Admission to the University

Thank you for your interest in Northern Caribbean University. One of the better representations of the quality of a university’s offerings is the quality of its graduates. The quality of graduates is in large part due to the quality of the new student coming in. We are always interested in attracting the right brand of new student.


If you are a qualified, disciplined and motivated individual who desires an environment that is conducive to learning, has accessible and qualified professors, accredited programmes, and is physically, spiritually, and socially nurturing then you are that special brand we are searching for. We invite you to fill out an application and let us explore starting a new journey together.

Information for  Undergraduate Admissions 

All inquiries about and applications for admission and transcripts of credit should be addressed to the Director of Admissions and Enrolment Management at Northern Caribbean University, Manchester Road Mandeville, Jamaica, W.I.

Freshman Admissions 

Applicants for admission to the freshman class should submit their application materials as early as possible in their senior year of high school or at least three (3) months prior to expected enrolment.

Baccalaureate Programmes 


Students seeking admission into the baccalaureate programmes must comply with at least one of the following requirements:

  • Five General Certificate of Education (GCE) or Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) passes (at a minimum of level III or Grade C) or equivalent, including English Language.
  • Four General Certificate of Education (GCE) or Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) passes (at a minimum level of level III or Grade C) and one Secondary School Certificate (SSC) pass in the National Assessment, Range 5, including English Language.
  • Transfer from a recognised tertiary institution with at least sophomore standing, (minimum of 32 transferable semester credits), and must have satisfied matriculation requirements at that institution. Students transferring with less than 32 credits will be classified as freshmen and all NCU matriculation requirements will apply.
  • A minimum score of 1170 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) for students outside the English Speaking Caribbean, where 1, 2 and 3 above do not apply.
  • A minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT II) of 650 for individual subjects is required for science programmes.
  • A three year diploma or associate degree from an approved tertiary institution.
  • ACT composite score of 26.

Associate Programmes 

  • Five General Certificate of Education (GCE) or Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) passes (at a minimum of level III or Grade C) or equivalent including English Language.
  • Four General Certificate of Education (GCE) or Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) passes (at a minimum level of level III or Grade C) and one Secondary School Certificate (SSC) pass in the National Assessment, Range 5, including English Language.
  • Transfer from a recognised tertiary institution with at least sophomore standing (minimum of 32 transferable semester credits) and must have satisfied matriculation requirements at that institution. Students transferring with less than 32 credits will be classified as freshmen and all NCU matriculation requirements will apply.
  • A minimum score of 1170 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) for students outside the English Speaking Caribbean, where 1, 2 and 3 above do not apply.
  • A minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT II) of 650 for individual subjects is required for science programmes.
  • ACT composite score of 26.

Diploma and Certificate Programmes 

  • Students seeking admission into diploma and certificate courses must meet such criteria as may be outlined by the various departments offering these programmes.

Doctoral Programmes

The minimum GPA for regular admission is 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale) in a master’s programme or its equivalent. Applicants whose GPA falls below this level may submit other evidence of their ability to successfully complete a graduate programme. Such evidence may include grades and scores in postgraduate courses, diplomas, certificates or a record of progressively higher work responsibilities. 

Master’s Programmes

To be admitted into the School of Graduate Studies, the applicant must have received a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognised standing. The standard for regular admission to a graduate programme at the master’s level is an undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent. Applicants whose GPA falls below this level may submit other evidence of their ability to successfully complete a graduate programme. Such evidence may include grades and scores in post-baccalaureate courses, diplomas, certificates or a record of progressively higher work responsibilities. 

Conditions for Matriculation Matriculation into individual departments and programmes may require that the applicant meets higher GPA requirements. Refer to the admission requirements of individual colleges for special application deadlines and additional requirements.


Final action on an application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies is taken by the Graduate Council. The applicant must submit the following for review to the School of Graduate Studies, Northern Caribbean University, Manchester Road Mandeville, Jamaica, W.I.: 

Application must include:

  •  The completed graduate application form. 
  • A non-refundable application fee. 
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work completed at recognised or accredited institutions. (Students’ copies of transcripts are not acceptable.) 
  • Two references, one of which attests to the person’s character, educational background, and/or work experience. (These are to be submitted by the referees in sealed envelopes directly to the School of Graduate Studies, Northern Caribbean University, Manchester Road Mandeville, Jamaica, W.I.
  • A clear statement of purpose. 
  •  Participation in a pre-acceptance interview where required. 

(Please see specific departmental requirements for any additional requirements of that department or programme.) 

Mathematics Placement Test

  • Students are required to do the Mathematics Placement Test or register for MATH095: Introductory Mathematics as their first math course. Students who have passed mathematics at CSEC/CXC Grade I or II, GCE Grade A or B, or at a higher level, are exempted from the Placement Test, so they may register for MATH 121: College Algebra or MATH100: Fundamentals of Mathematics as is required by their programme of study.

Incomplete Applications
Applicants are reminded that if they were given provisional acceptance and have not yet fulfilled the requirements for acceptance into their programmes, which include meeting the standard for matriculation, be interviewed by their departments and submission of all outstanding documents, they will not be given a formal acceptance letter at the New Students’ Meeting. 

If you have any questions concerning your admissions process, please feel free to call us at the office at:
Phone: 1-876-963-7250 | 1-876-963-7254 | 1-876-963-7255
Fax: 1-876-962-0075



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