Okay, let’s cut to the chase, gaining admission into a Nigerian university is tough.
When you apply, you have all the odds stacked against you- cut off marks which are impossible to reach, screening out processes that seem like they are designed to specifically keep you out, and too many students all vying for the same spot as you are.
Honestly, your real struggle at a Nigerian university begins when you start applying for admission, and how you perform can potentially make or break you.
Nigerian universities may be hard to get into, but it’s not an impossible feat to achieve, if you follow the right guidelines. Where would you find such guidelines? This particular article on guidelines for entrance into nigeria university is where.
General Guidelines For Gaining Admission Into Nigerian Universities
- Apply for less competitive courses
- Apply to more accessible universities
- Don’t line up for top choice universities
- Have the proper requirements
- Make blended choices
Apply For Less Competitive Courses
The stiffer the competition for a course, the harder it may be for you to gain admission to study that course, with thousands of other students applying for it.
Don’t just follow the trope of students wanting to study generic go-to courses like Law, Medicine, or any branch of Engineering because it looks good on paper.
Instead, go for a solid less competitive course that preferably let’s your qualification shine through during the application.
However, if you must go for any of those competitive courses, do so in a University where you have a high chance of gaining admission.
Apply To More Accessible Universities
This point may come as a surprise to you, especially if you had your heart set on applying to top universities like UNILAG (University Of Lagos) or UNILORIN (University of Ilorin) but, there are other great universities in Nigeria you could apply for which are less cutthroat, less competitive, and actually have recruitments applicants can readily and easily meet.
So, rather than line up every year hoping that you will get selected out of millions of students, you could gain admission now, by widening your scope and looking into these other good accessible universities in Nigeria.
Don’t Line Up For Top Choice Universities
To reiterate the previous point, there are top choice universities in Nigeria, applicants are most likely to apply for every admissions’ year.
For these top universities, applicants’ desires for them are often fuelled by stories they’ve heard from other students or the common notion that these universities alone, offer the best education in the country.
No doubt that these are all great universities, but cancelling out other schools, to stand in line for schools you may not get into is a sure way to not enter the university, if that’s what you’re going for.
Rather than do the above, find other universities that also offer the best training for the course you want to do, and apply to those ones.
Even if your options include these top universities, you can mix up your selection, so that you can have more options.
Have The Proper Requirements
Competition and putting all your eggs in one basket may deter your plans of gaining entrance to a Nigerian university, but that’s not the only thing.
Failing to meet the general university requirements for applicants, can do the same damage.
You need to have the proper requirements like –
- Minimum of 5 credits in your Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE/GCE), ordinary level credits gotten in 2 sittings only.
- Minimum score of 200 in the Joint Tertiary Matriculation Examination (JTE) out of 400 marks.
- A minimum merit pass score in the National Certificate of Education (NCE), National Diploma (ND), and any other advanced level certificates.
Make Blended Choices
You can make blended choices during your application, by following the directives given by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, for applicants to choose two universities, two polytechnic, and two colleges of education, while sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
This directive is for both public and private university admission aspirants.
Note: These guidelines may change at any time, so be alert for changes that affect your admission.
Guidelines For Gaining Admission Into Top Universities In Nigeria
To take on the Nigerian education system and win, you need a knowledge of the admission processes of institutions in Nigeria, so that you can be able to make better choices and choose a working strategy for them.
These are some guidelines for gaining admission into top universities in Nigeria based on admission requirements.
University Of Lagos Admission Requirements
- Full-time admission into undergraduate programmes is only obtained by Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE).
- (5) credits in O/Level or its equivalent depending on their choice Department.
- A minimum of 200 points in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and details must be submitted to University of Lagos via Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
- Candidate must sit for, and reach the minimum score for UNILAG’s POST-UTME Screening
- Full-time undergraduate admissions are only offered for programs like Foundation, Diploma, Distance Learning Institute (DLI).
- Postgraduate and evening programs are handled by other arms of the University
- Candidates must be up to 16 at the time of admission.
Abia State University Admission Requirements
For UTME Applicants
- Obtain 5 (five) Credits in five different subjects (English and Mathematics inclusive) in O’level results – WAEC, NECO, GCE, NABTEB or equivalent.
- Pass the ABSU post UTME examination.
- Score at least 180 in JAMB UTME examination in order to qualify for ABSU’s Post-UTME examination.
- Choose the right subject combination for your select courses.
For Direct Entry Applicants
- As an ABSU direct entry applicant, you should have Upper Credit at OND/HND levels wherever necessary. But some subjects may accept a lower credit from you.
- In ABSU, the only course accepting HND for 200 level admissions is Computer Science.
- Direct Entry applicants need a merit in two (2) relevant NCE subjects.
- Minimum of 6 points in the two relevant subjects in IJMB, NABTEB, GCE, Cambridge or equivalent,
- A minimum of O’Level credit pass in ﬁve (5) subjects in two sittings.
University Of Ilorin Admission Requirements
- Applicants for UNILORIN should be 16 years or older to apply.
- You need to meet the O’level requirements set by the University, meet the cut off mark and pass the Post-UTME test.
- Meet UNILORIN’s JAMB cut off mark of 180 or score higher.
- To study choice courses like Medicine and Surgery, Economics, Pharmacy, and Nursing you need to score 80% and above in the Post-UTME given by UNILORIN.
University Of Nigeria Nsukka Admission Requirements
- You have to be 16 and above to apply for admission at University Of Nigeria Nsukka
- For admissions into UNN courses, you need five credit O’level passes, including a credit in English, and any Science subjects in a maximum of two sittings.
- For direct entry, you need to have the UTME requirement for the course you are applying for.
Benson Idahosa University Admission Requirements
- If you are an undergraduate applying for admission at Benson Idahosa University, the minimum admission requirement for you to meet is to have five O’level credit passes in relevant subjects, with the inclusion of maths and English.
- The five O’level credit passes have to be gotten in exams like WAEC and NECO, in a maximum of two sittings.
- Another admission requirement for Benson Idahosa University is that you the applicant should have registered, sat for, and passed the UTME test.
- Candidates who are applying with qualifications like Diploma or NCE can also be admitted into Direct Entry at Benson Idahosa University.
University Of Benin Admission Requirements
- Students applying for UTME admissions into University Of Benin, should possess Five O’level credit passes including in English, taken into a maximum of two sittings, exams like WASSCE,WAEC SSCE/GCE,NECO,SSCE or generally accepted equivalents.
- The age limit for applying to UNIBEN UTME application is 35 years and above.
- A JAMB score of 180 is required in order for you to qualify for the Post-UTME examination given by UNIBEN
- UNIBEN only admitted students who chose the university as their first choice.
- A careful and correct selection of university official course combinations is advised for successful admission.
- To prove that you deserve to go to UNIBEN, you must take and pass the Post-UTME test administered by UNIBEN.
Direct Entry Applicants
- Candidates applying directly to the University Of Benin should put UNIBEN as their first choice on their JAMB form.
- If you already have a first degree when applying to the university, the score accepted is second class honours; lower division.
- If what you have is a Diploma, UNIBEN expects a Merit Level Pass from you, in order to be admitted for a degree program.
- A Diploma or OND gotten from other recognised institutes, must be an Upper Credit Level Pass result.
Every Nigerian University has something exceptional to offer to applicants, and as such you should explore these things while applying for admission.
Don’t limit yourself to specific Nigerian universities, and try to know all you can about their admissions process and requirements to increase your chances of being selected.