If you have ever passed through the Nigerian university system, you know that writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is very tough. Specifically, with the introduction of the Computer Based Test (CBT), JAMB exams have become tougher. A few years ago, many universities’ cut-off mark was 200, especially federal universities. But some universities across the country have reduced their cut-off marks have been reduced to 120. However, many have chosen to keep it at 200 or the very least reduce it to 150.
Therefore, this article shall list the top 10 universities that accept a score of 150 as the cut-off mark. The universities are federal, state and private. Knowing them will help you know which university to apply to that will give you a chance to make the cut and gain admission.
Top 10 Nigerian universities that accept 150 as their cut-off mark
1. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
The University of Calabar is a federal university that was established in 1975. Located in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State, the university was initially the Calabar campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). UNICAL has about 15 faculties and over 60 departments. The university also has a student population of over 40,000 due to the high rate of applications to study there. The study environment is also competitive. UNICAL accepts 150 as the cut-off mark, but only for selected courses.
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2. Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina (FUDutsinma)
The Federal University Dutsin-Ma (FUDustsinma) is located in Dutsin-Ma, a Local Government Area in Katsina State. FUDutsinma, also known as FUDMA, was established in 2011 by the Goodluck Jonathan administration. The university currently has three faculties: the Faculty of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, the Faculty of Science and Science Education and the Faculty of Arts and Management Studies. There are also 21 departments and the university accepts 150 as the cut-off mark for all courses.
3. Federal University Otuoke (FUOTUOKE)
The Federal University Otuoke (FUOTUOKE) was also one of the many universities that were established by the Jonathan administration in 2011. Located in the former President’s hometown, Otuoke, in Bayelsa State, FUOTUOKE has five faculties and 15 departments. The university also accepts 150 as the cut-off mark for all courses.
4. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE)
Like FUDMA and FUOTUOKE, the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) was established by the Jonathan administration in 2011. The university is located in Ekiti State. FUOYE has seven faculties and over 40 departments. The university accepts 150 as the cut-off mark for all courses.
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5. Federal University, Birnin-Kebbi (FUBK)
Federal University, Birnin-Kebbi (FUBK) was established in 2013 by the Jonathan administration. The university is located in Kebbi State. FUBK has three faculties and 24 departments. The university set its cut-off mark at 150.
6. Lagos State University (LASU)
The Lagos State University (LASU) is one of the most popular state-owned universities in Nigeria. Established in 1983, LASU has nine faculties and over 50 departments. LASU also has a student population of over 35,000. It accepts 150 as the cut-off mark for prospective applicants.
7. Rivers State University (RSU)
The Rivers State University (RSU) is a state-owned university located in Rivers State. Established in 1980, RSU has seven faculties and over 25 departments. The university set the cut-off mark to 150, but it does not apply to Medicine and other medical courses there.
8. Abia State University Uturu (ABSU)
Another state university, Abia State University (ABSU) accepts 150 as the cut-off mark for applicants. Located in Uturu, Abia State, the university was established in 1981. ABSU has 10 colleges and over 90 departments. Unlike RSU, this university also offers Medicine/Surgery and other medically related courses.
9. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH)
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) is located in Oyo State. It is a state-owned university that was established in 1990. LAUTECH has a student population of over 25,000. The university also has over five faculties and one College of Health Science.
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10. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD)
If you want to mention one of the best private universities in Nigeria, the Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) will be among the top 10. Located in Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State, the university was established by renowned lawyer and philanthropist, Afe Babalola in 2009. ABUAD has about six colleges and over 20 departments.
Other universities in Nigeria that accept 150 as their cut-off mark include:
- Ekiti State University (EKSU)
- Enugu State Science and Technology (ESUT)
- Bauchi State University, Gadau (BASUG)
- Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU)
- Plateau State University, Bokkos (PLASU)
- Ignatius Aturu University of Education (IAUE)
- Yobe State University, Damaturu (YSU)
- Gregory University Uturu
- Kano State University and Technology, Wudil (KUST)
- Benue State University (BSU)
- Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU)
- Delta State University (DELSU)
- Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU)
- Imo State University (IMSU)
- Tai Solarin University Of Education (TASUED)
- Federal University, Kashere (FUKASHERE)
- Federal University Wukari (FUWUKARI)
- Federal University Lokoja (FULOKOJA)
Note that most federal universities in Nigeria do not accept below the 200 cut-off mark in the UTME. Most of the federal universities that do accept the 150 cut-off mark only do that for selected courses. Competitive courses like Medicine, Pharmacy and Law have their cut-off marks, which are usually higher.
As for state universities, they are popular and usually more expensive. Private universities, on the other hand, charge the highest fees but are usually better equipped than most state universities in Nigeria. This is the main reason why they have fewer students than government-owned universities.
What do you think? Do you agree that JAMB and other stakeholders in the Nigerian tertiary education sector should increase the cut-off marks? Are you a JAMBITE who is hoping for a relatively easy admission into a Nigerian university? Look no further as you study the universities stated above that offer the 150 cut-off mark. Good luck!
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