Why University of Ilorin is one of the most sought after Universities in Nigeria
University of Ilorin is that one place I remember so fondly. I miss Unilorin days so bad. From the customary shunting to the hostel accommodation to my class mates, oh my classmates. I think your classmates are the ones who make it fun for you. Many people believe that Ilorin as a town is very dry and so you need to create fun all by yourself. You have everything you need, just create the fun.
I do not entirely disagree because there were days in school when we just wanted to create some bzzzy fun like we would in Lagos. Nothing much though, we just wanted to be able to choose from a wide variation of places like we have in Lagos but alas fun places in Ilorin are kind of limited.
Nevertheless, school was fun still, for me. University of Ilorin has its own perks like other schools. I mean, people who finished from other universities had something to say about theirs too. I had so many secondary school mates mocked me, they would go on about how much of a secondary school Unilorin is. Hey, thank you, I love Unilorin like that.
I would jokingly respond that only jealous people spoke the way they did. Unilorin is better by far, no disputing. Why would the whole nation constantly apply for University as first choice if there wasn’t something to look forward to? Anyway, that’s rhetorical tho’, answer is pinpoint clear already, lol.
Surprising is that I did not start being a Unilorin fanatic before I gained admission. It was way after I became a Unilorin student. How else would you describe someone who did both her Undergraduate and Masters degree in the same tertiary institution? When it’s not like Federal universities have finished in Nigeria.
- 1 How I got admission into University of Ilorin
- 2 Unilorin’s Admission requirements
- 3 Current List of Courses and faculties in Unilorin
- 4 Why is University of Ilorin, Unilorin, one of the most sought after Universities in Nigeria?
How I got admission into University of Ilorin
Let me give you a brief history of how I got admission into University of Ilorin. I have always wanted to make this into a separate blog post but I guess, this is the best time to talk about it.
So I had applied to Unilorin and met the cut off mark for both Post Jamb (it was Jamb and not Utme then) and Jamb. I was denied my first admission because I was using awaiting result.
Unfortunately for me, my parents and I had been brainwashed. Some very sick person had convinced me to pick University of Ilorin as my first and second choice because that was going to increase my chances of gaining admission. Guys, I am the first born. You know how life trials and errors start and end with you.
Chai, it’s you that will step into territories none of their children have ever stepped into. If you are also the first born of your family, let’s gather round in the comments section for a selfie. It was a learning curve for both of my parents and I. So, for some reason, we were allowed to brainwashed.
I lost out on that. Tried a second time and I met all of the admission requirements again. Somehow I didn’t see my name on the first admission list again, gosh.
I was devastated, to say the least. I gave up and began to wait for OAU’s admission list. While waiting, a call came through. The result of the call was what we called Bonanza Admission. If you were admitted in 2009, you would understand this. It was first and last of its kind.
The school authority had put the information up on the website and asked that people who met all Unilorin’s admission requirements and didn’t make it to the admission list to come down to Unilorin. Guys, I was no more checking through the website.
A kind soul of a woman reached out to my parents on a Sunday morning. By Monday afternoon, I was already in front of the admission office. Long story short, I got admitted to study Chemistry.
Unilorin’s Admission requirements
I have decided to paste Unilorin’s admission requirements below for you if you are a prospective student.
This is Unilorin’s Admission requirements for admission in 2017/2018.
1. Candidates must possess 5 O’Level credits or its equivalent in SSCE, GCE O’Level, including English Language in not more than 2 sittings.
2. Candidates must posses UTME score of at least:
i. 200 UTME for courses other than those listed in (5) O level Credits at not more than two sittings.
ii. 220 UTME score for:
and (5) O’level Credits at not more than two sittings.
3. While for MBBS candidates who obtained the following as listed below:
i. 240 marks in the UTME.
ii. Credit Passes at one sitting only in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination or its equivalence in each of the following subjects:
Current List of Courses and faculties in Unilorin
Industrial Relations And Personnel Management
Aquaculture And Fisheries
Forestry And Wildlife Management
ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Comparative Religious Studies
History And International Studies
Agricultural Science And Education
Agricultural Science And Education
Education & Arabic
Education & Christian Religious Studies
Education & Computer Science
Education & Economics
Education & Islamic Studies
Education & Mathematics
Education & Physics
Education & Technical Education
Education & Yoruba
Education And Biology
Education And Chemistry
Education And English Language
Education And French
Education And Geography
Education And History
Education And Social Studies
Educational Technology / Introductory Tech.
Primary Education Studies
Agricultural And Biosystems Engineering
Electrical /Electronics Engineering
Information And Communication Science
Metallurgical And Materials Engineering
Surveying And Geoinformatics
Urban And Regional Planning
Water Resources And Enviromental Engineering
Common & Islamic Law
Medicine And Surgery
Library And Information Science
Criminology And Security Studies
Geography And Environmental Management
Why is University of Ilorin, Unilorin, one of the most sought after Universities in Nigeria?
Why is University of Ilorin so different, so unique?
1. University of Ilorin never goes on strikes
Except for the labour strike that was declared a long time ago, when I was in school, I cannot clearly remember a time we went on unnecessary, sick strikes. It is claimed that Unilorin has not gone on strike since 2001. I don’t know how true it is but I bet that if it is not far gone, it is way reasonable.
2. Unilorin school fees is fair
Some government owned tertiary institutions still go as far as charging ridiculous fees from students. You would be surprised how much students still have to pay in some government owned institutions.
3. Unilorin has gone popular
Perhaps, University of Ilorin’s popularity is due to the no strike in many years attribute. Who would not want to graduate from the University in due time? By the time I was done with my masters in the University of Ilorin, some of my mates were just finishing undergraduate studies, funny.
In 2017, Unilorin had the highest applications with 104, 038 students applying to study in Unilorin, out of the total overall of 1,212,818 total applicants seeking admissions into all the 40 Federal Universities that we have in Nigeria.
4. Educational corruption is minimal
I don’t know if educational corruption is the right grammar to use here but I think you already know what I am talking about. I used to hear stories of how a lecturer would collect huge sums of money from University students and how corrupt some lecturers are in other tertiary institutions.
I do not mean to say that Unilorin does not have its own fair share of corrupt lecturers but this is not something you hear about every corner you turn to. Some tertiary instittuions in Nigeria boldly turn a blind eye to corrupt, dubious and lazy lecturers. This is not the same for University of Ilorin.
5. Many facilities are modern
So, it’s like this: anytime any of my alumni friends go to school they always talk about how there is a new building around the block. Something is constantly being built in University of Ilorin and I guess this is some sort of accolades for this institution. There is always structural and infrastructural developments going on in school.
How many of my readers attended University of Ilorin? Let’s know ourselves y’all.