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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Inter Universities Admission in Nigeria: Requirements, Application Process etc

You’re on the right page if you want to know about what inter universities transfer admission is all about, which universities you can consider for transfer, what are the requirements, form prices by some universities and so on.

I’ve got a series of queries my blog readers want know about:
  • UNIBEN inter university transfer
  • OAU inter university transfer
  • UNIZIK inter university transfer
  • UI inter university transfer
  • UNIABUJA inter university transfer
  • UNICAL inter university transfer
  • LASU inter university transfer
  • FUTA inter university transfer form

This is my comprehensive post on this topic so far. It’ll be wise of you to read it words for words before taking actions thereon.

What is Inter University Transfer Admission?

Of course, what most students are used to are the admissions through UTME, Direct Entry, Predegree, IJMB, JUPEB, Cambridge and NABTEB Advanced Levels, Part-time and Sandwich programmes, Distance learning and most recently top-up degree programmes. Inter universities transfer admission is not that common but universities offering that as well. So, what’s this about?

This is the admission exercise that allows an undergraduate student of a university to move from his or her present institution to another.

For example a 200 level student of Ladoke Akintola University may seek transfer admission to University of Ilorin.

Why Considering Inter University Transfer Admission

A student may want consider such transfer admission if:
  • His or her parents relocate and they deem it fit to move with their child
  • The student wishes to move to a school with a better academic standard
  • There are consistent strike actions in his or her present schools
  • There is security threat etc

It’s important to note that this admission arrange is between the two involved universities. Hence, JAMB is not directly concerned with admission by transfer.

Transfer form Polytechnics/College of Education to Universities

Another question that may come to mind is if you can do transfer from one polytechnic to the other or if it is possible to do the transfer from a polytechnic/college of education to a university etc

As at the time of this post in Nigeria, you can’t be transferred from a polytechnic or colleges of education to university. Likewise, you can’t do transfer within polytechnics or college of education.

How to Apply for Transfer from One University to the Other

Basically only four things are involved:
  1. Consulting with the recipient school admission office/officer
  2. Consulting with present school admission officers
  3. Meeting the entry requirements of the recipient school/course
  4. Obtain the transfer form

Let’s look at each of the points above one after the other

1. Consulting with the target school admission office/officer

You must first meet with the entry requirements of the university you’re seeking transfer to. The university may have some internal arrangements you may not can’t read anywhere on the web. Doing some findings online may help but that won’t replace your physical presence and enquires so you can hear from the horse’s mouth.

In case you can’t make it to the campus for enquires, you can seek help of a proxy – someone who can do the findings to your satisfaction.

Another medium is to go straight to the university’s dedicated page for transfer admission. The links below takes you to extracted information about the named universities.
  1. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria
  2. University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN)
  3. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Kwara State
  4. Osun State University (UNIOSUN) Osogbo

What is the Required GPA for Inter University Transfer?
As a matter of fact, each university you’re proposing has different policy regards the GPA that will be accepted. If you follow any of the links above, those schools state openly the GPA an applicant must have before standing a chance of being admitted.

Where a school is not opened on this, or not available on the portal, ensure you visit the admission office, as earlier advised. They will be pleased to tell you anything you wish to know.

Do I Need to Request Transcript for Transfer Admission?
The answer is YES.

Generally all universities require their prospective applicants for transfer admission to request the former school’s transcripts.

It’s based this that the school will decide to give you admission or otherwise.

2. Consulting with the present school admission office

It’s also important to meet with your school too on your decision to go for transfer to another school.

Some faculties have strict policy as to releasing their best products to another course not to mention to another school entirely.

Meet with the admission officer, dean of faculty or registrar - whoever may be in charge.

They will as well let you know what you have to do before requesting for such.

You may be thinking does it matter if they want you to go or not. Don’t forget you’ll need them to process and send your transcript.

3. Meeting requirements of the target school/course

Transfer Admission Requirements:
  • Generally all universities demand the same O’level and JAMB requirements for Transfer admission. The only thing that may vary is the GPA.
  • By O’level results, applicants must meet the 5 required subjects needed for his or her course. You shouldn’t have problem with this since you’re already admitted based on this in the present school.
  • By JAMB requirements, it means the schools require you to have written UTME or use DE for your admission into the present university. Such JAMB registration number should be available on request. Subjects written for UTME must align with your course as well.

Having said that, it is worth noting that you can only process transfer admission for the same course you had in the present school.

4. Obtaining the Transfer Form Online

Contrary to some believes that a body is in charge of inter university transfer admission, like JAMB is for UTME/DE, ABU Zaria for IJMB, UNILAG for JUPEB etc., sales of the admission form and processing in the case of transfer is handled by the recipient school mostly.

Some of these schools require applicants to pay for, download, fill, scan and send to a specific email e.g UNILORIN, FUOYE. Some schools such as the Osun State University require applicant to fill online form and make payment thereat.


If you digest this piece all through, you will notice that I emphasized visiting the recipient school for enquiries before proceeding with their application.

It is worth knowing that, admission form is never sold by any agent – be it online or offline. You have to interact with the university you’re proposing directly.

There’s equally the need to know if you meet up with the O’level, JAMB and GPA requirements by the recipient university.

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