How to Gain Admission into UI (University of Ibadan) -

How to Gain Admission into UI (University of Ibadan)

UI Admission Complete Guide: For UTME, DE, Cambridge Advanced Level Applicants
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When a school is consistently ranked the number 1 university in a country, it can be so demanding to win a seat in her classroom. Such is the case of the premier university in the ancient city of Ibadan. The University of Ibadan is well sought after not only by Nigerians but also by thousands of foreign applicants.

This, hence, is posing a serious challenge for thousands of candidates seeking to occupy a few yearly spaces in the university. In 2016 and 2017, only 3,502 and 3,783 candidates were considered for admissions out of thousands competing for admission spaces.

You, therefore, need to know how those few succeeded.

It's no magic, it’s all about following the well-known steps. In fact, admission to the university is the easiest I know in Nigeria. But if you keep doing your things the wrong way, you can remain out of luck for a long time.

Matriculated students of the University of Ibadan
Matriculated students of the University of Ibadan
If you’ve been following the series, I recently covered the University of Ilorin and the University of Benin among others.

My experiences as a respected education consultant had really helped in presenting something unique for all admission seekers about various schools.

Without further ado, let’s take you on a trip to the University of Ibadan. Before then, a quick look at what to cover:

  1. Know and Have Required O'level (SSCE) Results
  2. Obtain JAMB Form in Favour of UI
  3. Register for and Write UI Post-UTME
  4. Direct Entry Admission to University of Ibadan
  5. UI Admission through Cambridge Advanced Programmes
  6. Gain Admission to UI through Connection or Influence
  7. How UI Distribute Admission Spaces among Applicants

1. Ensure Your O'level; SSCE, WAEC, NECO, and NABTEB 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, and 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 this in the next section) will guide you as to what subject you must have a credit or pass for a particular course.

Using Awaiting Results

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

Note that, immediately after your O'level result is released and it's complete, you have to go back to CBT to scan and upload it to the JAMB portal. This may attract an additional charge!

Read Also: Is Re-uploading of O’level Results to JAMB Portal for Everyone?

Generally, you'll need at least 5 credit passes in relevant subjects in one sitting before you can apply. This means some courses require you to use ONLY ONE SITTING e.g Medicine and you can use two sittings in some others e.g Chemistry. The brochure is your best bet for this.

However, where the University of Ibadan accepts two sittings, they ask for at least 6 credits instead.

Take note of this.
The university of Ibadan Entrance
The University of Ibadan Entrance

2. Obtain JAMB Form in Favour of UI

Needless to say, you must obtain the JAMB UTME form for the current admission.

Don’t join the league of admission seekers who believed they could use the old JAMB UTME results for the new admission year.


No matter how good your last score was, it’s gone and to compete again this year, obtain another UTME.

Choose the University of Ibadan as First Choice 

Thanks to the new JAMB method, there’s no way you can choose UI as the second choice university, and if you care to know why, I will tell you.

As earlier said, thousands are competing for few spaces. UI couldn’t afford to take in all her first-choice candidates, why would she be looking for second-choice candidates?

You know this now.

Choosing a Course 

Then you must choose a course. A candidate can only take a course for every institution during UTME registration. But is there anything special about choosing a course?

Yes, there is, especially for the premiere University of Ibadan.

You will need a brochure to guide you in choosing courses. Studying and understanding brochures will save you some silly embarrassment.
  • First, you’ll be able to know if the course you’re interested in is available at the university.
  • Second, you’ll know the O’level requirements for your course. 
  • Third, you’ll know the right subject combination in your UTME. Finally, you’ll know the special considerations (waiver) remarks of your school as it affects your proposed course.

Believe me, if you need a JAMB brochure, I’m here.

My experiences in the last ten years sometimes, make me feel like I know everything. Yet, I don’t.

Only the JAMB brochure truly does.

I still study brochures each time I must advise any clients. Then why won’t you?

