Makerere issues guidelines for freshers’ reporting for academic year 2020/2021

Students in a discussion group during the examination period of November 2020 (PHOTO/Courtesy)

New students at Makerere University have been asked to start picking admission letters as university resurrects from coronavirus disruptions.

Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe
announced Thursday to new and returning students— asking them to pick their admission letters starting next week.

He said continuing students will report February 6, 2021.

Here are the guidelines for freshers’ reporting for academic year 2020/2021

First Year students (Freshers) are by tradition given an “acclimatization” period of normally one week which is referred to as the “Orientation Week”.

The Freshers report on Campus one week earlier than the Continuing students and during this week they are introduced to the key facilities in the University as well as other important aspects of life at the University.

From Saturday 30th January, 2021 to Friday 5th February, 2021 (7 Days) will be the Orientation Week for all Freshers at their respective Colleges while observing the COVID-19 SOPS, will follow a programme drawn by the College.

After the orientation programme, first year students will undertake an Open Distance and e-Learning education model (ODeL/Blended Learning) subject to further guidance from government.

Each student therefore, MUST have a laptop computer as one of the essential tools for study purposes for the programme offered.


For a candidate to qualify to be a bona fide student of the University, he/she must be registered. Registration is a mandatory requirement of the University which must be done within the first two (2) weeks from the beginning of the semester by every student.

Privately sponsored students will pick their original admission letters after payment of 60% tuition and all functional fees from their respective colleges.

Registration will commence on Tuesday 2nd February, 2021 starting at 9.00 a.m. each day.

Ensure that you complete all the required enrollment/registration formalities within the prescribed time in order to avoid disappointments later.

Further details including fees and change and procedures of change of course are available in the documents downloadable from the links below:

Freshers Orientation for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Registration for Semester One 2020-2021 Academic-Year


The information on orientation and registration for non-finalists which was proposed to start on 30th January 2021 is tentative. You should therefore wait for Government of Uganda directive/guidelines on the official opening of Higher Education Institutions.

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