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How to Gain Admission to University of Lagos (UNILAG). Steps to Successful Admission

Guide to Gaining Admission to University of Lagos (UNILAG)

You don’t only want to go UNILAG because it’s a federal university, this great citadel is hot-cake for her name and affordability. Show me a parent who will not want his child at Akoka (except you’re worried about cost of living).

Now you’re convinced you deserve to be there but it’s bleak and blank. You don’t seem to have comprehensive guide on the school’s admission processes. If you’d read couples of online posts before mine, you could have seen how scanty information is about UNILAG admission and where you get something, they’re not just detailed enough; that instead of them to help, they leave you more confused.
Matriculated friends at UNILAG
This piece is one of my posts on 40 universities you gain admission to with much stress or influence. You can see those already covered by clicking on the link. Then let me share my experience with you about UNILAG admission. These I had acquired for more than a decade. My presentation blends with well researched information from reliable sources.

Let’s get to work!

I will take you through three roads and when we get to the end of the last road, we’re on campus. Don’t be worried with THREE. Though THREE is not a big number, yet I will cut the journey short, just need your little patience to the end. It will pay off.

In brief, areas to cover are:
  1. Ensure Your O'level; SSCE Results are complete (Road 1)
  2. Choose UNILAG in UTME (Road 2)
  3. Register for and Write UNILAG Post UTME (Road 3)
  4. Gain Admission to UNILAG as Direct Entry Applicants
  5. Gain Admission to UNILAG with Influence and Connection
  6. How Does UNILAG distribute Admission Spaces Among Candidates

Ensure Your O'level; SSCE Results are complete (Road 1)

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 that below) will guide you as to what subjects you must have credits or passes for a particular course. You can also use awaiting results to seek admission to UNILAG 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 some others e.g Chemistry. Studying brochure is your best bet for this.

Choose UNILAG in UTME (Road 2)

Admission process to any school starts with UTME registration. Unless you want to leave home through pre-degree, foundation class, Sandwich, Diploma, IJMB, JUPEB and the likes, you will have to remain at home if you’re afraid of JAMB UTME. During your JAMB registration; at CBT centre, select UNILAG as your most preferred institution (first choice). Well, you can’t even choose them as 2nd, 3rd or 4th choice. Why? JAMB only arranges the likes of UNILAG to 1st choice only.

Now, take your preferred course for the school. You can’t, unless you know very well about the course. How will you know very well about your course? JAMB brochure is your solution. JAMB brochure is a must PLEASE. Some courses may sound as if you know everything about them but you don’t know if UNILAG has some special conditions attached to the courses. So, safe yourself from future disappointment - find a brochure to provide answers to the following questions:
  • What are the O’level requirements for your proposed course.
  • What subjects must you write in UTME
  • Does UNILAG attach certain conditions (under the special considerations remarks)

I have really covered what you must look for and how to look for it in my post, “How to Study, Understand and Use JAMB Brochure: Admission Success Channel”. You SHOULD click to read it if you’ve not. Don’t skip this please. JAMB doesn’t provide paper brochure for now but you can read CD type on your computer or study or download on JAMB website.

Register for and Write UNILAG Post UTME (Road 3)

UNILAG doesn’t spare you from Post UTME. You’re to register for the post UTME form when it’s out. It’s the custom of the school to only allow or call candidates who score 200 or above for her post UTME. If by ill-luck you have 199, forget UNILAG admission this year. Get set for next UTME or immediately consider change of institutions to schools that can consider that. If you make it out with 200 or more, then you’ll be on campus for UNILAG computer-based post UTME. They'll test you on your UTME subjects. If you write English, Maths, Physics and Chemistry in UTME, prepare same for UNILAG post UTME. 

UNILAG gives admission to you based on your performance in O’level, UTME and Post UTME. In other words, the school put the three together on calculation before you know whether you'll remain at home or join the winners on campus. In this grading system, your O’level is weighted at 20%, UTME at 50% and Post UTME at 30%.

