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Is The Polytechnic Ibadan Same as Ibadan City Polytechnic?

One Joy just contacted me to ask for some clarity about a school that she didn't choose in JAMB but was offered admission.

In case you don't know that is possible! You can be offered admission by a school you didn't choose. That's well covered in my post, "Can I Be Offered Admission By School I Didn't Choose In JAMB". 

But that's not the concern here. She wanted to know whether she must change the school, how to pay for the acceptance, and a few more things.

However, I noticed she was mistaken for the school for The Polytechnic Ibadan. Yes, she said The Polytechnic Ibadan just offered her admission. But when I checked a few things for her, I noticed she was offered admission by another polytechnic.

So, why the confusion? Was the name not in the SMS or email she got?

Well, here is the answer. The school that offered her admission was "Ibadan City Polytechnic".

Do you see where the confusion was coming from?

The two polytechnics sound the same when you mention their names but they're not. To make the matter worse, they're both located in Ibadan. 

So, if you're on this page to get a similar answer, I will be clarifying things for you in the next few lines.

The Polytechnic Ibadan Is Not The Same School As Ibadan City Polytechnic

No, Ibadan City Polytechnic (ICP) and The Polytechnic Ibadan are two separate institutions.

The Polytechnic Ibadan, also known as Ibadan Poly, is a well-known polytechnic located in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. 

The Polytechnic Ibadan Entrance

It is one of the oldest and most prestigious polytechnics in Nigeria, offering various diplomas, National Diploma (ND), and Higher National Diploma (HND) programs across different fields of study

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On the other hand, Ibadan City Polytechnic (ICP) is a different institution located in Ibadan as well. It is a private polytechnic that offers similar diploma, ND, and HND programs.

Ibadan City Polytechnic Entrance

However, it is distinct from The Polytechnic Ibadan and operates as a separate institution.

Let's Compare Further

While both The Polytechnic Ibadan and Ibadan City Polytechnic are located in Ibadan and offer technical education, they are distinct institutions with separate identities. The following points highlight the key differences between the two:

1. Establishment and History

The Polytechnic Ibadan was established in 1970, making it one of the oldest polytechnics in Nigeria. On the other hand, Ibadan City Polytechnic was founded in 2008, making it a relatively newer institution.

2. Academic Programs

Both institutions offer programs in similar fields of study, but the specific courses and specializations may vary. The Polytechnic Ibadan has a broader range of academic programs, reflecting its longer history and larger infrastructure.

3. Infrastructure and Facilities

While both institutions have modern facilities, The Polytechnic Ibadan has a larger and more established campus with a wider array of resources. The institution has had more time to develop its infrastructure, resulting in a more extensive range of laboratories, workshops, and other facilities.

4. Reputation and Recognition

The Polytechnic Ibadan, being an older institution, has a longer-standing reputation and wider recognition across Nigeria. Its track record of producing skilled graduates has earned it a prominent place in the country's educational landscape. Ibadan City Polytechnic, being a newer institution, is still in the process of building its reputation but is gaining recognition for its commitment to practical education.


The Polytechnic Ibadan and Ibadan City Polytechnic are two distinct polytechnics located in Ibadan, Oyo State. While both institutions provide technical education (ND/HND), they differ in terms of history, program offerings, infrastructure, and reputation. 

The Polytechnic Ibadan, with its extensive experience and established infrastructure, has gained wider recognition over the years. Ibadan City Polytechnic, although relatively new, is rapidly emerging as an institution committed to providing quality technical education. 

Prospective students should carefully consider their academic interests, career goals, and personal preferences when choosing between the two institutions.

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