Gaining admission directly to Nigerian universities can be so challenging, especially for candidates with lower credit and pass grades who wish to cross to the university after their National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programs in the polytechnic.
If you are one of those students who would like to cross to a university to further your education but your final result is a lower credit or pass, there are some universities that accept Lower credit (a CGPA of 2.50 — 2.99) for direct entry.
Be informed that this article post has been well researched, and we’ve consulted various sources in the universities, and we can confirm that these schools listed below accept lower credit for direct entry admission.
1. PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES.
Most of the private universities in Nigeria accept both lower credit and pass grades for direct entry admission. If your CGPA is below 2.50 or 2.99, rest assured that private universities will accept you.
2. ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA UNIVERSITY.
ATBU is located in Bauchi. We can confirm to you authoritatively that this university offers admission to ND candidates with at least a pass grade of 2.00 or lower credit (2.50 and above). According to the admission requirements on the school portal for DE, the school stated that ND candidates must possess at least a pass grade to be eligible to apply.
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3. AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA.
Abu Zaria is located in Kaduna State. This university only accepts lower credit for HND candidates and distinction for ND candidates. This means that if you want to apply to the university with your HND result and your CGPA is 2.50 or above, you can try ABU Zaria. For ND candidates, you must have upper credit and distinction to be favored.
4. BAYERO UNIVERSITY KANO
Bayero University (BUK) is located in Kano State. HND candidates with lower credit can apply for direct entry, while ND candidates must possess a minimum of upper credit to be considered for admission.
5. EKITI STATE UNIVERSITY.
Formerly known as the University of Ado Ekiti, now known as EKSU, this university is located in Ekiti State. EKSU accepts Lower credit for direct entry admission. However, their school fees are kind of expensive. EKSU no longer accepts pass grades, but they accept lower credit for direct entry.
6. FEDERAL UNIVERSITY GASHUA.
FUGASHUA is located in Yobe State. According to the admission requirements obtained by POLYTV, the school accepts ND and HND candidates with a minimum of lower credit (CGPA of 2.50) and above for direct entry.
7. FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, MINNA.
FUTMINNA is in Niger State. The university accepts lower credit for direct entry for both National Diploma and Higher National Diploma candidates.
8. KANO UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.
We can confirm with you 100% that Kano State University of Science and Technology, Wudil, accepts lower credit for direct entry. You will be admitted to the 200 level with an ND and the 300 level with an HND result.
9. DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY, ABRAKA
From our research and concrete findings, we were made to understand that DELSU accepts CGPAs of 2.50 and above for direct entry.
10. EBONYI STATE UNIVERSITY, ABAKALIKI.
EBSU is located in Ebonyi State; perhaps if you are residing in the south-east, you could try EBSU, as they offer admission to direct entry candidates with a CGPA of 2.50 or above.
11. EDO STATE UNIVERSITY, UZAIRUE.
According to the school management, EDSU accepts candidates with a minimum of lower-level credit for direct entry admission. Candidates must possess a CGPA of 2.50 and above.
12. FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, OWERRI.
FUTO Owerri Is in IMO. This institution accepts lower credit for ND, HND, and NCE. Make sure you choose them as your first choice in your DE form and submit your transcript on time to be considered for admission.
13. FEDERAL UNIVERSITY, LAFIA, NASARAWA STATE
FULAFIA accepts pass grades for direct entry, but your chance of gaining admission is slim. You have a higher chance with lower credit (2.50 CGPA) and above.
14. ALEX EKWUEME UNIVERSITY, NDUFU-ALIKE, EBONYI STATE
Applicants must possess an NCE or ND with lower credit passes or a good first degree in another field, as the case may be. If you have lower credit in your ND, you can try DE at this university.
15. FEDERAL UNIVERSITY, OYE-EKITI, EKITI STATE
FUOYE accepts lower credit for HND candidates only. Direct Entry candidates must possess at least two (2) A-Level (or its equivalent) passes in relevant subjects, or possess ND (upper credit), NCE (credit pass), HND (minimum of lower credit), or possess a good first degree in another field, as the case may be.
16. MODIBBO ADAMA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, YOLA.
MAUTECH accepts lower credit for direct entry admission. Candidates with a minimum of lower credit in diploma or merit grade in NCE from a recognized tertiary institution and five relevant O’level credits (including mathematics and English language) are eligible to register at the 200 level.
17. NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA.
UNIZIK accepts a minimum of lower credit at the National Diploma (ND) in the relevant discipline.
18. UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR.
UNICAL is located in Cross River State. The university accepts ND, HND, NCE, JUPEB, and others for direct entry. ND and HND candidates must possess a minimum of lower credit (CGPA above 2.50) for direct entry.
19. UNIVERSITY OF JOS.
UNIJOS accepts lower credit for direct entry. Please note that not all their programs are available for DE. So if your CGPA is below 3.00, you can apply to UNIJOS. Their faculty of agriculture minimum requirements are lower credit for ND candidates.
20. UNIVERSITY OF MAIDUGURI
UNIMAID, according to the information provided on the school portal, accepts DE candidates with lower credit. If you are close to Borno or the northeast of Nigeria, you can apply, and hopefully you will be admitted to study your dream course.
21. USMANU DANFODIYO UNIVERSITY.
In USDUS, candidates who are admitted by Direct Entry through “A” Level, HND, and Merit/Credit Pass will enter at the 200 level, while those admitted with a pass at OND will enter at the 100 level.
22. UNIVERSITY OF UYO.
UNIUYO is a federal university that accepts credit passes for ND and HND candidates who want to apply for DE at the university.
23. ADAMAWA STATE UNIVERSITY MUBI.
ADSU is located in Yola, and the university accepts lower credit for direct entry. Candidates must choose the school as their first choice to be considered for admission.
24. ADEKUNLE AJASIN UNIVERSITY, AKUNGBA
Admission to AAUA with ND results is strictly by upper credit, but luckily, some people may be considered with lower credit, but the chances are low. Some of my colleagues who applied for DE with lower credit were admitted to the university years ago. However, the university accepts lower credit with HND results, and candidates will be admitted to the 300 level in AAUA.
25. AKWA IBOM STATE UNIVERSITY, IKOT AKPADEN
AKSU accepts lower credit for direct entry admission. You can apply, but you must choose the varsity as your first choice.
Other universities that accept lower credit for direct entry are:
26. Bauchi State University Gadau.
27. Yobe State University, Damaturu.
28. Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero.
29. Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumen.
30. Kaduna State University, Kaduna.
Direct entry candidates must note that not all courses are available for DE candidates, so before you choose a particular school for your DE, make sure they have the courses you registered for so you won’t waste your time. For example, if you study pharmaceutical technology at a polytechnic, you can’t use the result to study pharmacy in a university. So it is advisable that you check your Jamb brochure for the admission requirements for the course you applied for to be on the safe side.
In conclusion, all the schools stated above accept lower credit for direct entry. However, it is also important to realize that direct entry admission isn’t automatic, so gaining admission to universities with a CGPA below 3.00 is 50/50, meaning there is no assurance you will be offered admission, but you can try any of these aforementioned schools as you may be favorably considered for admission. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment box below. Best of luck.
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