Direct Entry scheme, for students who have completed secondary school and sat the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education in a maximum of two years preceding the year of admission; Diploma holders scheme, for students from other tertiary institutions seeking to obtain a university degree; and the Mature age entry scheme for students who have been out of the formal education system for not less than six years.
Undergraduate admission criteria however, fall under two different categories:
- Based on scholarship and sponsorship; this includes state/government sponsored students and private/fee paying students, the category is further subdivided into- national merit, district quota, disabled and sports students. The category also includes Tanzanian students under the Inter University Council for East Africa an exchange programme for Ugandan and Tanzanian university students; and
- Students are also categorized according to the time schedule of the programmes: day, afternoon, evening or external. Day/afternoon and Day/evening programmes are predominantly parallel programmes offering similar content and assessment. External programmes are offered in distance education mode. There is however, a provision for face to face sessions to provide interaction between staff and students each semester.
While the number of A’level applicants has doubled over the past ten years, the university has more or less maintained a constant intake figure over the same period.