How CAPS Transfer Approval Works for OAU UTME and DE Aspirants
I need to open this one by first stating that if you have scored the high score in the UTME and in the Post-UTME, and you in fact have the “Eligible for Admission” on your slip, none of this equal “your admission is assured” in OAU; there is still something called the departmental cutoff that could screen you off even by a mark that’s only an infinitesimally small number higher than the aggregate score you have at hand (for instance, the merit cutoff for Estate Management this year is 52.7, unless the ELDS and Catchment Areas marks favour you, if you have 52, that 0.7 difference between your aggregate score and the merit cutoff mark could deny you of the admission, and that’s a number far lesser than 1).
Also for departments like Medicine and Surgery, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, Medical Rehabilitation, Management and Accounting, Economics, Law and Architecture, even if you beat the merit cutoff—not many people would tell you this fact, but—it’s not the assurance that you are getting that department; these departments demand more than scores, they demand connections. You may however get another department for compensation. And contrary to what most parents and aspirants believe, having the high score but not having the cutoff of the department you chose doesn’t qualify you for automatic transfer to another department. When you don’t have the cutoff of the department you chose but your score is high, if you get transferred to another department, it must be somebody intervened for you somehow via slot or something., not because OAU cares about you high score. Which takes me to touching what I intended to talk about CAPS transfer as regarding OAU spirants.
Generally, it is not JAMB’s job to transfer any candidate from one department to another, it is in fact not the job of JAMB to offer anyone any admission, all these are done by the school, only that the school uploads it to CAPS like it’s JAMB uploading it, but it’s never JAMB; JAMB can't offer admission, only the institutions can. So when you don’t have the cutoff for a department you have applied to and you receive on your CAPS a request to approve transfer to another department, it has to be someone has done something to help you, not that OAU automatically considered you for another department—they don’t do that, or JAMB considered you for another department—they can't do that. The implication of this is that if you have not gotten the cutoff mark for the department you as aspiring for but your score is high enough, you are advised to talk to somebody to help you out on this so you wouldn’t carry a high score and yet not get admitted; that would be unfortunate.