About 51 degree-awarding institutions in Nigeria will not admit candidates who scored below 180 in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for any programme.
This is according to a document from the Joint Admissions Matriculation Examination (JAMB).
JAMB had earlier announced 160 as the official (minimum) cut off mark for admission into Nigerian universities for the 2020/2021 academic session.
The decision was reached through a voting system but some universities said they will not go below 180 as their cut off mark.
Out of 51 institutions who decided not to go below 180, only one said its minimum cutoff mark is 210 while nine institutions said their minimum cut off mark is 200.
Also, one university benched its own minimum at 190 while 40 institutions pegged their minimum at 180.
Institutions that won’t accept less than 200
- Pan- Atlantic university –210
- Covenant university — 200
- Obafemi Awolowo university – 200
- University of Ibadan — 200
- Seminary of All Saints (Affiliated to University of Benin)–200
- University of Benin – 200
- Bigard Memorial Seminary (Affiliated to University of Ibadan) –200
- University of Lagos –200
- Immanuel College of Theology and Christian Education (Affl. University of Ibadan)—200
- St. Peter and Paul Seminary — 200
Institutions that won’t accept less than 190
- Lagos State University — 190
Institutions that won’t accept less than 180
- Nigerian Army University – 180
- Ekiti State University —180
- Afe Babalola University—180
- Baptist College Of Theology (Affl To Ambrose Alli Uni) –180
- Anchor University, Ayobo —180
- Pamo Univ. Of Medical Science -180
- Redeemers University, Osun – 180
- Ahmadu Bello University—180
- Landmark University — 180
- Alex Ekwueme Federal Univ. —180
- University Of Ilorin, Ilorin—180
- University Of Jos — 180
- Federal University—180
- University Of Abuja— 180
- Bayero University—180
- Augustine University —180
- Rivers State University —180
- Spiritan Int’l School Of Theology (Affl To Univ Of Nig, Nsukka) –180
- Adekunle Ajasin University –180
- Imo State University –180
- Nigerian Police Academy –180
- Spiritan School Of Philosophy—180
- University Of Port-Harcourt – 180
- Ladoke Akintola University Of Technology –180
- Claretian Institute Of Philosophy (Affl To Imo State University)—180
- Nigerian Defence Academy –180
- Benue State University –180
- Seat Of Wisdom Seminary (Affl To Imo State University) –180
- Ondo State Uni. Of Sc & Tech –180
- Olabisi Onabanjo University –180
- Fed University Of Agri, Abeokuta –180
- Bayelsa Medical University –180
- Fed University Of Tech, FUTO –180
- Fed University Of Tech, Akure –180
- University Of Nigeria Nsuka -180
- Federal Univ Of Petroleum Efuru –180
- Ondo State Uni Of Medical Sc -180
- Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Uni – 180
- University Of Uyo – 180
- Ambrose Alli University, 180
There are 182-degree awarding institutions in Nigeria, 10 of these said their minimum cut off mark is 200 and above, 11 institutions said theirs will remain at 190 and above. About 51 institutions said their cut off mark is benched at 180 and above.
Also, 64 institutions’ cut off mark will be from 170 and above; 112 institutions said their cut off mark is pegged at 160 and above while 69 said their cut off mark is benched at 160 and below.
The spokesperson of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, in a statement on Monday said there is “no uniform UTME minimum score for admission” as each institution determines and submits to JAMB its minimum UTME score “after having analysed the UTME performances of its applicants against its available quota.”
“There is a layer of misconceptions on what is generally described as a uniform minimum national UTME score for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria. For long, many candidates and some members of the general public have come under the erroneous impression that there is a minimum national UTME score, which they also refer to as cut off point,” he said.
According to him, the UTME score is not the sole determinant of placement of candidates into tertiary institutions.
“The undue attention to the so-called national minimum UTME score (UTME cut off point) is a major source of failure of many ill-informed candidates who assumed that they have finally attained the benchmark having achieved the so-called minimum national score or cut off point for admission,” he said.
He said decisions at the annual Policy Meeting on Admission does not reduce the minimum prescription of the institutions ” “except the few institutions whose submitted minimum UTME- scores fall below what the Policy Meeting considers as the minimum score acceptable.”
“UTME score is just one of the two or three scores that are generally added together to obtain the eventual aggregate score and ranking of the candidates,” he said.
The 2020 UTME examination started on March 14 and ended March 21 in its accredited Computer Based Test (CBT) centers nationwide. A total number of 1,949,983 candidates wrote the 2020 UTME examination.
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