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How to Cross From Polytechnic/College to University

Crossing to a University and Switching isn't the Same
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In Nigeria like many other countries, especially in Africa, students are likely to ask how possible it is to cross from polytechnics to universities. In the same way, can you cross from a college of education to a university?

This post is a simple but comprehensive guide for candidates who wish to switch from their present polytechnics or colleges to universities. It will show you where, how, and when it's possible or otherwise.

Crossing to a University and Switching isn't the Same

You'll love to know the difference between crossing and switching to universities before we ride on fully into this topic.

If you cross to a university from a polytechnic or college of education, it means, probably after finishing your National Diploma (ND)/Higher National Diploma (HND) or Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE).

In this case, the decision to leave the former institution comes after completing the entire studies.

However, by switching, it means leaving your polytechnic or college even before you complete the program - perhaps at ND 1, HND 1, or NCE 100 level. In order words, you're considering not going on with your present program but moving into a university.

In this case, the decision to change to a university is premature. But is it possible?

Now let's answer all the possible questions.

Crossing to Universities Through Direct Entry Application

This method of moving from a polytechnic or college of education into a university is possible only after you've completed your ND or NCE. Here, after the first  2 years or 3 years in poly or college respectively, you can obtain a direct entry form to cross to university. HND holders can equally do the same or where preferred, consider HND to BSC conversion programmes.

To obtain DE form, you must have your former result or certificate handy or be awaiting it - but with the program completed. Then, obtain JAMB Direct entry form just at the same time students seeking admission through JAMB UTME are also applying. In order words, UTME and DE forms are usually on sale at the same time and close on the same date.

While filling up the form, you have the option to choose two universities of interest. Although, you have a better chance with the first institution as no university is accepting the second choice these days, especially for Direct entry admissions.


After this, you're to obtain the post-DE form of that university when it's on sales - usually when they're are selling post UTME. If the university conducts entrance exams and/or screening, you must take part.

If all was well done and requirements met, you'd be offered a 200 level admission into your proposed course. Note that such a course has to be the same you did while in the polytechnic or college or most related one.

With this, it's still possible to change disciplines as ND/HND holders can change to education courses while NCE holders can change to non-education courses. However, that is limited to a few universities. See the links below for the list.

Switching to Universities From Polytechnics or College is Impossible

Let's say you're in the 100 level of your polytechnic course or NCE program, can you switch to a university and continue to the 200 level? NO. But to switch to 100 level, possible!

Let me explain.

There is no means to move from a polytechnic or college at ND 1 or 100 level. No form or modality officially allows students from these institutions to switch to universities of their choice.

Such an opportunity is only available to university students trying to switch from their present schools to other universities. Yes, a student from ABU can switch to LAUTECH through what is called inter-university transfer admission.

Here, a candidate will obtain a transfer form from the intended university and leave his present school. In most cases he can be admitted to the same academic course/level he was at the former university.

However, this arrangement is not allowed for candidates in polytechnic or college of education. In fact, you can't be transferred from one polytechnic to another polytechnic or college to college. At least not yet, except your polytechnic is running dual award programs at the Federal Polytechnic Ede.

HND Holders Can Cross to Universities with Top-Up Degree

After completing your Higher National Diploma (HND), you can opt-in for the same or related university course as detailed earlier - through the direct entry application. More so, you can take advantage of HND/BSC conversion program at various universities, at home, or abroad. 

Here, your basic requirement is the HND certificate and NYSC. These universities upgrade HND to a Degree (i.e BSC, B.Ed, B.Eng, etc) within 1 or 2 years of part-time or distance learning arrangement.

When completed, you'll be awarded a university degree of the registered course - usually the same as HND or related.

Crossing to Universities with Distance Learning and Part-Time

While OND, NCE, or HND was already held, it's possible to cross to a university through what's called the Distance Learning Degree program. Under this arrangement, you're to obtain the school direct entry admission form for the program. This time, it's not JAMB DE.

