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Will My Second/Third Choice School Give Me Admission? See Answer

Choosing Universities, Polytechnics and Others as Second Choice: Will they Give you Admissions?

You may be on this page because you searched for questions like:
  • List of universities that accept second choice
  • Federal universities that can be chosen as second choice
  • Polytechnics and colleges that accept second choice
  • Polytechnics and colleges that accept third choice.

The broad heading for these searches is, can you be offered admission if you chose a university, polytechnic or college of education as second or third choice in your JAMB or DE?

We need to get some facts cleared before we continue.

Difference between Choosing a School as second choice and being given admission as a second choice candidate

Here is the difference.

Choosing an institution as the second or third choice

  1. Almost all universities, polytechnics, colleges of education or innovative enterprise institutions can be chosen as second choice. JAMB system allows that.
  2. Some federal premier universities were not included in the second choice institutions. Hence, you can’t take such as second choice e.g Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Benin, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos etc
  3. Some northern and southern federal universities are still found in the second choice section.
  4. All state universities (also polytechnics and colleges – be federal, state or private) can be chosen as second choice.

Choosing an institution as the second or third choice

  1. The fact that you can choose a school in the second choice position during UTME/DE registration doesn’t mean you will be offered admission as second choice candidates.
  2. Therefore, no school will give you admission in the second choice positions.


That brings us to certain situations which must be taken seriously.

Best Candidates Focus Most on their First Choice

  1. See, the real deal is that every institution (universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and IEI want to be selected as first choice i.e most preferred institution. This is because candidates that chose them as first choice and had the pass marks were already more than what they could possible admit. Why would they want to go down to their second choice candidates?
  2. JAMB only gives admission to students who choose a school as the first choices. This is the admission process now. Schools compile the lists of their to-be-admitted candidates and send it to JAMB. The body then checks the list to be sure they all merit the admissions and also chose the schools as first choices before they can give you admission. This system is called CAPS. Hence, if your name is not on the first choice candidates, JAMB will not give you admission.
  3. In the case you chose a school as second or third choice and they wish to offer you admission, they will instruct you to change them to the first choice, before you can be offered a space.
  4. A school might give you admission in the second choice or third, yet they will later force you to do change of institution, thereby, bringing them to the first choice.

What About Schools that Sells Post UTME to 2nd Choice Candidates and those who didn't choose them in UTME?

The answer to this question is, they are baiting you.

See, these institutions smartly advertise that you can obtain their post UTME screening forms if you chose them as first, second, third or even if you don't select them at all. All they claim they want is you writing UTME and scoring a specific mark range. They're just marketing to you. They will, of course, sooner or later ask you to change them to first choice before you can be offered admission through JAMB.

A few of such schools in the recent years are: Federal College of Education Oyo (Special), Federal Polytechnic of Agriculture Akure, Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology Igboora, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogobmoso, Oyo State etc


Don’t be deceived that some schools are giving admission to candidates who chose them as first choice. It’s a lie.

Even though you made four choices during UTME, the first choice is your main focus and that is where you have admission chance. If you must seek admission from any school below that, you must first change it to the first or later do that before you can be offered admission by the school.

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