Information is power! If you are not informed you will be deformed. I have seen Nigerians who have seek admission into the university more than three times but all to no avail, yet we see awaiting result gaining admission on yearly basis.
The truth is gaining admission to Nigeria university or admission anywhere in the world is easy if you understand the basic principle. If you know what to do and you do it right surely you can gain admission to any university sweatless.
Nigeria operates on a 6-3-3-4 system of education; six (6) years in Primary school, Three (3) years, in the junior secondary school, another three (3) years in senior secondary school and the last four (4) years in the tertiary institution. Below are the procedures/steps in gaining admission into the tertiary institution.
The Chief Steps in Gaining Admissions
1] Passing your O’Level.
Most universities across the country demand that you obtain your O’level results at or above certain points. For example, for you to secure admission in most universities, you are required to pass your WAEC with at least Five (5) credit passes in relevant subjects including mathematics and English language in not less than two sittings.
Others include NECO, GCE NABTEB etc. To pass your WAEC with ease you might need adopt the secret of Scoring high in any exam, if you have done this, you are on track.
2] Passing your JAMB UTME above some point.
First, we know JAMB stands for the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, diving into its history is not necessary here. The big deal is that it is the board responsible for conducting the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination UTME, also responsible for placing candidates in the various universities they apply for based on the candidates merit score or catchment area.
For you to stand a chance of securing admission in Nigeria through JAMB, you need to score above a stipulated mark called jamb cut-off mark (usually 180/200 for most universities). Usually published every year for various tertiary institutions of learning, be it a University, polytechnic, monotechnic or college of education.
It is good to note here that the cut-off mark is not a guarantee that one will gain admission in a particular institution as there are those who may score above the mark and seeking admission in same institution in which case they may be selected and others left behind (as it’s survival of the fittest) depending on the institution’s admissions capacity.
This in real sense is the reasons candidates are advised to place cut-off marks aside and strive to score higher in the post UTME to increase their chances of being admitted. But wait it’s not all, JAMB goes hand in hand with this next step.
3] Post UTME Screening Exercise.
This is conducted by each institution to select the proper candidates for admissions. It is good to note that the last admission total score is calculated employing/merging both UTME score and the post UTME score and this calls for candidates performing well in both exams as to get to (or above) the stipulated cut-off mark.
Although, this test has been replaced by oral interview by the federal ministry of education, based on some enumerated reasons. How difficult the interview will be will depend on each school. But with a high jamb score will surely gives you leverage over others seeking admission.
Post UTME registrations usually take off around the month of June/July for various institutions across the country. After the examinations session, the selected/admitted candidates (usually published on the Board’s website) will have to go through these further steps. The truth is that Post UTME and Jamb are the major determinant if you can gain admission or not. Learn everything you need to to pass both very well.
4.] Study Past Questions: To pass Jamb exceptionally you must engage and check past question. The truth is that most schools anywhere in Nigeria often engage in repeating past questions. So lay your hand on your desired school past question and practice it even with your friends for a better understanding.
Warning! Don’t be among those people who only focus on past question and leave every other area. Past question is like a guide to know the pattern of the previous questions.
5] Consider your Catchment Area: Most student prefers Federal universities; the choice of this ranges from the fact that their fee is usually cheap compared to private or state universities. But remember federal universities has catchment areas. If you an indigenes of South-west geopolitical zone, then your catchment area is south-west same apply to other zone.
If for instance the cut-off mark for your choice of course in the university is say 250, it could be 245 for those from that region and 242 for the indigenes of the state. This reduction goes a long way my dear as 1/2 mark is enough to hinders you from gaining admission to the university.
If you have tried federal university and is not working, try your state university because you have a very high advantage there. Most university will consider their own indigenes first before any other people from other state. It is everywhere in Nigeria state universities, so instead of wasting your precious time why not try your state university. Make you read how to score above 300 in Nigeria universities.
6.] Printing of admission letters.
Now you have been given provisional admission, and you are to do for other clearance. Here candidates who are given provisional admission are to view and print out their letter of admissions from the matriculation’s board online for their clearance purposes. If you accept the admission you can then go ahead to pay your acceptance fees as stipulated by the school.
7] Doing online and Physical clearance.
Depending on schools, some admission steps usually take place online for proper documentation of student data, these includes verification of payment of acceptance fee on the institution’s official website or online portal.
This seems to be last stage of the admission process (but not thoroughly all). Here candidates are to appear before their institution’s admissions office in person to be physically examined.
This includes the provision of necessary documents including their First Leaving School Certificate or Testimonial or its equal, O’level result, birth certificate or birth declaration statement, medical report, admission letter printed from JAMB, and others.
8] Matriculation follow sooner or later.
Usually after necessary clearance, student often time start receiving their lectures pending the matriculation ceremony. Matriculation approves you a bonafide student of the institution in which you have been admitted to study.
And that’s it, you become an undergraduate as you desired. Congratulation! you are now undergraduate but this is where the big work comes in. To achieve success in school you need to stay focus and also to adopt some powerful studying habit for exceptional result. Remember am here to help you have more issue or question drop your comment below.