You might be wondering about the difference between being an undergraduate and a fresher. In the post, you would be learning about their differences.
What is an Undergraduate?
An Undergraduate is a student who finished their senior secondary school classes but has not gotten their first degree yet.
What is a Fresher?
A fresher is an undergraduate student who just started their schooling program and is in 100 Level or Year 1 of their course.
Usually, freshers would be just registering for their courses and getting to know their lecture halls and their school environment.
Who is an admitted student?
This is a student who applied for a higher institution and met all the admission requirements like JAMB cut-off mark, and POST JAMB and must have also been accepted into a higher institution, such as a university, polytechnic, or college of education.
What is a JAMBITE?
A JAMBITE can be referred to as someone who is in or has finished ss3 (senior secondary class 3) and is preparing for or has just written their JAMB exams.
JAMBITE can also refer to a fresher or new student who just got admitted or started their first year in a higher institution like a Univerity, Polytechnic, or College of education.
Can I be an undergraduate in a university/polytechnic/college of education?
Yes, you would be referred to as an undergraduate of your school.
For example, a student who has already been admitted into UNILAG would be referred to as an undergraduate of UNILAG.
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What is an undergraduate degree?
This is the degree you would get after you finish studying for your selected course in a higher intuition, for example, a computer science student gets awarded a Bachelor of Science(BSc) degree in Computer science.
When would I stop being an undergraduate?
Once you graduate and get your first degree (For example BSc or OND), you are officially a graduate.
Who is a Graduate?
A graduate is someone who has at least one degree after secondary school education.
How long does it take to be a Graduate?
Well it depends on your course and higher institution program type(for example part-time) but usually for:
- Universities: it is between 4 to 7 years.
- Polytechnic: Ordinary National Diploma(OND) is about 2 to 3 years and the same for HND, so a total of about 4 to 6 years.
- College of Education(NCE): takes about 3 years
More Terms relating to undergraduate admission
Admission Offer Letter
This is an official letter sent to admitted students from a higher institution that contains the program they were admitted for, the program/course duration (for example 2 years, 4 years, etc), the resumption date, and lists out any additional conditions that must be met to start the program.
These are a list of things required by higher education institutions that you must have or must do to get considered for admission.
This usually includes:
- Having your required grades in exams such as WAEC, NECO, GCE, NATEB, JAMB, etc.
- Having the correct JAMB subject combination
- Having a minimum age of 16
- Passing your departmental cut-off mark
- Having a letter of recommendation
- Having an interview or screening test in the higher institution
- Writing an essay to test your English proficiency level
These requirements are different for each school, course, and location. Always remember to check well.
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What is a departmental cut-off mark?
This is the minimum score chosen by the department management that a candidate must have to qualify to study a course.
What is JAMB subject combination?
These are the four(4) accepted combinations of subjects to be written in JAMB UTME for the school (universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education) you applied for.
The subject – Use of English (English Language) is compulsory for all courses and departments in JAMB UTME.
The other three subjects vary by your school of choice and the requirements for the course you want to study.
What is a letter of recommendation?
A letter of recommendation is a letter written by someone who can speak with authority about an applicant’s character, conduct, and academic performance.
This is usually written by clergy (e.g. Pastors, Bishops), Imams, lawyers, or senior civil servants (minimum grade level 12).
What is a screening test?
A screening test is a test that is written in the school a candidate registered for and it is used to determine whether the candidate qualifies for admission.
It is usually called POST UTME, but not all schools write it. There are also some schools that instead require candidates to come for an interview or just submit all their results including their SSCE and JAMB results and they use it to grade the student and decide if they get admission or not.
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