The University of Calabar has Matriculated five thousand, three hundred and five (5,305) Students into various Departments of the Institution.
Prof. James Epoke disclosed this at a Matriculation Ceremony, held at Abraham Ordia stadium of the Institution.
Addressing the Matriculants, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. James Epoke stated that more than 50,000 candidates chose Unical as First Choice, adding that out of that number, 17,157 Candidates who applied to be admitted into the University of Calabar were able to score above 180 in JAMB.
Prof Epoke explained that 4,051 were admitted into Departments that are Science based, while 1,254 were admitted into the Arts based Departments, adding that 11,852 candidates that were not admitted lost the admission as a result of their inability to meet up with the cut off points which were stipulated as means to screen the number of candidates to align with the carrying capacity of programmes and courses in the University.
He advised the Matriculants to pursue their studies and set goals with purposefulness amidst distractions and detractors, adding that it is incumbent for every student to possess at least 75% attendance at lectures to be qualified to write the Semester Examination.
While admonishing the Matriculants, Prof. James Epoke advised them to desist from vices such as examination misconduct, cultism, rape, stealing, fighting, indecent dressing, forgery of any kind adding that the punishment for such offences range from Suspension to Expulsion or Rustication as the case may be.
Educating the students on (ICT), the University helmsman said the world has gone computerized, and urged the Matriculants to explore avenues that create a benefitting academic platform, register for courses and pay all School Charges on time.
Prof. Epoke used the Occasion to urge the Matriculants to treat all matters in the University environment with caution and prudence, channel all academic problems and challenges to Academic Advisers, Heads of Departments, Deans of Faculties or relevant officers as the case may be.
The Vice Chancellor stressed that during the period of study, the Matriculants should bear in mind that their primary objectives of coming to the University is to study and earn a Degree or Certificate and therefore should stay focused within the bounds of the Institutions rules and regulations adding that a complete education involves academic, emotional, ethical, logical, moral, physical physiological and spiritual development.
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