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Direct Entry Form: Official Step-By-Step Guide (2024)

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If you've read a few of my posts, you might have little to no questions left. However, if you still have any, this post will do better justice to them as it will go in-depth and follow a step-by-step approach.

I want to take you by the hand and show you how to obtain the direct entry form, followed by other processes until you're offered admission.

Before Anything, Are You Eligible?

Some people have spoken to me about wanting to obtain a direct entry form before now. I later found out they were not even eligible in the first place. I wrote "Who Can Apply For Direct Entry (DE) Admissions?" this to solve that mystery.

If you have not completed your BSC, HND, ND, NCE, RN/RM, IJMB, JUPEB, or any other advanced course/program, you might not be eligible for direct entry admission. Direct entry admission is for those who have already completed a program but wish to further their studies.

If you are just an SSCE holder, you should obtain UTME, not the DE form. In short, JAMB sells two forms to process students seeking admission to higher institutions: UTME and DE forms. While the former is for O'level-results-only holders, the latter is meant for O'leve- plus-one-higher-qualification holders.

In case you own only an SSCE and want admission without sitting for JAMB, that's called Direct Admission Without JAMB. In short, you're seeking admission into daily part-time or related courses that won't require writing JAMB.

Qualified For Direct Entry? Follow the Steps Below to Obtain the Form

Now that you've checked your eligibility status? Good! Let's start the journey now.

Step 1: Research Institutions and Programs

Start by researching the institutions that offer the program you're interested in. Different institutions may have different requirements for direct entry applicants.

You don't just pick a university or two without knowing what it requires for your proposed course. Even though many universities may require literally the same O'level and A'level subjects and grades for certain courses, some may have different requirements.

This is why you should consider checking the JAMB brochure to know if you meet the admission requirements of a university before considering it during the registration. Another option is to check the eligibility first. You can also use the service of an education consultant like me. Check my service charge here.

Step 2: Obtain the Direct Entry Form

For all universities, direct entry forms are not just available online on the universities' official websites. You have to obtain the JAMB Direct Entry Form first. JAMB comes first in processing DE applications. To obtain the DE form, visit the nearest JAMB office when the form is on sale. Check the current year DE timetable here.

Before proceeding to the JAMB office, you will need to generate the JAMB profile code using your NIN. If you have an existing profile code, you can reuse it for your DE application as an applicant can't be given two profile codes.


Step 3: Attach Required Documents

You will need to attach or upload certain documents along with your DE application. This includes:

  1. JAMB admission letter (obtained through regularization or used to gain admission back then for your current qualification), 
  2. certificates or statements of results,
  3. and NIN.

Step 4: JAMB Result Verification

JAMB has started verifying the results presented by applicants for DE. The board will contact your school to verify if you are truly their product and if you were awarded the scanned and uploaded result/certificate.

Once this is done, you'll be eligible to be offered admission when the time comes and you merit the admission.

Step 5: Prepare For and Write JAMB DE Exams

JAMB will start conducting exams for the DE applicants, starting from the 2024 admission. This is unusual but has come to stay. If you're applying any time after the 2023 DE, expect the board's CBT just like the UTME candidates.

Step 6: Prepare For and Write Post-DE Exam

Although most universities are not conducting post-DE exams for direct entry applicants, if your school will do this, you should prepare for it.

Universities such as UNILORIN have been consistently testing their DE applicants just like they do for UTME applicants. Many others such as EKSU, UI, LAUTECH, FUNAAB, FUOYE, etc., won't require you to take any further exams.

Step 7: Follow Up and Prepare for Further Steps

After submitting your application, keep an eye on your email, JAMB portal, and/or the institution's website for any updates.

It's not uncommon to see situations where JAMB offers candidates admission before the university does. So, also some universities will offer admission before JAMB does. In either case, check the email used for JAMB and your JAMB portal for admission updates from the board. As for the school, the official website or admission portal is your best go-to spot.

Institutions will typically notify applicants of their admission status after reviewing all applications. This can be through email or published on the institution's website.

Step 8: Acceptance and Enrollment

If you are offered a place, follow the instructions given to accept the offer and enroll in the program. This involves paying tuition fees, appearing for fresher documentation, completing bio-data forms, and attending an orientation.

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