Every year, the Niger Delta University grants admission to suitably qualified candidates based on specific criteria set out by the school administration. From onset, the jamb score of the Niger Delta University has always roved around 180, a little behind UNIBEN and DELSU of

200 JAMB cut off point. Previously, it was often pegged at 180, but with rigorous and continuous brainstorming by admission stakeholders, the score is currently pegged at 150 – the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 academic sessions are sessions of reference.

Over the years, there has been various questions as to the happenings around admission processes in the Niger Delta University. Most non-admitted applicants has repeated questioned why they were not admitted despite scoring above the cutoff requirement for their respective courses. At a point, it may seem difficult to understand why after having a high score, the NDU still do not grant some applicants admission of their choices. 

Well, there are numerous issues that may cause the above. Since the expectation of the public (students, parents, sponsors, tutors, career counselors, guardians, community leaders, NGOs etc), on whether one will get admission or not has been at an all time high within admission periods, it has become imperative to discuss some of these salient issues that the above persons/bodies may not know.

Firstly, catchment area plays a major role in the admission process. The Niger Delta University was established on the ground that the Ijaws are academically behind other South South states in Nigeria. Hence, there was urgent need for an educational policy that will reinstate the Ijaws in their pride of place in the scheme of things. Accordingly, the then governor, Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha supported a policy of 80% of students to be admitted from Bayelsa state as the only state under the school’s catchment area and 20% for all other states of the federation. Therefore, no matter if you may have scored above the cutoff, catchment then would have amounted to an issue. Nevertheless, Jamb has changed this catchment policy to 35% for indigenes. If this is followed, then 65% is left for the whole of the federation as against the earlier percentage of 20%.

 Another issue is the overall level of students’ performance in JAMB and Post UTME. Take for instance, the Niger Delta University intend to absorb only 5,000 students in this session. Fortunately enough, out of 10,000 applicants, everyone scored above the cut off score. So, what the school will do may not be to re-increase the cut off, but to select the uppermost scores for admission, then, the rest 5,000 applicants who also scored above the cut off may not be admitted. Members of the public who are not aware of intervening variables such as these may begin to wonder why an applicant scored above the cutoff but was not granted admission.

 However, some applicants may wonder. I scored more than some other applicants who were admitted. Why then was I not admitted in the previous session? Well, the first pointer is that the course you went for may have demanded for a higher cutoff mark than that of the applicant you are referring to. For example, you are going for Medicine with a cutoff of 250 and you scored 240. Of course you are out. And maybe, the applicant you are referring to is applying for Philosophy and scored 190, and the cutoff point for Philosophy is 150. So the differentials in the course applied for is now the issue here and not a matter of you scoring high without being admitted. Another thing is that once your name is not in the merit list, any other subsequent batch is drafted based on the Vice Chancellor’s (VC’s) discretion. That is, the VC grant admission as he deem fit because he is seen as a qualified administrator.

 Another similar issue is the overwhelming influence of politics over education in Nigeria. It is possible that government officials who have influence over the school may have some list of candidates to be admitted at all cost. Of course it is government that owns the school, so how can the school reject such offers? All these influences may also make it possible that some with higher scores did not get admission while some others with lower scores got admission. Although luck may also play a role here, nonetheless, such is not within the purview or ambit of this paper.

Analytics of Admitted Students (A Case Study of 2016 academic session)

Once the stage is set for a new set of admitted students to be admitted, it is possible for students to ask or want to know how many students will the school admit? This is to gather relevant data that will aid them ascertain their stand in the process. Using the 2016/2017 academic session as a case study, the Niger Delta University admitted a total of four thousand, eight hundred and eighty one (4,881) students (Analysis of downloaded list of admitted students, 2017). Although data for the 2017/2018 academic session is not at our disposal, the data presented above can be measured as a yardstick for assessing any subsequent admission. This is because most variables in the 2016/2017 session are almost constant, although few facilities have been installed.

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Download pdf here: Michael Jules – Analytics on 2016 Admission


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