The difficulties encountered in securing admission does not only affect young Nigerians, but also others, both young and old who aspire to be admitted into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria.
• There are so many Universities, Polytechnics, etc in Nigeria. So why are many candidates missing out in the race at the end of the day? the number one answer to this is "Lack of Statistical information about candidates' school of choice and course of choice" Don't get it yet? Alright. Now, before you applied to study that course at that university how many candidates have already applied for the same course at that particular university? How many other available universities offer your course of choice? Would you still go on to apply in a situation whereby more than eight thousand applications have been recorded in your department of choice whereas there are more than ten other good universities that offer the same course but still having moderated application index like 703, 1,200, 2,450, 900, 1,346, etc?
Now let's take three major courses, Medicine and surgery, Law, and Electrical Engineering as key study on this issue.
This is 2015 academic session. But do you know that as of today, based on JAMB Course Statistic that 8,775 (eight thousand, seven hundred and seventy five) candidates have already applied for Medicine and surgery at the University of Ilorin,; 7,531 (Seven thousand fivehundred and thirty one) at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka(UNN)? This number is increasing everyday as new candidates still channel their application to this universities and few others with very high application index. Nothing wrong with that? Have you seen any university in Nigeria that admitted more than 3,000 candidates in a particular department after conducting their Post-UTME?
Now let's briefly analyze this case. From my research, there are more than 16 (sixteen) accredited universities in Nigeria that offer medicine and surgery, Law and Electrical Engineering. Out of this number, not less than 12 (twelve) do well in this field.
Now consider the list below; it covers today's course statistic of some good universities that offer medicine and surgery, Law and Electrical Engineering, and then tell me why you should consider trying your luck at a university that already has thousands of application in your department of choice whereas there other nice universities that can easily accommodate you.
University of Nigeria, Nsukka- 7,531 (Medicine and Surgery); 4,274 (Law);
University of Lagos- 4,972 (Medicine and Surgery); 3,388 (Law); 794 (Electrical Engineering)
University of Port Harcourt- 3,981(Medicine and Surgery); 446 (Electrical Engineering)
University of llorin- 8,775 (Medicine and Surgery); 3,231 (Law); 1,279 (Electrical/Electronics Engineering)
University of Ibadan- 6,600 (Medicine and Surgery); 2,674 (Law); 723(Electrical Engineering)
Delta state university Abraka- 1,972 (Medicine and Surgery); 1,257 (Law); (Electrical Engineering not offered this year )
Anambra State University- 442 (Medicine and Surgery); 466 (Law); 172 (Electrical Engineering)
Niger delta university- 1,78 (Medicine and Surgery); 1,27 (Law); 100 (Electrical Engineering)
Ahmadu bello university Zaria- 7,96 (Medicine and Surgery); 2,59 (Law); 1,72(Electrical Engineering)
Obafemi awolowo university- 4,74 (Medicine and Surgery); 2,784 (Law); 609 (Electrical/Electronics Engineering)
Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma- 1,876 (Medicine and Surgery); 1,694 (Law); 574 (Electrical/Electronics Engineering)
Meanwhile, There are also many Private Universities out there that offer these courses that still have low application index.
Note: under Electrical/Electronics Engineering students will later be split to either department. So don't be afraid of the index if high. You can check your course statistics by visiting www.jamb.org.ng and then follow the step on the image below.
Note well that the high level of application recorded in some universities above is not because they are the best in teaching these courses, rather because they are popular among O-level school leavers and even other prospective students. Therefore, try to check the course statistics of universities before you apply; Make hay while the sun shines!