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Everything You Need to know About Kwara State Polytechnic Ilorin (Kwarapoly)

Everything You Need to know About Kwara State Polytechnic Ilorin (Kwarapoly)

Everything You Need to know About Kwara State Polytechnic Ilorin (Kwarapoly)


The Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin was established by his Excellency, the then Military Governor of Kwara State, Col. David Bamigboye. The decision to establish the polytechnic was announced during the launching of the four-year development plan in 1971.

The Polytechnic was established as a body “to provide for studies, training, research, and development of techniques in arts and language, applied sciences, engineering, management and commerce, education, and in other spheres of learning.”

The Kwara State Polytechnic formally commenced operation in January 1973 with an administrative machinery patterned closely after the existing universities in the country.


The Polytechnic is hosted in Ilorin, the capital city of Kwara state. The polytechnic community is dominated mostly by Muslims and a few Christians. Ilorin is a peaceful city with low crime rates. Although sometimes there are reports of insecurity, as at the time of gathering this report, the polytechnic community is peaceful and both academic and non-academic activities are going smoothly in the community. About 40% of the people in Ilorin are students at Kwara Poly, while the other 60% are indigenes and people who came for business.

The most common types of businesses in Kwara Poly are commercial businesses; food; boutiques; POS businesses; drinks and beverages; eateries; charging spots; car washes; cyber cafes, etc. If you intend to study at Kwara State Polytechnic and are thinking of what business to do to make profits in the polytechnic community, you can try any of these businesses 


Kwara State Polytechnic, as stated earlier, was established in the year 1971. Kwara Poly has two campuses; the main campus and the mini-campus. The main campus is located at Eleko along the new general hospital road, Ilorin.

The Mini campus is located behind the old general hospital sawmill in Ilorin, Kwara state. The main campus is occupied by all categories of students, including full-time and part-time, while the mini campus is occupied by students in the faculty/Institute of Technology (IOT), which comprises of six departments: Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, and Mineral Engineering Technology. Both campuses belong to Kwara State Polytechnic Ilorin.

The popular buildings in Kwara State Polytechnic that students get most used to are IBAS and IOT. IBAS is at the main campus, behind the Rector’s office, facing the road that links to the tourism center, which consists of several lecture rooms.

The polytechnic also has dress codes for all departments. All forms of indecent dressing are not tolerated, and defaulters’ risk being sanctioned by the school authorities. The school also has a zero-tolerance policy for cultism and examination malpractices.

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Kwara state polytechnic ilorin Mini campus gate

Mini campus Gate

Kwarapoly rector office

Rector’s office


Kwara State Polytechnic runs mainly three (3) programmes, which are the full-time, part-time and IJMB programmes.

1. FULL-TIME PROGRAMME: The full-time programme lasts two years and four semesters. This programme is for students who sat for JAMB, passed and met the minimum cut-off mark. Candidates who pass the school’s internal screening will be offered admission into the full-time programme. Lectures start from 8am to 4pm for full-time students Monday to Friday, and sometimes lecturers fix lectures for 7am. The full-time program is stressful, and the school fees are cheap compared to a part-time program.

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2. PART-TIME PROGRAMME: The  part-time program is a direct entry program; that is, with or without a jamb, you can gain admission to Kwanapoly. The duration for this programme is 2 years of six (6) semesters. This program is cheap in terms of admission but expensive in terms of school fees and registration fees. The school doesn’t conduct entrance examinations for part-time programmes. Provided you have attained a minimum of 5 credits in English language and mathematics at O’level, plus another 3 subjects related to your field, you will be considered for admission into Kwara Polytechnic’s part-time programme.

The major challenge of this program is that it is expensive, but if you can afford it, then you are welcome to Kwara State Polytechnic. Lectures are on weekdays, that is, Monday-Saturday, just like a daily part-time programme.

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In addition, both full-time and part-time are two-year programmes, and the major difference is class allocation, school fees, and duration. School fees for part-time are expensive, while those for full-time are cheaper. Sometimes when full-time students are on break, part-time students will be in their 3rd semester, which implies that the academic calendar for full-time and part-time students is different. Both full-time and part-time students will be issued the same certificate.

