According to media reports, the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, Kwara state, has emerged the 2017 university of first choice applicants selected in this year’s Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination.
In a new report by the Economic Confidential based on data obtained by JAMB, UNILORIN has the highest applications with 104,038 applicants.
The figure represents nearly 10 percent of the 1,212,818 total applicants seeking admissions into the 40 Federal Universities in Nigeria.
UNILORIN retained the number one position as in 2016 when it had 103,238 applications.
According to the report, applicants seeking for admission into universities considered academic stability, popularity, affordability, available facilities and quality of lecturers.
Of the Forty (40) federal Universities in the country, UNILORIN tops followed by Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria in Kaduna North-west Nigeria with 89,688 applicants.
University of Benin, UNIBEN, Edo State in South-south is third in the ranking with 85,486 applicants; University of Nigeria Nsukka, Enugu in South-east is fourth with 79,073 applicants, University of Lagos (UNILAG) in South-west is fifth with 78,899 applicants while Bayero University Kano (BUK) in North-west is sixth with 68,241 students applicants.
Meanwhile, Federal University Dutsima Katsina in North-west, Federal University Gashua Yobe in North-east and National Open University (NOUN) are ranked as 38th, 39th and 40th positions. They have 3807; 1897 and 110 applications respectively.
State Universities: Of the current 41 official State Universities, Lagos State University (LASU), is number one with 36,119 applicants; followed by Kaduna State University North-west with 28,914 applicants; Delta State University Abraka, South-south is third with 28,672 applicants.
Nasarawa State University, North-central is fourth with 29,142 applicants; Benue State University Makurdi in North-central and Adekunle Ajasin University Ondo in South-west came fifth and sixth with 27, 611 and 27,579 applicants respectively.
Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa in South-west; Edo University, Iyamho in South-south and Eastern Palm University, Ogboko in Imo State in the South-east are ranked 39th, 40th and 41st. They have 399,165 and 12 applicants respectively.
As for private Universities in the country numbering 67, the four leading institutions are all in South West.
The number one position is Covenant University, Ota, Ogun state with 2,438 applicants; Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, also in Ogun with 1,599; Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state 1,455 and Bowen University, Iwo, Osun state with 485 students applicants.
The fifth and sixth positions are Abuja based Nigerian Turkish Nile University with 478 and Baze University with 476 student applicants.
However, the following private universities have just 5 applicants each: Chrisland University, Owode Ogun state; Koladaisi University Ibadan, Oyo state and Legacy University Okija, Anambra state.
The least (67th) is Kwararafa University, Wukari, Taraba State with just 4 applicants.