How Long to Wait for a School Admission Lists? -

How Long to Wait for a School Admission Lists?

After JAMB, the next thing is to gain admission, right? Or better put, if you obtain a school post-UTME/screening form, you should expect the admission list sooner, right?

We can narrow that down to "after writing the post-UTME (if your school does that), the next thing to expect is the admission list.

Ok, what if it's a school of nursing or any other school or program e.g. DPT, DLC, IJMB, JUPEB, Pre-degree, etc., that doesn't include or require JAMB? The last section of this post is dedicated to that.

In short, every admission seeker is usually concerned about how long to wait for a school to offer him or her admission especially after obtaining its form or after writing the entrance exam (if any).

In this post, let's explore the journey involved in your admission process and conclude how long you will have to wait for your name to come out.

The Waiting Time Between JAMB Form And Admission Lists

It's a beautiful and fascinating experience when you pick up JAMB UTME/DE form. You just feel like filling out the form today and hear the good news of being admitted on the second day.

But that is but a daydream. There's a customary waiting period because of fewer activities that will follow that.

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These few activities include writing JAMB, waiting for the JAMB cut-off marks, waiting for schools to start selling post-UTME/screening forms, being scheduled for the post-UTME (for some schools), writing the post-UTME or going for physical screening (where and whichever applicable), etc.

So, if you've just picked up the JAMB form and you're reading this post, the above gives you an idea of what is waiting for you before the final admission list.

To have a summary of the time duration between obtaining the JAMB form and your school admission list, we're safe to say admission lists of a school will be released before the admission deadline announced by JAMB or a few days after.

It has been observed in the past that after the JAMB result (with provision for other following activities, admission lists should be coming out about six months later.

For example, if JAMB results are out by May you should know that all activities that will follow may take a total of six months. So, by November at most, most schools must have rounded off their admission.

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After Obtaining Post-UTME, the Waiting Period Should Be About 2 Months

The waiting time between JAMB results and sales of post-UTME/screening forms is about 2 months. This is why if the JAMB result comes out in May many schools will not start selling admission forms until July/August.

If you obtain the post-UTME/screening form by July/August, it usually takes about 2 months after that before those schools will finalize their admission lists.

If you add that together it's four months. Which means from May to September.

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Releasing Lists May Take Up to Two Months Too

By September or earlier, some early birth schools i.e. those who sell their forms earlier will be releasing lists e.g. Kwara State University, University of Osun State, and very many private universities, polytechnics, and colleges.

Some will start releasing lists in September and they will not stop till November/December. These are latecomers! You will find many of them in my post, "Schools Whose Post UTMEs are Still on Sales (UPDATED)".

The lists are usually released in order of first batch, second batch, third batch, supplementary, rector's, provost's, VC's, etc. In short, they are not released at the same time and can take weeks or months apart.

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Some Schools Won't Release Lists and Extend to the Second Year

Don't be caught by surprise if you see some very stubborn universities such as UNILAG, FUTA, UI, OAU, ABU, UNILORIN, etc., releasing their lists beyond the deadline given by JAMB.

These universities usually take their time, depending on the circumstances, such as national or industrial strike interference or calendar disruption, before they release their lists.

And even if they start releasing the list by September or thereabout, they may extend the release beyond the current year to the next year.

Waiting Time for  Admission into Colleges of Nursing, Colleges of Health, Daily Part-Time, and Others?

After obtaining forms such as Nursing, Daily Part-time, Distance earning, Pre-degree, IJMB, JUPEB, HND, etc., there is usually less waiting time for admission than admission into full-time BSC, ND, NCE, etc.

Most schools will offer their students admission, continually, when they obtain daily part-time forms. Hence, there is no time to wait.

For example, the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Federal University Oye Ekiti, Osun State College of Technology Esa Oke, Osun State Polytechnic Iree, etc. will offer admission within a few days or weeks of obtaining daily part-time forms.

For most pre-degree, IJMB, and JUPEB applications, except for a few that will still conduct entrance exams, admission lists don't take too long. At most, you'll be offered admission within a few days if you obtain any of UNILORIN remedial, OAU pre-degree, FUOYE pre-degree, FUTA UBS, LAUTECH JUPEB, UNIABUJAN IJMB, ABU Remedial, etc.

In most cases, these schools will sell their forms continually in batches. Hence, they continue to offer admission when some students must have already reported to the school for clearance or lectures are already ongoing.

Similarly, admission lists for distance learning programs will come out within a few days or weeks after obtaining the form (if your school is not writing the entrance exam e.g. LAUTECH ODL) or after writing the entrance exam (e.g. UI DLC).

Most, if not all, keep admitting students as long as their admission forms are still on sale. Only a very few will wait till the closing date before they will release lists e.g. UNIABUJA DLC, UNILORIN ioe, Federal Polytechnic Ede DPT/RPT, etc.

Schools of Nursing, colleges of Nursing, and colleges of health have the shortest time frame to wait for their admission. Once the sales of forms are over and the exam is done, you should expect their lists in a week or less.

Most of these nursing schools and colleges of health might have drawn timetables in their adverts to let you know, upfront, when the form will close, the date of the exam, and the date to expect the lists and the interview schedule.


First, know that the waiting time between obtaining the JAMB form or writing post-UTME and the schools' admission lists is a must. And there is no uniformity among the schools as to when their lists should be out.

While some consistently and competitively follow their calendars, some may take more than usual time depending on the circumstances.

In all, you can expect your school's admission (lists) starting from the fourth month after JAMB results or the second month after post-UTME. The duration of releasing batches of these lists may equally extend to weeks or months.

For any other programs, admission won't take months. You should expect an offer within the shortest time possible

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  1. Pls can unilorin putme registration is still on till 31 of january, can i do change of institution/course and register for the putme ??!


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