3. IJMB PROGRAMME: This is a programme for O’level holders that want to secure admission into 200-level to Nigerian universities. The duration of this programme is 2 years.

kwarapoly IBAS Building




Although the school fees are not stable as they may change over time, from our research from the last session, full-time students that are indigenous pay about #53,300 for the first year while non-indigenous students pay #63,300.00. Part-time indigenous students pay about #73,300.00 per session while non-indigenous students pay about #93,300 per session for the first year. Indigene students pay less while non-indigene students pay more. Please note that Kwara State Polytechnic School fees vary by department and faculty.

The School/Institute of Science and Engineering also pay more than other faculties and departments. If you are not an indigene and want to study at Kwara Poly, you should be at least financially stable.

The acceptance fee costs #10,000 for indigenes and #12,000 for non-indigenes. Acceptance fee is paid once after you have been offered admission.


kwarapoly campus

kwarapoly campus


There are two types of accommodation: the school hostel and the lodges off-campus.

(I) SCHOOL HOSTEL: Some of the hostels inside the school include the Kyankari hostel for gentlemen and the West End Hostel for dignified ladies. As at the time of publishing this report, there is another hostel being built by the school management but yet to be given a name, maybe because it’s yet to be completed. The cost for hostel accommodation as at the last session was #35,000 per session.

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(II) OFF-CAMPUS HOSTEL: Accommodation off-campus; that is, if you don’t want to stay in the school hostels, you can seek accommodation off-campus in Ilorin city. Accommodation ranges from N25,000 and above for single rooms, depending on location. Accommodations located near the school cost much more than those at a longer distance. A self-contained room costs about #150,000 per year, while a mini flat ranges from 150k to 400k depending on your taste and budget. Some self-contained rooms cost less than #100,000 per year.


Some streets where kwarapoly students dominate the most are ELEKO, POLY GATE, Ara, SANGO, OYUN, YAKUBA and OKE OSE, among others. These places are always lively due to the presence of students, so if you seek accommodation at any of these aforementioned locations, you will surely enjoy your stay there.

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kwara state polytechnic hostel

kwarapoly Hostel


(A) NATIONAL DIPLOMA: KwaraPoly Admission is one of the easiest as the polytechnic does not conduct entrance examinations or post-UTME exams for candidates. What the polytechnic does is the screening of credentials; that is, you will be offered admission based on your qualifications and the certificate you submitted for screening. Candidates with A’s and B’s at one sitting have a higher chance of being offered admission. The general requirements for admission are 120 in UTME and five credits at O’level at not more than two sittings in WAEC, NECO, GCE, SSCE, and NABTEB. To fasten your admission process, ensure that you have made Kwaraply your first choice in JAMB. CLICK HERE TO SEE KWARAPOLY CUT OFF MARK FOR ALL COURSES

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(B) HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA: HND Candidates aspiring for Higher National Diploma (HND) admission must have attained a minimum CGPA of 2.50 at ND level with five credits in O’Level including English Language and Mathematics in WAEC, NECO, GCE, SSCE, and NABTEB. Candidates with a pass grade may be considered for admission with evidence of two years of industrial training. Kwarapoly will offer you admission after your submitted credentials are screened to be valid. The polytechnic does not accept cross-field. For instance, if you study Computer Engineering at ND level, you are not permitted to cross to other fields like Electrical Electronics Engineering. You will be considered for admission based on your ND qualifications and after you pass the school entrance screening.



Kwara State Polytechnic has six(6) faculties/institutes: Institute of General Studies, Institute of Finance and Management Studies, Institute of Applied Science, Institute of Technology, Institute of Information Communication Technology, and Institute of Environmental Studies. Each institute consists of different courses and departments. The most populated departments are Science Laboratory Technology (SLT), Public Administration, Mass Communication, Business Administration, and management, among others. See the List of Courses Offered at KWARA STATE POLYTECHNIC HERE 

Academic results are always released online, which means only you can see your academic performance. The cost of handouts or textbooks in Kwara Poly ranges from #500 to #1,000.00 This price is not static as it varies by course.

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In nutshell, If you choose Kwara State Polytechnic Ilorin (Kwarapoly) as your institution of choice, I can assure you that choosing the school is never a mistake because Kwara Polytechnic, without a doubt, is one of the fastest polytechnic in Nigeria and one of the best in the country. Best of luck.

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