Admission Into NOUN 2023/2024: Eligibility and How to Apply

NOUN offers several undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs across various disciplines. Prospective students must fulfill basic requirements to gain admission into any of the programs. The admission requirements vary with the program and level of study applied for.

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The NOUN Admission Requirements: Eligibility Criteria

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The NOUN admission process is straightforward and designed to ensure only qualified candidates are admitted. Applicants should ensure all required verification documents are submitted correctly and on time during clearance or screening exercise.

The verification documents include:

  • Birth Certificate/Declaration of Age
  • Original and photocopies of relevant academic certificates and transcripts including O-Level Certificate(s).
  • ND/NCE/HND/First Degree Certificates
  • Two recent passport photographs.
  • NYSC discharge or exemption certificate for Nigerian graduates (photocopy).
  • Evidence of any professional qualification/certification.
    • CHO/CHEW Certificate (for Public Health Programme)
    • Registered Nurse License (for Nursing Programme)
    • Registered Midwifery/Medical Laboratory License (for Environmental Health Programme)
  • Any other requirements specific to the chosen programme of study.
  • NOUN Admission Letter
  • Evidence of Payment (via Remita)
  • Birth Certificate/Declaration of Age
  • O-Level Certificate(s)
  • ND/HND/First Degree Certificates
  • NYSC Certificate (if available)
  • NOUN Admission Letter
  • Passport-size photograph
  • Evidence of Payment (via Remita)
  • Birth Certificate/Declaration of Age
  • O-Level Certificate(s)
  • ND/HND/First Degree Certificates
  • Masters Degree Certificates
  • NYSC Certificate (if available)
  • Brief PhD proposal (pdf)
  • Most recent CV
  • TWO reference letters
  • Passport-size photograph
  • Evidence of Payment for Admission Form(via Remita)
  • Evidence of payment for transcript (NOUN alumni only)

To obtain admission to study postgraduate programmes in the Faculty of Social Science, applicants are required to possess the requirements (Mathematics and English inclusive) stated by each programme. In addition, applicants with a pass in Mathematics in O'level certificates (WAEC/WASSC) obtained before 2016 will be considered for admission for all postgraduate programmes in the faculty except Economics. While a credit pass in Mathematics in O' Level certificate obtained from 2016 till date is compulsory.

Once submitted, applicants should expect to receive an admission decision via email within a day to 2 weeks. Successful candidates will receive instructions on completing registration, which involves paying the requisite fees. New students are encouraged to attend orientation programmes held at the beginning of each semester to familiarise themselves with university policies, resources and support services available.

Candidates should ensure they meet all admission requirements before submitting their applications. Failure to do so may result in delays or rejection. Applicants are advised to consult with an admission advisor if they have any questions regarding their eligibility or the application process.

The university screens applications based on these requirements to ensure only qualified candidates are admitted into the various programs. Prospective students are advised to carefully review the eligibility criteria for their desired program of study before applying.

Admission Requirements

For undergraduate admission, applicants must possess:

  • A minimum of five credits at O'level including English Language and Mathematics at not more than two sittings.
  • Additional requirements might apply for some programmes and these can be viewed after selecting the Programme and entry level at the Eligibility Criteria Section below.

Postgraduate admission requirements include:

  • A minimum of 5 credits at O'levels including English and Math at not more than 2 sittings.
  • An applicant for postgraduate admission into NOUN is normally expected to have a minimum of a first degree ( second class lower) for masters or HND for PGD in a related field.
  • NYSC discharge or exemption certificate (for Nigerian graduates).
  • Two academic references and a statement of purpose.

General Requirements for PhD admission:

  • Candidates must possess a good Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) or any university recognised by the Senate of NOUN, with a CGPA not below 4.00 on a 5.00 scale. Some Departments may seek higher CGPA, while all Ph.D. candidates will be subjected to oral/written interviews.
  • Also, candidates with a CGPA not below 3.50 on a 5.00 scale can apply for PhD/MPhil admission. They must possess a good Master's degree in a relevant discipline from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) or any university recognised by the Senate of NOUN. Candidates will be subjected to oral/written interviews.
  • Candidates applying for PhD Law must possess Master of Laws (LLM) degree or MPhil from an approved university with a weighted average which shall not be less than 60% or a minimum CGPA of 4.00 on a 5.00-point scale. Candidates will be subjected to oral/written interviews.

