University of Calabar (UNICAL) Location + Admission Requirement

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About The University of Calabar

University of Calabar: Location, Courses, Admission and Accommodation, Cut-of-marks and Fees

The University of Calabar (UNICAL) – is a university situated in Calabar, Cross River State, south-southern Nigeria. It is located at Leopad Town, Etagbor, Calabar.

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The University of Calabar is fondly called ‘UNICAL’ by students, staffs and other users due to it’s flexibility from ‘University of Calabar’.

UNICAL is one of Nigeria’s second generation federal universities and currently has a graduate school, ten Faculties, and three Institutes to its name.
The school is poised in giving sound academic training aimed at laying a broad undergraduate foundation upon which further intellectual and professional pursuits can be based at the Graduate school level. Hence, the University offers accredited programmes or courses leading to officially recognized degrees such as bachelors, masters and
postgraduate degrees in several disciplines.
The University of Calabar is currently ranked as the 48th best University in Nigeria.

How It Started

The University was established in 1975 by the Federal Military Government of Nigeria. Initially before pronouncing a separate university, it was a Calabar campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, but ceased to be a campus the effect by the Federal government.


The University of Calabar has a unique motto which is Knowledge for Service.
The Mission of the University of Calabar is clearly the provision of:
a conducive learning environment;
high quality learning that is accessible and affordable; an attractive reward system for excellence in teaching, research, service to the community in the areas of Agriculture, Science , Medicine, Law, Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities creativity and innovativeness; the spirit of co-operation and team work while recognizing individual talent and achievement.
The university through its mission has a Vision which is to attain and maintain of the highest form of excellence in teaching, research and service, thereby becoming a leading light in Nigeria, the Continent and the world of excellence linking up with the latest scholarly developments, academic achievement, and technological breakthrough.


The University of Calabar is located in the heart of Calabar, precisely in Etagbor, the capital of Cross River state. Calabar is a good site for an institution of this kind. The city is widely know for its tourists centres and attraction.
Calabar is easily accessible by road, although there is an international airport in the city for external use.

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.

Courses Offered At The University of Calabar

The University has over 10 faculties, including a College of Medicine which offers a wide range of relevant departmental courses for students at all levels. Here’s a list of the faculties and courses offered:

Faculty of Arts

  1. English and Literary Studies
  2. History and International Studies
  3. Philosophy
  4. Mass Communication
  5. Modern Languages and Translation Studies

Faculty of Agriculture
The faculty runs a five-year programme in the following departments:

  1. Forestry and Fisheries
  2. Agricultural Economics and Extension
  3. Animal Science

Faculty of Biology Sciences

  1. Biochemistry
  2. Botany
  3. Genetics and Biotechnology
  4. Microbiology
  5. Zoology

Faculty of Physical Sciences

  • Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • Geology/ Applied Geophysics
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Mathematics/Statistics

Faculty of Management Sciences

  1. Accounting
  2. Banking/Finance
  3. Business Management
  4. Marketing

Faculty of Law

  1. Private Law
  2. Public and International Law

Faculty of Social Sciences

  1. Business Management
  2. Economics
  3. Political Science
  4. Sociology

Faculty of Oceanography
Research areas here include:

  1. Physical Oceanography
  2. Chemical Oceanography

The College of Medicine in the university of Calabar holds two faculties which includes the faculties of Allied and Basic Medical Sciences

Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences

  1. Medical Lab Science
  2. Nursing Science
  3. Physiotherapy
  4. Public Health

Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences

  1. Medical Biochemistry
  2. Anatomy
  3. Pharmacology
  4. Physiology

The university also have faculties of Education and Engineering. These faculties also offer specialized courses in various discipline.

Admission Requirements Into The University of Calabar

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The University of Calabar, UNICAL offers programmes for pre-bachelor, bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees. Admission requirements into any of these programmes may differ, based on your preferred course or faculty.
Nonetheless, we’ve compiled useful details on how to go about your admission, find them below:

University of Calabar Admission Requirements For Undergraduates

100 level students:

As a prospective candidate, you must have credit passes in at least five (5) SSCE/NECO/ O’level subjects including English, Mathematics and three other relevant subjects at no more than two sittings.

