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Can I Change to a School that has Released 1st/2nd List?

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It can get confusing trying to change to a school; university, polytechnic, or college of education that has already released the first and/or the second batch admission lists.

This is because some candidates are already asking if they can apply to schools that have already released some lists. These schools are still selling post-UTMEs or screening forms though.

Imagine being told to change to a school and you're aware it has released a few lists. What will be your take?

Obviously, you would be worried. You wouldn't want to waste your - money changing to the school. You will be in doubt, that after the number of students already being admitted, you may not stand any chance. You're likely to think your money will be used "to plant flowers" and that year wasted.

Well, you can be right or wrong. This post will clarify a few things about attempting to change to a school whose lists are already out.

A few Schools Will Be Offering Admissions Continually

As a matter of fact, some universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education usually keep selling their admission forms even after releasing a few lists. And these institutions are not doing that to raise money but to truly offer qualified candidates (who buy the late forms) admissions.

For example, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba, Ekiti State University, Osun State Polytechnic Iree, Osun State University Osogbo, the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Osun State College of Technology Esa Oke, The Federal Polytechnic Ile-Oluji, and a few others are found to release admission lists while still selling their admission forms.

If you're dealing with this set of schools, you may not worry about being deprived of the offer, if you change to them after they release some lists.

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Be Sure the School is Still Selling Forms

As you must have deduced from the explanation above, there is a need to be sure that the school you're proposing is still selling forms. If you, without confirming this, change to a school that has released some lists, you might have just started a campaign after an election.

If the school is still selling admission forms, notwithstanding the number of lists already released, you should be confident to obtain their forms.

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It's Safer with a School Using Screening Method for Admission

Obtaining admission forms after some lists are out may not work with schools that use post UTME whereby candidates are required to be present for CBT or online exams.

It works, usually, with institutions that adopt the screening method where no exams are needed. The method may include:

  1. Online screening involving the filling of an online form e.g. Osun State College of Technology Esa-Oke, Osun State Polytechnic Iree, etc
  2. Online screening involves both the filling of forms online and uploading of documents to the website e.g. the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State

Schools that adopt any of these methods can conveniently sell forms continually while lists are being released. Read, Post UTME/DE: Exams or Screening?

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The Lists Already Released Might Just Be Departmental

If you're worried about why a school could still be selling forms after releasing the admission lists for a few candidates, the lists might not be all they had spaces for at the school or those were just for a few departments.

For example, lately, schools tend to release their lists by departments - especially on the JAMB CAPS. They may release Mass Communication this week and SLT next week. There is no way to call these lists the first and second batches. It's just departmental lists.

Therefore, you may not give up on the school if such a department is not the one you're chasing. However, if the lists belong to your proposed department, you may need to give them a second thought.

In fact, it's better not to obtain such forms if you're chasing a very competitive course such as Mass Communication, Science laboratory Technology (especially in polytechnics) usually if you don't have a much more competitive score such as 200 or above.

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You can still obtain the admission (screening form) of a school that has released some lists if her form is still on sale. However, you have to be sure the school adopts the screening method to be on the safer side, and where possible be sure that the list for your proposed course is yet to be released or there will be more to come.

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