What to know before applying to a Nigerian university (2022)

Is applying to a Nigerian university the next thing on your list?

After finishing secondary school and having at least five credit in the required subjects, the general next step is to seek admission into the university.

In doing this, you put into consideration certain factors before applying for admission in any Nigerian University. And those factors is what this post aims to show you.

Below are the necessary factors every student seeking admission this year should consider:

1.  Does the university offer your course of study?

Though you may already have a particular university in mind while seeking for admission, it is also important for you to gather information about courses the university. So you’ll know early if they offer the course you desire.

For instance, in Akwa Ibom State University, courses like Medicine, Law, Nutrition and Dietetics are not offered yet. So it will be disappointing for you who have interest in studying medicine or law, most especially if they didn’t carry out a research before seeking admission into the University.

You must also be very sure of the subject combinations necessary for your desired course of study. Failure to do this may hinder you from getting admitted or cause a change of course on your admission later.

To help you achieve this, we already compiled a list of jamb subject combination for all courses.

2. The amount of fees and acceptance fees paid

Most Nigerian universities require newly admitted students to pay a certain amount of money on admission into the university. This payment is known as “acceptance fees” and it is quite different from the school fees.

At federal universities, school fees amount is the same for all students. But that is not the case at state universities.

State universities admit two set of students: indigene and non indigene. The amount of school fees paid by non indigene is usually higher than that of indigene at most state institutions.

Therefore, if you desire to school outside your state, you should be aware that your school fees will be on the higher side.

You should also make effort to find out the exact amount of fees you will have to pay in your first year and other subsequent years.

Having an idea of both the amount for the acceptance fees and school fees will enable you prepare financially. It will also help you choose university whose fees that you can afford.

Check out the school fees of all federal universities in Nigeria for 2022/2023. Also see the Current school fees of all state universities in Nigeria 2022/2023.

3. Location of the university

In Nigeria, there are many universities scattered across the country. Both private universities and those owned by the federal or state government.

As a student seeking admission or parent/guardian seeking admission for your wards in any university, you have to consider where it is located.

While some people fancy studying outside their states, others would not love schooling at a distance away from their family or work.

You should remember that choosing a university outside your state could place financial burden on you, especially if you are from a family that is not financially capable.

Besides, studying at a far school could change many things. See our post on: Private schools Vs Public schools for insight.

4. Academic excellence

When searching for a university to study, your pursuit should be academic excellence. While some schools are reputable for academic excellence, others are well below average.

You should be certain on how academically sound your preferred university is, as well as how good they are in the course you have chosen to study.

This can be achievable by reading reviews on the university by others and also questioning undergraduates or graduates of the university.

If the university does not match their description of academic excellence, you may search for another university.

5. Age

Some universities have a lower age limit for students they admit. Students below 16/17 years of age may not be given admission in certain universities, like UNILAG.

Because of that, you should inquire if the university you’re seeking admission into has any minimum age requirement to avoid disappointment.

6. Cut off point of the course

Although JAMB has its cut off mark, universities have their specific cut off marks for different courses. The cut off mark for public administration would not be the same with that of Law.

For that reason, before you register JAMB, you should have made your research about the cut off mark for your desired university and course.

Remember, if you’re unable to pass the cut off mark, you may likely not be offered admission into the university. However, if you do, chances are that you may be given a different course to study.

Over the years, we have seen few students are offered admission into their desired course of study at Nigerian universities. Here is the Post UTME cut-off mark of all Nigerian universities 2022/23.

We hope this article would be beneficial to you applying for admission in any university in Nigeria. Keep being a part of us at Wesyc.


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