During the admission process in 2019, the universities in Nigeria did not exhaust more than five hundred, ten, nine hundred and fifty-seven (510,957) of their admission quota for the year.
This is despite the availability of qualified candidates to fill such spaces.
The number represents a slight increase compared to the admission rate of three hundred eighty thousand, four hundred and seventy seven (380,477) that was not used in 2018.
Data AmazingReveal.com received from the joint admission and matriculation authority (POST) shows that no fewer than six hundred twelve thousand, five hundred and fifty-seven (612,557) qualified candidates were admitted.
That is 52.9 percent of all qualified candidates for the admission year of one million, one hundred and fifty-seven thousand, nine hundred and seventy-seven (1,157,977).
In 2019, eight hundred and eighty-three (883) institutions, including universities, universities of applied sciences, monotechnology, universities of applied sciences and innovation enterprise institutions (IEIs), offered candidates admission.
Over 1.92 million candidates have registered for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) 2019, of which 109,472 were direct entry candidates.
In order to qualify for admission, a candidate must have a minimum UTME qualification score, also known as a cut-off mark, and must have the minimum grade for the results of their senior school certificate (SSCE) exam .
In this case, this means that at least 140 points are scored in the UTME and credit points are awarded in the SSCE subjects, including mathematics and English.
JAMB noted that the subject combinations with the grade may or may not necessarily apply to the proposed course.
Qualified candidates did not offer admission
The data show that other qualified candidates have not been admitted to institutions for various reasons.
27.4 percent of the candidates were qualified, but had the wrong subject combinations in their UTME with regard to their proposed course.
JAMB classified them as “not suitable” for approvals.
In addition, 2.5 percent of the candidates were qualified and eligible for admission, but were rigid candidates.
These candidates received admission offers, but rejected them for the reasons they know best.
Around 17.5 percent of the candidates were qualified and suitable for admission. However, they were not admitted.
Unused UTME admission quota for 2019
The admission rate refers to the maximum number of applicants that a university can accept during a specific academic year.
Regulations for this are usually laid down by the various university supervisory authorities.
The National University Commission (NUC) oversees universities and other degrees, while the National Commission for Higher Education Institutions (NCCE) oversees higher education and other teacher training institutions. We also have the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), which regulates monotechnology, polytechnics and IEIs.
Regulators do this based on the facilities and staff available at each facility.
In some cases, professional associations are involved in setting this quota, which corresponds to the requirements of the labor market.
The total admission rate for the 883 facilities was one million, one hundred twenty-three thousand, five hundred and fourteen (1,123,514) candidates.
As the following infographics show, universities and other institutions that award degrees have not exhausted 20.63 percent of their quota.
Colleges of Education and other Nigeria Certicate in Education (NCE) did not use 82.69 percent of their admission rate.
Monotechnics and Polytechnics and National Diploma (ND) institutions had left 33.68 percent of their admission quota unused.
The institutions that award the National Innovation Diploma were unable to exhaust 90.36 percent of their admission quota for the year.
During the admission year, Ekele Franklin, who scored 347 points, had the best UTME score in 2019, with over 2,906 candidates scoring over 300 points.
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