Important information: How to get an admission to University this year


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday announced its guidelines for admission process into tertiary institutions.

They have introduced a points system to replace the Post-UTME which was recently scrapped. This move was the end result of meetings between JAMB and the tertiary institutions.

Here’s what we understand about this points system so far:

  1. If you perform well in your JAMB, you’ll get a provisional admission. It will be put up on the JAMB admission checker website. That website isn’t ready for now and JAMB said in the meantime, “praying is all you can do”.

However a JAMB provisional admission does not mean that the University will eventually admit you, it just means that you are now eligible to be screened by the school.

  1. The schools will screen those with provisional admission using a points system. The more points you have, the better your chances of course.
  2. The number of points you get depends on the quality and even quantity of your JAMB and O’Level results.
  3. For your O’Level, if you submit only one result which you got in just one sitting – whether NECO, WAEC, GCE etc, you get 10 points. But if your result is a combination of two sittings, you get 2 points.
  4. But that’s not enough. Candidates with better O’Level grades get higher points. Each grade has an equivalent point: A has 6 points; B has 4 points and C has 3 points.
  5. And then there’s your JAMB/UTME score. Basically if you score between 180 – 200, you will get between 20 to 23 points; 200 – 250 will get between 24 to 33 points; 251 – 300 will get between 34 to 43 points; and 300 – 400 will get between 44 to 60 points.
  6. Let us break it down even further. For every five marks in your JAMB, you get one point. So if your JAMB score is between 180 to 185, you get 20 points. Then 185 to 190 gets 21 points; 190 to 195 gets 22 points; 195 to 200 gets 23 points; and on and on you go.
  7. When you add all your points from number of sittings to quality of your O’Level and JAMB grades, you arrive at a total. The University then sets a cutoff for each course. For instance, it can say the cutoff for engineering is 80 points. You may score 300 in JAMB and be given provisional admission, but unless your total point tally meets that 80 points cutoff, sorry, no admission for you. You will lose the provisional JAMB admission.
  8. Importantly for the schools which have been making a killing by charging for Post-UME, the JAMB guideline says they can still charge fees for screening under this new system even though exams won’t be written.
  9. Finally, it doesn’t mean, it’s all going to be based on merit. This is Nigeria. For each course, candidates who will gain admission via merit will be 45%; those who will get in via catchment area will constitute a massive 35% of the total; while the remaining 20% will be from Educationally Less Developed States (ELDS) and staff lists.

To explain this, every University has catchment areas which are the states close to the location of the University for federal institutions; and all the local government areas in a state for state owned institutions.

The Educationally less developed states in Nigeria are Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Ebonyi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, and Zamfara. Candidates from these states are given special concession for admission.


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