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How to Gain Admission to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) 2018/2019

Guide to Gaining Admission to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

You must have heard these about ABU ...
“They only accept Muslims”
“The only accept applicant from the north”

There are more hearsay really. But how true? Let’s find out.

To say the truth, ABU is one those universities that take catchment areas serious. They also recognise less educationally privileged states. This doesn’t imply that their admission lists are not on merit. I had explained what catchment areas and less educated states are in my recent post. Recognizing these two criteria is not limited to ABU, other federal universities do the same. If you read the post I referred to above, you will understand me better.

But if I say, you can gain admission to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria on merit, you’d ask me, "how? Just follow the guide below. I’d followed this guide for my students in the south-west several times and it worked fine. ABU has no major difference from other universities in Nigeria; except for some important tweaks that will be covered in this post.

Let’s get started. I will be covering the following areas

  1. Ascertain your O’level results are complete
  2. Choose ABU in UTME as first choice. 
  3. Choose your Course at the School. 
  4. Obtain ABU post UTME when on sales.
  5. Gaining Admission to ABU as Direct Entry Applicants
  6. How ABU  Treat their Pre-degree or Remedial Students for Admission to 100 level
  7. How ABU Distribute Admission Spaces among Applicants 

Ascertain your O’level results are complete

Some applicants blindly seek admission without complete results. Some have one or two deficiencies in very important subjects. Yet they believe since ABU is a northern university, they can just accept anything weaker or inferior. Forget that and pay attention to the information below about your O’level result.

Choose ABU in UTME as first choice. 

Another silly thinking is that perhaps you can take ABU as second choice institution because they are less competitive. Why don’t you ask yourself this, “If ABU is truly less competitive, why couldn’t they admit all their admission seekers?” Hence, I advise you to take ABU as first choice if you truly need them.

Choose your Course at the School. 

ABU is one of those federal universities offering good courses and with needed infrastructures. You will have enough choices to take one from. However, you’ll need a JAMB brochure to guide you on your choice. This is because you don’t only choose course, you need to understand the following before you do:
  • Is the course available at ABU?
  • What O’level grades and subjects needed for the course?
  • What UTME subjects should you write for the course?
  • Does ABU have special condition about the course?

ABU is consistently accepting all O’level results including NBAIS; which you might have heard about. I had posted some information about National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) here. You can check it out for further details.

You need 5 credit passes in O’level subjects relevant to your proposed course in the school. The school equally allows ordinary passes in SSCE (certain subjects) for some courses. JAMB brochure has details on this; see it online here.  You can combine two O’level results in any ways possible e.g WAEC plus NECO, WAEC plus NABTEB, NECO plus NABTEB etc. For some courses, you may not use more than a sitting however.  Some schools don’t allow this. Yet they won’t be opened about it. Students will just keep trying yearly, without knowing the reason for such disapproval. Conditions of O’level requirements for each course at ATBU are well detailed in JAMB brochure. You can check my post on “How to Study, Understand and Use JAMB Brochure: Admission Success Channel.” as a guide to know what look for in JAMB brochure.

Obtain ABU post UTME when on sales.

Ahmadu Bello University Zaria sells post UTME  and tests their candidates. However, before you can obtain POST- UTME form and write their test, you must score 180 or above for all courses. In your own interest however, don’t duel on 180 plus for courses like Medicine and the likes. You will need to score really higher to compete among the top degree chases.

It’s certain that candidates seeking competitive courses must do well not only in the UTME but also post-UTME. You know why? Your post-UTME score is over 400 just as your JAMB is over 400. The school adds both score together and divide it by 2. That’s your aggregate score which must meet or beat the departmental cut-off marks. By formula: (UTME-PUTME)/2.

Now you want to know the departmental cut-off marks for you proposed course. Well, I can’t give you any specifically and here is why. Departmental cut-off marks are not static (stable). They change every year depending on certain factors:
•    Number of students competing for the course
•    Average performance in national  UTME
•    Average performance in post UTME

How I wish the school make their departmental cut off marks public. But it's not; at least not yet. However, they use it. Do some Google search to find more information on this. And please because with you you believe. Not all information you see on Google are correct. I will update this post when I have official departmental cut off marks. kindly revisit sooner.  Just know that what matters to you for now is to score high in JAMB and work for same in post UTME.

Gaining Admission to ABU 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 ABU 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.

ABU accepts graduates of Bsc, HND, ND, NCE, IJMB, DIPLOMA etc for her direct entry admission. ABU also runs IJAMB and Diploma programs on her campus and affiliate ones. These candidates are usually their favourites for direct entry spaces. They accept outsiders as well for their degree courses if you have the requirements. Below are what direct entry applicants should know before choosing ABU.

Obviously, before you can apply for ABU post-DE, you must meet the following conditions:
•    Have minimum of lower credit for ND holders
•    Have Merit grade for Diploma
•    9 points in NCE or IJMB

Kindly, visit, study and understand JAMB brochure for further information. I explained what you need to look for in JAMB brochure here in full.

How ABU Treat their Pre-degree or Remedial Students for Admission to 100 level

Something is important here. If you're a student of ABU 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 ABU Remedial programmes, I never recorded student who was not eventually given admission to 100 level. This is why.

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

ABU will consider their predegree students for admission to 100 level if they pass the pre-degree exams, but it's advisable to score 180 or above. 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 campus.

How ABU Distribute Admission Spaces among Applicants

Like most federal universities (if not all), ABU usually bite more than they can chew. Abdullahi Kundila, the registrar of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has disclosed that over 63,000 candidates applied for admission but only about 10,000 were admitted in 2017. What percentage is that? Then who won, who lost?

ABU follows the 45, 35, 20 principle like their counterparts. By this, it means the university will give admission to 45% on merit, 35% based on catchment areas and 20% based on less educated states. This doesn’t mean admission given to catchment areas and less educated states is not on merit. No!. It only means, the aggregate mark to be considered for (35%) catchment areas will be less than merit and (20%) less educated will be  lesser. The school’s last year aggregate score page also details this. See it yourself here. You can see ABU catchments areas here and see if you belong or claim to belong in your JAMB UTME registration.

Request Additional information 

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.

In this series, I aim to cover 40 institutions and later proceed to others. However, if you want me to quickly release admission guide for another school you have in mind, ask for it. I'll work on it almost immediately. It will be good if you just subscribe to be receiving my posts through email so you will be one of my thousands subscribers who will get my posts straight to their emails. To do this if you've not already, go to the bottom of this page and submit your email. Then check your email inbox or spam box and click the link to confirm your subscription. I respect your privacy and I'll never share your email with anyone.

Like said earlier, this content will be updated from time to time, you can just bookmark this page and revisit to see if I've included fresh information.

Also in this series,
  1. How to Gain Admission to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU)
  2. How to Gain Admission to Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) 
  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) 


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