University, Imota
- Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State
- Caleb University, Imota
- Crawford University, Igbesa
- Crescent University
Like I said, these are some of the universities that accept JUPEB in Nigeria currently. There are actually other universities in Nigeria that accept JUPEB so you can check that online.
3. Apply for Diploma/Pre-degree Programmes
Another way to gain admission in Nigeria into any institution without JAMB is to apply for Diploma/Pre-degree programmes. Trust me; this is another tentative way to gain admission without JAMB. However, it should be noted that not every school have something like this. Applying for Diploma/Pre-degree programmes can secure you direct entry admission into 200 level in your dream school.
Usually, Diploma runs within 1 – 3 years depending on the institution and course you applied. After the program, candidates will secure admission into 200level via Direct Entry into same university.
Accordingly, a pre-degree runs for a period of 7-12 month depending on the Institution and the program too. in which upon successful completion allows candidates to secure admission into 100level in same university.
Importance notice: While some universities will require that candidates must take JAMB examination before they run this program, some usually fix a particular score for candidates that wishes to apply for it. Thus, i enjoin you to do more research, particularly about the school you intend to attend before you apply for the program.
4. Apply for NOUN admission: One of the surest ways of gaining admission in Nigeria without JAMB is to apply for NOUN admission. NOUN is the acronym for the National Open University of Nigeria. It is a Federal Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution in Nigeria. This particular university is the first of its kind in the whole of West Africa.
It will surprise you to know that NOUN is actually one of the best 20 universities in Nigeria currently. As at 2018, the university was ranked my many search engines as the 23rd best university. Recently, it became one of the best 20 in Nigeria with about 20,000 students school there.
To gain admission into NOUN, you do not necessarily have to go through the stress of preparing for JAMB and passing with excellent scores in all your subjects. No! The process of gaining admission into the National Open University of Nigeria is totally different. More importantly, NOUN will never ask you for your JAMB result or JAMB certificate. Below are the requirements to gain admission into NOUN for undergraduates.
NOUN admission requirements for undergraduates
Below are the requirements for undergraduate students wishing studying in the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN):
- Candidates are expected to have, at least, five (5) credits in the SSCE/GCE O’Level/NECO/NABTEB in not more than two sittings. In other words, the university does not accept two sitting result.
- Candidates should note that the “Teachers’ Grade II Certificate with a minimum of five merits or its combination with any of the certificates listed above to obtain equivalent of five credits at ‘O’ levels.
- Candidates that wishes to gain admission into NOUN School of Law, must have up to five (5) credits, which must include the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Literature in English at not more than two (2) sittings.
You see, gaining admission into National Open University of Nigeria does not require JAMB as an undergraduate student. I enjoin you to do more research about NOUN before applying. If possible check whether your dream course if offered in the university.
5. Apply for admission in a private university: Do you know there are private universities in Nigeria that don’t require JAMB to gain admission into? Yes! My dear, you can gain admission into some private universities in Nigeria without JAMB.
Last year (2019), a friend of mine who wrote JAMB for about 4 times eventually got admitted without JAMB into a private university in Nigeria. It was like a miracle for the both of us. In fact, he cried and told me that if he had known, he would have gone for a private university immediately he finished secondary school.
The truth is that many students don’t know that it is actually possible to gain admission into Nigeria without JAMB. Some say that private universities are too expensive. Well, i partially agree with that because, some private universities in Nigeria are not really as expensive as people say they are.
If you really want to gain admission into any institution in Nigeria, consider applying for admission in a private university. Trust me; it has worked for many students I know.
Below are some of the private universities you should consider applying for admission:
- Babcook university
- Madonna University
- Crawford University
- Bingham University
- Carital University
- Bowen University
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6. JAMB DIRECT ENTRY: This method of admission is only available to students who have earned their Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or who have graduated from a polytechnic with an HND or ND (National Diploma). Students who possess any of these certificates are eligible to apply through JAMB Direct Entry and, if they perform exceptionally well, get admitted to any institution of their choice to study any course.
a. Students admitted through JAMB Direct Entry would be admitted immediately to the 200 level, rather than starting from scratch as a fresher.
b. Only registration is necessary for Direct Entry; the JAMB Exam is not.
c. You already have a degree, so you can fall back on it if things don’t go as planned. Additionally, having a bird in the hand is better than having a million in the bush.
a. While you won’t be sitting for the JAMB exam, some universities conduct Post UTME for DE students.
b. You must have earned your BSc or ND from an accredited institution of higher learning.
c. Some courses require you to graduate with a specific CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) before you can be considered for admission.
7. NABTEB A Level: Another alternative to get into a Nigerian university without using JAMB is through the National Business and Technical Examinations Board’s (NABTEB) A” Level programme. IJMB and JUPEB are pretty comparable to this programme. The Nabteb A’level certificate and results are very different from the Nabteb O’level certificate. A’ Level Nabteb is an abbreviation for Advanced Level Nabteb. The main objective of this program is to accommodate students who seek to gain admission into their preferred university but are unable to do so through JAMB.
Most students are unaware of this programme, thus the few that are aware of it usually gain admission through this route. Like any other A’ Level examination, it allows students to secure admission to the University’s 200 Level via Direct Entry. After completing the NABTEB Advanced Level programme, which lasts for two semesters, successful students are directly admitted into the 200 level of the tertiary institution.
Candidates seeking admission to the NABTEB A’LEVEL programme must have a minimum of 5 credits in appropriate O’level subjects from WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB in no more than two sittings. For the NABTEB A’LEVEL programme, applicants who are awaiting results are also eligible for application. The approved NABTEB A’LEVEL syllabus guides lectures on the NABTEB A’LEVEL programme, and the contents of the NABTEB A’LEVEL syllabus cover University 100 level syllabus and above, which must be taught over the course of two semesters. The entire NABTEB A’LEVEL examination process is moderated by the NABTEB A’LEVEL headquarters, Benin, in collaboration with JAMB-approved moderators at accredited NABTEB A’LEVEL institutions.
a. Through this route, students would be directly admitted straight to the 200 level of their preferred University
b. For students who sign up for this programme, JAMB is not a requirement to gain admission.
a. This route of admission is quite pricey, and unless you perform exceptionally well throughout your semester, admittance is not guaranteed.
b. Whilst you might not be taking the JAMB exam, the governing body of the program will arrange an exam for its students at the end of the day.
This is where I am going to stop on this topic. I strongly believe that after reading this article, students will no longer cry about failing JAMB examination any more. Apparently, this article has discussed the five tentative ways of gaining admission into any institution in Nigeria without writing JAMB examination.
I am actually excited that I have opened the eyes of many students through this article. I would love to hear from you too. If you have tried any do the ways of gaining admission without JAMB I discussed above, please make sure you make your comment so that other aspirants will believe that is actually possible to gain admission in Nigeria without JAMB.
By way of conclusion, i will entertain as many question as I can on this topic. So, if you have any cogent question to ask about any of the programs listed above, kindly send your comment using the comment box below this post. I will be glad to hear from you!
Edeh Samuel Chukwuemeka, ACMC, is a lawyer and a certified mediator/conciliator in Nigeria. He is also a developer with knowledge in various programming languages. Samuel is determined to leverage his skills in technology, SEO, and legal practice to revolutionize the legal profession worldwide by creating web and mobile applications that simplify legal research. Sam is also passionate about educating and providing valuable information to people.