UNDERSTAND HOW JAMB CAPS WORKS AND MONITOR YOUR ADMISSION PROGRESS
You’re on the right page if you want to know the meaning of “admission in progress”, the meaning of “not admitted” the meaning “sorry no admission is given yet”, the meaning of “recommended for admission” and similar status messages.
Now that all is set for this year’s admission exercise, you need to know that both JAMB and schools are now in charge of giving admissions. JAMB will use the system called CAPS to monitor admission activities by all institutions.
Read, UTME is Over! What Admission Aspirants Should Be Expecting in Few Weeks to get the idea of the next stages in admission after you’d checked your UTME result. Also, note that this same information affects the Direct entry admission aspirants.
So what is this CAPS? How does it affect you? What are the modalities? How will you know if you’ve been offered admission through it? And more …
What is the JAMB CAPS?
In full, the meaning of CAPS is Central Admission Processing System. This system is devised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to monitor the admission progress of all admission seekers.
So, how does it work?
The primary purpose of this mechanism is to monitor your admission by the board so that schools don’t deprive you of the offer when you merit one.
JAMB gives you regular access to your profile so you can see how things are going between your proposed institutions and the board.
First, do you remember that you created a profile during the UTME registration exercise? You will need this, from now till you’re finally given admission – even after.
That’s how CAPS comes in.
JAMB profile is a platform created by individual UTME and DE admssion seekers at CBT centers when they’re registering for JAMB. This platform allows them to log in and access several services prepared by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, that have to do with their admissions.
Now that you have your profile handy, let me work you through how you will use it to access your CAPS.
Do you forget your profile details? Reset JAMB Profile Password
- Follow the link below for your profile.
- A new password will be sent to the email you used during UTME registration.
- Copy the new password down and use it henceforth
- You can also change the password to something more friendly to rememeber.
Now re-login to see that the new password is working with your profile.
To access the CAPS, you have to click on Check Admission Status on the dashboard. After that, click on the Access My CAPS on the next page. That will take you to the JAMB CAPS.
Understand What CAPS Status Messages Mean
Below is the list of those messages and their interpretation or meaning.
1. CAPS “Welcome”
Some candidates complain what they see on their profiles (CAPS) is only the word “Welcome” and nothing more.
Interpretation. Your device can’t display more contents than that. In other words, you should know that the page shows you more than the word “welcome”. But if that happens to you, your device (usually a phone) can’t show you the rest of the details.
What to do next. Change your device and log in again. I advise you to use a computer (or laptop) to check.
You can also mark the “Desktop Site” box on your phone browser setting to see the page in the standard desktop view. Using a Google chrome browser will help here. Just check for Desktop view under the browser settings and check that to adapt your page to a desktop-like view.
2. CAPS “Not Admitted”
This is a message to tell you that no school has offered you admission yet. In most cases, the space for institutions and courses will be empty or blank.
Interpretation. It doesn’t mean you won’t be given admission. It only shows no admission is yet to be given by any school. See Institution and Course Not Showing (Blank) in CAPS? Reasons and Solutions.
What to do next. Wait for your proposed schools to conduct post UTME or admission screening (if they’ve not). If they’ve already done that, they usually continually send lists to JAMB to upload to students’ pages.
Hence, you will be checking your page from time to time to know when it’s your turn.
3. CAPS “Admission in Progress”
Admission in Progress (AIP) status means JAMB has received your name for admission but they will need to verify some criteria followed by the institution to ascertain their conformity with lay down rules.
Interpretation. Be happy as this is the beginning of your journey to being admitted. I can guarantee if you have this status message, you’ll be offered admission at the end.
What to do next. Wait for JAMB to complete her work. Keep checking your status from time to time and sooner the message will change to the next stage.
4. CAPS “You’ve been Recommended for Admission”
This message is a reassurance that JAMB has received your name on the list and you should be confident that the admission will favor you in the end.
Interpretation. Your school has offered you admission but JAMB will have to consent to it too. At this stage, the body can change your course to another if you don’t meet up with your original proposed course.
What to do next. You wait and keep rechecking until your message change to a congratulatory message.
5. CAPS “Admission is Approved”
This is the congratulatory message you have been waiting for. Once, you’re shown this message, no going back.
Interpretation. Even if this message doesn’t say what course is given or which school gives, you’re still certain you have been offered admission. It may take a few days before other details are shown.
What to do next. Check back for messages that will display which school and what course you’re offered. Just recheck your profile from to time.
6. CAPS “Accept or Reject Admission”
This time, JAMB wants to be sure you want to accept or reject the admission. This is a very sensitive stage. JAMB doesn’t want to give you admission and later you don’t have interests in it again.
This will deprive a student who wants such an opportunity to be admitted. Hence, they want you to confirm that you want the school and the course offered.
Interpretation. Don’t joke with this stage. JAMB may eventually withdraw your admission if you don’t accept the offer. In fact, you won’t be able to print the JAMB admission letter unless you accept the offer. So, accept the offer if you’re ok with that or reject it to give another student space.
What to do Next. If you accept, print your JAMB admission letter and original JAMB results and wait for your school to upload your list to the school’s portal or call you up for the freshman’s documentation.
If you reject the offer, you will have to wait and keep rechecking your status to see if another school will give you admission. See What JAMB and Schools Do When You Reject Admission on CAPS.
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7. CAPS “Congratulations, You’ve Been Offered Admission”
This is what you most likely see after you have accepted the admission or sometimes before.
Interpretation. This reassures you that, nothing else is expected of you on the JAMB profile unless you want to print the original JAMB result, admission letter, or do a change of course (if your school offers you a course different from the one you chose in UTME).
- You will be required to do a change of course if the course given to you is different from the one you filled during the UTME registration. Without that, you won’t be able to print your JAMB admission letter.
- You may need this set of documents at your school’s documentation time;
- Original JAMB result
- JAMB Admission letter
And both can be printed from your JAMB profile for N1000 each excluding the Remita charges. Also, the change of course payment is N2500. These prices don’t include the Remita Charges. See How To Make Remita Payment at Bank and Online: Quick Guide.
Most students ask me whether it’s possible to have admission offers from two or more schools with this system. I had done some justice to this question in my post, “Can JAMB Give Admission to a Student from two Schools or More?“
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