during JAMB registration, you will be asked to choose four institutions which comprises of “First choice” , “Second choice” , “Third choice” and “Fourth choice”. Let me educate your on what to do;
First choice university – You are advised to choose a federal University if you are not a type that is financially buoyant. You can pick schools like OAU, UI, UNILAG and other federal Universities in Nigeria.
Second choice university – In this part, you are advised to choose either a state owned university or a polytechnics. In this part, you MUST not choose any federal universities especially UI, OAU, UNN, UNILAG and others, because no matter what you score, you wont be allowed to write the POST UME exam. You can pick schools like EKSU, OOU, DELSU and for polytechnic; YABATECH, Ibadan Poly, Ilaro Poly and others.
Third choice University – The option of schools in this category is not much, but you can just pick the one that best suit your taste based on location and tuition fee.
Fourth choice University – In this category, you wont see any university here, you will see Vocational institutes like PEFTI institutes, Computer Programming institutes and others.
Now i am sure you already have idea about what choosing a university or institute in the four categories look like. The question you should now ask yourself is which school is the best for me? Which school will be easier for me to get admitted based on the look of things? Which school will have adequate facilities for my course of study?
All those questions will be answered in this post, just read carefully. Below are the things you should consider when choosing a university ;
ADMISSION PROCESS OF THE SCHOOL
Every schools have their method of processing admission. Some use the screening point calculated from your JAMB score and o’level result, some use POST UME and JAMB score to calculate your screening point, while some use only your POST UME score, so whatever way, you should be able to know the one which suit you well.
RANKING OF THE SCHOOL
You might think that this doesn’t matters, it really does alot. If you want to check your School ranking in Nigeria and in the world, click here. This should help you in deciding which school you should choose.
Generally, all top federal universities are competitive ranging from 30,000 to over 40,000 aspirants choosing a particular school competing for minimum slot ( survival of the fittest).
This should not be new to any aspirants that Nigerian universities don’t have a uniform resumption date (their resume dates are different). Most times, some schools are ahead of another schools with one semester or less. You won’t like to be at home while your friends in other schools are almost done with first semester.
Not all universities in Nigeria are conducive for learning, instead they are like burden to the students. Make sure you make some findings on the school facilities like their hostel, lecture room, equipment and others.
I intentionally save this for the last because students are fond of choosing a school very far from their home, someone living in lagos is studying in abia state which is ought not to be. When choosing a school, consider your safety when traveling to such destinations.
From the above, i said you should consider “the location of the school , how conducive the school is, their school calendar, how competitive the school is, the ranking of the school and the way the admission is processed “.
Source; Admission Tips.