Selection Press Release

University Office 


2012/2013 University of Malawi Admissions and Fee Increase 

The University of Malawi (UNIMA) is pleased to announce first year selection results and names of government sponsored candidates who have been admitted into various degree programmes of the University of Malawi for the 2012/2013 academic year. 

This year’s selection of government sponsored students was done using the equitable access system of admitting candidates into public institutions of higher learning. Under this arrangement, the top ten qualified candidates from each district were offered places and thereafter, the rest were selected based on merit and the size of the population of the districts they originated from to underscore that higher education, like any other form of development, should be seen to be benefiting the whole country.

 The University is informing the general public that all the selected government sponsored candidates have been admitted on non-residential basis in adherence to the current UNIMA policy. However, all candidates shall be paid a monthly allowance each semester of an academic year on pro rata basis to be used for renting their accommodation (which they are expected to find on their own) and for meals. 

In keeping with the prevailing UNIMA policy, candidates who would like to stay on campus will be required to apply for accommodation at their respective college and, if accepted, they will pay for their College accommodation and meals. Because Colleges do not have the capacity to accommodate all the government sponsored students on campus, allocation of bed space shall be based on individual college criteria which can be sought from the offices of the Deans of Students based in the colleges. 

This year, a total of 8507 candidates sat for the 2012 University Entrance Examinations (UEE) and out of these, 2559 were females while 5948 were males representing 30% and 70% respectively. From the total given above, 6373 candidates passed the 2012 UEE (i.e. reached a combined aggregate of UEE and MSCE pass mark of 50% and above), representing 75% pass rate. Out of the candidates that passed, 1647 were females and 4726 males. From these, a total of 908 candidates have been admitted into the University of Malawi. The gender distribution for the selected candidates is 445 females and 463 males representing 49% and 51% respectively.

 Additionally, the University wishes to inform the public that further to the delinking of Bunda College from the University of Malawi on 1st July, 2012 to become part of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), and following the agreement that was made by the governing Councils of the two universities, all candidates that sat for the 2012 University Entrance Examinations and had applied for admission into programmes offered at Bunda, shall be considered for admission as students of LUANAR and the names of successful candidates would be released by LUANAR. Any clarification on this arrangement can be sought from the University of Malawi Registrar. 

The University also wishes to inform the general public that the tuition fee contribution for all continuing and new government sponsored students has been revised from K25,000.00 to K55,000.00 per year starting from the next academic year. The increase in fees has been necessitated by the current economic situation in the country. Candidates are therefore advised that the fee contribution can be paid in two equal instalments of K27,500.00 during registration for each semester. Candidates who will not be able to pay the fee contribution can apply for a loan available to needy university students from the Malawi Savings Bank. Loan application arrangements should be finalised before reporting to the college. 

Furthermore, candidates are advised that the date for reporting to their respective Colleges shall be announced in due course by each constituent College of the University of Malawi. 

The list of successful candidates is available on all official notice boards at our constituent Colleges and on the University of Malawi website – Candidates could also contact the University of Malawi Admissions Office on the following hotline numbers; +265 997 550 376, +265 882 244 556, +265 111 955 408 for any additional information they may wish to have.

 The University of Malawi is advising candidates who have passed the 2012 UEE but have not been selected as government sponsored students that they could apply for admission when UNIMA advertises programmes for self-sponsored candidates as indicated below.

2012-2013 Selection List for Government Sponsored Students

2012-2013 Advert for Self Sponsored Intake


University Registrar                        Friday, 21st September, 2012