About 51 degree-awarding institutions in Nigeria will not admit candidates who scored below 180 in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for any programme. This is according to a document from the Joint Admissions Matriculation Examination (JAMB). PREMIUM TIMES reported how JAMB announced 160 as the official (minimum) cut off mark for admission into Nigerian universities for the 2020/2021 academic session. The decision was reached through a voting system but some universities said they will not go below 180 as their cut off mark. Out of 51 institutions who decided not to go below 180, only one said its minimum cutoff mark is 210 while nine institutions said their minimum cut off mark is 200. Also, one university benched its own minimum at 190 while 40 institutions pegged their minimum at 180. Institutions that won’t accept less than 200 1) Pan- Atlantic university –210 2) Covenant university — 200 3) Obafemi Awolowo university – 200 4) University of Ibadan — 200 5) Seminary of All Saints ( Affiliated to University of Benin)–200 6) University of Benin – 200 7) Bigard Memorial Seminary (Affiliated to University of Ibadan) –200 8) University of Lagos –200 9) Immanuel College of Theology and Christian Education (Affl. University of Ibadan)—200 10) St. Peter and Paul Seminary — 200 Institutions that won’t accept less than 190 11) Lagos State University —-190 Institutions that won’t accept less than 180 12) Nigerian Army University – 180 13) Ekiti State University —180 14) Afe Babalola University—180 15) Baptist College Of Theology (Affl To Ambrose Alli Uni) –180 16) Anchor University, Ayobo —180 17) Pamo University Of Medical Science—180 18) Redeemers University, Osun State—180 19) Landmark University —- 180 20) Alex Ekwueme Federal University—180 21) University Of Ilorin, Ilorin—180 22) University Of Jos —- 180 23) Federal University—180 24) University Of Abuja— 180 25) Bayero University—180 26) Ahmadu Bello University—180 27) Augustine University —180 28) Rivers State University —180 29) Spiritan Int’l School Of Theology (Affl To Univ Of Nig, Nsukka) –180 30) Adekunle Ajasin University –180 31) Imo State University –180 32) Nigerian Police Academy –180 33) Spiritan School Of Philosophy—180 34) University Of Port-Harcourt – 180 35) Ladoke Akintola University Of Technology –180 36) Claretian Institute Of Philosophy (Affl To Imo State University)—180 37) Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Kaduna –180 38) Benue State University –180 39) Seat Of Wisdom Seminary (Affl To Imo State University) –180 40) Ondo State University Of Science and Technology –180 41) Olabisi Onabanjo University –180 42) Federal University Of Agriculture, Abeokuta –180 43) Bayelsa Medical University –180 44) Federal University Of Technology, Imo state –180 45) Federal University Of Technology, Akure –180 46) University Of Nigeria Nsuka -180 47) Federal University Of Petroleum Resources –180 48) Ondo State University Of Medical Sciences —180 49) Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University—-180 50) University Of Uyo —180 51) Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, 180 Breakdown There are 182-degree awarding institutions in Nigeria, 10 of these said their minimum cut off mark is 200 and above, 11 institutions said theirs will remain at 190 and above. About 51 institutions said their cut off mark is benched at 180 and above. Also 64 institutions’ cut off mark will be from 170 and above; 112 institutions said their cut off mark is pegged at 160 and above while 69 said their cut off mark is benched at 160 and below. No uniform minimum score The spokesperson of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, in a statement on Monday said there is “no uniform UTME minimum score for admission” as each institution determines and submits to JAMB its minimum UTME score “after having analysed the UTME performances of its applicants against its available quota.” “There is a layer of misconceptions on what is generally described as uniform minimum national UTME score for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria. For long, many candidates and some members of the general public have come under erroneous impression that there is a minimum national UTME score, which they also refer to as cut off point,” he said. According to him, the UTME score is not the sole determinant of placement of candidates into tertiary institutions. “The undue attention to the so-called national minimum UTME score (UTME cut off point) is a major source of failure of many ill-informed candidates who assumed that they have finally attained the benchmark having achieved the so-called minimum national score or cut off point for admission,” he said. He said decisions at the annual Policy Meeting on Admission does not reduce the minimum prescription of the institutions ” “except the few institutions whose submitted minimum UTME- scores fall below what the Policy Meeting considers as the minimum score acceptable.” “UTME score is just one of the two or three scores that are generally added together to obtain the eventual aggregate score and ranking of the candidates,” he said. The 2020 UTME examination started on March 14 and ended March 21 in its accredited Computer Based Test (CBT) centres nationwide. A total number of 1,949,983 candidates wrote the 2020 UTME examination.