OAU’s Departmental Cut-off for 2022/2023 UTME Admissions
As an applicant to OAU or a parent of an applicant, you should know by now what the departmental cut-offs mean and the difference between the departmental cut-offs and the school’s cut-off. But to aid the context of this discussion, I’d say the major differences between the school’s cut-off and the departmental cut-offs are that while the school’s cut-off is always 200/400 in the UTME, and it’s what qualifies you to be able to write the Post-UTME, the departmental cut-offs are the real admission screener, they are determined by the departments and released by the faculties, they are based on the aggregate score which is a statistical summarization of the O/Level results, UTME results and Post-UTME results in which the applicant must have at least average of the aggregate before they can be considered for admission at all, and they should have the aggregate score that beats their departmental cut-off before they can qualify for the admission—other necessary boxes being checked too.
It should be understood now that the cut-offs being released now are largely what determines whether an applicant gets admitted or not. These cut-offs are relatively high this year because OAU aims to admit only 40% of its admission quota from these applicants as they have admitted 60% of the admission quota from last year’s applicants. Don’t get the last statement wrong, as it doesn’t mean OAU is admitting 40% of the 2022/2023 applicants, it only means OAU has an admission quota every admission year, and since the 2021/2022 applicants and the 2022/2023 applicants are going to be merged to fit into one academic session to resume together soon, it means that the admission quota has to be shared around the 2021/2022 applicants and the 2022/2023 applicants. Let’s say OAU’s admission quota is 20,000 slots for the academic session resuming later this year, it would mean that 12,000 applicants have been admitted from the 2021/2022 applicants and only 8,000 will be admitted from the 2022/2023 applicants—this explains why the departmental cut-offs are relatively high; only a tiny portion of the 2022/2023 applicants can be admitted. Don’t forget this assumed 8,000 would be shared around UTME applicants, pre-degree applicants, JUPEB and other DE applicants. Tough, right? I believe the technicalities surrounding this session are understood now. If so, below are the departmental cut-offs for the 2022/2023 admission session as released by the authorities. Please note that for the highly competitive departments like Medicine and Surgery, Nursing, Dentistry, Medical Rehabilitation, Pharmacy, Law, Accounting, and Economics, you may beat the cut-off and still not get admitted—you need to use your longest legs to get these departments (if you know what I mean).