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Universities and Their Catchment areas: The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board has stated that CATCHMENT AREAS and EDUCATIONAL LESS PRIVILEGED STATES (ELPS) will be part of the screening requirement for the 2016 admission Exercise.
So knowing your catchment areas is important for all 2016 aspirant,as it will help determine your chances of gaining admission.
What is catchment areas?
By definition catchment areas are the geographical areas served by an institution.
To break it down a little bit, we can also say the geographical areas in which an institution is located.
Every Federal Government universities in Nigeria have their own catchment areas that they primarily serves.
This does not mean that the school will not admit students outside the catchment area, but the catchment areas are given special considerations. I hope that makes sense to you?
Assuming you are from Edo State and you want to apply for admission into University of Benin, then you will have advantage over those who are not from your catchment area/Edo State.
1 Ahmadu Bello University: Kaduna Adamawa , Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Gombe,
Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Katsina, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto,
Nasarawa, Yobe, Zamfara, Taraba
2 ATBU: Bauchi Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe 3 BAYERO Kano Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara 4 FUTA
Ondo Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ondo
5 FUTMinna: Minna Niger, Benue, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau,
Sokoto, Zamfara
6 FUTO: Imo Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo, Enugu
7 FUT Yola:Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe
8 OAU: Osun Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ondo
9 UDU: Sokoto Jigawa, Kwara, Kebbi, Katsina, Kano, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara
10 UNN: Enugu Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Rivers
11 UNIBEN: Edo Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Edo, Rivers
12 UNICAL: Cross-Rivers Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Edo, Rivers
13 UNIJOS: Plateau Benue, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plareau
14 UNILAG: Lagos Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun
15 UNILORIN: Ilorin Benue, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Plareau, Sokoto, Zamfara
16 UNIMAID: Borno Adamawa, Borno. Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe
17 UNIUYO: Akwa-Ibom Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Edo, Rivers
18 UNIZIK: Anambra, Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo
19 UNIABUJA: UI, UMUDIKE, MAKURDI, UNIPORT, UNAAB, FUPRE, All States of the Federation.
There are also some states which are accepted as catchment states in any federal university, and they are called EDUCATIONAL LESS PRIVILEGED STATES (ELPS) and you seem lucky if you are from any of these states,
namely: Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross-River, Ebonyi Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara.
According to the Federal Government (NUC) Admission Policy; 20% of those offered admission are supposed to be from ELPS.

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