How to Gain Admission into OAU - Obafemi Awolowo University -

How to Gain Admission into OAU - Obafemi Awolowo University

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Don’t say I didn’t tell you; "You need to know much about Obafemi Awolowo University before you can win her heart”. You need to know about the university post-UTME/DE, Pre-degree, and JUPEB admission, their requirements, how things work among them, and so on.

Interestingly, this series has been the most difficult I had done. This is because for any blogger to do this, he has to research extensively and know what he’s talking about before he can take a student by the hand and bring him to the campus of his dream. Or else, he will only lead hundreds of students astray.

This is my experience in detail and a well-researched piece about the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife admission activities. I want to take you on a trip. Please be patient and read through in order to understand the step-by-step procedures thousands of students had followed before they could be on the campus of the No. 6 University in Nigeria.

Let’s get started... I will cover the areas below:

  1. Complete SSCE Results and Use of Awaiting Results
  2. Choosing OAU In UTME as the First or 2nd choice
  3. Registering for and Writing OAU Post-UTM/DE
  4. OAU Admission as a Direct Entry Applicant
  5. OAU Admission to OAU through Pre-Degree and JUPEB
  6. OAU Admission to OAU with Legs.

OAU has really (recently) driven admission seekers crazy. They’re well known for making admission so difficult that a candidate may not even know where the problem was from. But things have changed now. I assure you – you can easily gain admission to the school if you do THREE things right.

Your success depends on how right are your pre-UTME decisions, UTME outcome, and Post-UTME performance.

Summarized Version of This Guide - "Gaining Admission Into OAU"

Like many other students, you may not have about 5 minutes to read through this step-by-step experience-choked write-up. Hence you want everything fast. Here you have it fast.

To gain admission to Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), you will need to follow these general steps:

  1. Meet the admission requirements: Ensure that you meet the minimum requirements for the course you want to study, including the O'level result, UTME cut-off mark, and any other specific requirements.
  2. Register for UTME: Register and sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). You must choose OAU as your first choice during registration.
  3. Score high in UTME: Score at least the minimum UTME cut-off mark set by OAU for the course you applied for.
  4. Participate in OAU's Post-UTME screening: OAU conducts a Post-UTME screening exercise for all candidates who chose the institution as their first choice. You must participate in the screening exercise and score high enough to be considered for admission.
  5. Check admission list: Once OAU releases its admission list, check to see if your name is on the list.
  6. Accept admission: If your name is on the admission list, you must accept the offer by following the instructions on the admission letter.
  7. Complete registration: Complete your registration by paying the acceptance fee, and school fees, and submitting all required documents.

If you want to know better, read the rest of the post to go beyond the summary.

1. Ensure Your O'level; SSCE Results Are Complete 

First and foremost, hope you're set for admission with your O'level results? By this I mean, do you already have 5 required grades in your relevant SSCE, WAEC, NECO, GCE, or NABTEB?

That question may sound rhetorical but I must warn you that without 5 relevant O'level results, you're going nowhere for admission.

Studying the JAMB brochure (as I will be covering below) will guide you as to what subjects you must have credits in, for a particular course.

You can also use awaiting results to seek admission to OAU provided the results will be out or available before the school's post-UTME exercise begins. This means if you're in SS 3 or you're yet to have your complete SSCE result, you can fill in awaiting results for your O'level during UTME registration at the CBT center.

Note that, immediately after your O'level result is released and the required subjects and grades are met, you have to go back to the CBT center to scan and upload it to the JAMB portal. This may attract additional charges!

Literally, you'll need at least 5 credit passes in relevant subjects in one or two sittings before you can apply. This means some courses require you to use ONLY ONE SITTING e.g. Medicine, Nursing, etc., and you can use two sittings for others e.g. Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Biology Education, etc. Studying the brochure is your best bet for this.

Note: OAU has been observed for not accepting commerce as its UTME subject. And if you see through the official JAMB brochure, as linked above, you'll agree with this as no course list Commerce as its UTE subject. If you'll need my professional advice, you may not be favored in SSCE too, if you depend on Commerce for your admission decision. Depend on Government, Geography or Account instead

The University entrance

2. Choose OAU in UTME as First Choice

There is no need to explain this. But for a full novice or first-timer, I will take you there a bit.

You see, during UTME registration, you will take four schools. These schools will be headed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th choice. JAMB allows you to take your interested schools in order of preference.

For the purpose of this post, let’s jump to the end. Take OAU as the first-choice institution. That’s all.

3. Choose a Course at OAU

Choosing courses for OAU in UTME is the most difficult task. You will select a course. The university has hundreds of courses you can choose from. However, you must be certain, using the JAMB brochure, to confirm if you're qualified for your choice. Otherwise, you might lose admission before starting at all

You don’t just take a course without knowing the SSCE result requirements for it. You have to write the correct subjects for the course in UTME and you really need to know if the school has some special considerations other than generally accepted ones according to JAMB. The only way to get this right is to get a JAMB brochure, study and understand it or check your institution and course eligibility.

RecommendedJAMB Brochure For Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State

Let me share a secret with you. This only concerns social science candidates. Please, never should you do Commerce (in UTME) for any OAU course. That ends your chance to gain admission immediately.

The university doesn't accept Commerce in UTME subjects, and for O’level requirements, if it's possible to avoid it, you should. You will thank me later.

Sorry, that's no more a secret!

Don’t be afraid, the JAMB brochure could really appear big or too wordy. But you are not going to read all the details; all you need is to locate your proposed school and your intended course. This is why I created my mini JAMB brochure to help you locate relevant subject combinations without going through the whole brochure.