Unfortunately, JAMB is no longer providing paper brochures and it’s disappointing. More disappointingly, you’ll only be given the CD type, right after you’ve completed the registration. Then, for what purpose is the CD given? Where you can get CD from a brother or sister, you may not have a computer to read it.

Sorry dude but JAMB still gets you covered by providing her official brochure on her page here. In other words, you can study the brochure online or download it to study.

Use the Eligibility Tool by JAMB

I love it when JAMB gives candidates who don't want to study brochures or don't know how to study it another channel to check if they qualify for school and the course in that school. It's awesome.

Follow the guide in the post above and you will love what the result is going to be.

I need to lay emphasis on studying brochures or checking your eligibility because, once you fail here, you fail in all. JAMB brochure will equally let you know:

  • General requirements for your course. This area will let you know what you need in O’level results and UTME subjects to write in exams to study your proposed course for any schools at all.
  • Special consideration is that part of the brochure that will explain what additions or subtractions your own school wants other than general requirements.

Meanwhile, I had got to know that majority of applicants only read the general requirements, which are just basics. Whereas, in ALL cases, special considerations (waiver) remarks are MUCH MORE important.

For example, to study Geology at any university, the general requirement says, “Any three (3) of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology, and Geography” for UTME subject combination. This means you can do any 3 of the subjects listed above plus English (which is constant).

However, the special consideration says, “The University of Ibadan does not accept Geography as a UTME subject).

Do you now see why special consideration is more important?

I cited the example above because a client of mine had once fallen victim. But UI was very motherly to get back to him on phone. They let him know that, though he did well in both UTME and post-UTME, in order not to forfeit admission, he should consider Geography as a course. The young man ended up in the Geography Department at the end of the day.

3. Register for and Write UI Post-UTME

The UTME score required to take part in the post UTME of the University of Ibadan is 200 or above.

In other words, if you score less than 200, forget UI admission. You should consider the change of institutions to other schools considering less than 200.

Now with 200 or above, you’ll register for the University Post UTME following instructions on their application portal.

candidates at University of Ibadan CBT Post UTME
Candidates at University of Ibadan CBT Post UTME

UI, like UNIBEN, takes instructions serious. If you don’t get things on your own, consider using an experienced cafĂ©.

Some points to note here: UI only accepts white background passport photos, signature on pure white paper, well-scanned O’level (Don’t snap with your phone camera - Mr. Arsene Wenger).

UI Post UTME Past Questions Pack

UI post UTME past questions will be available for you to download on your admission portal immediately after your registration. There’s no need to search for past questions on the internet.

Study this and any other available materials.

On your exam schedule, write your post UTME which is computer-based. UI only tests candidates based on their UTME subject combination. In other words, your own post UTME questions will cover the subject list you did in UTME.

Calculating UI Post UTME Aggregate Score

The average pass mark for UI post UTME is 50% or above. You must have at least 50% before you can hope for admission, even though 50% doesn’t guarantee admission for some courses.

Next, calculate your aggregate score and match it with your departmental cut-off mark.

Here is the picture:

Aggregate Score = (UTME Score/8) + (Post UTME Score/2).

Note that the aggregate score is the real deal.

Your UTME score or performance in UTME or performance in PUTME may be wasted if your aggregate is not convincing. Also, aggregate scores change from year to year.

As a basis for judgment, you can see the previous year's aggregate score here.

Once you meet or beat the aggregate score, you’re a champion. UI is more transparent about her admission and I had worked with them for years.

Direct Entry Admission to University of Ibadan

This is another area of attention.

Direct entry candidates are students who had completed their Bsc, HND, ND, NCE, IJMB, JUPEB, Cambridge A’level, etc and wished to continue to their courses or related courses at any university of their choices; but this time to 200 or 300 level (as the case may be).

This section doesn’t concern you if you don’t belong to this category of applicants.

