How to Gain Admission To Universities in the Early 2024 -

How to Gain Admission To Universities in the Early 2024

Nothing makes you look more stupid than seeing the dumbest person becoming more successful than you are. This is the case for thousands of students seeking admission in this part of the world.

You must have seen students who you’re better off, yet gained admission before you. They’re not as dumb as you might have thought. These students might just have done some things differently.

This post will show you why you’re still at home and a silly colleague is attending lectures now on campus.

1. They Secure the Right O’level or SSCE Grades

It’s easy to fall victim to this. Most smart students want to prove themselves better or best in all their O’level subjects.

Such smart guys, write 9 subjects in secondary schools (which is the usual or normal number of subjects for SS classes). After writing WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB, they, unfortunately, miss out on 1 important or relevant subject. 

Such a result takes them nowhere.

A dumb student only gives maximum attention to 5 relevant subjects and makes 5 or more. Then, he is on his way to the campus. See also WAEC, NECO, and NABTEB Compulsory Subjects for Secondary Students.

Here is the picture. 

For you to study any course in a higher institution (university, polytechnic, or college of education) you must have 5 (6 in rare cases – like in the admission requirements of Nigerian Police Academy, or when University of Ibadan accepts two sittings) relevant subjects from your SSCE e.g. WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, GCE, etc.

You’d better give these relevant subjects maximum attention and have at least credit passes in them in your SSCE – that’s the main thing you need. 

Another thing you will need is the JAMB brochure together with the individual school's admission-specific requirements.

For example, a student proposing Nursing will need at least 5 credit passes in English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

More of these O'level subjects combination for admission was covered in the post, "SSCE Results: How to know 5 Compulsory Subjects to Pass for Admission Purpose"

The dumb student knows this secret (not a secret any longer!). Then, he makes his SSCE with little struggle because he knows where to focus his energy.

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2. They Go For Less Competitive Courses

It’s easy to follow the league of students seeking admission into the most competitive courses e.g. Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Law, etc. The question is, can you really compete to get there?

Of course not! 

Don't overestimate your strength.

Most smart students, in reality, are average students. They want the best courses but they’re not really the best in their schools. Best things are meant for the best, not the best wishers.

You will be known as the best if your relevant SSCE subjects are dominated by As and Bs and you can give JAMB a shock with 280 or more in UTME.

But a dumb guy still gains admission in his own way while eventually being able to go for the most competitive course.

Here is his approach!

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Changing Course at 200 level

First, he has got his SSCE results. Then, he has a satisfactory score in UTME. He only needs 180 to 200 (or a bit higher) for courses like Medical Laboratory Science, Chemistry, or Biology. But he puts in for any of these anyway. 

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In the end, he is on campus and you’re home.

If he prefers Medicine eventually, he then applies for a change of course while going to the 200 level in his school. If he chooses, he can apply for inter-university transfer/change of admission for a similar course.

At this stage, it gets easy if he can produce a certain level of grade (GP) in his promotion exams.

Another dump guy may use a related approach as explained below.

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He May Cross From a Polytechnic to a University 

He, instead of competing for a course in university, goes for polytechnic (using UTME or through Daily part-time course which doesn’t require UTME) and studies related course to what he aims for at the university.

Though he runs this course for two years and has his National Diploma (ND) which is the award for the first half of polytechnic education. The second half is called the Higher National Diploma (HND).

During his ND, he works with all efforts to have a distinction or upper credit at worst. 

After completing the two-year course, he then applies for JAMB Direct Entry (DE) form. With this, he can choose any university to gain admission to and continue there at the 200 level. 

For this, he doesn’t have to write UTME. Provided he has a distinction or upper credit, the university will be willing to offer him admission to the same or related course to the one he studied at the Polytechnic.

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3. They Take Advanced Level Courses Instead of Writing UTME

One way to gain admission to the university is through IJMB, JUPEB, NABTEB, and Cambridge A’level courses.

A dump guy takes this instead of the overcrowded UTME way.

After a satisfactory SSCE result (awaiting result is still allowed), he registers for any of these available advanced courses which usually run for one year or less. He must work hard to get the right grade or point, and then apply for JAMB Direct Entry (DE) form.

This approach is nearly the same as crossing from polytechnic to university (after completing ND – as explained earlier).

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4. They Consider Other Ways to Gain Admission Without UTME

One major challenge to gaining admission is securing the right mark in UTME. Thousands of students have been yearly delayed and denied by their UTME performance.

News has it of students giving up on admission due to continual failure in UTME. Some students ended up committing suicide as a result. 

This shouldn’t be. 

Though it can be frustrating to see the dumbest guy being on campus while all you have is the continual struggle. Perhaps that dumb guy tries something else. He uses a non-UTME admission approach as listed below.

(i.) National Open University (NOUN)

National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) gives you the chance to gain admission to your desired course without UTME. All you need are satisfactory SSCE grades.

You're allowed to study without being on campus or while you're still working. You can check available NOUN courses here.

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(ii.) Other Distant Learning Degree Programmes (DLC)

Distant Learning Degree Programmes is another way out of this mess. 

The University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, University of Abuja, University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Obafemi Awolowo University, and a few others run a self-paced degree course for students who want to avoid UTME or are already working-class and wish to further their studies.

Even on the international scene, schools including the University of People, UNICAF Distant Leaning can provide solutions to education challenges you can be facing in this part of the world.

You can also find my post, "Steps to Gain Admission to Nigeria Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges (PART V)" very helpful on other means to gain admission without JAMB.


These are well-known shortcuts your dumbest friends used to leave you at home.

Sometimes, we’re ignorant of how others are making things happen. And now, you have them. What are you waiting for? Make move and use what works for you the best.

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