How to Choose Institutions in UTME and DE: A Must Read for All Admission Seekers

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Well, this post will be your perfect guide to answer these questions and many more.

The first part will talk about UTME candidates' and the second, about DE applicants’ choice of schools.

Misconceptions About Choosing of Institutions in UTME

Most applicants know that they have the chance to select 4 schools during the UTME registration. However, they follow the trends of choosing University as first choice, polytechnic as second, college of education as third and finally an innovative enterprise institution (IEI).

NOTE: IEI are institutions where you can learn all sorts of crafts, vocations, businesses and professions.

Another common combination is - a Federal university as first choice, a state university as second, a polytechnic or college as the third, then IEI as the fourth.

These are just misunderstandings and lack of real information. The real deal is that you have more than a dozen possible combinations to choose from. The two combinations are correct but there are more.

You don’t have to select a university if you know you don’t have the academic ability for the university. If you think you will do well as a teacher, college of education can be your first choice. In fact, if your course is only in a polytechnic and you prefer that to a university, poly can be your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.

For more possible combination, kindly read to the end of the post.

How To Choose Schools in UTME

UTME applicants are just secondary school leavers who want to proceed to universities, polytechnics, colleges of education or innovative enterprises institutions (IEI).

This category of admission seekers can select their schools in different formats. The available combinations are listed below.

Combination 1
1st Choice: A Federal University
2nd Choice: A few federal universities (are available in the 2nd choice section)
3rd Choice: A Polytechnic
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 2
1st Choice: A Federal University
2nd Choice: A state or private university
3rd Choice: Polytechnic
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 3
1st Choice: Any Federal University
2nd Choice: A Polytechnic
3rd Choice: A polytechnic
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 4

1st Choice: Any Federal University
2nd Choice: A polytechnic
3rd Choice: A College of education
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 5
1st Choice: A State University
2nd Choice: A State or private University
3rd Choice: A Polytechnic 
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 6
1st Choice: A State or private University
2nd Choice: A State or private University
3rd Choice: A College of Education 
4th Choice: only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 7
1st Choice: A Polytechnic
2nd Choice: A Polytechnic
3rd Choice: A Polytechnic 
4th Choice: only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 8
1st Choice: A College of Education 
2nd Choice: A College of Education 
3rd Choice: A College of Education 
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 9
1st Choice: A Polytechnic
2nd Choice: A Polytechnic
3rd Choice: A College of Education 
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 10
1st Choice: A Polytechnic
2nd Choice: A College of Education 
3rd Choice: A College of Education 
4th Choice: only innovative enterprise institutions

See also: Choosing Universities, Polytechnics and Others as Second Choice: Will they Give you Admission

Summary and Notice

  1. Only the IEI is consistent at the 4th choice section. In other words, only the innovative enterprise institutions are available for applicants as the 4th choice.
  2. Universities are available as the 1st and 2nd choice but not as the 3rd and 4th choice. Most universities at the 2nd choice section are state-owned.
  3. You can consider a polytechnic, a college of education and an IEI as the 3rd choice too.
  4. Someone can choose polytechnic as 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice
  5. Someone can choose IEI as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice
  6. Even though you have all the combination available to you, almost all institutions give admission to applicants who chose them as first choice. In this case, focus on your first choice more and if need be, you later move any of the other choices to first choice during change of institution exercise, if you will have higher chance of gaining admission there.

How to Choose Institutions for Direct Entry (DE)

DE applicants are holders of ND, NCE, IJMB, JUPEB, Cambridge Advanced, NABTEB advance, Bsc or HND. But these people want to continue to the University their Course or related ones.

They are to obtain JAMB DE form instead of UTME form.

DE applicants have only had two choices in their form – 1st choice and 2nd choice. In other words, only two universities are opened to them.

Meanwhile candidates can choose:

Combination 1
1st Choice: A federal university
2nd Choice: A Federal university (a few federal universities are available at the 2nd choice section)

Combination 2
1st Choice: A federal university
2nd Choice: A State university

Combination 3
1st Choice: A State university
2nd Choice: A Federal university (a few federal universities are available at the 2nd choice section)

Combination 5
1st Choice: A State university
2nd Choice: A State university

Summary and Notice

In most cases, universities only give admission to those candidates who chose them as first choice. This is why in most cases, candidates just focus their first choice or even choose the same institution as both first and second.

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