How to Gain Admissions into ATBU (UTME, DE, and Others)

Guide to Gaining Admission to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU)

Writing about ATBU is so simple and direct. Things are not complex with their admission processes. Yet you must know step by step processes to gaining admission to the university. After all, admission could be FREE but not without doing your things rightly.

I have produced very few students to this university in the last ten years. Anyway, candidates in the south-west would not just dream of going far north for their degrees unless it’s got frustrating to win a space down here. But a few times my students made attempts, it worked like magic.

I’ll walk you through three steps to gaining admission to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi. Kindly pay attention and follow through. I can guarantee your admission here, if you won’t leave anything out of this guide.

I’ll be covering the steps below:

  1. See to your O’level Results.
  2. Choose ATBU in UTME and score 180 or above
  3. Register for ATBU Post UTME Screening
  4. Admission to ATBU as Direct Entry Applicants
  5. Admission to ATBU with Connection or Influence

1. See to your O’level Results.

Are they complete?

Like any other universities, SSCE result is compulsory for admission. However, not all schools accept all O’level results. By this I mean, some schools only recon with WAEC, NECO, NABTEB and GCE.

Some says you can use any O’level results, but they’re not faithful about it. They say that in order to hide things from the public or to avoid wrath from the concerned exams bodies.

Whereas, ATBU is consistently accepting all O’level results and any possible combinations. For example you can cominine NECO with NABTEB, WAEC with NECO or NABTEB etc

5 O’level Credit Passes
You need 5 credit passes in O’level subjects relevant to your proposed course in the school. The allows ordinary passes in SSCE (certain subjects) for some courses.

JAMB brochure has details on this; see it online here.

Conditions of O’level requirements for each course at ATBU are well detailed in JAMB brochure. You can check my post on “JAMB Brochure: How to Study it to Avoid Admission Errors” as a guide to know what look for in JAMB brochure.

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2. Choose ATBU in UTME and score 180 or above

Of course, you need to write UTME before gaining admission to the university. But what you need get here include:

Choose the school as your first choice.
I’m not sure if they’re made available by JAMB under second choice category. Even if it’s possible to choose them as second choice, please don’t. No school is accepting second choice candidates any longer.

Truth be said, most schools cannot afford to accommodate all their first choice candidates. Why will they worry about second choice applicants?

This is ATBU gate
At the university entrance

Choose you Course at ATBU
You only have ONE course to choose, then choose wisely. Of course, almost all candidates know what they want to study in the school before obtaining JAMB form.

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Yet, I’ll advise you to study brochure in order to answer questions below:

  • Is the course available at ATBU?
  • What are the required SSCE subjects for it?
  • What are the UTME subjects you must write for the course?
  • Does ATBU have some conditions to her O’level and UTME subjects different from other schools?

If however you don’t want to study the brochure or you don’t have access to one, use this JAMB eligibility status checker to see if you’re qualified for the course you’re chasing at the university.

Using that method is faster and safer.

Score 180 or above in your UTME.
Most federal
universities only accept 200 or above in UTME; the likes of UI, UNIBEN,
UNILAG, OAU to mention a few. But your beloved ATBU is friendly with
180. Aren’t they?

However, there’s a problem to that.

Majority of
applicants who had taken other schools requiring 200 or above but failed
to meet up would finally do change of institutions to the likes of
ATBU. This will then increase their applicants considerably and make
admission more competitive.

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That’s why you have to go far beyond 180 in order to stand a higher chance of being offered admission eventually.

3. Register for ATBU Post UTME Screening

Till now, ATBU only conducted post UTME screening rather than exams. By this, I mean the school only asks you to fill form online when their post UTME form is on sales. Hence, no exams!

This is usually the form the university post UTME screening will take
ATBU post UTME screening announcement in 2018/2019 session

Apart form the online screening, you’re not to do any other thing than to start following your admission status on JAMB CAPS.

Then, If you’re admitted, you will be on campus for physical screening. You’ll be there with the likes of items listed below:

  • Post-UTME registration print-out
  • O’level (SSCE) results (scratch cards to check them online)
  • UTME result print-out
  • Local government Identification
  • Birth Certificate
  • and passport photos

If you’re curious to know how they will give admission without any exams, ATBU will rate you based on your performance in SSCE, UTME results (and if you belong to their catchments or less educated states).

I have covered catchment areas and less privilege states in my post, “Admissions Based on Educationally Less Developed States, Catchment Areas and Merit“.

Their calculation and selection analysis may not be made public. Yet, students on campus know they have been admitted justly.

Wishing you luck!

Gain Admission to ATBU as Direct Entry Applicants

This section doesn’t concern UTME candidates. So skip. 

Direct entry applicants are those who had completed their Bsc, HND, ND, NCE, IJMB, JUPEB, Cambridge A’level, Foundation etc in a school and decided to proceed to the university to continue with their courses or related ones.

To seek admission to ABTU as a direct entry applicant, you must also:

  • obtain JAMB form. Yours is called JAMB Direct entry form instead of JAMB UTME form.
  • register at any CBT centre nationwide
  • register for Post DE; the same time UTME applicants are registering.
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Obviously, before you can apply for ATBU post-DE, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Have minimum of lower credit for ND holders
  • Have Merit grade for Diploma
  • 9 points in NCE or IJMB

Kindly, visit, study and understand JAMB brochure or check your eligibility (as explained above) for further information.

Experience has shown that ABTU’s IJMB and Diploma candidates are more favoured in Direct Entry admission. However, this doesn’t mean they don’t consider outsiders. You’re in the right place if you meet their requirements.

Gain Admission to ATBU with Connection or Influence

Save yourself from being scammed – don’t look for cheap admission. Admission, to a university for that matter, shouldn’t be easier than this my brothers and sisters. No post UTME, only UTME and 180 or above. Then, what else do you want?

I’m not saying you can’t see a lecturer to help you with admission at ATBU. But you’re more likely going to be scammed or left disappointed.

Close your mind, face reality. Give ATBU good O’level result, 180 plus in UMTE, then see you on the list.

NB: You may not be so lucky on their merit list (especially for some competitive courses) if you don’t belong to their catchment areas or less educated states.Knowing this, you may consider a change of course to a less competitive course.

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