Although, JAMB is now instructing candidates seeking admission through Distance Learning and Part-time course to equally register with the board. This, of course, is a mere education arrangement rather than making the decision of whether to be offered admission or not.

To cross to a university, with HND, ND, or NCE through DLC or Part-time centers of an institution, you may be subjected to an entrance test or interview. And in most cases, what it requires is just to obtain the form.


Such a program may be conducted during the weekends, on the same institution's campus, or at a study center. A related program is the sandwich courses for majorly NCE holders.

Below is the list of some universities running distance learning, sandwich, and part-time programs for undergraduates.

Conclusion

We can at this end conclude that to cross from a polytechnic or college of education to a university is very possible using any of the channels detailed in this post. However, the only way to switch from the first level of HND, ND, or NCE to a university is if you quit the program and chase the university admission again through UTME or DE.

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31 comments:

  1. For direct entry programs, please is polytechnic saver than ijmb to secure admission with direct entry?

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    1. I prefer IJMB. It's shorter and faster. But in the end, your grade matters most whether IJMB or polytechnic.

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    2. I study science laboratory &tech can I use it to do cross over to university to study nursing

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    3. No. No university is officially accepting SLT for nursing. Read the post below

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/12/direct-entry-requirements-for.html

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  2. Can I study civil engineering in polytectinc OND and cross to University *Direct entry* to study industrial chemistry

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    1. I don't think both are related. You may need to check JAMB brochure for more explanation on this.

      https://ibass.jamb.gov.ng/?jk=UU400GHDSW6AQ98

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  3. Can I study Agricultural technology ND in the polytechnic and cross to the university direct entry to study Agriculture?

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    1. Or Aquaculture under the faculty of Agriculture?

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    2. Can I also study agricultural technology in the polytechnic and cross to the university to study food science and technology?

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  4. Pls which university accept direct entry from 100 level to 200 level

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    1. Posts below will help.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/01/is-it-possible-to-change-course-at-200.html

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2019/02/transfer-admissions-into-universities.html

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  5. I studied science laboratory technology at the polytechnic please can I go for biochemistry in university?

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    1. Yes, you can. First study the JAMB brochure.

      https://ibass.jamb.gov.ng/?jk=UU400GHDSW6AQ98

      And confirm the list of universities offering that and at the same time accepting ND SLT.

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  6. I have completed my OND but still on my one year IT can buy the direct entry form.

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    1. Yes. You don't even need to do IT or complete IT before you can obtain DE form.

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  7. I've been graduated with ND since 2017 can I still process direct entry form

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    1. Yes, you can process your DE admission with older ND result. It doesn't matter the age of your qualification. Read the post below about that.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/10/can-i-use-old-results-for-direct-entry.html

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  8. Can you do a direct entry from a polytechnic to the university with a lower credit result

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    1. That weak grade may limit your chance. Read the posts below.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/11/is-second-class-lowerlower-credit-good.html

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  9. I recently graduated after completion of my National Diploma program at Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Edo State.

    I studied Agricultural Technology;at the school of applied science and technology.

    My result have not been released yet. I want to apply for a University through Direct Entry(DE) form.

    Is the form on sale now, what related courses can I study and what creteria do I need to be eligible?

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    1. DE form is closed the same time JAMB UTME closed. Watch out for the same form next year.

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    2. Can chew do direct entry to university to study nursing

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    3. I don't think. I've checked all universities offering Nursing and their Direct entry requirement, no CHEW there. Read the post below for better understanding

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/12/direct-entry-requirements-for.html

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  10. Is ijmb form still out?

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    1. I don't have this update. I will share when I do

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  11. Can I apply for direct entry through DPP result?

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    1. DPP is a programme you can start and do without obtaining a JAMB form or writing JAMB, you just need SSCE result. DE is for the holders of BSC, HND, ND, NCE, IJMB, JUPEB etc who want to cross to a university to further their studies.

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  12. If I completed my Nd studying agricultural technology in laspotech and I want to switch to lasu to study agriculture, will I be given admission to 200level

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