How To Gain Undergraduate Admission In Nigeria Universities

The travail of many secondary school leavers in Nigeria begins the day they receive their WAEC result and JAMB result. Why is this so? They can’t gain admission into university despite their relatively good WAEC and JAMB result.

In Nigeria, we all know that the ultimate aim of having WAEC and JAMB result is to use it to gain admission in university of one’s choice.

Now it isn’t about your O’level or JAMB score, but the sufficiency of the result, i.e., can the result be enough to get you admitted into the course of your choice? This question requires an urgent answer that will help all candidates.

Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has instituted a policy that the criteria to be used by universities in Nigeria for admission should be 50% JAMB result and 50% Post-UTME. It is on this note that each university in Nigeria will determine the departmental cut-off mark based on the combination of JAMB score and Post-UTME score.

Many universities do conduct Post-UTME while some only conduct screening exercise for candidates based on their WAEC result.

Before I move on, it is important you know that some courses are more competitive than the other like Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Law, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Economics, and Accounting.

Perhaps you want to study any of the courses mentioned above in Nigerian Universities; you need to tighten your belt to face the competition. You must do your best to have at least five O’level credit in required subjects which must be between (A1-B3), score 270 and above in JAMB, and if your choice university does conduct Post-UTME screening test; score nothing less than 75% and above. This advice is given to avoid stories that touch the heart.

For you to have peace of mind and to avoid lobbying for admission, you must strive for your name to come out in the merit admission list of the University of your Choice.

Note: the above advice is also applicable for candidates that desire to study in the polytechnic and Colleges of Education in Nigeria.

It is no longer news that our population is increasing yearly and there haven’t been many efforts from the government to curb it. Because of this, the number of candidates registering for JAMB and jostling for admission is on the increase every year. And the unfortunate scene is that our institutions aren’t well equipped to accommodate this number. Hence, the competition is high and has led to many candidates being denied admission.

How to Gain Undergraduate Admission in Nigeria

  • Research the mode of admission of four to five universities of your choice and know their cut-off mark before you choose any of them in JAMB
  • Choose the one that is less competitive
  • Project what you can score in UTME (be realistic about it)
  • Base on your projection, select a course that is of interest, not competitive, and match up with want you can score in UTME.

Lastly, all universities in Nigeria admit on merit if you meet all their admission requirements. There are also other ways you can gain admission into any University in Nigeria, this includes:

  1. Cambridge A level
  2. IJMB
  3. JUPEB
  4. Pre-degree programme conducted by different Universities in Nigeria

The first three ways will enable you to be admitted into 200 level if you have the minimum point for your course of study while the fourth way will give you admission into 100 level.

Warning: Beware of fraudsters you promise upgrade of JAMB score and can help you with admission for a certain amount. If you can study enough, be strategic, and trust God, your name will appear on the merit admission list for your desired course.

I hope this write up help and if you have any question(s) to ask, drop a comment below.

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Bolarinwa Olajire

A tutor with a demonstrated history of working in the education industry. Skilled in analytical skills. Strong education professional with a M. SC focused in condensed matter. You can follow me on Twitter by clicking on the icon below to ask questions.

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