You are also required to register, sit for and attain the prescribed JAMB cut-off mark for your preferred course. Then you can be eligible to write the entrance examination (Post-UTME).

200 level (Direct entry-level students):

In addition to having the above requirements, you may also be required to;
Have a National Diploma, which should come from a recognized institution in Nigeria. Applicants may also be required to have a Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) in a subject(s) related to the proposed field of study with a minimum of one unit and two (2) passes.

University of Calabar Admission Requirements For Postgraduate

Diploma (PGD)

Are you a prospective student vying to gain admission into this level? Then you must be a graduate of the University or an Institution recognized by the school with at least a third class degree or a minimum upper credit in the Higher National Diploma (HND).

Admission Requirements For Master’s Degree

Candidates must have a first degree in the preferred course of study a relevant discipline with a CGPA of not less than 3.0 from UNICAL or a recognized university.

Admission Requirements For Ph.D

Prospective applicants must have a master’s degree in the preferred course with a CGPA not less than 3.50 on a 5 point scale or an average of 60% from the University or one recognized by the school.

More information about specific admission requirements can be found on the school’s website which is found at, on the admission option and then choose your preferred programme.

University of Calabar Cut Off Mark

The university has it’s own general cut off mark that is always reviewed every year before the commencement of admission screening. The cut off mark into any of her degree programmes often fall between 150 to 180 UTME score, but each of the various departments has its cut off marks for admission of students.
Any candidate seeking entry into the university with a score higher than the general and department cut off mark has a greater chance of being considered for admission.
Nonetheless, you can get the latest University of Calabar cut off marks by doing a search on the blog as we’d posted them for you earlier.

See: UNICAL Post UTME Screening Form

University of Calabar School Fees

We have explicate the University of Calabar School fees schedule for all courses both freshers and returning students.
Just like most state and Federal universities, University of Calabar, UNICAL School fees reduces as students go higher in levels.

Here is the schedule of school fees for students of the university:

Fresh Students

  • Science Students 35,250
  • Non-Science Students 34,250
  • MBBS Students 42,750
  • Nursing Students 42,750

For Returning Students

  • Science Students 31,500
  • Non-Science Students 30,500
  • MBBS Students 39,000
  • Nursing Students 39,000

Accommodation At UNICAL

The university offers hostel services for its students who are willing to live in. The hostel fees is relatively cheap and affordable comparing with the amount paid outside for rent.

For interested students, this is how to get an accommodation at the university hostel:

  1. All student who has paid their fees and desire an accommodation space in the hostel should kindly apply online on . Please ensure to enter your school fees confirmation number correctly during your application.
  2. The list of those whose application have been considered for hostel accommodation will be published concurrently. If your name is on the published list, kindly proceed to GTBank plc or FCMB plc calabar road and obtain your hostel scratch card for N6,850.
  3. Having paid for your accommodation space successfully, get two fill jackets, and write your Name, Matric Number, Phone Number and Department on each file.
    – Also attach passport photograph on each file, with a photocopy of your school fees receipt and evidence fee payment.
  4. Submit your file at the office of the Dean of Student at Student Affairs Division.

Things To Know About The University of Calabar

There are many thing you should know about this university, and this has form the basis of why you should school at the Calabar university.

  1. The University of Calabar is situated in the southern part of the country, Calabar, a region known for its rich cultural heritage and beauty. The University hosts quite a number of events yearly and has been one sure spot for tourists craving to have a feel of the region.
  2. Interestingly, in the University, male students are called ‘Malabites’, while the females are called ‘Malabresses’. The male hostel is called ‘Malabo’ and the name originated as a result of the challenges faced by students at a time which coincided with the suffering by Nigerian deportees in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

Notable Alumni of the University of Calabar

Amongst the alumni of the University of Calabar are:

  • Grace Folashade Bent, politician
  • Biko Agozino, criminologist
  • Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom state
  • Alex Ekubo, actor
  • Owens Wiwa, human rights activist
  • Stephanie Okereke, actress
  • Ini Edo, actor
  • Reuben Abati, lawyer/writer
  • Iyanya, singer/songwriter

And a host of other prominent Nigerians who graduated from the prestigious institution.

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