GUIDE TO GAINING ADMISSION INTO UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN (UNILORIN)
UNILORIN has been the hot-cake for some years now, precisely 8 consecutive years. The university for some years has been the most subscribed institution in Nigeria. In 2017 for example, UNILORIN screened 48,666 admission seekers. And just recently, there was a report that the University had the highest number of foreign students.
You wouldn’t have been on this page if you, your friend, family, or child is not trying to join the No. 8 University in Nigeria and No. 3,118 in the world (one of the last data).
I chose to write this post because year in – year out, most admission seekers meet their waterloos at the gate of the Better by Far. To me, being the most subscribed university is not the primary reason many won’t make it to the university. After all, gaining admission to other universities, even private ones, is not free.
You can be offered admission by the University following the steps of the successful candidates before you
The reason FOR BEING DEPRIVED ADMISSION is more because candidates blindly seek admission to this institution without the right information or I should put it simply, “because they don’t know how to gain admission to the school”
The scripture says, “My people are perishing because they lack knowledge”. Permit me to reshape that, “admission seekers are failing because they lack the right information”.
This is the reason for writing this post. At the end of the post, you should get a clear picture of how those successful candidates on UNILORIN campus managed to be there, know the step-by-step journey that leads to a problem-free and connection-free admission to your beloved institution.
What qualifies me to give you these insights?
Having spent the last 10 years as an education consultant and a café manager, I had processed admissions into UNILORIN for hundreds of admission seekers. Some with success and some, of course with a capital NO.
With the stock of experiences in this field, I was able to advise and guide candidates with NO clues on the successful admission process. It worked for them 90% of the time! I had been gratefully thanked and rewarded in the past by some admission seekers. Perhaps after following my guide, you should be back to reward me too. Lol!
Let’s get started.
1. Ensure O’level; SSCE, WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, NBAIS is Complete
First and foremost, hope you’re set for admission with your O’level results? By this I mean, do you already have 5 required grades in your relevant SSCE, WAEC, NECO, GCE, NABTEB, NBAIS?
That question may sound rhetorical but I must warn you that without 5 relevant O’level results, you’re going nowhere for admission. Studying the JAMB brochure (as I will be covering below) will guide you as to what subjects you must have credits or passes in order to pursue a particular course.
You can also use awaiting results to seek admission provided the results will be out or available before the school’s post UTME ends or before the lists will be coming out. This means if you’re in SS 3 or you’re still yet to have complete O’level, you can fill in awaiting results for your O’level during UTME registration at CBT centre.
Note that, immediately your O’level result is released and you make the required subjects, you must go back to any accredited CBT centre to scan and upload it to the JAMB portal. This may attract an additional charge though.
Literally, you’ll need at least 5 credit passes in relevant subjects in one sitting or 5 credit passes in two sittings before you can apply to or be offered admission into the university. This means some courses require you to use ONLY ONE SITTING e.g Medicine and you can use two sittings for some others e.g Chemistry. The brochure is your best bet on this.
|UTME candidates at an examination session|
2. Register UTME and Choose UNILORIN as the First Institution
To gain admission to the University or any university at all, you must have obtained the current year JAMB UTME.
Don’t be mistaken, you can ONLY take this university as your FIRST choice school. Anyway, you can’t find them in the second choice category. UNILORIN is not among the federal universities you can choose in the second choice position.
Recently, some candidates were believing they could use their previous year JAMB score to secure admission this year. This could be those who had read some manufactured blog, WhatsApp or Facebook posts that, Senate had passed it that JAMB UTME results should be used for three admissions year. Nope! Senate did that but it was later annulled by JAMB and Ministry of Education.
Don’t tell them I say this, “it’s one thing to make law in this country, it’s another to abide by or follow it”.
While choosing UNILORIN in JAMB UTME, carefully read and understand JAMB brochures to see the general requirements for your proposed course. This is one of the reasons most candidates with higher marks (200, 300 – even more) in UTME are deprived admissions by schools for that matter.
I’ve got your back in helpful eligibility status checking guide on how to check whether you’re qualified for any school and the course you want to study there. Check it out. And if you check the list of falculties/courses as listed in the first section above, you’ll find the required UTME subject combination alongside the SSCE subjects.
Wrong Subjects Combination Case Studies
I had seen an applicant to UNILORIN who was an Art student. The young man chose Criminology.
He scored 285 in JAMB and did well in post UTME. However, he was not given Criminology or any other course for compensation. Do you know why?
