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How to Gain Admission into University of Calabar (UNICAL)

Gaining admission into the university this days could be seen as near impossible, but trust me, it’s easy as long as all admission due process are taking.

I have been an admission seeker before, in fact I tried gaining admission into the university twice I only succeeded the second time when I played my card well and adhered to admission guide lines. So many university aspirants make mistakes that most times cost them their admission. Believe you me,  most of the little things you avoid or take for granted might cost you the chance of gaining admission this year. I was once in that shoes.

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I’m narrowing this guide to deal particularly with the University of Calabar.  How to gain admission into it without much stress and headache, with lots of research done on this, I’m assuring you if this post is adhered to will boost your chances of gaining admission into the university this year.

So if you made The University of Calabar  Unical your first choice, this guide will be of immense help to you, follow on.

About University of Calabar, Calabar

Before we take a delve into the main hit on how to gain admission into University of Calabar, let’s take a look on what the school is all about.

University of Calabar grew out of the Calabar campus of University of Nigeria (UNN), Nigeria which began functioning during the 1973 academic session with 154 students and a small cadre of academic, administration and professional staff.

In April 1975, the Federal Military Government of Nigeria announced that as part of the National Development Plan, seven new Universities were to be established at various locations in the country. The University of Calabar was one of the seven Universities set up under this programme.
Located in Calabar Municipal, an ancient city with a long tradition of culture and contact with western civilization, the already developed area of the University occupies a 17-hectare site on the eastern side of the town, between the Great Qua River and the Calabar River.

Additional land has been acquired on both sides of the Great Qua River for the development of the University.
Academic activities actually commenced in the 1973/74 session, in what was then a Campus of the University Of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).

However, the new autonomous institution started academic work with the faculties of Arts, Science and Social Science in October 1976 with an initial enrolment of 896 students.
Of this number, 406 students were carried over from the University of Nigeria. The teaching, administrative and technical staff either transferred from the University of Nigeria (UNN) or newly recruited, numbered about 156.
At the beginning of the 1977/78 academic year, the Department of Education, formerly a part of Faculty of Arts was upgraded to the faculty of Education.

In 1978/79 academic year, the College of Medical Sciences was added, while the Faculty of Law, established during the 1979/80 academic year began offering courses in October 1980.
The Faculty of Agriculture was established during the 1980/81 academic year. Since then the University has been experiencing impressive growth.

The University has one Graduate School, ten Faculties, and three Institutes. These are: The Faculties of Agriculture, Arts, Education, Law, Management Sciences, Sciences, Social Sciences, Allied Medical Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Institute of Education, Institute of Oceanography and Institute of Policy and Administrative Studies.

Academic programmes of the University aim at laying a sound and broad undergraduate foundation upon which further intellectual and professional pursuits can be based at the Graduate school level.

As any other University in the Country, the University of Calabar places great premium not only on learning, but also on character. The emphasis on character is to help provide the Nation with learned Nigerian Men and Women with a sense of responsibility, crying out against Machiavellianism, bribery, nepotism, and other forms of corruption.

To encourage good character, the University established an annual Pro-Chancellor’s Prize for the best behaved student of the graduating class.

As a Federal institution, the University strives to bring about an atmosphere conducive to patriotic interaction between people from all parts of the world including Nigerians from all States and language groups.
Therefore, all States of the federation are represented in the student population of the Institution.

On academic programming, the University adopts a flexible and forward-looking attitude. Thus, from its inception, the University adopted the four-year integrated degree programme based on the semester, and course system in the Faculties. The University also makes conscious use of local materials for instructional purposes, in the sincere effort to make her programmes relevant to the needs of Nigeria.

Though not responsible to Cross River State in which it is located, the University is responsive to the genuine aspirations and interests of her immediate community and interacts freely with that community through her programmes in Adult and Continuing Education, comprehensive health scheme, as well as symposia, seminars and workshops organized frequently on and off-campus.

Founded at the peak of the cultural renaissance of the country, and situated in an area of the country distinguished for her rich culture, the University prides itself as a significant academic custodian of the rich culture of the people through the performances of the Department of Theatre Arts, which has established an enviable record for itself within Nigeria and abroad.

Founded in 1975 under the National Higher Education Expansion Programme of the Federal Military Government, the University of Calabar ranks among the leading and largest of Nigeria’s second generation universities. It witnessed phenomenal physical, academic and staff growth in its first decade of existence. Those were the halcyon days of the petroleum revenue boom, the third quinquennial National Development Plan.

From its nucleus on the Duke Town Campus, the University rapidly expanded into a busy academic community that is housed in a vast constellation of modern academic blocks, students’ residential halls and staff quarters.

The student population rose from 896 in 1976, spread in the Faculties of Arts, Science and Social Sciences to over 30,000 full-time and part-time degree, and diploma students in the 2001/2002 session. By the 2003/2004 session, some diploma programmes were phased out. Currently, the student population stands at 40,645.


Here are the recent guidelines we got.

Making UNICAL your first choice

Just like every other Federal university, to be able to process Unical Post-UTME form, you must make them your first or preferred University.

Olevel Subject Combinations

This is one of the biggest mistakes most aspirants make when registering for UTME (I made this mistake too). You must use subjects that corresponds with the course you are aspiring to study in UNICAL. That’s why JAMB provided the brochure  the JAMB brochure is there to help you know the subject combination for your aspiring course.

Unical will not give you admission (most cases) if your subject combination is wrong.


To me it doesn’t matter if you score low in UTME ( Jamb ) as long as you meet the cutoff mark for that year, you’re good to go.

Now here is where the problem lies, the load will be so heavy on you to score high in the your POST-UTME.

In other to compliment the UTME score which is low, you will have to score high in POST-UTME and meet up the school cutoff mark for that course. Each course has it cut-off mark, the calculation is usually, your UTME scores plus your POST-UTME score divided by 2, the remainder is your today score so, I’ll advise you score high on both UTME and POST-UTME if you didn’t score high in UTME make it up with your POST-UTME.

That’s the system in UNICAL most federal schools that still writes POST-UTME uses this system too.

Change of Course

This one is simple, if you are going for highly competitive course like Medicine and the rest and you UTME  score is low, kindly go for change of course and change you course to a low competitive course, that is if you still want to study in Unical.

Know your departmental cutoff mark
Make sure you know your departmental cutoff mark for that year in school, we can help you with that for free.

Go for Low competitive Course

If you want greater chances of gaining admission into  UNICAL, go for low competitive course.

Late Registration

Most people will argue with this, but truth be told it can take a toll on your chances of gain admission.

Always try to do everything about school early.

Once this guides are followed your chances of gain admission into Unical will be high.

I wish you luck on your struggle.

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