What You Need To Know About Admission Cut-Off Marks

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Admission cut-off mark has been a major topic among students and aspirants to tertiary institutions, especially since the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board released the official cut-off marks for admission into post-secondary institutions (JAMB). Many individuals seeking admission to various schools are perplexed as to what the exact cut-off mark is for admittance.

This could be because, in the past, some institutions have tended to either raise or, in rare situations, lower the JAMB cut-off score for admissions. What is the purpose of this? What are the distinctions between JAMB’s cut-off mark, the institution’s cut-off mark, and even the department’s cut-off mark? All of these will be discussed further down.

What You Need To Know About Admission Cut-Off Marks

JAMB Admission Cut-off Mark.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) is a Nigerian tertiary admissions and matriculations board. For prospective students in Nigerian public and private universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, and creative institutes, the board administers the UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination).

Candidates seeking admission to any tertiary institution must have completed the West African School Certificate, now known as the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), or its equivalent, the National Examination Council (Nigeria), NECO, or even the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB), which qualifies them to take the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The JAMB cut-off point not only serves as a criterion for admission, but it also ‘dispatches’ students to institutions they may not have intended to attend in the first place. This is beneficial since it relieves pressure on some tertiary institutions.

School  Institutional Admission Cut-off Mark.

Certain colleges have received a greater number of applications from people seeking admission throughout time than others. This could be due to a variety of factors including cost, reputation, and facilities. For example, public institutions always have a large number of candidates.

Some less competitive universities, on the other hand, may simply use the JAMB cut-off mark as the School cut-off mark. In some rare situations, the institution may lower the cut-off mark to pique the interest of applicants who were denied admission to their dream school or who did not meet the required cut-off mark.

Departmental Admission Cut-off Mark.

In a certain university, the number of applicants for a specific course in a department may be twice, treble, or even more than the number of applicants for other departments.
Courses and departments such as Law, Medicine and Surgery, and Engineering, for example, typically attract more applicants than courses such as Biochemistry, Fishery, and Anatomy.
For example, each department or course can only admit a certain number of students every year. Let’s say it’s 150. In the Department of Medicine and Surgery at one institution, there is only room for 150 students, yet there are over 5,000 students vying for this spot. To dramatically limit the number of candidates, the institution will be compelled to raise its cut-off mark.


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