First, to seek direct entry admission to UI, you must obtain the JAMB direct entry form for the current year. The form is usually sold at the same time UTME candidates are obtaining the form too. It’s in the past that DE form would come out after UTME had closed.

You will also register at any available CBT centers nationwide.

While registering, make UI the first choice and it doesn’t matter who you choose as the second choice.

At present, no school is accepting second-choice applicants. Yet you can take any other school temporarily as you may need to bring such to the first choice in case UI fails to offer you a space.

NOTE: You only have two choices in DE registration, unlike UTME you can choose four institutions (but not universities for all).

Direct Entry Candidates Applying With Awaiting Results (AR): What You Must Know

Register for UI Post DE

You will also register for UI post-DE, at the same time with UTME applicants or a few days apart.

You’ll need to submit a copy of your credentials (print-out as well) to the UI admission office for offline processing. Direct entry applicants are equally advised to send their qualification transcripts to the UI admission office.

Now, you go home and wait for the admission list. Direct entries don’t write post-DE exams as at the time of this post.

Special Admission for DE Applicants 

Experience has shown that UI loves to accept direct entry applicants from federal polytechnics, federal colleges of education, and Cambridge A’level; especially for the University of Ibadan International School.

State institutions graduates with very convincing grades may have an equal chance. I advise you still visit the school admission office if you have anything difficult to understand.

Admission to UI through Connection or Influence

If you’ve been reading all to this stage because you need a connection or influenced admission channels to UI, sorry to have wasted your time.

First, I’m not an advocate of shortcuts.

Second, UI admission is more based on merit (I’m not saying “no influence”).

Before you attack me, why would you need a lecturer’s number if you had already done things right?

Once your aggregate score equates to or beats the one set for your department (and also done other things right), even the Vice-Chancellor can’t deny you admission without being ready for a lawsuit.

That takes me to the next section - how the university gives admission to candidates.

How UI Distribute Admission Spaces among Applicants

Like most federal universities (if not all), UI usually bites more than it can chew. Imagine selecting only 3,783 out of 56,172 admission seekers in 2017. What percentage is that?

Then who won, who lost?

UI follows the 45, 35, 20 principles like their federal counterparts.

By this, it means the university will give admission to about 45% on merit, 35% based on catchment areas, and 20% based on less-educated states.

This doesn’t mean admission given to catchment areas and less educated states is not on merit.

No!. It only means, that the aggregate mark to be considered for (35%) catchment areas will be less than merit and (20%) less educated will be lesser.

The university’s last year aggregate score page also details this. See it yourself here.

UI doesn't have any catchment area though. Hence states in Nigeria are their catchment areas. these are why Usman Saheed, a blogger called them "no man's land"

Their Less educated states are majorly from northern parts of the country.

Scholarships for your Handwork 

Do you know you can be given scholarships to study a course of choice at the University if you ...

  • choose the university
  • pass UTME and proceed to post UTME
  • and most importantly, pass her post UTME such that you come first, second, or third.

Yes, you heard me... the first three overall best students in the university post UTME test are awarded this "scholarship" to study free at the university.


When I started this series, my object was to focus on admission seekers on merit. You’re only fortunately if you belong to the less educated states.

When I said “I guarantee your admission”, you’d say “wow, is he the registrar?

Do I have to be one before I can vouch for a school very open, motherly, and approachable about her admission processing?

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  1. Am from Edo state, how can i buy ui just time form

    1. By following the procedures in this post. You can also read the post below for more.

  2. I'm from Cameroon, how can I apply?

  3. What are the procedures for direct entry students who are foreigners?

    1. The same as students at home. Obtain JAMB direct entry form. Send your transcript to UI. Then, await admission.

  4. Please I scored 195 in my UTME and I want to study criminology at UI how will I do it

    1. No. You can't study any course with less than 200 in UI

  5. I had 255 in jamb, can I study mls in UI??

  6. Can I study medicine in the university of Ibadan with a jamb score of 257

  7. Please sir how can I obtain the Post UTME form


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