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Understanding Catchment Areas Of Nigerian Universities

We are using this platform to inform the members of the general public and most especially all the candidates who want to take part in the Jamb UTME examination to know what catchment areas is and how to take advantage of it.

What is Catchment Areas Of Nigerian Universities

By definition catchment areas are the geographical areas served by an institution.
To break it down a little bit, we can also say the geographical areas in which an institution is located.

Every Federal Government universities in Nigeria have their own catchment areas that they primarily serves.

This does not mean that the school will not admit students outside the catchment area, but the catchment areas are given special considerations. I hope that makes sense to you?

Assuming you are from Edo State and you want to apply for admission into University of Benin, then you will have advantage over those who are not from your catchment area/Edo State.

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To clarify further, let us use the University of Lagos, Unilag as an example;

There are 6 states in Nigeria that are Catchment areas

1. Oyo
2. Lagos
3. Osun
4. Ogun
5. Ondo
6. Ekiti

This states are given special consideration when it comes to admitting students via Jamb UTME into University of Lagos, in the sense that the cut-off marks assigned to this state are always two to five times lower than the merit cut off assigned to every other states.

To understand this much better, check out the photo/screenshots below.


Looking at the screenshot above, you will notice that the catchment cut-off under each state is lower than the merit cut off.

The merit cut applies to people outside those six states while the catchment cut off applies to people that comes from the six states – that is people who are from the states.

Note that this does not mean that because you are from any of the catchment areas, you are automatically admitted! Gaining admission into any Universities in Nigeria is a tug of war!

The simple truth is that if a candidates from another state outside the catchment area meets the merit cut of for a course, he or she will be admitted and if you are from any of the catchment and you failed to meet the catchment cut-offs you will not be admitted.

When next you heard of catchment areas, you can explain it to your friends or better still invite them to!

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5 thoughts on “Understanding Catchment Areas Of Nigerian Universities”

  1. I love avery thing dar am see here,..i leave in a village i don’t no how i could have manage and have information about shcool…am want 2 get admission into akwa ibom state uni by next year,.by de grace of God

    1. Thank you very much and am glad you are getting the information right where you are.
      If you need any help, please to hesitate to ask.
      And we pray that you gain admission into your dream university.

  2. Pls i wrote jamb gnd i got 52 as score and i was able to get admission with fed poly bali but whenever i visited jamb portal and insert my reg number it use to show me no admission is given yet

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