List of Catchment Areas For All Nigerian Universities

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List of Nigerian Universities and their catchment areas

When it comes to choosing a University to study, catchment area is an important factor you need to consider. Incase you are not aware, school cut off marks for catchment areas are usually lower than Merit cut off(which other candidates must meet before gaining admission). Now that you know, I will proceed.

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In this article, I will explain what catchment areas mean and how it works. I will also provide a list of Universities in Nigeria and their catchment area. Finally, I will provide the list of Universities in Nigeria without catchment areas. 


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What are Catchment areas?

Most Federal Universities in Nigeria have their own catchment areas. The catchment areas of a Federal University are those states which the University is regionally connected to.

State and Private Universities don’t have catchment areas as only Federal Universities do.


Now, why should you consider catchment area while choosing a University to study? See the answer below.

First, you should note this. Schools don’t just give admission anyhow, they consider 3 factors.

  1. Merit –  45%
  2. Catchment Areas – 35%
  3. Educationally Less Privilege States(ELDS) – 20%

Merit: You can gain admission on merit if you perform very well in your JAMB UTME and Post-UTME. That is, your chances of gaining admission on merit is 45%.

Catchments Areas: 35% of admitted students should be selected based on catchment area according to the Federal Government. See what it means below.

If the University you apply for has your State as Catchment area, you have 35% chance of gaining admission. Plus you do well in UTME and Post-UTME, you have 45% chance making 80%.

Educationally Less Privilege States (ELDS): These are States in which they are educationally less privileged. These states include Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross-River, Ebonyi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kastina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara.

If you come from any of these States and you passed your JAMB. Your chances of gaining admission is 65% (45% Merit + 20% ELPS)

According to the admission policy by the Federal Government;
When you come from one of the catchment areas of a University, you have a higher chance of gaining admission.  That is, a candidate from Ogun state has an higher chance of gaining admission into OAU when compared to a candidate from Delta State(since Ogun State is part of OAU catchment areas while Delta State is not). I’ll explain this now.

Consider two candidates A and B applying to study Pharmacy at UNILAG. A is from Oyo State while B is from Ebonyi State. If candidate A scores 250 in JAMB and B scores 260 in JAMB. Since Oyo State is part of UNILAG catchment areas, the cut off mark for Pharmacy that year will look like this:

  • Merit – 265
  • Ogun – 252
  • Oyo – 250
  • Ekiti – 250

From the points above, it is clear that Candidate A from Ogun State will admitted(JAMB SCORE=250, Ogun Cut off mark=250) while Candidate B from Ebonyi State won’t be admitted despite scoring higher.

Now that you are convinced, let us proceed to the list of Universities in Nigeria and their catchment areas.




  1. University of Lagos (UNILAG): Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun
  2. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN): Ilorin Benue, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Plareau, Sokoto, Zamfara
  3. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID): Borno Adamawa, Borno. Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe
  4. University of Uyo (UNIUYO): Akwa-Ibom Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Edo, Rivers
  5. Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK): Anambra, Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo
  6. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria: Kaduna Adamawa , Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Gombe, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Katsina, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Nasarawa, Yobe, Zamfara, Taraba
  7. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU): Bauchi Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe
  8. Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO): Imo Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo, Enugu
  9. Modibbo Adama University of Technology(MAUTECH): Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe
  10. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ife: Ogun, Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ondo
  11. Bayero University Kano (BUK): Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara
  12. Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA): Ondo, Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ondo
  13. Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMinna): Minna Niger, Benue, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Zamfara
  14. Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUSOK): Sokoto Jigawa, Kwara, Kebbi, Katsina, Kano, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara
  15. University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN): Enugu Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Rivers
  16. ​University of Benin (UNIBEN): Edo Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Edo, Rivers
  17. University of Calabar (UNICAL): Cross-Rivers Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Edo, Rivers
  18. University of Jos (UNIJOS): Plateau Benue, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plareau

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  1. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  2. Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB)
  3. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE)
  4. University of Abuja (UNIABUJA)
  5. University of Ibadan (UI)
  6. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU)
  7. Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM)


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