NOUN Admission Forms: Where and How to Obtain

To obtain NOUN (National Open University of Nigeria) admission forms, you can follow these steps:

  1. Visit the official website of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) at
  2. On the Home Page, go to the Menu Bar, Click on Apply for Admission.
  3. Select either Undergraduate Programme/Postgraduate Programme/PhD Programme/CEMBA CEMPA Programme/ACETEL Programmes.
  4. Goto “Choose Faculty” (note it can be found at the left hand side of the screen).
  5. Select Faculty.
  6. Fill displayed form.
  7. Click below to view admission criteria.
  8. Click “Apply” to proceed.
  9. Take note of the UNIQUE ID displayed
  10. Click ‘Continue’ button
  11. Select Bank Branch as payment type
  12. Click “Pay”
  13. Pay the required application fee as specified by NOUN. Remita charges apply.
    • Undergraduate Programmes N5, 000.00 (five thousand naira only)
    • Postgraduate (PGD and Masters) Programmes N7, 500.00 (Seven thousand five hundred naira only).
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Programmes N10,000.00 (Ten Thousand Naira only).
  14. Copy and take your RRR number to any bank branch for payment or finish your online payment yourself via remita.
  15. After payment perform step 1 to 3
  16. Goto “Continue After Payment”
  17. Input Unique ID, RRR number and Programme
  18. Click “Proceed”
  19. Fill the onlie form.
    Note: Ensure to fill all fields marked with red star they are compulsory.
  20. After filling form Click “Submit”
  21. Print Admission Letter
  22. Visit the nearest study centre for screening.

Common Challenges Encountered During Admission Process

The university endeavours to make the admission process as straightforward and transparent as possible. However, applicants sometimes encounter challenges along the way.

Common issues include lacking required documents, submitting incomplete applications, or failing to meet minimum entry requirements, not writing, saving or printing the remita number and receipts after payments. In such cases, prospects are required to contact the admission team at the study centre or experienced educational consultant which will help resolve any issues promptly.

Applicants should not hesitate to reach out to the admission office for clarification or assistance. The team is happy to explain application requirements, answer eligibility questions, and guide applicants through next steps. Ultimately, the university aims to admit qualified candidates who are the right fit for the program and have a reasonable chance of success. Open communication and clarification of any issues early on can help ensure a smooth admission and start to your studies.

After Admission and Matriculation Into NOUN: What Next?

Congratulations on your admission into the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)! After being accepted into NOUN, there are a few important steps to take. Here's what you should do next:

  1. Admission Letter: Upon receiving your admission into NOUN, you should receive an official admission letter either through email or to be downloaded on the portal. Make sure to read the admission letter thoroughly and take note of any instructions or requirements mentioned.
  2. Clearance/Screening Exercise: Clearance/screening is an essential step that every NOUN student must complete before commencing their studies or graduating from the institution. It serves as a verification mechanism to ensure that students have fulfilled all necessary requirements and obligations. The clearance process involves validating academic, financial, and administrative aspects. Before enrolling in courses or accessing any academic resources, new students are required to complete the clearance/screening stage. This involves submitting the necessary documents, such as academic qualifications, identification, and proof of payment.
  3. Pay Semester Registration Fee: NOUN will require you to pay an semester registration fee to secure your admission. The semester fee amount and other required payment are specified on our NOUN Fee Check page. Follow the instructions provided to make the payment within the stipulated timeframe.
  4. Course Registration: After completing the general registration which include payment of semester registration fee, you will need to register for your courses for the semester or academic session. NOUN typically provides an online course registration system. Log in to the student portal using your credentials and follow the instructions to select your courses based on the program requirements. You can check our NOUN Fee Check page to get a detailed breakdown of expected payment. Pay attention to any prerequisites or restrictions for course registration.
  5. Examination Registration: Once you have paid the course registration fee, you will need to complete the registration by paying for examination registration fee for each registered course(s). You can check our NOUN Fee Check page to get a detailed breakdown of expected payment. Make sure to adhere to the registration deadlines provided by the university.
  6. Access Learning Resources: As a NOUN student, you will have access to various learning resources such as course materials, lecture notes, e-books, and online libraries. Familiarize yourself with the NOUN learning management system and explore the available resources to support your studies.
  7. Attend Orientation: NOUN usually organizes orientation programs for new students to introduce them to the university's facilities, services, academic policies, and campus life. Attend the orientation sessions to get acquainted with the NOUN community and make connections with fellow students.
  8. Examination Clearance: Once admitted, students proceed with course and exaamination registration for each semester. This involves selecting the appropriate courses and paying the associated fees. To obtain examination clearance, students must settle all their registrations and other fees within the stipulated deadlines. Failure to do so may result in delays or even inability to write exams.
  9. Begin Classes: Once you have completed the registration and course enrollment process, you will be ready to start your classes (facilitation). Follow the academic calendar and timetable provided by NOUN to know the start date of classes (facilitation) and any important dates or deadlines throughout the semester.
  10. Take Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs): NOUN requires payment of all required registration fees for each semester or academic session before you can be allowed to take their TMAs. The specific fee(s) amount and payment deadlines will be communicated to you through the student portal or other official channels. Ensure that you make the necessary payments on time to avoid any elearn portal activation or enrollment issues for you to be able to take your TMAs which is basically a continuous assessment test carrying 30 marks.
  11. Seek Support: If you have any questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to the relevant departments or support services at NOUN. This may include the student affairs office, academic advisors, IT support, library services, or the registrar's office. They will be able to provide guidance and support throughout your academic journey.

