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Will My Second/Third Choice School Give Me Admission?


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  1. List of universities that accept the second choice
  2. Federal universities that can be chosen as the second choice
  3. Polytechnics and colleges that accept the second choice
  4. Polytechnics and colleges that accept the third choice.

The broad heading for these searches is, can you be offered admission if you choose a university, polytechnic, or college of education as your second or third choice in when registering AMB or DE or if you change institution?

We need to get some facts cleared before we continue.

Difference Between "Choosing a School as the Second Choice" and "Being Offered Admission as a Second Choice Candidate"

Here is the difference.

1. Choosing an Institution as the Second or Third Choice

  1. Almost all universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, and innovation enterprise institutions (IEIs) can be chosen as the second choice. JAMB system allows that.
  2. Some federal and premier universities were not included in the second-choice institution category (when you're registering JAMB or changing institutions). Hence, you can’t take such institutions as second choices 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 (especially the new and recently established ones). Hence, you can take them as the second choice.
  4. All state universities (also polytechnics and colleges – federal, state, or private) can be chosen as the second choice.


2. Being Offered Admissions By the Second or Third Choice Institutions

  1. The fact that you can choose a school in the second or third choice position during UTME/DE registration or while putting in for the change of institutions doesn’t mean you will be offered admission as a second or third choice candidate.
  2. Therefore, no school will give you admission in the second choice position - except a few discussed below with their respective conditions.


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

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Best Candidates Focus Most on Their First Choices

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

What About Schools that Sell Post UTME Forms 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 advertised that you could obtain their post-UTMEs/screening forms if you chose them as first, second, third, or even if you didn't select them at all. All they claim they wanted was for you to write UTME and scored a specific mark range. They're just marketing to you. 

They would, of course, sooner or later ask you to change the school to the first choice before you could be offered admission through JAMB CAPS.

A few of such schools in recent years (and probably till now) are:

  1. Federal College of Education Oyo (Special),  
  2. Federal Polytechnic of Agriculture Akure
  3. Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology Igboora,  
  4. Ogun State Polytechnic (MAPOLY),  
  5. Ekiti State University, EKSU Ila Campus
  6. And others


Don’t be deceived that some schools are giving admission to candidates who chose them as the second 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 your chance to gain admission. 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 on JAMB CAPS.

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  1. Please sir, can I register for post utme in a school I filled as my second chance, like delsu?

  2. Sir, wen is d closing date for change of institution 2020

    1. Change of institutions/courses generally doesn't close. You just have to make the changes before your proposed school starts or close their post UTMEs/screenings. Once a school post UTME closes, her change of institution also closes immediately. Read more though the link below.


  3. Pls my first choice is UST wrote their post utme but I didn't get up to the departmental cutoff point though dey haven't started given admission, so am not sure of it I had to buy post utme form from my third choice polytechnic oko poly Anambara so am I to do change of institution/course or should I wait

    1. If you've decided to move to the Polytechnic Oko, kindly change them to the first. That's the only way you can be offered the admission if you meet their admission requirements too.

  4. I picked ede poly as my third choice and oau as the first choice and I only registered for poly ede without doing change of institution to ede poly which thier registration closes today...hope it won't affect me

  5. I am offered admission in a school that I picked as second choice but I have been unable to pay for the acceptance fee what can I do to proceed with the payment

  6. Pls sir my second choice have given me admission but Jamb only gives admission to first choice what can I do sir but I heard Jamb will still give admission to second choice is it true sir

  7. Good day sir
    Will Federal polytechnic oko, give me admission? Because i choose them as second choice

    1. They won't. Mostly, schools offer admissions to the first choice aspirants.

  8. I’m want to register my utme in Lagos can i be allowed to choose osogbo as exam center

  9. Please when is the deadline for payment of acceptance fee at oko poly

    1. I don't have thus update. Check the school portal please.

  10. I had 193 in my jamb
    Unilag was my first choice but due to my jamb result I'll have to choose yaba tech which is my second choice
    Is it a must I change yaba tech to my first choice before I write the school post utme and also gain admission

  11. Good day sir, please Funai is my first choice I got all their exam requirements i.e JAMB and post utme but I was unfortunate to gain admission.Federal polytechnic NEKEDE is my second choice and I want to buy their Direct entry form, do I have to do change of institution before that? Or I should just go ahead and purchase the form?

    1. In fact, you don't need JAMB for the direct form (daily part-time). So, no need for any change.

  12. Sir please I score 200 in jamb and my first choice Is UNN and I chose IMSU as my second choice and now the departmental cut of mark for medical laboratory science in UNN is it possible that I should go for aptitude test in UNN

  13. Good dey sir, I'm Emmanuel by name and I will like to know, if I will be able to get admission in to mapoly, because I choose them as third choice
    My first and second choice, I could not reach there cut off mark, so looking at it I got mapoly cut off mark. So I want to know if I can get admission into mapoly with it

  14. Good morning sir.pls my first choice is uniport( edu psychology) but my second choice is ust( business education) which is wrong pls what can I do? Because my jamb combination is eng,eco,govt and CRS thanks.

  15. Pls sir when jamb changing of institution deadline


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