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How Many Universities Can I Choose in JAMB? Answered!

The Maximum Number of Universities in UTME and DE
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Candidates are asking the number of universities they can choose in JAMB UTME/DE. In other words, what is the least or highest number of universities you’re permitted to consider when registering JAMB?

A few candidates want to know this before registering for their UTME/DE. Some want to consider the change of institutions and as a result, need to know the number of universities they can go for at least or most.

This post will address this concern.

The Maximum Number of Universities in UTME

I have earlier addressed this in my post, “How to Choose Institutions For UTME and DE”. Though not talking strictly on the minimum or the maximum number of universities. Rather, how to combine the choices. For the purpose of the question at hand, candidates are allowed to consider one or two universities in the UTME.

Of course, there are spaces for four institutions. Yet, you’re limited to two universities at most. Others can be polytechnics, colleges of education and/or Initiative Enterprise Institutions.

In all cases, institutions – be it federal, state or private are loaded for candidates under the first choice category. In the second choice category as well, you will find all Nigerian universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education.

However, you can’t find universities – be it federal, state or private in the third and fourth choice categories. Hence, you won’t be able to pick more than two universities in your application or change of institutions.

The Maximum Number of Universities for Direct Entry (DE)

As for the direct entry applicants, you’re limited to two choices. The two, of course, are universities.

Therefore, you can only choose two universities at most as a DE aspirant. However, you may consider the same universities as the first and second choice. For Example, OAU can be you choice 1 nd choice 2.

What of Polytechnics and Colleges of Educations?

For these institutions, you’re permitted to choose three polytechnics or colleges of education. And the can be mixed.

In other words, polytechnics or colleges of education are all loaded in the first, second and third choice categories. Hence, you’re permitted to choose them in that order.

Therefore, polytechnics can be the first, second or third choice. The same is applicable to colleges of education. Meaning, you may not consider a university, at all, in the registration.

As for the fourth choice, the category of institutions here is called innovative enterprise institutions (IEI). These institutions are not polytechnic or colleges of education, per se. Rather they award diplomas, which can be used for jobs or further their education.

While our regular polytechnics and colleges of education award National Diploma (ND) and Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) respectively, innovative enterprise institutions award National Innovative Diploma (NID) which is equivalent to the National Diploma (ND) is an approved programme of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

To this end, IEIs are not available as the first, second or third choice, you can only see them at the fourth choice.


No matter your interest in picking three of four universities in UTME or during the change of institution, know that you’re restricted to two at most. And it’s not compulsory to even choose two as you can consider polytechnics or colleges in the second and/or third position.

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