How to Gain Admission with Low Jamb Score 2021

How to gain admission with a low JAMB score is a challenge for many admission aspirants.

I know right now you are feeling down. It seems like there is no hope for you to gain admission this year.

You do not have to give up because your JAMB score is low.

Trust me when I say there is always a way out of every difficult situation.

For the records, a low JAMB score is a score below 180.

The problem here is that many Universities set their JAMB cut off mark at 180.

It means that if you do not have a JAMB score above 180, you can not apply to the school of your choice.

Also, some students pass the JAMB cut off. But their score is too low to get the course that they want to study.

For example, a JAMB score of 200 is low to get a course like Medicine, Law, etc., in most Universities in Nigeria.

In this post, I will show you tips that you can use to get admission with a low score in JAMB.

Do let me know in the comment box if you have any questions or need counselling. I will respond to your comment as soon as possible.

Gain Admission with Low JAMB Score

Here are the ways that you can get admission with a low JAMB score;

  • Score High and Pass Your Post UTME
  • Change Your Course of Study
  • Change Your Institution
  • Polytechnic
  • School of Nursing
  • College of Health Technology
  • College of Education
  • Institute of Management Technology

Score High and Pass Your Post UTME

Scoring high and passing your Post UTME exams in flying colours is the easy way to gain admission.

Even with a low JAMB score, you can boost your chances of getting admission with a high Post UTME score.

Many Universities use JAMB plus Post UTME to calculate the total score for admission.

For example, the University of Nigeria uses the 60:40 formula.

  • JAMB = 60%
  • Post UTME = 40%

It thus means that you can get admission if you can pull off a high performance in your Post UTME.

Also, you must know that you need to have a score around the required JAMB cut off to get admission.

For example, a student with 250 can target a high Post UTME score to get Law.

But if your JAMB score is low, let’s say below 190. Then scoring high in the Post UTME exams may not make much of a difference.

Read more on how to score high and pass Post UTME Exams.

Change Your Course of Study

At this stage, the best decision to take is to buy JAMB change of course form.

The fact is that you cannot get a competitive course with a low JAMB score.

For example, it is not possible to get Mass Communication in many Universities with a low score.

The best decision would be to buy a change of course form to a less competitive course.

What you need to do right now is to check if your JAMB score is suitable for the course that you want to study.

Tell me your JAMB score and the course that you want to study so I can counsel you.

Change Your Institution

Your low JAMB score requires you to buy a JAMB change of institution form.

It is a waste of time to think that you can get admission to some schools with a low JAMB score.

Many aspirants make the mistake of going to competitive schools with a low JAMB score. You will not get admission because of the stiff competition.

I recommend that you read how to get admission in Nigeria.

The best decision is to apply to a less competitive institution.

It is a good decision because you may still study your dream course in a less competitive school. There are some Universities where you can study Medicine with a score as low as 270.

Do not blind yourself with the mindset that you must attend a Federal school.

As long as the school have NUC accreditation, do not worry about whether it is Federal or State.


Applying to a Polytechnic is the best option for aspirants with low JAMB scores. Admission into the Polytechnic is less competitive than the Universities.

Also, many Polytechnic accept a JAMB score of 140 for consideration for admission.

I know you might say that you do not want to attend a Polytechnic. But it is better than staying at home for one extra year.

You can decide to take JAMB in your first year at the Polytechnic or apply for Direct entry after your ND 1 or HND.

Pre-degree Program

The pre-degree program is a one-year A’level academic program. It is an easy way to get admission into Universities in Nigeria.

Universities that run the program admit students for one year. At the end of the program, top students get admission.

Students applying for the pre-degree program must also take the JAMB form. It means that you will get two chances of getting admission through pre-degree and JAMB.

I must let you know that admission through pre-degree is competitive. Most of the time, aspirants end up getting a course that is not their choice.

For example, you can apply for a pre-degree in UNIZIK for Medical Laboratory Science. At the end of the program, you will get admission to Agric.

Read how to get admission through the pre-degree program in Nigeria.

School of Nursing

Schools of nursing in Nigeria are institutions that train registered nurses. The duration of the program is three years.

After graduation, you can go to the University via direct entry or practice nursing full time.

There are many opportunities for Nurses in Nigeria and abroad.

Though, this option is for science students who are passionate about the Nursing profession.

Here is the list of Accredited Schools of Nursing in Nigeria.

College of Health Technology

College of Health Technology are institutions that train science students on Medical-related courses.

You can study some lucrative medical courses at the College of Health Technology.

Here are some of the courses that you can study at the College of Health Technology in Nigeria;

  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Community Extension Workers
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Optician
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Education

College of Education

Admission into the College of Education is a good option for students with low JAMB scores.

The College of Education in Nigeria run two years’ program.

You can use the result to gain admission into the University through direct entry.