If you’re not aware yet, JAMB is not giving a paper brochure but you can get the online version.

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4. Register For and Write OAU Post-UTME

OAU is one of the most competitive institutions in Nigeria. Is that scary? Yet, they could be friendly if you’d done things rightly.

When the university's post-UTME is on sale, register online and at the exam schedule, partake in the computer-based Post-UTME. They will only test you on the same subjects JAMB tested you on.

If you care to get their past questions, visit a bookshop within the campus. You can also try your luck at other resourceful bookshops outside.

You'll ONLY be able to partake in the post-UTME if you score 200 or above in UTME. And sincerely, just 200 will not help you because the aggregate score may finally weaken you. Make sure you go far up in UTME. You'll get my explanation sooner.

Post UTME Score: The total post-UTME score is 50. The average pass mark is 25. There’s a rule for this - if you score less than 25, that's the end of your admission journey.

In other words, you must score at least 25 marks out of 50 if you will be expecting admission in the first place.

Departmental Cut-Off Marks: Your aggregate mark will then be matched with your departmental cut mark.

If your aggregate score meets or beats the departmental cut-off mark, congratulations in advance.

You can see the previous departmental cut-off marks as posted by OAU Peep. Note that this departmental cut-off mark may change for this year.  Revisit this post for my update on this.

RecommendedHow to Obtain OAU Direct Entry (DE) Form

5. Gain Admission as a Direct Entry Applicant to OAU 

Yes, I don’t forget you too.

In case you don’t know who direct entry applicants are, they are already holders of BSC, HND, ND, NCE, IJMB, JUPEB, Cambridge A’level, and so on. These applicants only want to further their studies at the University for the same courses or related ones.

Skip here if you’re not a DE applicant.

DE procedures to seek admission into the university is not too different from UTME. In succinct, you also must obtain the JAMB form (but not UTME). Yours is called the JAMB DE form. It’s usually at the same price. The form will be out at the same time as UTME (this started in 2018 but sold separately in 2022). It may likely close at the same time, so don’t waste your time. You will also register at any CBT center.

The main differences are:

  1. you only choose two universities. Even though the second choice can be a waste as no school is accepting 2nd choice any longer.
  2. you will not write JAMB UTME
  3. you may be required to send your qualification transcripts to the university and submit all your credentials after you have completed the DE registration. But not compulsory!
  4. you will not do post-DE exams. 
  5. However, you too, like UTME candidates, must register for post-DE which happens at the same time as UTME applicants.
  6. you should have at least upper credit for ND or 9 points for NCE holders

I like to emphasize that all DE candidates should make sure they study the "Special Considerations (Waiver) remarks section"  of the JAMB brochure very well.

Make sure you get it before you apply.

You may waste your time and money chasing shadows if you ignore the power of the brochure. I have detailed how to study and understand the JAMB brochure here. You'll really love to check your institution and course eligibility as the first step you take.

6. Gain Admission to OAU Through Pre-Degree and JUPEB

Is OAU favoring her pre-Degree, Diploma, and JUPEB candidates in admission? In fact, I've always advised, if you'll want to gain admission into any university, through JUPEB/IJMB, you'll better do that with your proposed university instead of an independent study center.

It’s not easy to be in a disciplined school and at the same time run programmes like pre-degree, JUPEB, IJMB, Diploma, etc.

OAU is so disciplined that they’ll not give the Pre-degree, Diploma, or JUPEB candidates admissions unless they meet certain terms.

In most cases, these terms are general terms, as well applicable, to those applicants who are not pre-degree or JUPEB candidates.

For example, as a pre-degree student, you still have to score 200 or above in UTME before you can be admitted. You must at the same time pass pre-degree exams and meet or beat the pre-degree cut-off mark for your proposed course.

Not yet done. You must pass the post-UTME. In other words, your case is even worse than candidates who didn’t do their pre-degree programmes.

What a pity?

One advantage you may have though is, even if you don’t meet up with the requirement of your proposed course (as their pre-degree or JUPEB student), you can be compensated with any alternative course.

Lately, the university is offering non-pre-degree and JUPEB candidates other courses too if they satisfy the terms above but are unable to meet the requirement for their most desired courses.

7. Gain Admission to OAU with Legs

Yes, you heard me.

Do you wonder if you can gain admission to OAU with a connection? Yes, it’s possible. But do you need that? Seriously you may not need this. Let me explain why.

Once you meet or beat the departmental cut-off mark, welcome to the campus.

Even if you score a bit below the merit aggregate mark but you fall to the school's catchment areas or less educated states, you will be favored with a lower score.


Easier said than done.

That’s true.

But hundreds of my candidates had done it. Thousands of students on that campus are living testimonies too. Unless there’s something you’re hiding, if you want Obafemi Awolowo University, you should deserve it - not by demand.

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  1. Waw.... This is nice! Well Comprehensive and detailed! Thanks for this... It will really help me!

    1. Thanks for the compliment. Share with others please!

  2. Good day sir
    I'm I'm currently doing the DE program, and I am planning on doing utme and then upgrading it to direct entry
    But I lost my sim, and I already registered the number with Direct entry
    I want to use a new number for Jamb. Will it compromise anything?

  3. Please sir I score 193 In my utme can I be given admission for accouting

    1. If you mean OAU, no you can't. You can't even do their post UTME. OAU accepts 200 or above to qualify for their Post UTME. Change school preferably a state university or federal university such as UNIMAID or Nigerian Army University, Biu.

  4. Hi, I scored below 25 In the postutme but can leg get me in?

  5. Pls sir can I use my Waec and neco with jamb to study law at aou university

  6. I score 50 in my aggregate course in mass communication can oau still admit me


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