The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said yesterday that 120 marks in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination will be the minimum marks required by candidates to get admission into any university.
The minimum cut-off marks for admission into polytechnics and colleges of education was agreed to be 100 marks at the meeting while innovative enterprise institutions had 110 as minimum admission marks.
JAMB Registrar Professor Is-haq Oloyede made the announcement at the end of a policy meeting with authorities of higher institutions in Abuja.
He said only 569,395 out of the 1.7 million candidates that wrote this year’s UTME scored over 200 marks, adding that 23.8 per cent of the total number of the candidates scored below 160 marks.
He said on no account should any higher institution offer admissions to candidates who scored lower marks.
The meeting agreed that admission into first choice universities should close on October 15 while December 15 was set as the closure date for admission into second choice institutions. Institutions would have the liberty to choose from candidates who could not secure first choice admissions, he said.