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JAMB UTME Registration Tips: Guide To Choosing The Right Course And Institution

This post is a guide to choosing the right course and institution (University, Polytechnic or Colleges Of education). Many candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria often jeopardize their chances of securing admission into the right course as well as the right institution because they do not have the right information. In this post, I have taking time to provide a clear guide on how to pick the right course and institution.

Choosing A Course of Study Ask most candidates what they would like to study in school and they will easily give you an easy answer, but ask them why and they will start to gabble.  Many make the mistake of getting entangled in the unreasonable quest for professional courses like Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law even when they know that they are not good in those areas.

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With the current state of things in Nigeria and the world at large, it is no longer much of what you studied but what you can do with what you studied.  So why not apply for a course you have the academic aptitude for or have passion for?  To help you make a good decision on that, I would like you to take time to ask yourself the following; What area of Human endeavor would I love to give my Contribution? What are my Natural abilities or talents (The things you do so well and yet easily)? What subjects am I really good at and have interest in? What would I love to spend the rest of my life doing?

Interest Is Crucial

There is hardly anything you can succeed in when you have little or no interest in such. The reason is that it is hard for you to put in the needed effort (and go the extra mile if need be) to succeed at something you have no interest in. Interest has a way of turning average performers into high achievers. Someone defined it as a psychological state of engagement.

It’s that kind of enthusiasm you have towards something that makes you give it your best and maximum attention. When students have little or no interest in their academics for one reason or the other, it has a way of negatively impacting their academic performances. Educationists are of the opinion that lack of interest is probably one of the strongest factors affecting students’ performances. Why go for an engineering course when you know how you struggled in high school to make a “C” in Physics and Mathematics.

Many students have been asked to withdraw by their schools’ management due to their inability to cope with the demands of the courses they are studying. This is something they could have avoided if they had gone for a course they are good at.

Selection of Institutions

Candidates should also be informed before making the decision concerning which institution to select or choose. There are three major things to bring into consideration. They are cost, course preference and catchment area. In terms of ownership, higher institutions of learning are categorized under Public and Private.  Private institutions are owned by individuals and organizations while Public institutions are owned by the government.

These public institutions are further grouped into Federal owned (owned by the Federal government) and state-owned (owned by the state government) institutions. This has a cost implication. Federal institutions of learning are cheaper in terms of cost compared to state-owned institutions while Private institutions can be said to be quite on the high side. So you need to put this into consideration. The course you wish to study is another thing you should consider before selecting an institution.

This is so because some institutions are better equipped to offer some courses better than others.  Look out for institutions that specialize in your course of interest. Make research, ask questions from students who have attended such institutions before and try to get details of their experience studying such courses in that institution; it is worth the effort. Also, candidates whose state of origin is captured in the catchment area of their institution of choice according to federal government guidelines on admission, stand a better chance of securing admission into such institutions. You may wish to consider this when selecting your institution.

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37 comments

  1. Pls I choose English, Economics, Commerce And Account in jamb requirements subject

    Which course can I study and which institution will accept it?

  2. This has been very helpful
    But don’t you think more emphasis would be very necessary?
    Thats because it would take time for some people to understand.

  3. Hi thanks for dis note cuz it has helped me. I’m not ready good in maths but I’m brilliant in other subjects and I want to study accounting. I don’t know what to do and I’m kinda confused. Studying accounting has always been my dream but d issue of d maths is my problem. Should I go for a less calculative courses? I’m saying this bcuz I don’t wanna have bad grades in my maths in school. Pls I need someone to talk to me?

    • D tin is dat u should go for lesson most especially dat maths ok

    • Go for it since it’s your dream.

    • Speak to God; your Father. He loves you, He’ll listen to you and He’ll answer you but first you gotta BELIEVE He’s heard you and will answer you. Expect an answer and you’ll get one ?

  4. esther adedamola

    What subject can I pick for computer science and what is University of ilorin cut off mark

  5. I had D7 in my SSCE, what should I do?

  6. Funmilayo Lokonon

    Thanks u so much may God bless u

  7. Thank for the information God will continue to bless you (my school app)

  8. Iortema Manasseh terhide

    I want to get my. Jamb profile code and I got one without the non sobnow that I want to generate another one using NIN they are telling me the name I use did not match with the NIN name mean will I used Iortema Manasseeh terhide instead of Iortema Manasseh terhide

  9. Which subject am I pick for banking and finance in OOU

  10. Ekerette inimfon

    I did science lab tech. In polytecnic, then i want to do direct entry please what course and institude should i put

  11. Which subject can I pick for jamb
    For the course guidance and counselling

  12. Pls can I be allowed to study mass communication in unilorin if I have 6A1s in my ssce and 290 in utme but I am not an indigene of ilorin.

    • Goodluck Amarachi Christian

      Pls in secondary School I did well in my English,maths,economics, accounting,govt,lit-in_eng,commerce,crs

      Can I study accounting

    • You will need to pass maths in jamb to study accounting

  13. Please in secondary School , I did well in physics , biology , English , mathematics and geography . But I don’t know what to study in tertiary levels.

  14. Please what do you know about Ebony university and their admission to nursing student????

  15. My email is having problem what will I do

  16. Am an art student,am good in literature, government and English, what course can I go for

  17. Am an art student,am good in literature, government and English,pls what course can I go for

  18. i want to go for physiotherapy and i am having problem of selecting institution for Jamb since it is not offered in polytechnic and college of education so how can i select the institution

  19. I hv sent sms to the jamb code 55019 for my pin number. But no reply what should i do .
    I hv been sending for d past 2weeks nw. Still no reply

  20. How do I create a profile account

  21. Thank you very much for this wonderful and helpful article, and just to add this let’s be mindful of friend because many end in their present situation because of they want to be in the same school or study the same course as their friends

  22. Muhammadul Ashrafu

    Thank You For These Important Guidelines And Information. May You Be Blessed.

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