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Nigerian Universities And Their Catchment Areas for Admission

Each federal university in Nigeria has its own catchment areas. The catchment areas of a university (note that catchment areas apply to only federal universities) are those areas (states) that a federal university is geographically connected to.

According to the federal government’s admission policy, if your state of origin is recognized as part of the catchment area of the federal university you applied to study, you will stand a better chance of securing admission into that university than someone else whose state of origin is not recognized as part of the university’s catchment area.

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University of Benin (UNIBEN) for instance has Edo, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Edo, Rivers State as its catchment areas.

Let’s say two candidates apply for medicine and Surgery in University Of Benin, one of them is from Delta State and the other one is from Enugu State.

Let’s assume the one from Delta State has a UTME score of 220 and the one from Enugu ahs a UTME score of 245; the one from Delta State will first be considered for admission in UNIBEN despite the fact he scored lower than the other one from Enugu State. The reason is that Delta State is part of UNIBEN’s catchment area.

This is why it is advisable for candidates to apply for admission to a y that has the candidates’ state of origin as its party of its catchment area.

Some federal universities have selected states as their catchment areas while some have all the states in Nigeria as their catchment areas.

Let’s look at the list of Federal Universities and their catchment areas;

Federal Universities And Their Catchments Areas

  1. University of Jos (UNIJOS): Plateau, Benue, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger
  2. University of Benin (UNIBEN): Edo, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Rivers
  3. University of Calabar (UNICAL): Cross-Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Rivers,
  4. University of Lagos (UNILAG): Lagos, Ekiti,, Osun, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun
  5. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN): Kwara, Benue, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Plareau, Sokoto, Zamfara
  6. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID): Borno Adamawa, Borno. Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe
  7. University of Uyo (UNIUYO): Akwa-Ibom Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Edo, Rivers
  8. Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK): Anambra, Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo
  9. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria: Kaduna Adamawa , Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Gombe, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Katsina, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Nasarawa, Yobe, Zamfara, Taraba
  10. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU): Bauchi Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe
  11. Bayero University Kano (BUK): Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara
  12. Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA): Ondo, Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ondo
  13. Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMinna): Minna Niger, Benue, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Zamfara
  14. Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO): Imo, Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Rivers, Enugu
  15. Federal University of Technology, Yola: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe
  16. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ife: Osun, Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ondo
  17. Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUSOK): Sokoto Jigawa, Kwara, Kebbi, Katsina, Kano, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara
  18. University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN): Enugu Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Rivers

Federal Universities Without Catchment Areas: 

  1. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  2. Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB)
  3. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE)
  4. University of Abuja (UNIABUJA)
  5. University of Ibadan (UI)
  6. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU)
  7. Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM)
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  1. A distinction with my OND, i applied for DE into FUTA civil engineering. How sure is my chances cuz I have C5 nd C6 throughout my Neco result?

  2. Please i scored 270 I am from abia State is there any chance of studying computer science and mathematics in OAU

  3. Pls o is fuoye not part of federal University

  4. Am hoping for funaab
    For microbiology
    Please hope m safe because am from kogi state

  5. Pls i scored 284 do i stand a chance fr unilag

  6. Am from benue an I wont to study political science in university of Maiduguri any hope….

  7. What about Federal University Dutse

  8. Best grace damilola

    I am living in oyo and i scored 208 in jamb can I gain admission as a law student

  9. Plz guys I scored 177 n want to go to unilag will i able to…

  10. I have 177 .. N I want to go to uni lag university… Will I b able to ..

  11. I scored 190 in jamb,
    I choose OAU as my first choice, am an indigen. any chances of gaining admission.

  12. Michael Inioluwa

    I have 226 in Jamb and I wanna go to bayero university of kano and am from Osun, any hope for me, please reply me quick

    • Michael, be hopeful. However, it all depends on the course you want to study. Whatsap me on 08167468021. I might be able to help you. And take note, am not collecting money o.

  13. I scored 202 in jamb and want to study public administration in university of ibadan and also indigene of the state any hope for me in getting admission

  14. Please I had 197 can I gain admission into UI with it?

  15. Please I got 198 and am going through for civil engineering in uniyo am from there do I stand a chance

  16. I scored 212 in jamb i want to study linguistic in university of Ibadan ,hope it possible cuz my O,level is Neco am having C5&C6 parallels and am from oyo state

  17. Scored 182 in jamb applied FUTA I’m from Lagos state.. Any chance in getting admission??

  18. Please I am from kogi state I put fulokoja as my first choice with a jamb score of 196 to study English and literary studies please what are my chances of gaining admission?

  19. Adetunji oluwasegun

    I choose unical and I’m from ogun state

  20. I scored 212 in jamb. Can I get admission into UNICAL, I’m an indigene.

  21. I scored 238 please can a get admission into unilag and am also from Lagos State

  22. Pls guys, I scored 210 in jamb and choose lasu, my jamb combo is eng, govt, econs, crs for public admin, pls am I good to go

  23. I’m from katsina I choice umyu as my first choice

  24. I put unilorin as my first choice and am from ogun state and I put OOU as my second choice
    Buh my mom z from Kwara can I be considered????

  25. Am from Akwa ibom state
    An i choose Abia state university will i be admit

  26. please I am from Borno state and I applied for Medicine and surgery in University of Nigeria Nsukka, I scored above 300 in jamb can the management admit me in the university?

  27. It a lie I don’t believe this my younger sis applied for banking and finance at bsu d worst part we from venue state she scored 210 at jamb 41 at post utme she still at home till now

  28. Am from cross river and I choose Ahmadu Bello University (ABU),pls will I be admitted

    • Adeleke Adekemi Ayomide

      My score was 155, and I choose OOU as my first choice please can gain Admission

    • Depends on your course and jamb score. Whatsapp me on 08167468021. If you have a result I can work with, I might be of help for any northern university. No money invioved

  29. Nwokedi Blessing Ijeoma

    I’m frm Anambra,I chose UNIZIK as first choice den IMSU as second choice
    I hope dere re chances

  30. Am from osun and choose LASU, pls can I get admission? Thanks.

  31. I am from Imo state and I put unizik
    Will I get admission easily

  32. Am from Lagos and I choice unn as my school of choice

  33. I’m from Akwa ibom and I put uni Abuja as first choice and imo state University as second choice will I gain admission

  34. am from anambra and I put esut as my first choice then unizik as my second choice will I gain admission

  35. Akor Oluwapelumi Gift

    I am from Benue and I put OAU as my first choice dose it mean I will not get admission

  36. Pls what other universities has ogun state has catchment area apart from unilag

  37. Am from delta and I put FUTO as my first choice its good right

  38. I put FUTA as my first choice and I am from Rivers State
    Does it mean I won’t gain admission

  39. Thank god am from Oyo state I choice uniabuja as my first I have hope


    am from Enugu State i put IMT, ESUT with Peace Land College

  41. That’s great. Thanks a lot.

  42. Thanks for the info.
    I registered FUAM as my first choice and am from Benue State, do I have a better chance of getting admission in to the university?

  43. Am from Enugu and I put esut and Imt with lasu

  44. I put FUNAI as second my second choice, so dose it means their won’t give me admission?

  45. LASU is a state university
    It is UNILAG that is federal

  46. Damilola omowunmi

    But am not seeing Lagos state university there,is it not a Federal university?

  47. Am from Anambra state and I put unical so it means no admission for me

    • There’s still a chance catchment areas just add points to ur chances, but Don’t worry as long as ur score is high, u will

  48. Akwa ibom is also part of unical catchment area

  49. David oluwatosin

    Does fuoye has catchment area

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