Reasons Why Students Choose Some Institutions Over The Others During Jamb UTME Registration

Security is one of the major determinant for students in choosing their choice of institution during UTME registration. Students seeking admission into universities have opted for institutions located in safer places than troubled spots.
Some of the students are also avoiding either strike-prone universities or those with spill over academic calendar
Most students have opted for University of Ilorin, Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka and the University of Lagos.
Statistics of Choice of institutions released by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination indicated that students have low preference for universities and their affiliates in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
Out of 181 institutions, only three universities in the North-West and North Central were among the top 10 of first choice of students.
The affected institutions in the North are UNILORIN, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and University of Jos which had been running normal academic session.
No university in the North-East emerged as one of the favoured institutions by UTME candidates.
The analysis also showed that the same scenario applied to the South-South where kidnapping and militancy had been rampant.
Only University of Benin was chosen as one of the first choices in the South-South.
The breakdown of the preferred top 10 universities is as follows: UNILORIN (107, 610); Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (77,410); University of Benin (76,695); UNN, Nsukka (69, 576); UNILAG (61,600); OAU, Ile-Ife (59,614); ABU Zaria (48,835); Imo State University (45, 577); UNIJOS (42,693) and University of Ibadan (41,801).
In the JAMB document, which had been made available to all universities, four candidates apply for admission to Umar Ibn El-Kanemi College of Education (affiliated to University in Maiduguri) in Bama which is a stronghold of the Boko Haram sect.
The grim picture of the first choice preference in the North-East is as follows: Federal College of Education, Gombe(affiliated to UNIMAID)—(8); Federal College of Education(Technical), Potiskum(affiliated to FUT Minna) (6); Federal University, Gashua in Yobe State(367); Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State(4,440); Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State(10,360); Gombe State University, Tundun Wada(9,881); University of Maiduguri(17,802); Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi(10,895); Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola(8,092). Adamawa State University, Mubi (2,638).
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde on April 17 said 1,015, 504 applied for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
Out of the candidates, 990,179 applied for the Paper Pencil Test (PPT) while 25,325 applied for the Dual Based Test (DBT).
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde said 1,606,753 candidates applied for the 2014 UTME
Out of the candidates, 990,179 applied for the Paper Pencil Test (PPT) while 25,325 applied for the Dual Based Test (DBT).
About 616,574 candidates registered for the e-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (e-UTME), the Computer Based Test (CBT) to be conducted across 163 centres and seven foreign countries on May 17.

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