The National Open University of Nigeria is an  Open Distance Learning  (ODL) institution.  The concept of open and distance learning education system focuses on open access to education and training to make the learners free from the constraints of time and place and offering flexible learning opportunities to individuals and groups of learners. Open and distance learning (ODL) is one of the most rapidly growing fields of education nowadays and it has a substantial impact on all education delivery system. 

Among the prominent Open Universities include:

Talking about the NOUN, many of my countrymen tend to consider it inferior to the conventional higher institutions because she does not require JAMB and her mode of academic delivery. They even tend to regard her students as "second class products" compared to that of conventional ones.

The people with all these negative insinuations are only myopic towards the institution. Until you experience something you can never tell its real experience. The National Open University of Nigeria is not inferior to the conventional ones she only has her own distinct attributes which differentiate her from the rest. Among these attributes is FLEXIBILITY.

Her flexibility is one of the core reasons people consider her inferior and equally the core reason some lazy prospective students rush into her thinking that she is a "joking" academic avenue or an avenue to earn a free degree.  No wonder people with such mentality never graduates. They either drop out or run back to the convention institution.
To earn a degree in NOUN you must be ready to work hard twice as that of a conventional university student. This is a fact from experience. There are no lecturers to bribe and you are always on your own. You don't even know the marker of your script let alone inducement.

Academic Session

NOUN runs on a full-term basis with flexible terms. Flexible in the sense that individuals are allowed to progress at own will's pace. In order words, students are free to choose how they progress in their academic curriculum. The institution is semester oriented rather than session.

A student can skip a semester or a session if he/she is facing financial constraint. A student can also reduce the courses meant for him/her if he/she feels he/she could not handle all of them in such a semester reduction does not, however, mean to forgo. In NOUN two individuals could be at the same level but in different semesters. These are are some of her unique attributes which distinguishes her from the conventional universities.

Student Portal
This is a more or less the students' dashboard where every activity as regards registrations is carried out. Such registration includes generation of RRR, payment of school fees, registration of courses and exams, printing of I.D card, as well as checking of results and submission of tutor marked assignments. Academic histories and exam results are also stored on the portal.
NOUN student's portal logged-in view.


This is a kind of tutorial carried out by contract lecturers from the conventional universities for students of 100 and 200 levels. It is not compulsory but vital for the new students. It is geared towards intimating the students with their course materials. It is however not a criterion for doing well academically as far as NOUN is concerned. Extensive reading of the course materials is. This is because the facilitation is always for a very short period in a given semester and the facilitators hardly touch half of the course materials. The facilitators are not the ones that set the exam question, as questions are sent directly from the headquarters and according to the content of the course material.

Tutor-Marked Assignment (TMA)
The tutor-marked assignment is part of the academic curriculum in the National Open University of Nigeria. It is an online based test which is geared towards helping in developing regular study habits in students and give students practice in writing responses to questions thereby having a kind of rehearsal in the preparation for the final examination especially in 100 and 200 levels. It, however, carries 30% of the total grade of any course.

This is where most students get it all wrong. Because the tests were not done under supervision, students tend to abuse this liberty by looking up the answers in the course material and disregard reading the material, some even pay people to help them solve it. But the advert effect is that most of them fail the exams which are done under very tight supervision and ironically most of the questions in the TMAs are also repeated in the computer-based exams and most students still fail it. And the policy of the institution is that regardless of your score in the TMA you must still score at least 40 marks in the exam before you can pass the course.
How then do you measure a student who scored 30/30 in TMA but could not muster 40/120 or 40/150 in the exam?

But to be sincere looking up the answer is always tempting after all we are all humans but when you do, be sure to come back and read your material extensively not only for marks but also for intellectual abilities which are the bedrock of educational endeavors.

Course Materials
Every course in NOUN has its own material both in print and electronic copies. These are lecture-like books designed in such a way to represent the classroom lectures. They are written in units and grouped in modules. The books are not sold separately but are distributed according to the courses registered by the students. The print copies are, however, subject to first come first serve basis and when they are exhausted in a given semester, students are then referred to the electronic copies online.
A sample of course material
NOUN's exams are in two forms, e-exam and pen on paper (POP). The former is for 100 and 200 level courses while the latter is for 300 level and above. All law courses are POP.
The e-exam is a computer-based examination conducted under very strict supervision students are not even allowed to come in with a pen or pencil because it is believed that they only need the keyboard. Good knowledge of computer is an added advantage in the e-exam especially in the area of keyboard shortcut usage. The numbers of the questions in the e-exams are determined by the credit units of such course. 120 and 150 questions for 2 and 3 credit units courses respectively and students must earn at least 40 marks to pass any course.

We the students of NOUN are fondly called Nounites.


  1. Good day admin ,I possess an OND accounting from auchi with 2.71 as my GP can I apply

  2. Good day admin, how do I apply for Undergraduate in noun?
    Also I’m a professional driver, please my question is that can I meet up with the study’s while I still keep on with my job.?
    Thanks Anticipation.
    yours faithfully IBRAHIM TIJANI

  3. I've gone through the guide, and the mode of operation appears appealing..
    But I just want to ask if a full-time employee can apply...
    Secondly, can I still apply even though I filled some other schools during my JAMB?

  4. Please how much are we paying
    As undergraduate