Points awarded for O’level (only 5 relevant subjects for your proposed course should be calculated)
A1 = 4.0
B2 = 3.6
B3 = 3.2
C4 = 2.8
C5 = 2.4
C6 = 2.0

For UTME, score is divided by 8 i.e. UTME/8. For Post UTME, your total mark is 30. Then you divide what you get by 2 i.e. PUTME/2

Now let’s calculate the aggregate. I will have to take you off this page to a post on Admission Tips. I love the way the author had illustrated the calculation of the aggregates. I hope you'll love it too. This post will open in a new window or tab so you come back here and complete your reading. See it here.

Judgment: If your aggregate score meets or beats the school departmental cut-off mark, congratulations and welcome to campus!

In case, you’re unfortunate to meet the departmental cut off mark, don’t give up yet. UNILAG usually publishes some courses for candidates who have certain points (aggregate) to consider instead. You have to be on look out for this because this opportunity doesn’t last weeks. You can also consider change of institution to any available institutions if you’re not satisfied by the published courses.

Gain Admission to UNILAG as Direct Entry Applicants

This section doesn’t concern UTME candidates. So skip. Direct entry applicants are those who had completed their Bsc, HND, ND, NCE, IJMB, JUPEB, Cambridge A’level, Foundation etc in a school and decided to proceed to the university to continue with their courses or related ones.

To seek admission to UNILAG as a direct entry applicant, you must also:
  1. obtain JAMB form. Yours is called JAMB Direct entry form instead of JAMB UTME form.
  2. register at any CBT centre nationwide
  3. register for Post DE; the same time UTME applicants are registering

Direct entry applicants should note these: 
  • You're exempted from writing post DE, so relax.
  • You will submit your completed post DE application print-out, credentials and transcripts to the school admission office
  • Experience has shown that it’s easy to gain admission to UNILAG through direct entry if: (i) you’re their foundation or diploma candidates or (ii) education candidates i.e holders of NCE (willing to do education courses at the school)

Gain Admission to UNILAG with Influence and Connection

I don’t have a lecturer’s number to give you for help. Most lecturers I know sometimes have one slot to spare yearly. These people are equally placed on certain conditions. You don’t just bring someone who failed in the post UTME. Some of them can only help you in the last re-published courses.

UNILAG is a disciplined school and their admission is basically on merit. Sincerely if you'd helped yourself, you didn't need help form a professor to enter UNILAG. That’s why I will only advise few of my students seeking admission to consider UNILAG. I place my judgment on their performance in O’level and their academic abilities. Give me 5 distinctions - then you win my stamp.

How Does UNILAG distribute Admission Spaces Among Candidates

If you’re on the list of admitted candidates to the University of Lagos, you're obviously one of those candidates selected based on formula 45, 35, 20. This is the yardstick used by federal institution to distribute their admission spaces among the lucky ones.

By 45, I mean 45% of the admitted are on merit. This means these are candidates who had met or beat the departmental cut-off mark. These candidates, to me, are wow no matter their courses. It’s not easy dude!

By 35, I mean 35% of the admitted are favoured because they belong to the catchment areas of the school. They’re equally on merit but the aggregate mark drawn for them are usually less than the general departmental cut-off mark. These are indigenes of Lagos State and some neighbouring states.

By 20, I mean 20% of the admitted are from the less educated states. These candidates are majorly from northern part of the country. The law formula favours them to be considered with lesser mark than the departmental cut-off marks. I have less educated or less privileged states covered in my post, "Gain Admission to 40 Universities without connection or influence"

Sorry! You want to hear this too. A few may be manipulated to the list through lecturers’ slots. But don’t get scammed for seeking cheap admission. Once you do your things rightly you don't need a man to eat on your parents’ heard earned money -  with little or no hope. Remember, "no receipt for runs money” 🤣🤣


Gaining admission to the University of Lagos doesn’t have to be easier than this. You need something good, you must work for it then. If you want inferior, you of course know where to turn. But a great institution will not just take her reputation for granted.

I had guaranteed admissions to UNILAG for my clients most recently and it worked. On one condition – follow my guide to detail.

See you at Akoka sooner!

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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 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) 


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