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How to Gain Admission to Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

Guide to Gaining Admission to Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU, Ile-Ife

Don’t say I don’t tell you; "you need to know much about Obafemi Awolowo University before you can win her heart”

Welcome to my new post on the series, 40 universities you can gain admission to without knowing Mr. Lecturer or Professor Mango. Interestingly, this series has been the most difficult I had done. This is because for any blogger to do this, he has to know what he’s talking about and do his research extensively before he can take a student by hand and bring him to the campus of his dream. Or else, he will only lead hundreds of students astray.

This is my experience in detail and a well researched piece about the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. I want to take you on a trip. Please be patient and read through in order to understand the step by step procedures hundreds of students had followed before they could be on the campus of the No. 3 University in Nigeria.

Let’s get started... I will cover areas below:

  1. Ensure Your O'level; SSCE Results are complete
  2. First, Choose OAU In UTME as First Choices
  3. Second, Register for and write OAU Post-UTME 
  4. Gain Admission as a Direct Entry Applicants to OAU
  5. Gain Admission to OAU with Legs.
  6. Gain Admission to OAU through Pre-Degree 

OAU has really (recently) drove admission seekers crazy. They’re well known for making admission so difficult that a candidate may not even know where the problem was from. But things have changed now. I assure you – you can easily gain admission to the school, if you do THREE things right.

Your success depends on how right are your pre-UTME decisions, UTME outcome and Post UTME performance.

Ensure Your O'level; SSCE Results are complete 

First and foremost, hope you're set for admission with your O'level results? By this I mean, do you already have 5 required grades in your relevant SSCE, WAEC, NECO, GCE, NABTEB, NBAIS. That question may sound rhetorical but I must warn you that without 5 relevant O'level results, you're going no where for admission. Studying JAMB brochure (as I will be covering below) will guide you as to what subjects you must have credits in, for a particular course.

You can also use awaiting results to seek admission to OAU provided the results will be out or available before the school's post UTME. This means if you're in SS 3 or you're yet to have complete O'level, you can fill in awaiting results for your O'level during UTME registration at CBT centre.

Note that, immediately your O'level result is released and it's complete, you have to go back to CBT centre to scan and upload it to JAMB portal. This may attract additional charge!

Literally, you'll need at least 5 credit passes in relevant subjects in one sitting or 6 credit passes in two sittings before you can apply. This means some courses requires you to use ONLY ONE SITTING e.g Medicine and you can use two sittings for others e.g Chemistry. Studying brochure is your best bet for this.

First, Choose OAU In UTME as First Choice

There is no need to explain this. But for a full novice or first-timer, I will take you there a bit. You see, during UTME registration, you will take four schools. These schools will be headed 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice. Jamb allows you to take your interested schools in order of preference. For the purpose of this post, let’s jump to the end. Take them as the first choice institution. That’s all.

If you want to see several ways you can choose schools in UTME, read my post, "How to Register UTME and Direct Entry”. You can just select schools as you want except some limitations. Click the link, it has details on that.

After this, you will select a course. I remember in our days, you could take a school as first and second choice and take two different courses. Today, you take one school and one course. Though, if you consider some state schools, few federal schools and any polytechnics or colleges of education, you can still choose a school twice or more with different courses or the same. However, I don’t particularly advise that.

Choose a Course at OAU

Choosing courses for OAU in UTME is the most difficult task. You don’t just take a course without knowing the SSCE result requirements for it. You have to write correct subjects for the course in UTME and you really need to know if the school has some special considerations other than generally acceptable ones by other universities. The only way to get this right is to get a JAMB brochure, study and understand it.

Let’s me share you a secrete. This only concerns social science candidates. Please never should you do Commerce (in UTME) for any OAU course. That ends your chance to gain admission immediately. They don't accept Commerce in UTME subjects or O’level requirements. You will thank me later. Sorry, that's no more a secrete!

Don’t be afraid, JAMB brochure could really appear big or too wordy. But you are not going to read all the details; all you need is to locate your proposed school and your intended course.

If you’re not aware yet, JAMB is not giving paper brochure but you can get the online version. If you have a computer that can read disk, you can borrow last year CD brochure from your friend, sisters or brother. Actually, JAMB CBT centre will give you your own but not until after the registration had been completed. That’s campaign after election. I have detailed how to study brochure here. Studying and getting it before selecting school and courses will pay back greatly.

Second, Register for and write OAU Post-UTME

OAU is one of the most competitive institutions in Nigeria. Is that scary? Lol!. Yet, they could be friendly if you’d done things rightly.

When the school post-UTME is on sales, register online and at the exams schedule, partake in the computer based Post UTME. They will only test you on the same subjects JAMB tested you on. If you care to get their past questions, visit a bookshop within the campus. You can also try your luck at other resourceful bookshops outside.

