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How to Gain Admission to University of Ilorin (UNILORIN).

Guide Gaining Admission to University of Ilorin (UNILORIN).

UNILORIN has been hot-cake for some years now, precisely 4 consecutive years. The university for some years has been the most subscribed institution in Nigeria. In 2017 for example, Unilorin screens 48,666 admission seekers.

You wouldn’t have been on this page if you, your friend, family or child is not trying to join the No. 8 University in Nigeria and No. 3,118 in the world.

I chose to write this post because year in, year out, most admission seekers meet their waterloo at the gate of the Better by Far. To me, being the most subscribed university is not the primary reason why many can’t easily gain admission to the university. After all, gaining admission to other universities, even private ones, is not free.
You can gain admission to University of Ilorin following the procedures other successful candidates had taken
The reason is more because candidates blindly seek admission to this institution without right information or I should put it simple, “because they don’t know how to gain admission to the school” The scripture says, ‘My people are perishing because they lack knowledge” permit me to reshape that, “admission seekers are failing because they lack or don’t follow right information”.

This, is the reason for writing this post. At the end of the post, you should:
  • Get the picture of how those successful candidates on UNILORIN campus managed to be there
  • Know step-by-step journey that leads to problem-free and connection-free admission to your beloved institution


What qualifies me to give you these insights

Having spent the last 10 years as an education consultant and a café manager, I had processed admissions into UNILORIN for hundreds of admission seekers. Some with success and some, of course with capital NO.

With stock of experiences in this field, I was able to advise and guide candidates with NO clue on successful admission processing. It works for them 90% of time! I had been gratefully thanked and rewarded in the past by some admission seekers. Perhaps after following my guide, you should be back to reward me too. Lol!

Let’s get started.

Ensure Your O'level; SSCE, WAEC, NECO, NABTEB,  NBAIS 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 nowhere for admission. Studying JAMB brochure (as I will be covering that below) will guide you as to what subject you must have credit or pass for a particular course.

You can also use awaiting results to seek admission 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 still 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 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 some others e.g Chemistry. Brochure is your best bet for this.


First Step to gain Admission to University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)

First and foremost, to gain admission to the University, or any university at all, you must have obtained the current year JAMB UTME. Don’t be mistaken, you can ONLY take them as your FIRST choice school (anyway, you can’t find them in the second choice category).

Recently, some candidates were believing they could use previous year score to secure admission this year. This could be those who had read some manufactured blog, whatsapp or facebook posts that, senate had passed it that JAMB UTME results should be used for three admissions year. Nope! Senate did that but it was later annulled by JAMB and Ministry of Education. Don't tell them I say this, "it's one thing to make law in this country, it's another to abide by or follow it". Did I just said that?

While selecting UNILORIN in JAMB UTME, carefully read and understand JAMB brochures to see general requirements for your proposed course. This is one of the reasons most candidates with higher marks (200, 300 even more) in UTME are deprived admission by any school for that matter.

I had seen an applicant to UNILORIN who was an Art student. The young man chose Criminology. He scored 285 in JAMB and did well in post UTME. However, he was not given Criminology or any other course for compensation. Do you know why? Even though Criminology sounds like an Art course, it’s social science in practice. In other words, the course is meant for commercial students who had at least 5 credit passes in his or her O’level results including Economics, geography, commerce etc.

Now, you can see what I was talking about.

Gaining admission to any school, especially your beloved UNILORIN starts with perfect studying and understanding of what the JAMB brochure says.
Our friend above had listened to his brother who told him to go for the course. When I called his brother, he also said a friend recommended it. This shouldn’t be the case. Seek advice from a qualified and experienced education consultant and if not available, find a JAMB brochure. Even though JAMB is not doing well by only providing CD for candidates, you still have access to it directly on official JAMB website. You should equally avoid believing some blog posts, whatsapp mass messages, facebook shares without confirming from official sources.

Note also that, in the brochure, there is difference between general requirements for some course and special requirements. General requirements are what JAMB asks all schools to accept for courses, while special requirements explain if the schools have some exceptions; additions or subtractions to the general requirements.

Studying JAMB brochures doesn’t only safe you from wrong course against your O’level results, it also safes you from wrong UTME subject combination. Please take note – if you score 400/400 in UTME, but with wrong subject combination, you’re ONLY recognized and awarded by JAMB but forget that year admission and start preparing for another UTME. This can only be resolved by changing of course to the ones your subject combination goes with

Prepare for UNILORIN Post UTME

Ok. Your UTME result is out and it’s time to write Post UTME. UNILORIN is one of those schools that conduct entrance exams to weed out some admission seekers. But first, what is your UTME score? Is it suitable for your proposed course? If you don’t have anything above 179, forget Better by Far. This means you must score 180 or above to proceed to the next stage.

The school yearly draws some UTME cut-off marks for each course, which a candidate must meet before registering for post-UTME. This means, before you can proceed to post UTME as a Pharmacy candidate, you may need 260 and more in UTME, and education candidates may just need 180 and above. Do you get the point?

You can see Pre- PostUTME  cut-off marks for previous years here.  Please note that, these cut-off marks are not permanent as they can change in the present admission year. They decide based on number of students for each course, average performance in UTME, available spaces for intakes etc.

Are you qualified or not? If you’re, thumb up! If you’re not DON’T panic. You can still consider change of course. You can change your course to the course you’re qualified for during the post UTME registration (on the school portal). They allow it. It is equally possible to do change of course on JAMB portal but I prefer doing that on UNILORIN portal during post UTME registration. You can then later do change of course on JAMB portal if need be and at a later date. This is because change of course on UNILORIN portal will close along with post-UTME registration, but JAMB change of course (for now) remains opened for all time.

