However, those who choose wisely usually consider their opportunities. They dictate for the school what they want. For instance, assuming they choose Law as their first choice, they will look for less competitive course as second choice. They may take English as the second choice. In that case if that person fail the first choice, it will be easier for the school to fix them for their second choice. How can you choose wisely? That is where orientation comes in. when you choose your first choice, the next thing to do is to list other related less competitive courses. Now ask others what this course is all about and the job opportunity. Then choose the one that appeal to you most as second choice. You may even inquire from the school whether the choice you have in mind is a competitive course in the school. When you are sure that your two choices are not competitive, then you can fill them in your Jamb.
The fact many students don’t know is that whether you choose one course as first and second choice does not give you advantage over somebody who choose it as first choice and choose another course as second choice. What it simply means is that you throw away your second chance of admission. The truth is that if you meet the cut-off for your first choice, the school will not even look at what is in your second choice. But if you don’t meet the cut-off then they will. Imagine the disappointment when they will see that you choose the same course as second choice. Take note that when applying for JAMB, you may choose the same course for different schools. For instance you may choose Law for UNIBEN as first choice and choose Law for DELSU as second choice. But when applying for post UME, don’t fill in two competitive courses for the same university.
There is this issue of new admission policy from NUC (Nigeria Universities Commission). They directed all universities to admit 60% of students for science courses and 40% for Arts/Commercial courses. That means more science students will be admitted. So, if you are going for Art courses, you should be duly prepared for a strong competition.