About Abia State University Abia State University Uturu, also called ABSU is a state-owned public higher institution of learning established in 1981 in the former Imo State as Imo State University, Uturu, Okigwe. It was Built by Sam Mbakwe the then Governor of old Imo State. Following the division of old Imo State to create two states, Imo and Abia, the Uturu Campus of the University was ceded to Abia State and is now known as Abia State University Uturu. ABSU is located in the Eastern region (Igbo heartland) of the country, where skill acquisition and entrepreneurship constitute the culture of the people, hence, the University’s academic plan is structured to act as the backbone in the realization of the entrepreneurship drive of the people. It actualizes this by running a comprehensive entrepreneurship skill acquisition programme so as to actualize the University’s slogan of ‘One Graduate-Two Skills’. The University runs a collegiate system of operation and offers programmes/courses accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC), which lead to officially recognized degrees such as Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees in various disciplines. With an enrollment range of 20,000 - 25,000 students, ABSU strives to be an institution which will foster hard work, creativity, competition, and self-reliance. ABSU has two campuses, its main campus in Uturu, and the other in Umuahia, Abia state capital which houses the Colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. It also provides several academic and non-academic facilities such as lecture halls, faculty buildings, recreational centers, administrative services, e.t.c. Currently ranked as the 43rd best University in the county by 4ic.org, ABSU seeks to expand admission and bring professional skills, expertise and modern research facilities close to the city and rural dwellers. Abia State University Faculties The University offers over 90 undergraduate and postgraduate courses across ten colleges. The colleges at the institution are as follows: College of Agriculture College of Biological and Physical Sciences College of Business Administration College of Education College of Engineering College of Environmental Studies College of Law College of Humanities and Social Studies College of Medicine and Health Sciences The University also has a school of Postgraduate studies and several centers and institutes such as the Centre for Entrepreneurial, Centre for Igbo Studies, Centre for Remedial Studies, Centre for Quality Assurance and Ethics, and so on. Courses Offered At Abia State University As stated earlier, ABSU has over 90 academic programmes in various faculties. Here are some of them: College of Agriculture Agric Economics/Extension Animal Science and Fisheries Crop Production/Protection Food Science and Technology Soil Science. College of Biological and Physical Sciences Animal and Environmental Biology Biochemistry Computer Science Industrial Chemistry Industrial Physics Mathematics, Microbiology Plant and Science Biotechnology… College of Business Administration Accountancy Banking and Finance Economics Management Marketing. College of Education Curriculum and Teaching Education Educational Administration/Planning Educational Foundations Psychological Foundations Science Education Vocational Education. College of Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical/Electronics Engineering Mechanical Engineering Info and Communication Technology Surveying and Geo-informatics. College of Environmental Studies Architecture Building Environmental Resource Management Estate Management Fine and Applied Arts Geography and Planning Urban and Regional Planning. College of Humanities and Social Studies English Language/Literature Foreign Languages and Translation Studies History and International Relations Library and Information Sciences Linguistics and Communication Studies Mass Communication Political Science Philosophy Sociology College of Medicine and Health Sciences Consists have of three faculties, and they include: (A) Basic Medical Sciences, the departments here are; Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Medical Biochemistry. (B) Clinical Medicine offer courses in; -Community Medicine -Pharmacology -Pathology -Pediatrics -Medicine -Surgery -Obstetrics and Gynecology. (C) Health Sciences, the departments here includes: Medical Laboratory Science, Optometry, and Public Health Abia State University Admission Requirements Studying at ABSU, you have to be conversant with the programmes offered in each faculty in order to choose correctly your choice of study. The University has a long list of courses offered for both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, a detailed list of this has been provided above; take time to go through it before making a decision. It’s also advisable that you frequent the institution, make inquiries or more conveniently, visit the school website for reliable information on admission process in the institution, and for other news. For Prospective Undergraduates: As a prospective candidate seeking admission in Abia State