Even though Criminology sounds like an Art course, it’s social science in practice. Hence, it’s categorized as social science (commercial) course at the University. In other words, the course is meant for commercial students who had at least 5 credit passes in his or her O’level results including Maths, English, Economics, Geography, Commerce, Account, etc. I detailed more on this course in, “Is Criminology an Art or a Social Science Course?“
Now, you can see what I was talking about.
Studying JAMB Brochure
Gaining admission to any school, especially your beloved UNILORIN starts with perfect studying and understanding of what the JAMB brochure says. And if you can study admission requiremets
Our friend above had listened to his brother who told him to go for the course. When I called his brother, he also said a friend recommended it.
This shouldn’t be the case.
Seek advice from a qualified and experienced education consultant and if not available, find a JAMB brochure. Even though JAMB is not doing well by only providing CDs for candidates, you can still have access to it directly on the official JAMB website.
You should equally avoid believing some blog posts, WhatsApp mass messages, Facebook shares without confirming from the official sources.
I had personally prepared you something I called Mini JAMB Brochure to give you a quick guide on the right subjects combination for most competitive courses. UNILORIN has a dedicated page on her website for the list of her courses, the UTME subject combination, and O’level requirement.
Note also that, in the brochure, there is a difference between general requirements for some courses and special requirements. General requirements are what JAMB asks all schools to accept for the courses, while special requirements explain if the schools have some exceptions; additions, or subtractions to the general requirements.
Studying JAMB brochures doesn’t only save you from the wrong course against your O’level results, it also saves you from the wrong UTME subject combination.
Please take note – if you score 400/400 in UTME, but with the wrong subject combination, you’re ONLY recognized and awarded by JAMB but forget that year admission and start preparing for another UTME. This can only be resolved by changing of course to the course your subject combination goes with or other options explained in my post, “What Candidates Should Do With Wrong Subjects Combination“
3. Prepare for UNILORIN Post UTME
Ok. Your UTME result is out and it’s time to write Post UTME.
UNILORIN is one of those schools that conduct entrance exams to weed out some admission seekers. But first, what is your UTME score? Is it suitable for your proposed course? If you don’t have anything above 179, forget Better by Far.
This means you must score 180 or above to proceed to the next stage. The university yearly draws some UTME cut-off marks for each course, which a candidate must meet before registering for post-UTME. This means, before you can proceed to post UTME as a Pharmacy candidate, you may need 245 and more in UTME, and education candidates may just need 180 and above.
Do you get the point?
You can see Pre- Post UTME cut-off marks for previous years here. Please note that these cut-off marks are not permanent as they can change in every admission year. They draw cut-off marks based on the number of students for each course, average performance in UTME, available spaces for intakes, etc.
Qualified For Post UTME or Not?
Are you qualified or not? If you’re, thumb up! If you’re not DON’T panic. You can still consider a change of course. You can change your course to the course you’re qualified for during the post UTME registration (on the school portal). They allow it.
It is equally possible to do the change of course on the JAMB portal but I prefer doing that on UNILORIN portal during post UTME registration. You can then later do the change of course on the JAMB portal if need be and at a later date.
This is because the change of course on UNILORIN portal will close along with post-UTME registration, but JAMB change of course (for now) remains open for all time. Then, you can save your money for JAMB change of course if you don’t eventually do well in the post UTME test. If you do well, you can then do JAMB change of course, to match things with the one you chose on the school portal.
|UNILORIN post UTME is a computer-based test|
4. Applying for UNILORIN admission as a Direct Entry candidates
This section is not for everybody.
Direct entry applicants are candidates who had completed their studies in BSC, HND, ND, NCE, IJMB, JUPEB, RN, Cambridge Advanced Level (A’levels), etc. Then, later want to further their studies to universities for their courses or related courses but this time to 200 or 300 level straight. If you don’t belong to this category of candidates, skip this section.
As a direct entry admission seekers, you must:
- have equally obtained the JAMB Direct Entry form (not JAMB UTME form).
- register at any available CBT centres across the nation.
JAMB direct entry form usually comes out the very time UTME candidates are registering too. It was in the past that DE form came after UTME. Hence, the forms will close at the same time. During the registration, your first choice institution should be UNILORIN, the school doesn’t consider second choice applicants.
Before the registration, please visit, study, and understand the brochure.
DON’T IGNORE this, please.
I had covered what you need to look for in the JAMB brochure above. Please go back there and read it. The special consideration (waiver) remarks part of your brochure is more focused on DE applicants.
- Direct Entry Form: Registration Procedures, Price, Closing Date etc
- Direct Entry Candidates Applying With Awaiting Results (AR): What You Must Know
You may and may not bother to submit a copy of your registration print-out and credentials to the admission of the university. UNILORIN doesn’t compulsory this submission.
