Are you interested in seeking admission at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)?
NOUN, founded in 2001, is a Distance Learning Institute (DLI) with over 500,000 students nationwide, the largest of any tertiary institution in Nigeria.
In this post, I’m going to walk you through the undergraduate admission procedure, as well as the requirements.
Before we proceed, please note that the National Open University of Nigeria is different from a traditional University. Here, there are no classes, no lecturers, no class reps, etc. That is the whole point of DLI. You study from distance.
Hence, if you are looking for a school with classrooms and all the nice stuff, you should look elsewhere. NOUN isn’t for you.
With that said, let’s proceed.
NOUN Admission Requirements
- A minimum of 5 O’level (WAEC/NECO/NABTEB) credits in relevant subjects, including Mathematics and English Language. NOUN accepts, at most, two O’level sittings containing credits in relevants subjects.
- A minimum of Upper Credits in National Diploma (ND) from recognised institutions for candidates seeking admission into 200 level.
- additional criteria will depend on your course of study
Note that NOUN does not require its applicants to take part in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). In other words, you don’t need to write JAMB before securing admission.
How to apply for admission at NOUN
- Visit the admission portal https://www.admissions.nouonline.net/zzappl_ugrad.php and click choose your faculty. E.g Faculty of Social Sciences
- on the next page, choose your desired programme. E.g Economics.
- next, select your entrance level. If you are a Direct Entry student, select 200 level. Otherwise, choose 100 level. click on submit.
- a form field will be presented to you on the next page. Ensure you fill it with the correct information, including your name, phone number, NIN and so on. Submit the form
- you will be presented a 15-digit unique ID. Save it for reference. Next, click on apply.
- this will redirect you to the payment page where you will pay an application fee of Five Thousand Naira Only (N5,000.00) through the Remita. To do this, generate your RRR code and proceed to the bank to pay. Don’t forget to ask for payment reciept at the bank. You will be needing it for your screening.
- after payment, visit the undergraduate page via https://www.admissions.nouonline.net/zzadmform_ug.php and confirm your payment. To achieve this, enter your RRR code and select your programme. Click on “proceed” afterwards.
- Once your payment is confirmed, you will be redirected to another form page.
- After filling form, click “submit”.
- Print your admission letter. You will be presenting it at your study centre.
- Finally, visit a study center in your state for screening.
NOUN required documents for new applicants?
After completing your online registration, be sure to take the following documents with you to your study center for screening:
- your birth certificate
- WAEC/NECO/NABTEB result(s). Remember you can combine two results.
- National Diploma/NCE/HND Certificates (for those applying for direct entry)
- a recent and clear passport photograph
- evidence of Payment (via Remita).
- NOUN admission letter. Do you rememeber you printed one during your online registration. Yes, that’s the one I’m talking about.
- your NYSC certificate (incase you have any).
What are the recommended NOUN banks?
You can make Remita payment into NOUN using any of the banks below:
- Zenit Bank
- GT Bank
- Access Bank Plc
- Polaris Bank
- First Bank
NOUN Freshers’ School Fees
The school fees for all freshers vary from course to course. But on average, the school fees for all freshers is around the sum of Sixty Three Thousand Naira (N63,000)
Does NOUN require JAMB for admission?
No, you don’t need to sit for JAMB before you apply to NOUN. However, you must have your 5 O’level credits.
What are the courses in National Open University?
Now offer a lot of courses and is adding more courses annually. See the full list of courses here.
Is National Open University certificate recognized?
In 2015, NOUN was the 23rd best University in Nigeria, according to Webometrics. While it is an Open and Distance Learning Institute, its certificate is recognized nationwide.
How many semesters does NOUN offer?
Two semesters per year similar to other conventional Universities.
Do NOUN students go for NYSC?
Yes, the Federal Government has approved the mobilization of all NOUN graduates for NYSC.
How long is NOUN programme?
Similar to other traditional Universities, the duration depends majorly on the course of study. However, most courses have a duration of four (4) years while others (like Law) take 5 years.
Does NOUN do part time?
Does NOUN pay school fees every semester?
Yes. As a NOUN undergraduate, you will pay your school fees per semester. However, you can save up extra money in your NOUN E-wallet and use it later.
Does NOUN offer Nursing and how long does it take?
Yes, NOUN now fully offers Nursing and it spans for a period of four (4) years
Is National Open University under ASUU?
NOUN is not under the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Consequently, it does not go on ASUU strike.