Universities With Highest Number Of Applicants In 2016 UTME

Filed in JAMB UTME | By Emmanuel Worthwhile | Last Modified On June 21, 2016

JAMB 2016: Universities With Highest Number Of Applicants In 2016 UTME, See Top 10 Universities With Highest Number Of Candidates Seeking Admission


A total of 1,592,305 million candidates sat for the computer based examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board earlier this year.

Top 10 Universities With Highest Number Of Candidates

  1. University of Ilorin, UNILORIN = 103,238
  2. University of Benin, UNIBEN = 81,363
  3. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, ABU = 75,383
  4. University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN = 65,954
  5. Bayero University, Kano, BUK = 64,220
  6. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, UNIZIK = 61,862
  7. University of Lagos, UNILAG = 60,659
  8. University of Ibadan, UI = 59,176
  9. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,OAU = 45,924
  10. University of Jos, UNIJOS = 40,366

Statistics Breakdown Of The Most Sought Universities


Out of over 140 universities in Nigeria, the University of Ilorin emerged as the most sought after university in the country with a total of 103,238 candidates seeking admission into the institution.

The University of Benin followed in second place with 81,363 applicants with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in third place with 75,383 candidates.


The 4th, 5th, and 6th most popular higher institutions are University of Nigeria, Nsukka [65,954], Bayero University, Kano [64,220] and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka [61,862] candidates respectively.

The University of Lagos placed seventh with 60,659 candidates while University of Ibadan came eight with 59,176 candidates. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife was in ninth position with 45,924 candidates and the University of Jos completed the top 10 with 40,366 candidates.

In the private university category, Covenant University, Ota; Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti; Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo; and Igbinedion University, Okada, occupied the first four positions with 2,586; 1,304, 1,248 and 418 candidates respectively.

Madonna University, Okija [370]; Bowen University, Iwo [329]; Al-Qalam University, Katsina [308] and Baze University, Abuja [277] came fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth in that order.

Completing the top ten was Bingham University, Karu, with 247 candidates and Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, with 204 candidates.



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