Applying for UNILORIN admission as Direct Entry candidates

This section is not for everybody, Direct entry applicants are candidates who had completed their studies in Bsc, HND, ND, NCE, IJAMB, JUPEB, Cambridge Advance Level (A’levels) etc. Then later want to further their studies to university for their courses or related courses but this time to 200 or 300 level straight. If you don’t belong to this category of candidates, skip to the next section.

As a direct entry admission seekers, you must have equally obtained JAMB Direct Entry form (not JAMB UTME form). You also must register at any available CBT centres across the nation. JAMB direct entry form usually comes out the very time UTME candidates are registering too. It was in the past that DE form came after UTME. During the registration, your first choice institution should be UNILORIN, the school doesn’t consider second choice applicants.
Before registration, please and please visit, study and understand the brochure. DON’T IGNORE this please. I had covered what you need to look for in JAMB brochure above. Please go back there and read. The special consideration (waiver) remarks part of your brochure is more focused on DE applicants.

You may and may not bother to submit a copy of your registration print-out and credentials to the admission of the university. UNILORIN doesn’t compulsory this submission. But there may be need to send the results (transcripts) of your in Bsc, HND, ND, NCE, IJAMB, JUPEB, Cambridge Advance Level (A’levels) to the admission office before Post-DE schedules. THIS is IMPORTANT.

UNILORIN has special consideration for their DE candidates who participated in their JUPEB programmes and passed. It’s more automatic to gain using UNILORIN JUPEB.

As a direct entry applicants, you must equally be ready to write post DE exams which will be scheduled along with post UTME.

Please not also that the school prefers upper credit from ND holders or 10 points or above from NCE holders. However, you can be given admission if you have lower credit or 9 points provided you consider less competitive courses.

How UNILORIN Treat their Pre-degree or remedial Students for Admission to 100 level

Something is important here. If you're a student of UNILORIN Remedial programmes, you are 99% of times going to be given admission to 100 level. Let me explain! In my last 10 years of producing students to UNILORIN Remedial programmes, I only recorded ONLY ONE student who was not eventually given admission to 100 level. You will soon know why!

You must have failed two of three conditions below before the school can show you way home.
  1. Failed in remedial final exams
  2. Failed in UTME
  3. Failed in Post-UTME

UNILORIN will consider their predegree students for admission to 100 level if they pass the pre-degree exams, even if they fail UTME. Such student will be given admission through remedial instead of JAMB. The school only asks you to attempt UTME for official record and order to have JAMB registration number.  If a remedial student passes UTME and fails remedial exams, he or she will still be given admission through JAMB. But if you fail both, you can't even do post-UTME and you're going to miss your beloved school.

Nature or Mode of UNILORIN Post-UTME

UNILORIN post-UTME is computer-based. This shouldn’t be new to you by now unless you didn’t write UTME in the first place. Their questions cover English, Maths and General papers for all candidates irrespective of their proposed courses.

During your post UTME registration, you have the choice to write your exams at Ilorin or Lagos centre. Lagos boys and girls, you’re covered dudes!

The result grading is 100% and on average you should have 50% and/or above to have any admission hope. However, 50% may not help you if you’re competing in courses like Medicine, Pharmacy, Law etc. You may need to shock them with score between 70-100% if you’ll smile to campus gate this year or next.

In case you don’t have higher mark or you score less than 50%, that's the rood end. Quickly do change of institutions/courses to any school before it’s too late. With this, you’ll look for other institutions who had not done their post UTME or not doing it at all. I mean schools who had not closed admission processes for the current admission year. Change to such schools to renew your hope.


How to get Admission Help or connections for UNILORIN

I was telling a friend once that if I must start a school in the future, one important course I will recommend is CONNECTION or INFLUENCE. It’s like nothing works on merit in this part of the world again. Is that what you think? You can be right and wrong! Below is my explanation.

Now you have got good marks in UTME and Post UTME and you still panic you may not be given admission eventually. Why?

People have been let down like this in the past by any school not only by UNILORIN and some people attribute that to lack of connection or influence. If you don’t know people; lecturers, professors, securities etc – it doesn’t matter what you get. This is the notion of the days but you may be wrong. Schools still use merit. They use connection too but there’s no way connection will supersede merit.

Get this! For every federal University like UNILORIN, 45% of applicants must be considered on merit, about 35% for catchment area and 20% for educationally less developed. Meanwhile JAMB is proposing to stop admission based on educationally less developed. I detailed this in my post, "Gain Admission into these 40 Universities without connection"

I know lecturers help in admission of some applicants. And I know equally that, a lecturer will not waste his slot on a candidate who already merits that admission. So, when you’re already on the merit list, no one can take you off it. All you should just work for is being on that merit list.

WARNING! Don’t pay anybody for seeking admission into the University of Ilorin; admission is based on merit, catchment areas and less educated states.



You must have heard lots of fabricated lies about UNILORIN admission. Some attribute their failure to secure a position in the lecture room to being a Christians, Yoruba other than Kwara States, Non-Hausa names etc. This is not true, they just must say something as excuse. Majority of students already on campus know this now.

What you need in brief, is, follow what the successful candidates had done and you will achieve the same thing they have.

Good luck! 💪💪

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I know I haven't completed this guide yet, I will keep updating it as I remember new things and new information surfaces about this institution. Also, you might have not seen me covered exactly what you're looking for. Why don't you ask me questions in the comment section below? I'll love to answer your questions immediately and include it in my next update.

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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 Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) 
  4. How to Gain Admission to University of Lagos (UNILAG) 
  5. How to Gain Admission to University of Ibadan (UI) 
  6. How to Gain Admission to University of Benin (UNIBEN) 
  7. How to Gain Admission to Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) 


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