Getting Set to Process Admissions in Nigeria Institutions

This is a comprehensive guide on how to gain admission into any university, polytechnic or colleges of education in Nigeria
Gaining admission is easier if you know what you’re doing.

Looking for steps to gain admission into any university, polytechnic or colleges of education?  The roads to take are very direct but unless you know, you’re lost before you start the journey. The guide below will give you step by step approaches to seeking and gaining admission in Nigeria.

I divide this post into sections; such that you will find the link that will take you to the next one. The five sections to be covered are itemized below.

Section 1 – Get Set for the Challenge (this you’re reading)
Section 2Stay Connected
Section 3Stay Focused
Section 4Use Open Chances
Section 5Go for the Alternatives


There’s no doubt that reading this piece to the end may take you a couple of minutes,  if not hours.

But for the information well-packed though, you should be eager to complete it, as soon as possible (no matter your schedule).

For those who may not be able to dedicate enough time to complete the reading at a single sit, you can just bookmark the page and revisit. You can leave the page opened on your browser too. Then, you go back to it any time without losing the last point.

Year-in year-out – admission seekers ask the same question, “How can I gain admission to my dreamed school?”

Even when you don’t dream of a particular citadel of learning, leaving home to proceed with your education in any higher institution, for that matter, is your priority.

To this question, the answer still remains the same, “5 Trusted Approaches to Gain Admission in Nigeria”

Why Am I in a Position to Guide you on Admission?

My name is Tolani Tijani. I’ve been a graduate for more than a decade.

What class were you 15 years ago? Just kidding!

Since that year, I’ve been into education consulting – helping hundreds of boys and girls gaining stress-free admissions.

This, I was and I’m able to achieve by providing guides, counseling, and clues to gaining admission to any of the universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education in Nigeria.

With my experiences, I have not less than 60% practical exposure to undergraduate and postgraduate admissions to 30 federal universities, 50 state-owned and 20 private universities.

In fact, still counting…

This is why it seems, I can say a thing or two about any school in Nigeria – be it old or new.

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Mind you, I’ve been blogging for years. I own a blog where I don’t only share updates about admissions, but also give comprehensive guides on JAMB UTME, IJMB, JUPEB, SSCE, Postgraduates programmes and more.

You’re on the blog.

You will notice the difference in the tone and presentation from others you’re used to. That’s what experience means.

Before going online, I’ve been running offline, my consulting firm; Techie Konsult, located at office 2 and 4, Opp. Prestige Hotel, Oke Ola Apomu in Osun State.

Here, we lead, others follow.

Enough of introduction! Let’s get to work…

The 5 Confirmed Steps to Gain Admission to your Proposed Schools

Generally, there are four things that are particular to gaining admission to any school in Nigeria or anywhere else in the world. Four will be comprehensively covered here. Number 5 will only be a bonus – which may mean a lot more than the first four.

I handle each under a separate heading (section). You may need to proceed to the next section, with the link right below the section you are.

What you have to do is read, ruminate about, ask questions where necessary and share this article to help others (if you find it helpful).

What is Special About Gaining Admissions?

Seeking and gaining admission is a challenge in Nigeria. No need to remind you of this if you’ve been writing JAMB for some years now.

But if you’re a newcomer, you still must see this as a reality. When you hear that people have seeking admissions for some years, you wonder what is wrong with them.

No, nothing may be wrong with them. But a lot may be wrong with the whole system. This is why you must take this seriously from the very beginning.

Let me help you from falling into the same pitches many of those so-called admission seekers have been for years. Read to the end.

Section 1 – Get Set for the Challenge

1. Make the right O’level Results

I’ve seen some difficult students seeking admissions without their complete O’level results. In fact, while writing this page, one of my staff just brought a lady with D7 in English who wanted to seek admission into the Adeyemi College of Education.

She’d hope, since the school is just a college, they should accept such. But here is the real deal – she had no English but she wanted to study English/Social Studies.

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Seriously, hundreds of other applicants are like this.

In order to seek admission, you must have your complete SSCE grades. By “complete SSCE result”, I don’t mean you must have credits in all your 9 or 8 subjects you wrote in WAEC, NECO or so.


A complete O’level result means, at least 5 credit passes in WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, NBAIS or their equivalences. These credit passes can be produced from two sittings at most.

I have a comprehensive guide on the right subject grades in my post, “SSCE Results: 5 Compulsory Subjects to Pass for Admission Purpose

You can find any of the resources below useful too. Take a moment to read or come back to them.

  1. NBAIS Results for Admission: What You Should Know About the Arabic Exams
  2. NECO Exams and Results: Answers to Your Questions Before You Obtain the Form or Use the Result for Admission
  3. 13 Things You Must Know About NABTEB Before You Obtain the Form or The Result for Admission
  4. WAEC: Answers to Students’ Questions Before Obtain the Form or Use Results for Admissions

    Awaiting Results For Admissions

    Not less than 30 percent of admission seekers each year will opt-in for JAMB UTME with awaiting results. And that’s not a problem.

    By the awaiting result, it means, you’d just written WAEC, NECO, GCE, NABTEB etc or you’re about to obtain the forms. The exams body is yet to release your results for printing and use for admission.

    Do you wonder if you can still obtain UTME with SSCE exams not yet written or result not yet released? Yes, you can and that’s where awaiting result comes in.

    JAMB allows interested applicants to obtain UTME/DE form without their SSCE results ready. However, you won’t be offered admission by any school until you later submit it (after the release) to JAMB.

    The first post below talks further about awaiting results and how to use it for admissions. Others will talk about why it’s important to resubmit your results after being released if you’re serious about being on campus.

    1. AWAITING RESULTS for JAMB and Other Admissions: What You Must Know.
    2. How to Upload O’Level (SSCE), ND and NCE Results to JAMB Portal.
    3. Is Re-uploading of O’level Results to JAMB Portal for Everyone?
    4. NO ADMISSION YET, Why O’level Result is the Reason for Delay. 
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    2. Buy JAMB UTME Form and Register

    While many students don’t give the first two points above more attention, generally anyone seeking admission takes buying, registering, and writing UTME seriously.

    That’s ok. But now you know that there’s more to admission than UTME.

    As for the UTME, It’s important you buy and register – the right time.

    By the right time, I don’t mean as soon as the portal is opened for the registration. I don’t, as well, mean until nearly everybody has completed their registrations.

    From my experience, it will be ok if you just maintain being in the middle.

    Registering around the 2nd or 3rd week of the commencement of the registration can be safer. How?

    Most times, registration centres face some technical issues in the early days of the registrations. This leads them to make a series of errors. But, where a candidate falls to the mid-period of the application, such issues must have been well addressed by JAMB and the centres.

    If you need more evidence, I have seen candidates who bought forms too early and wrong PINs were fetched for them. Some have to pay twice for a single form because of network issues. Some had to go to CBT centers, for more than 5 times, before the centre could get themselves into shape and ready for the registration.

    Before you buy the form and register, consider the resources below. They are comprehensive and precisely enough to give you stress-free experiences in your registration. The posts below say every bit of thought I may want to add to this section.

    1. JAMB Brochure and How to Study it and Avoid Admission Errors.
    2. JAMB Brochure: Updated Subject Combination for All Courses.
    3. How to Prepare for and Pass JAMB within Weeks – Sure Approach.
    4. UTME/DE: A Compulsory Requirement to Gain Admission to Nigerian Tertiary Institutions

    This is the end of section 1 – Get Set for the Challenge.

    Now, let’s proceed to Section 2 – Stay Connected.

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