Each University has a chosen standard score that is used as a yardstick for acceptance into any of its study programmes. This means, if a student should earn up to that score or more, that student can be considered for admission into a study programme. This standard should be taken seriously by any student who is aspiring to get into a higher institution (University) in Nigeria, as it is the first hurdle to cross in seeking for admission.
The examination needed for this is organised by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). The exam is used by all Nigerian Universities as an evaluation tool to consider students for admission, and the benchmark score is called a Cut-off Mark.
Each university is at liberty to choose her cut-off mark, as such, cut-off marks across Nigerian universities differ. In this article, we are going to put our focus on UNILAG’s and LASU’s cut-off marks, and explaining what actually determines admission in Nigeria.
When a student has completed, and successfully obtained minimum credits in necessary subjects as per course of study in any of the SSC examinations (WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, and GCE), the next step is to apply for JAMB’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). After successfully passing that (meeting the cut-off mark), the student can then apply for Post UTME which is conducted by the chosen university. We will begin by discussing the University Of Lagos (UNILAG) first, then move on to Lagos State University (LASU). Most parts of both admission processes are the same, but cut of marks for admission are usually different.
What Determines Cut-off Marks for a Given Admission Year
Cut of marks in universities across Nigeria is mainly determined by two factors; general preference of students, and performance of students after exams. General preference of students has to do with the average number of students that enrolled for JAMB examination choosing a given university as first choice over another. Universities that gets higher number of applicants are more likely to use a higher cur-off mark than others institutions that do not. When this is sorted, there comes the second factor (performance of students) that decides the students that actually gets their preferred course, and those that gets admitted for a course at all. These two factors exist on all level of exams (JAMB, Post UTME, and JUPEB) used to gain admission into any institution in Nigeria.
What is UNILAG JAMB and Post UTME Cut-off Mark
The University Of Lagos (UNILAG) uses a JAMB cut-off mark of 200 on all courses it offers for 0’level students. Candidates who choose UNILAG must use it as a first choice in the JAMB UTME exam to be eligible to apply for their Post UTME. The general Post UTME cut-off mark currently being used by UNILAG is 50. This cut-off mark implies that a student is eligible to be considered for admission into the university (UNILAG), it doesn’t guarantee admission. While factors that determines admission has been discussed above, it is important to know that some high level/value courses like accounting, medicine and surgery, and mechanical engineering can in a given year have a cut-off mark as high as 70-80.
What is LASU JAMB and Post UTME Cut-off Mark
Lagos State University (LASU) allows a JAMB cut-off mark of 190 on all courses. To be eligible for Post UTME, candidates must choose the Lagos State University as their first choice institution in the JAMB UTME. The Post UTME cut-off mark used by LASU is 50. It is established that getting up to these scores in respective exams doesn’t guarantee a student admission, it only makes that candidate eligible to be considered for admission.
There above is the current JAMB and Post UTME cut-off marks for UNILAG and LASU respectively. For a student to really be sure of gaining admission into these universities, he/she should not target just getting up to the specified cut-off mark, rather should target a more higher score because, it will be needed for the competition for admission slots after examination. There is also the issue of catchment area (cut-offs for specific states and/or tribes) being a factor, however, the mechanism in which it’s based in is far too sketchy to be considered as an important factor determining Post UTME cut-off marks.