You'll ONLY be able to partake in the post UTME, if you score 200 or above in UTME. And sincerely, just 200 will not help you because aggregate score may finally weaken you. Make sure you go far up in UTME. You'll get my explanation sooner.

The total post UTME score is 100. The average pass mark is 50%. There’s no rule for this but if you score less than 50 your aggregate mark will suffer.

The aggregate score matters most. By calculation OAU aggregate score is UTME score divided by 8 plus post UTME score divided by 2. Aggregate = (UTME/8) + (PUTME/2).

The aggregate mark will then be matched with your departmental cut-mark. If your aggregate score meets or beats the department cut-off mark, congratulations in advance dude. You can see the previous departmental cut off marks as posted by Daily School News. Note that this departmental cut-off mark may change for this year.  Revisit this post for my update on this.


Gain Admission as a Direct Entry Applicants to OAU

Yes, I don’t forget you too. In case you don’t know who direct entry applicants are, they are already holders of Bsc, HND, ND, NCE, IJMB, JUPEB, Cambridge  A’level  and so on. These applicants only want to further their studies in the University for same courses or related ones. Skip here if you’re not a DE applicant.

DE procedures to seek admission to the school is not too different from UTME. In succinct, you also must obtain JAMB form (but not UTME). Yours is called JAMB DE form. It’s usually at the same price. The form will be out the same time with UTME (this started 2018). It may likely close the same time, so don’t waste your time. You will also register at CBT centre.

The main differences are: 
  1. you only choose two universities. Even though the second choice can be a waste; as no school is accepting 2nd choice any longer.
  2. you will not write JAMB UTME
  3. you may be required to send your qualification transcripts to the school and submit all your credentials after you have completed the DE registration.
  4. you will not do post DE exams. However, you too, like UTME candidates, must register for post DE which happens the same time with UTME applicants.
  5. you should have at least upper credit for ND or 9 points for NCE holders

I like to emphasis that all DE candidates should make sure they study the "Special Considerations (Waiver) remarks section"  of the JAMB brochure very well. Make sure you get it before you apply. You may waste your time and money chasing shadow if you ignore the power of brochure. I have detailed how to study and understand JAMB brochure here. You'll real love you read it.

Gain Admission to OAU with Legs.

Yes you heard me. Do you wonder if you can gain admission to OAU with connection? Yes it’s possible. But do you need that? Seriously you may not need this. Let me explain why. 
  • Once you meet or beat the departmental cut-off mark, welcome to the campus.
  • Even if you score a bit below merit aggregate mark but you fall to the school's catchment areas or less educated states, you will be favoured with less mark.

You can see if you fall to their catchment areas or less educated states through my post, "Gain Admissions to 40 Universities without Connection or Influence". There you’ll understand how OAU distribute her admission spaces among their selected applicants.

Gain Admission to OAU through Pre-Degree

I had posted recently, “reasons why pre-degree programme is not a shortcut to admission any longer”. If you click the link, you will love my points. Is OAU favouring her pre-Degree, Diploma, JUPEB candidates in admission?

It’s not easy to be a disciplined school and at same time run programmes like pre-degree, JUPEB, IJMB, Diploma etc. This could be the reason why University of Ibadan is not running such programme.

OAU is so disciplined that they’ll will not give the Pre-degree, Diploma or JUPEB candidates admissions unless they meet certain terms. For example, as a pre-degree student, you still have to score 200 or above in UTME before you can be admitted. You must at the same time pass pre-degree exams and meet or beat the pre-degree cut-off mark for your proposed course.

Not yet done. You must pass the post-UTME. In order words, your case is even worse than candidates who didn’t do their pre-degree programmes. What a pity?

One advantage you may have eventually is, even if you don’t meet up with the requirement of your proposed course (as a pre-degree student), you can be compensated with a lower course.

Eventually, they're found of compensating their applicants (be it UTME or pre-degree) with lower course if interested. That makes them one of my favourite universities.



Easier said, than done. That’s true. But hundreds of my candidates had done it. Thousands of students on that campus are living testimonies too. Unless there’s something you’re hiding, if you want Obafemi Awolowo University, you deserve it.


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Also in this series,
  1. How to Gain Admission to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)
  2. How to Gain Admission to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU)
  3. How to Gain Admission to University of Lagos (UNILAG) 
  4. How to Gain Admission to University of Ibadan (UI) 
  5. How to Gain Admission to University of Benin (UNIBEN) 
  6. How to Gain Admission to University of Ilorin (UNILORIN).
  7. How to Gain Admission to Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) 
  8. How to Gain Admission to OAU JUPEB Programmes 
  9. Complete Updates on Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Admissions (2017/2018)


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