Institute of Management Technology

Institute of Management Technology (IMT) accepts students with low JAMB scores.

You can check if the Institute in your State to see if your O’level result can get you admission.

Here are some of the courses offered at the Institute of Management Technology;

  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Hospitality Management
  • Food Technology
  • Science Laboratory Technology
  • Estate Management
  • Mass Communication
  • Engineering
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Agriculture
  • Public Administration
  • Architecture
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Banking and Finance
  • Accountancy
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Fine and Applied Arts

JUPEB Admission

JUPEB stands for Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board. It is an admission program that runs for the duration of one year.

Successful candidates would then be eligible for admission through direct entry into second year.

The best part thing about the program is that you will not start from first year when you gain admission through the JUPEB program.

It is important to note that the program is competitive. You need to get a high point score to qualify for admission into your desired course.

Here is the list of Universities that offer JUPEB program in Nigeria;

  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  • Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)
  • University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  • University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  • University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  • Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  • Niger Delta University (NDU)
  • University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  • University of Illorin, Illorin (UNILORIN)
  • Federal University of Technology, Akure
  • Federal University of Technology, Owerri

See List of Universities That Accept JUPEB in Nigeria

I trust this post have given you an insight into how you can gain admission with a low JAMB score.

Let me know in the comment box below if you have any questions.

I wish you success in your admission pursuit.

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39 thoughts on “How to Gain Admission with Low Jamb Score 2021”

  1. Sir I scored 197 in my jamb,,, can I still make it up to score higher so I would be eligible to go for medicine,,,,, I don’t want a change of course….

    • Miracle,

      You’d not be able to study Medicine with a JAMB score of 197 in most Nigerian Universities except Private schools.

      I advise that you consider going for a less competitive course in the Sciences.

    • Silvia,

      you stand a chance to get Mass Communication at IMT.

      But, you must try to get a high score in your Post UTME.

      Good luck to you.

    • Trisha,

      Your chances are quite low for Nursing.

      You’d have to score above 320 in your Post UTME to bring your aggregate score to around 280.

    • Well, Rietta

      You stand a chance, but a low one.

      It will be easier to get a less competitive course with 194 than Medical Laboratory Science.

  2. I scored 165 in Jamb
    And I’m a science student
    I wanted to study computer science.
    But all the higher institutions I’ve seen are looking for 180 and above😔
    What do I do

    • Hello, Vee

      Not all Universities require above 180 for Post UTME screening.

      A few State schools accept 150 and above.

      But for your score, you have a higher chance to study Computer Science at the Polytechnic.

  3. I scored 201 in jamb and I intend studying nursing in unizik but I’m planning on changing my institution to uniben for some reasons. Please what do I do concerning the score? Also do you think that JUPEB is adviceable for me? Thanks

  4. Please I scored 166 in jamb and I was hoping to go for med lab in ndu but my cut off mark is not enough and I want to change my course and I don’t know the course to change to

    • Well, Kenneth

      It is possible. But, you will have to score high in your Post UTME to stand a chance for admission.

    • Hello, Daniel

      A JAMB score of 153 can get you admission to study engineering in Polytechnics in Nigeria.

      Make a decision and apply to the Polytechnic of your choice.

      Good luck.

  5. Hi I scored 174 and I want to study mass communication but I want to study at Alex exume federal university cut off mark is 180 pls can I still apply for the post it me this year

    • Chioma,

      You are not eligible to apply for Post UTME if the general cut off mark is 180.

      Try out a State University or Polytechnic.

  6. I scored 215 in jamb and want to study electrical and electronics engineering in unilorin..can i get it with a high post utme this year.. please i need your advice

    • I get your question Nonso.

      Ordinarily, I would say your chances are slim.

      But with the poor performance in this year’s JAMB, you may have a chance.

      UNILORIN is a competitive school, especially for Engineering courses.

      I would advise that you try out a State University where you have a higher chance.

      Good luck.

  7. I don’t really know what to do i scored 205 in jamb and am scared that I might not get admitted this year pls kindly help with Universities that I can study engineering with this score

    • Yes, Jibreel

      A JAMB score of 118 should get you computer science at the Polytechnic.

      All you have to do is to go for a Polytechnic with a cut-off mark of 100 for admission.

    • Anna,

      Your JAMB score is quite low.

      But it is possible to get Veterinary Medicine in UNN if you get a high score in the Post UTME.

  8. I scored 205 in jamb,can i get food science&technology with it in unn and like what i’m i supposed to score in the postume to get in the merit list?

  9. Please,is it possible to get food science&technology in unn with 205 and like what i’m i supposed to score in the postutme?

    • Yes, it is possible to get Food Science with a JAMB score of 205.

      Target about 280 in your Post UTME.

    • You did not specify whether at the university or Polytechnic.

      A JAMB score of 150 is sufficient to get you Science Laboratory Technology in Nigerian Polytechnics.


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