How To Apply For JAMB Direct Entry (DE) Into Universities In Nigeria 2023

This is an official guide on How you can apply for Direct Entry (DE) through JAMB into any Nigerian university of your choice in the 2023/2024 academic session.

The information gathered here is of immense help to all candidate(s) who do not know how to apply for Direct Entry (DE) admission into the University of their choice through the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Before applying for admission into a Nigerian university of your choice through Direct Entry (DE), you must have attended a Polytechnic/College of Education.

The guide provided below will provide candidates with useful guidelines and information that will show you, how to go about seeking admission through DE into any University of your choice. Another reason why I decided to write this down, is to help all applicant from making avoidable mistakes that are likely to jeopardize their chances of gaining admission in the 2023 academic session.

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It is worth noting that before applying for Direct Entry into any University in Nigeria; you should acquire any of the following certificates listed below:

  • OND
  • ND
  • NCE
  • IJMB
  • Cambridge A Level
  • HND, B.Sc
  • ICAN (depending on the Institution’s criteria for DE admission).

If you have any of the above certificates or awaiting results in any of the above-mentioned degrees, you are automatically eligible to apply for Direct Entry into any Nigerian universities.


JAMB Direct Entry Template
JAMB Direct Entry Template

How to Apply for Direct Entry (DE) into Universities

Having acquired any of the above-listed Degrees, Here is how you can easily kickstart your Application for Direct Entry (DE) through JAMB into any preferred Nigerian university.

  1. The first step is to visit the nearby JAMB Office (JAMB CBT CENTER) to buy the Direct Entry (DE) form.
  2. Fill out the form and submit a copy to the JAMB officer.
  3. Keep a copy for yourself for reference purposes, and
  4. Make a duplicate of it which you shall submit to the Institution you selected while filling out the JAMB DE registration form.

Important Note to all Direct Entry Candidates:

Before selecting any Nigerian University to start your 200Level students (as a DE student), you should first check if the Institution you’re seeking for admission sells their Direct Entry form separately from JAMB. Some tertiary institutions, especially Nigerian universities in the South East such as Ebonyi State University (EBSU) have started accepting Direct Entry application directly.

This means if you purchased the JAMB Direct Entry Form and did not buy from the university, you may likely not be offered admission into the academic institution. This is why you must try buying a Direct Entry (DE) application form directly from the institution if the school sells it, instead of buying it from JAMB.

After buying and registering the DE form, you will be required to participate in a screening exercise with other JAMB candidates. DE candidates who scored up to their selected institution cut-off marks will wait to check if their name appeared on the school’s Admission List by checking the school Website to know when the list is out. (However, take note that some institutions do not conduct external examinations for DE candidates).

Final Conclusion on JAMB DE Registration.

Finally, I’d advise you to make sure you strictly follow the instructions given by JAMB or on the Direct Entry Brochure before filling out and submitting the DE registration form, as some avoidable mistakes can prevent you from gaining admission into your preferred Nigerian University. This is because most Nigerian Universities do not conduct external exams for Direct Entry (DE) applicants.

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