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Universities/Polytechnics to Consider With Lower Marks

Universities/Polytechnics Accepting Lower UTME Marks and Reasons to Do JAMB Change of Institutions
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It's another admission year. UTME has come and gone. We now decide on our next move after seeing our results. That next move comes after seeing our results. And you've guessed right, it's the JAMB changing of institutions and courses. This has to be done before schools start to be selling their post-UTME forms.

Are you confused about which schools you should consider at this juncture? You're not the only one who seems down to making the right decisions. It's a general concern whether you have a higher score or a lower one for that matter. More than a hundred students found themselves in the same dilemma which I've helped them with.

If you care to know how we've helped others, read this post to the very end for your first aid guide to a successful and error-free changing of institutions and courses.

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Why Do Students Change Institutions and Courses?

Ordinarily, it's easy to believe that the only reason admission seekers consider changing schools is because of low marks in UTME. No!

Candidates may resolve to change their schools and/or courses for other reasons. Let's look at those reasons that may lead you to change institutions and courses.

  1. If you scored a lower mark than expected. In this case, you want to go to a school that can accept your score.
  2. If you score higher than expected. This happens when a candidate had thought he would not perform to the expectation of a school but surprisingly, he got the mark required by the school. He now decides to go back to school. 
  3. If, at the registration center, they mistakenly chose the wrong school or course for you or you earlier chose the wrong school.
  4. If they chose the wrong UTME subjects for you. You may need to change to a course that is appropriate for the combination. That's why I wrote, "What Candidates Should Do With Wrong Subjects Combination".
  5. If the earlier course requires a higher score than you had in JAMB. You'll have to change to a course perfect for your score.
  6. If suddenly your school just increases the tuition or you later realize you can't afford school tuition.

Now, with a lower JAMB score, you're thrown into confusion as to what universities, polytechnics,  colleges of education, or colleges of Nursing (accepting JAMB) to go for. Below is a list of schools that will admit you with certain UTME scores you have.

List of Universities to Change To If You Scored Less Than 200

200 and above is generally the most look-up-to mark for any student to gain admission. Yet with a good plan and chasing the right schools, you can still secure admission with less a score than 200.

From experience, some schools will not accept any mark of less than 200. The University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, University of Benin, and the University of Lagos are a few such universities that will only accept 200 and above admission seekers. Even if JAMB declared any mark less as the national cut-off mark, these institutions would insist on 200 and above.

If you fall into this category and you scored a mark less, consider changing your school.

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A Few Federal Universities that Accept 180 and Above in UTME

  1. Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO)
  2. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  3. Federal University Dutsin-Ma,
  4. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  5. Oye-Ekiti Federal University
  6. University of Maiduguri, (UNIMAID)
  7. Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto University of Uyo, (UNIUYO)
  8. Niger Delta University (NDU)
  9. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun
  10. University of Ilorin (some of their courses only require you to have 180 and above while others require 200 to 260)
  11. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State (accepts 180 and above for some courses while 200 and above for others) 
  12. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike

A Few State Universities that Accept 180 and Above in UTME

  1. Imo State University (IMSU)
  2. Kaduna State University (KASU)
  3. Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma
  4. Anambra State University (ANSU)
  5. TAI Solarin University of Education (TASUED)
  6. Katsina Federal University
  7. Bayelsa State Ebonyi State University (EBSU)
  8. Enugu State University of Science Tech (ESUT)
  9. Rivers State University of Science and Technology, (RSUST)
  10. Delta State University, Abraka, (DELSU)
  11. Kogi State University, (KSU)
  12. Ambrose Alli University Edo State (AAU)
  13. Osun State University University, Osogbo (accepts 160 and above for some courses and 200 and above for others)
  14. Kwara State University, Ilorin
  15. Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) accepts 160 and above for all its courses.

Note: I will keep updating this list if you can visit us again. You can bookmark this and revisit it sooner. I might have added more by then,

Meanwhile, with 180 and above, you can still consider changing to polytechnics. Polytechnics generally will accept 150 and above. Hence, if chosen as the first choice, you will be given an edge over those who chose them as the second choice or those who scored less.

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List of Universities to Change to If You Scored Less Than 150

Ok, you only got a mark between 150 and 179 but you still prefer universities.

Sincerely, Federal University of Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) and Abia State University, Uturu, (ABSU) were universities in the past that accepted 150 and above. You can give them a trial. However, you will do well not go for more competitive courses. UPDATE: ABSU just changed to 160 in the 2019 admission exercise.

Also, note that these universities may change their systems anytime without notice. Be patient to check the JAMB score of these universities accepted in the last admission year and make your change of institution decision based on that. They hardly change every year.

However, it should be noted that FUOYE doesn't do the Post-UTME test rather it does use the screening method. With this, the SSCE result must be of higher grades (i.e. As and Bs in the 5 relevant subjects to the proposed course) to help energize or augment your lower JAMB score in the final post-UTME screening aggregate score.

Also, the cut-off mark is subject to change at any time. Hence, you may not be lucky if these schools eventually change to a higher cut-off mark this year.

I don't recommend them if you don't have more As and Bs in your O'level result and your JAMB score is not higher.

The majority of Private-owned and newly created universities may consider you for post-UTME if you just score 150 or a bit higher.

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List of the Universities to Change to, if You Score 100 to 149.

All hope is not lost if you score less than 150.

If you still insist on universities, then don't bother. Some private universities will accept any candidate provided he writes UTME. 

In fact, don't believe what you read online about these private institutions. They can consider any mark once you write UTME. Just visit the school and tell them what you want. 

One university recently announced 140 for her post-UTME. When I called to tell them I had a student who wanted to obtain their form with 125, they asked us to pick up the form and leave the rest to them.

Also, any privately owned Polytechnic can be approached with a mark between 100 to 149. You will have them more in the post, "19+ Schools that Accept 100 and Above for Post UTME/Admission".

Change Your Polytechnic or College to First Choice

You must have heard that some candidates are changing their polytechnics or colleges of education to the first choice. Polytechnic as the first choice? College of Education as the first choice? 

Yes. And if you're not aware, now you do. Let me explain better ...

You have four choices in UTME. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th. Some candidates just believe that the 1st choice must be University, 2nd should be Poly, and so on. NO!

You can select your school in any way you want. I covered all possible choices in the post, "How to Choose Institutions in UTME and DE: A Must Read for All Admission Seekers". Take a look!

In other words, polytechnic can be your first choice and followed by University. In fact, you can take polytechnics as the four choices if you want.

Now, if you score less than 180 but you can't find universities accepting such for your intended course, consider changing to a Polytechnic you'd chosen as 2nd or 3rd - by bringing it to the first.

This is recommended if you scored between 150 and 179. Such polytechnics consider those who chose them as the first choice before others, if at all. 

The same is applicable to colleges of education.


A lower score in your JAMB result does not necessarily mean the end of your admission chase. There are many universities and polytechnics with lower admission requirements that offer quality education and a chance to achieve your goals. 

With the right research and preparation, you can find the right institution that will help you excel in your academic pursuits and set you up for success in your chosen career.

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