NOUN Admission Requirements For Fresh & Direct Entry Students 2022/2023 Session

NOUN is an (ODL) Open Distance Learning University. Admission into this unique institution is becoming more difficult every academic session and this is due to the fact that many candidates do not adhere to the laid down admission requirements of NOUN purchase the admission form even before confirming their eligibility status.

In this post we shall be revealing the following:

  • NOUN admission requirements for fresh applicants or candidates
  • NOUN admission requirement for Direct Entry (DE) candidates
  • Designated Banks for paying NOUN admission form
  • How to apply for admission into NOUN (National Open University of Nigeria).
  • Step by step guide on how to fill NOUN admission form online
  • 3 top reasons you should choose NOUN as your preferred choice of university.

The National Open University of Nigeria was set up by the Federal government of Nigeria in 1983 precisely, basically to bridge the lapses of other non ODLs and provided the following:

  • Provision of Education for all and promotion of lifelong learning
  • Filling the gap created by the closure of outreaches/satellite campuses nationwide
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Improve economies of scale
  • Maximum utilization of academic personnel
  • On the job training for Teachers
  • Poverty eradication, vocational and lifelong education
  • Provision of non-formal education and so on.

The admission requirements into NOU is quite easy to provide. This post is most beneficial for the following categories:
1. Candidates who have selected lost out on the UTME admission exercise due to their inability of score up to the school’s general cut off mark or the departmental cut off mark.

  1. Direct Entry candidates from other institutions be it Polytechnics or Universities.

3) IJMB or JUPEB candidates because NOUN recognizes their certificates as viable means of means of applying for admission.

  1. Transfer students from other universities.

The post will give you an in-depth knowledge of NOUN admission requirements as a fresh entry student especially in the following areas:

a) WAEC and NECO (O’Level) requirements for fresh applicants and Direct Entry candidates.

b) Other requirements not listed on the school’s website.

Firstly we will be taking you through on NOUN general entry admission requirements for fresh students and DE (Direct Entry) candidates seeking admission into this open university as this would further clarify candidates on whether or not they are eligible for admission.

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NOUN Admission Requirements For Fresh & Direct Entry Students 2022/2023 Session 1

NOUN Admission Requirements For Fresh Students (100 Level)

Seeking for admission into NOUN as an Under graduates? Here are the NOUN official requirements:

a) You are required to score up to five (5) credits in the SSCE/GCE O’Level/NECO/NABTEB or equivalents at not more than two (2) sittings, which you must have obtained in subjects which are relevant to the proposed field(s) of study.

b) Applicants should take note, that the “Teachers’ Grade II Certificate with a minimum of five merits or its combination with any of the certificates listed under (1) to obtain equivalent of five credits at ‘O’ levels.

c) We would also love to inform all candidates, who are currently seeking for admission into the NOUN School of Law, that they must have up to five (5) credits, which must include the following subjects:

  • English Language,
  • Literature in English,
  • At least a credit Pass in Mathematics at not more than two (2) sittings in.

NOUN Admission Requirements For 200 Level (Direct Entry)

Every tertiary institution have their various admission requirements for Direct Entry students, though similar they might be, there definitely will be some slight differences based on the school’s preferences.

The admission requirements into NOUN for Direct Entry candidates are as follows:

  1. Candidate must have have obtained National Diploma (ND) certificate, which must be from a recognized institutions in Nigeria as approved by the management of NOU.
  2. For candidates applying for any education related course, he or she must have obtained before applying, a Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) in subject(s) which are very relevant to YOUR proposed programme of study with a minimum of one merit and two (2) passes.
  3. For Likewise, International Baccalaureates, Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) with at least two ‘A’ level papers in relevant subjects and prerequisites number of ‘O’ level credit passes.


Kindly note that candidates seeking for admission into School of Law, that the management of NOUN require that they obtain at least a 2’2 (Second class (lower) degree from a recognized university with at least five credits  passes in their WAEC or NECO results which must include:

  • English language,
  • Literature in English,
  • A credit pass in Mathematics at not more than two sittings in WAECor NECO or GCE.
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3 Reasons You Should Choose The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

Firstly, it is in terms of flexibility as admission into NOUN is meant for both students and Working-class professionals.

Secondly, you do not need JAMB as an admission requirement into NOUN. That is to say you do not need to participate in the yearly UTME and going through the rigorous process of scoring above school and departmental cut off marks.

Thirdly, there is no difference in certificates. That is, on your degree certificate, it does not state whether it is an open university or otherwise plus no discrimination.


NOUN admission requirements are as follows:

  • Get your complete O’Level result up to date with at least 5 credits which must include English Language and Mathematics then any 3 relevant subjects as it relates to your course of study.
  • For DE Candidates, make available, your National Diploma (ND) certificate, which must be from a recognized institutions in Nigeria
  • Candidates with IJMB or JUPEB certificates are eligible for direct entry also
  • Lastly, after meeting the above admission require,ent as fresh 100 candidate or DE, you can then go ahead to purchase the NOUN admission form, fill it and submit it before the due date.

See below on how to purchase the NOUN admission form for Fresh students seeking admission into 100 Level and DE candidates.

How To Apply For Admission Into NOUN (National Open University of Nigeria) Online

  • Firstly, visit NOUN official website on
  • On the Home Page, go to the Menu Bar, Click on Apply for Admission
  • Select either Undergraduate Programme or Postgraduate Programme (for PG applicants)
  • Click on “Choose Faculty” (note it can be found at the left hand side of the screen)
  • Select Faculty
  • Fill the form that will be displayed on your screen and click below to view admission criteria
  • Click “Apply” to proceed.
  • Take note of the UNIQUE ID displayed as it is very important for other registrations
  • Click ‘Continue‘ button
  • Select Bank Branch as payment type
  • Click “Pay
  • Copy and take your RRR number to any bank branch for payment.
  • You will be required to pay the sum of N5,000 into any of the under-listed bank accounts using your RRR number generated.
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Approved Designated Banks For Paying NOUN Admission Form


Bank Name: FCMB
Account Details: Politely confirm from the customer service desk

Bank Name: Ecobank Plc
Account Details: Politely confirm from the customer service desk

Bank Name: Zenith Bank Plc
Account Details: Politely confirm from the customer service desk

Bank Name: Polaris Bank plc.
Account Details: Politely confirm from the customer service desk

After payment at any of the above banks

  • Visit NOUN official website again on
  • On the Home Page, go to the Menu Bar, Click on Apply for Admission
  • Select either Undergraduate Programme
  • Goto “Continue After Payment
  • Input Unique ID, RRR number and Programme
  • Click “Proceed
  • Fill Form.

Please that when filling the forms online, all fields marked with red star must not be omitted.

After filling form

  • Click the “Submit” button
  • Then print out your Admission Letter
  • Visit the nearest study NOUN centre for screening

Best of luck to all candidates.

For now, this is all we can provide on NOUN admission requirements for all fresh candidates Whether 100 level or Direct Entry applicants.

As usual, if you have any questions as regards NOUN admission requirements and how to apply online, you can always reach out to us via the comment section below and we shall respond swiftly.

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