University, its advisable that you go through specific admission requirements for the courses offered in the institution on the JAMB website, or the UTME Brochure published every year. Asides this, here are some general requirements: -You are required to have at least 5 credit passes in your O’level result or its equivalent at no more than two sittings. The subjects passed should include English Language, Mathematics, and any other three, based on the subject combination for your desired course of study. -You must register for JAMB, sit for the examination, and attain the prescribed JAMB cut-off mark for your course. This would make you eligible to; -Sit for the Post-UTME examination organized by the institution. Bear in mind that you must attain the exact Post-UTME cut-off mark or preferably score higher so as to increase your chances of getting admitted. If successful, your name will come out on the admission list released and you’ll be informed on subsequent steps to take, you’ll mostly be contacted for an internal screening, and you might have to go with the following documents as well as copies of your passport photograph (16 copies preferably). The documents that may be required for screening include: -Original copy of your JAMB result slip. -Original documents of your O'Level Certificate. -Original Copy of your birth certificate or a sworn declaration of age. -Your secondary school testimonial. -Copies of your recent pass photograph (16 copies preferably). Note that other documents may be requested as well, these are just the general ones that you are supposed to have. Abia State University cut-off mark for 2017/18 is 180 with the exception of Law, Engineering, and Medicine. Please note that application forms for the 2017/2018 academic session are currently closed. Further information about admission in ABSU and related news would be posted on the University’s website. For Prospective Postgraduates Postgraduate programmes at PGD, Masters, and Ph.D. levels are offered at the University. The courses offered in these levels are relatively similar to the ones offered at the Undergraduate level. The admission requirements for PG students at the institution isn’t so different from the general requirements requested in other universities. These requirements may include, obtaining 5 credit passes in SSCE/GCE or other equivalents, having a Bachelor degree with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division for PGD and Masters students or having a Masters degree with a weighted average score of 60% for Ph.D. programmes. Asides all these, you may be requested to write an entrance examination depending on your proposed programme. Other requirements may also include, NYSC Discharge Certificate/ Exemption letter, and also your academic transcript. More details about the PG school at ABSU, PG admission requirements, programmes available and lots more can be found on the University’s website. Abia State University website can be found at abiastateuniversity.edu.ng Abia State University Facilities ABU is home to the following: administrative buildings, lecture halls, halls of residence, staff quarters, student and staff portals, faculty buildings, research centres and institutes, an ICT centre, a teaching hospital, a farm, cafeteria’s and canteens, an online learning management system, an open courseware portal, a library, an Open Educational Resource which provides an online journal system, and lots more . Other Things To Know About Abia State University Looking at taking a tour around ABSU, or are you a prospective student of the institution? Here are a few things to note: Security Located in a secure location, the University provides adequate security to staffs and students. What To Bring Confused on what to bring? Here are some helpful items to come along with: -Cash -Books and other Educational materials -Are you a Post-UTME candidate? You should come along with originals copies of your JAMB result slip, Post-UTME exam pass, a valid means of identification, writing materials, e.t.c. Things To Do Bothered about what you can do while at the University? Here are some things you can do: -Enroll in full-time or part-time programme -Attend social and academic events -Make Inquiries -Visit places of interest. Best Time To Visit The University During office hours on weekdays, ABSU is open for visits, inquiries, study, and exploration. Most Common Visitors At ABSU, Students, Academic Scholars, Staffs, and Tourists are the most common faces around. Best Features Offering a wide range of courses, the institution is dedicated to academic excellence and good service. Abia State University Notable Alumni The University has produced a number of prominent individuals in the Country. Here are a few: Orji Uzor Kalu, Former Governor of Abia State John Godson, Nigerian Politician Paschal Eze, Tourism Marketing Consultant Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike, Nigerian Author Writer’s Review The University is peaceful with functional social infrastructures that aid both academic and social activities; Definitely, one to attend if you crave for academic excellence.