Remember to regularly check your NOUN student portal, official email, or any communication channels provided by the university for updates, announcements, and important information. Stay organized, manage your time effectively, and make the most of the opportunities available to you at NOUN.
Best of luck with your studies!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will NOUN Admission be on?

NOUN Admission is always on.

Can I apply for admission without a certificate?

The answer is a resounding NO. In order to apply for admission, you need to provide the required documents including your certificate of result at the time of application.

How do I apply for a programme in NOUN?

Read procedure for application by clicking the following link How To Apply For National Open University Of Nigeria (NOUN) Admission

Does NOUN require JAMB?

No, JAMB is not required to gain entry into NOUN

How much is NOUN Admission Form?

Undergraduate form #5000

Postgraduate form #7500

PhD form #10000

Can I Apply for NOUN form online?

Yes, ensure to follow the steps stated on the admission

Has NOUN admission form closed?

NOUN Admission is always on.

How can I check NOUN admission status?

Once you are given admission, an admission letter will be sent to you which you can download from your student portal or access through your email.

How can i get NOUN admission letter?

The admission letter can be downloaded from the site once your admission have been approved

How can i print NOUN admission letter?

No, JAMB is not required to gain entry into NOUN

How can i get admission in NOUN?

Undergraduate form #5000

Postgraduate form #7500

PhD form #10000

When will NOUN admission form be out?

Yes, ensure to follow the steps stated on the admission page

When is NOUN admission closing date?

Yes, ensure to follow the steps stated on the admission page

What is NOUN Postgraduates admission requirement?

Yes, ensure to follow the steps stated on the admission page

Do NOUN students go for lectures?

Except in a few specific study centres, NOUN does not offer lectures to students in regular classrooms by nature as an ODL institution rather NOUN uses an online method called online facilitation.

What happens if I miss an exam in NOUN?

Missing an exam in NOUN will cause you to have an incomplete result.

Can I get a job with NOUN certificate?

The National Open University of Nigeria is a federally owned and authorised distance learning institution whose certificates are accepted for employment and similar purposes by any local or foreign corporate or governmental entity.

How many semesters does NOUN run in a year?

NOUN runs 2 semesters annually

How much is NOUN school fees in a semester?

NOUN doesn't accept its tuition fee like conventional institution but adopts an ODL style of payment. Follow the link for a comprehensive payment schedule Read More

Does NOUN admission expire?

The NOUN admission form doesn't expire and will continue to be valid as far as the remita receipt generated after payment is valid but NOUN Courses / Examinations registrations do close and this will determine when you can process your admission i.e screening & clearance.

How much is NOUN acceptance fees?

In NOUN a new student doesn't pay acceptance fee however, you are required to pay a higher semester fee of #55,000 as an undergraduate new students and #61,000 as a postgraduate new student.

How many students are in NOUN university?

Currently, NOUN have over 650k students nationwide

Can I work and study in NOUN?

You have the opportunity to study at NOUN and obtain degrees and certificates that will further your work or career at your own pace. You should be aware that this way of learning necessitates a different approach to studying.

Does ASUU strike affect NOUN?

No, NOUN is not affected by ASUU strike in any form

How long does it take to process NOUN transcript?

Processing timeline is 5 – 15 working days; within this period, the School of Postgraduate Studies of the National Open University of Nigeria pledges to have processed the application for shipment. However, arrival or receipt of dispatched transcripts at chosen destinations will depend on the location.

Do NOUN student matriculate?

Yes, students of NOUN matriculates and this is done both virtually and physically at various study centre nationwide.

How many credit units do you need to graduate in NOUN?

In NOUN the credit unit required by entry level differs

From 100 level require at least 120 credit units

200 level require at least 90 credit units

700 level require at least 35 credit units

800 level require at least 45 credit units

Are NOUN degrees & certificate recognised?

Yes. NOUN certificate will in no way be inferior to those awarded by conventional universities since the same body National Universities Commission, sets the minimum standard.