But there may be the need to send the results (transcripts) of your in BSC, HND, ND, NCE, IJMB, JUPEB, Cambridge Advanced Level (A’levels) to the admission office if you pass their Post-DE and you’re offered admission. This is IMPORTANT.
JUPEB Candidates Are More Favoured For DE Admission
UNILORIN has special consideration for her DE candidates who participated in the university’s JUPEB programmes and passed. It’s more automatic to gain admission through UNILORIN JUPEB.
Post DE Entrance Exams
As a direct entry applicant, you must equally be ready to write post-DE exams which will be scheduled along with post UTME.
Grade Required for Direct Entry Admission
Please note also that the school prefers upper credit from ND holders or 10 points or above from NCE holders.
However, you can be offered admission if you have lower credit or 9 points provided you consider less competitive courses. For example, the university, for Accounting, accepts HND lower credit, ND lower credit with ICAN (ATS) or ICAN (ACA).
5. Predegree Candidates Gaining Admission to 100 Level
How does UNILORIN treat her Pre-degree or remedial Students for Admission to 100 level?
If you’re a student of UNILORIN Remedial programmes, you are 99% of times going to be offered admission to 100 level.
Let me explain!
In my last 10 years of producing students to UNILORIN Remedial programmes, I only recorded ONLY ONE student who was not eventually offered the admission to 100 level.
You will soon know why!
You must have failed two of three conditions below before the university can show you way home.
- Failed in remedial final exams
- Failed in UTME
- Failed in Post-UTME
UNILORIN will consider their pre-degree students for admission to 100 level if they pass the pre-degree exams, even if they fail UTME (but not a ridiculously lower mark – any mark above 179 will be fine). Such students will be given admission through remedial instead of JAMB.
In this case, the management may set a lower requirement in UTME and post UTME for their pre-degree candidates so that they can be favoured at last.
If however, a candidate still doesn’t meet the lower requirements set, he may end up a loser.
The university only asks you to attempt UTME for official records and in order to have a JAMB registration number.
If a remedial student passes UTME but fails remedial exams, he or she will be offered admission through JAMB instead. But if you fail both, you can’t even do post-UTME and you’re going to miss your beloved university.
Nature or Mode of UNILORIN Post-UTME/DE
UNILORIN post-UTME/DE is computer-based. This shouldn’t be new to you by now unless you didn’t write UTME in the first place. Their questions cover English, Maths and General papers for all candidates irrespective of their proposed courses.
During your post UTME registration, you have the choice to write your exams at Ilorin or Lagos centre. Lagos boys and girls, you’re covered!
The result grading is 100% and on average you should have 50% or above to have any hope.
However, 50% may not help you if you’re competing in courses like Medicine, Pharmacy, Law etc. You may need to shock them with a score between 70-100% if you’ll smile to the campus gate this year.
In case you don’t have a higher mark or you score less than 50%, that’s the road end. Quickly do a change of institutions/courses to any school before it’s too late. With this, you’ll look for another institution who had not done her post UTME or not doing it at all. I mean schools that had not closed admission processes for the current admission year. Change to such schools to renew your hope.
How to Get Admission Helps or Connections for UNILORIN
I was kidding with a friend recently that if I must start a school in the future, one important course I would recommend was CONNECTION or INFLUENCE. It’s like nothing works on merit in this part of the world again.
Below is my explanation.
Now you have got good marks in UTME and Post UTME and you still panic you may not be offered admission eventually. Why?
People have been let down like this in the past not only by UNILORIN but any other schools. Some people attribute that to the lack of connection or influence. If you don’t know people; lecturers, professors, security men etc – it doesn’t matter what you get. This is the notion of the days but you may be wrong.
Schools still use merit. They use connection too but there’s no way connection will supersede merit.
For every federal University like UNILORIN, about 45% of applicants must be considered on merit, about 35% for catchment area and 20% for educationally less developed.
I detailed this in my post, “Admissions Based on Educationally Less Developed States, Catchment Areas, and Merit“
I know lecturers help with admissions of some applicants. And I know equally that, a lecturer will not waste his slot on a candidate who already merits that admission. So, when you’re already on the merit list, no one can take you off it. All you should just work for is being on that merit list.
WARNING! Don’t pay anybody for seeking admission into the University of Ilorin; admission is based on merit, catchment areas and less educated states.
You must have heard lots of fabricated lies about UNILORIN admission. Some attribute their failure to secure a position in the lecture room to being Christians, Yoruba other than the Kwara States, Non-Hausa names, etc. This is not true, they just must say something as an excuse. Majority of students already on campus know this by now.
What you need in brief, is, follow what the successful candidates had done and you will achieve the same thing they have.
Good luck! 💪💪
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